Dark Lies by Vivi Anna

Dark Lies from Vivi Anna
HQN Silhouette Nocturne
Publication date: Oct 01, 2007
Available at Amazon & eHarlequin

I really enjoyed this story. I hadn't read the first story in the series which introduces Caine Valorian the vampire, but I'll definitely be picking up that one next. After I got through the initial shock of seeing my current MC's name as the main character of this story, I really got into the world building of alternate San Antonio and Necropolis where all the beasties live.

From the book description:

What dark secret was she hiding?

When the Otherworld Crime Unit reconvenes to investigate a ritualistic murder, werewolf Jace Jericho can barely set aside his past—and his hatred of humanity—to work with the team's newest member. As far as Jace is concerned, police rookie Tala Channing has two strikes against her: one, she's human, and two, something about her drives him wild with desire.—

Forced to work side by side with Tala, deep into the witching hours, Jace struggles to keep his primal instincts in check. But when they finally succumb to wild passion, Jace realizes Tala has spun a web of lies. And Tala's secret now puts his life—and heart—on the line.— T

ala's secret isn't as fascinating as how it unfolds and the reasons why. Author Vivi Anna creates a great complex character in Tala who wrestles with who she really is and why she thinks she has to stay in hiding. The murder mystery that unfolds is awesome and suspenseful that will quench the thirst of any readers who love crime novels and mysteries. Although I sensed Jace was the epitome of hot maleness, I wish we could have gotten more of a description on what he looks like and a little bit more about his past.

The only complaint I have is about the resolution. The killer wasn't identified and frankly it seems as if he gets away with the murders while one of his workers takes the heat. I wouldn't have so much of a problem with this if the killer didn't hold a big focus throughout the novel through his POV. Also, as a reader I wasn't too happy that after he had done such brutal things to his victims he slinks away from the scene only mortally wounded. Considering this is a series, I wonder if we may have to wait until the next book to see him get his comeuppance. Either way, I think by the end the romance of the story had taken over and the mystery resolution may have suffered in the end.

All in all and through its faults I really like this story and thought I would post it as a recommendation to my fellow paranormal enthusiasts out there who like a little mystery with their romance.

I'll definitely be picking the prequel to this novel entitled Blood Secrets. :-)