Jul 6, 2011

Review--Green-Eyed Envy by Kasey MacKenzie

As a Fury, Marissa Holloway belongs to an Arcane race that has meted out justice since time immemorial. As Boston's Chief Magical Investigator, she's responsible for solving any crimes committed by or against supernaturals.

Months have gone by since Riss discovered some unwelcome truths about her past--and managed to stop a supernatural war. Since then, things have been quiet. Too quiet. But that all changes when the bodies of Bastai, shape-shifters also known as Cats, begin piling up in Boston's magical underbelly--even though the legendary shifters are supposed to have ninety-nine lives.

One common thread ties the victims together: All were old flames of FBI Agent Harper Cruz. And since Harper and since Scott Murphy, Riss's lover, enjoyed a long-ago one-night stand with Harper, the Fury has twice the incentive to crack the case wide open, before the killer's green-eyed gaze turns in Scott's direction...

Kasey MacKenzie's Green-Eyed Envy was a great followup to her debut, Red Hot Fury! I'll admit that what led me to read Kasey's first book was the knowledge that she was a local author and I just had to give her books a try! And they're really pretty good. Much different from my normal "save the world" urban fantasy books. There's still problems Riss has to deal with, but they tend to be more personal. And there's still lives at stake, just not the fate of humanity or supernatural well, sort of...

This time the supernaturals at risk of dying by a possible serial killer, are the ex-lovers of Harper. And they date back from high school. Someone is focusing on the old lovers, not so much the current one. So things are intense, Riss and her team go undercover to try to find out who the bad guy is, all while trying to plan a wedding! Won't say whose either! But the families of both the bride and groom are not at all pleased with the match, which just gives Riss a helluva lot of suspects to look at. 

It doesn't help either knowing the Scott had a one-time fling with Harper. Will the killer mark Scott as someone to be killed? Does the killer know about the fling to begin with, since as far as Riss knows, she is the only one not directly involved in the relationship who knew about it.

Green-Eyed Envy was a well told book. Besides the ultimate trying to find the bad guy situation, Riss also has family drama to deal with. And in more than 1 dose. There's definite story potential there that will likely take place in future books, now was just the starting up of future problems.

Riss is a fun character to know. She's sassy and witty. She's not a diva or girly girl. She's got edge. Like most UF heroines, but of course the true UF reader can see the different flavors the heroine has. Even if qualities are similar to other heroines, they always tend to shine in their own light. To me at least!

There wasn't a whole lot of romance in this one, there was a lot of romantic tension and buildup. Riss and Scott are getting back into their relationship from before and seem to be easing into it, so there's no hot and heavy love to see, but there's still love between the two.

I can't wait to see where else the storyline will go with Riss, Scott and the others. The ending was good. After awhile I so totally nailed the killer before the big reveal. And there was still a nice little calm ending--can't quite say HEA since the story ain't over yet--for the characters. Got a chuckle out of me!

Definitely going to be keeping my eye on this series! Even planning on making the treacherous trip to downtown St. Louis tomorrow to meet the author. It's in the late morning to early afternoon, so traffic and parking should be my only problems. Hence why I'll be leaving very early! Can't wait! Will take pics and post them here as well!

Overall rating 4.5/5 stars

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