Cold Blooded by Dee Carney
Publisher: Liquid Silver books
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (37 pgs)
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Xeranthemum
Commander Davana Black hates being in the human realm, but when two rogue demon juveniles make it their place of hiding, it’s her job to go in and retrieve them. If she’d had just the slightest clue she’d end up feeling the mating call of her kind while there, she might have requested a different assignment.
Things only go from bad to worse when she discovers it’s a human male who sparks the rush of emotion ... and worse still, other demons have picked up their connection and made him a target. Now, not only must she contend with finding the juveniles, somehow she has to fight nature’s call to him while reluctantly keeping him alive.
Quinn McVey never thought much of his heritage until the day the raven-haired beauty drags his family’s tragic secret into the light of day. It is because of it, and the lure she has on him, his once dull life is thrust into a battle between warring demon factions. In the frenzy of trying to stay one step ahead of their pursuers, he'll do whatever it takes to convince the Commander he's worthy of her ... and her love.
The demon police are on the prowl only to find not just their quarry but love too.
Commander Davana is a warrior, enforcer and all around tough gal. She’s single minded, effective and is respected by her peers. She’s pretty much written off the softer things in life or anything else that would make her weak and that includes falling in love. I guess guys don’t have the market cornered on being stubborn and alpha-like. Nor are they the only ones who are fascinating to watch as they tumble down the path of confusion, discombobulating lust and emotional enlightenment. No matter who you are, where you are or what you are doing, if love is fated all a character can do is go along for the ride. Even then, Davana is stubborn because she twists what could be a beautiful thing and turns it into a tool. I enjoyed reading how that bit her in the butt.
Quinn is an easy going creative type of guy. He also has a family secret that ends up both saving his life and complicating it on a level even he could not envision. His easy going accepting manner not to mention his innate sense of right are the perfect foil for Davana. He has his work cut out for him to prove it. It was a delightful scene when he shocked the heck out of her.
The author did a nice job of creating a strong female character without making the male look weak or ineffectual. I enjoyed their passionate scenes and their dialogue was concise and furthered the plot. There was a lot of world building thrown into a tight and well written short story and it worked well. Cold Blooded should appeal to readers of urban fantasy romances because the happily ever after is a good one not to mention a bit on the humorous side. I’m quite glad I read this.