A Hidden Species Novel
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Series
I work for Lucifer. Only, it’s not as cool and satanic as it sounds.
The truth is, I’m an admin assistant who applied for a job that sounded kind of interesting and ended up working for the Community of Species Government. I’m the only human in the office, and basically I ride herd on a team of rambunctious shifters and demons.
I also spend a lot of time avoiding Gideon Bailey, the demon I had a one-night stand with right before I took this job. He hates me, and I really want to avoid being murdered. But I’ve been offered a promotion that will mean working with him, so we’re both going to have to get over it.
Plus, people are going missing. Pregnant people. And the word is that someone is dabbling in genetic experimentation. Putting a stop to that is more important than the sexual tension Gideon and I have been ignoring… isn’t it?
The world building in this story is seriously cool. I loved how it took a lot of everything and turned it on its head. The characters are interesting and layered, and I liked how very different people/species work together as part of the Community of Species Government. This world has a wonderfully rich history, and I loved learning about it alongside Sam.
I also liked how Sam’s story and history connected into the storyline. Poor guy is in way over his head very quickly, but I also loved how his co-workers and superiors recognised how good he is at his job and do something about it. But in saying that he also has plenty of faults and makes mistakes which makes him feel very real. His behaviour when drunk is hilarious. I like his narrative too. It feels very informal, chatty and very Sam. Gideon is an interesting guy, and I loved the way he has to organise everything. I like how his and Sam’s relationship grows in this story.
Percy is the complete opposite of someone you’d expect in the role of the Lucifer. I hope he gets his own book. I’m very happy that Andrew and Noah are next. I liked Andrew. And Alistair is fun. I loved how the team has its own fans, complete with fanfic. Brilliant.
For all its fun tone, a lot of which is Sam’s personality coming through in the narrative, there’s a definite serious side to the story. The bad guys feel like a real threat, and they’re happy to kill anyone who stands in their way or is no longer useful. One part of the story in that regard was very nasty and tragic.
The plot is very clever, and well thought out. I liked the way it tied up this story, yet left strands for the ongoing series. I’m already hanging out for more in the series.
5 out of 5 stars.