Isabella Rathe is a recovering addict helping the DEA take down her half-brother, Alex, who is not only responsible for her addiction, but is also the son of her mother’s killer. Her relationship with DEA Agent Jacob Phinney is all business—or so she tries to convince herself. He’s human. Off limits. She’s not willing to involve him in the magical world of the asura anymore than necessary.
Jacob doesn’t care want Izzy wants, he’s staying in her life even after they catch her idiot half-brother. He plans on taking Alex out before Izzy can get hurt and convincing her their relationship runs deeper than the case. His mission would be easier if she didn’t insist on coming with him, but nothing is ever easy when the heart is concerned.
Ink In the Blood by Chandra Ryan was a dark, sexy surprise wrapped in a small package. I’ve come to enjoy short stories, but resigned myself to a certain flexibility in the plot and general story line. There was no flexibility needed with this novella. The characters were strong and well developed, showing strengths, weaknesses, and emotions normally reserved for a full-length novel. None of the actions seemed rushed, and though I wanted more (you can’t not want more with these characters!), I felt the story was resolved in a satisfying manner.
One of the aspects I enjoyed the most was the ease with which Izzy and Jacob interacted. Their dialogue flowed smoothly, and their natural attraction for each other leapt off the page. The timing for their relationship to finally cross the barrier from business to pleasure was perfect, and Jacob’s reaction to the world of magic held just the right amount of reserve to be believable. You can guarantee my eyes will be wide open in anticipation of another story from this author.
- e-book, digital format
- Publisher: Lyrical Press
- Book Length: Novella
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-1-61650-128-0
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