Vampire Games, to review and, of course, had to get books one through three (Banshee Charmer, Succubus Lost, Lycan Unleashed) to read first. Wow! I'm so glad I did. Allee has created really interesting characters, an arcing story line throughout the four books, and fascinating investigations into otherworldly crimes, mixed in with some very steamy romantic action.
First introduced in book one, Chicago police detective and vampire Claude Desmairis the focus of book four. In each of the three books we have glimpses of him and he is mysterious and powerful - powerful enough to be a contender with the Magister, leader of the Chicago-area vampires. First seen in book two, Succubus Lost, OWEA Agent and psychometrist Beatrice Davis is a striking red-head whose prior history with Claude is revealed in the first chapter when he comes to her for help.
Bea and Claude's story, whether she can trust him both with her heart and life again, is the focus of the book along with their investigation into a branding iron that Claude and his partner Astrid (her story is told in book three, Lycan Unleashed) found.
I really enjoyed Vampire Games and do hope there are more books in the series to come. Once I began reading the series, I confess, I wanted to know more about Claude (Allee knows how to tease the reader with fascinating details very successfully). I won't give away details, but in addition to alpha vamp Claude, one of the things I enjoyed about this book was learning more about Bea and getting to actually like her. (Before this her only appearance was crashing Marisol and Valerio's hotel room like a red-haired Valkyrie.)
The "otherworldly" details in Allee's books, witchcraft, psychometry, shamanism, etc. are fascinating. There is enough grittiness in each of the four investigations to believe in this special investigative department of the Chicago Police force, but to my mind there wasn't a great deal of emphasis on the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency, which seems like a paranormal FBI unit. Something to look forward to, I'm sure.
I would highly recommend Tiffany Allee's Files from the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency series to all fans of paranormal romance and suspense. You won't want to leave a page unturned and, probably like me, will read these four books straight through. They're fun, interesting, suspenseful, and romantic.
From the Publisher
Files of the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency Book 4
Vampire Games by Tiffany Allee
Entangled Publishing, LLC
Pub date: 29 Oct 2013
She’s seen the past…
OWEA Agent Beatrice Davis is haunted by the death visions that help her solve crimes. When Detective Claude Desmairis, her vampire ex-lover, asks for her assistance on a case, she’d rather help him than take the mandated leave to stave off her burn-out.
The truth won’t stay buried…
Pressed to solve a series of crimes before the perpetrator blows the vampire world apart, Claude turns to a woman he thought he’d been able to leave behind. But he was wrong, and his feelings for her will only bring trouble in an investigation this dangerous.
As their passions reignite, they see a possible future together. Until her visions show her the face of the murderer—a man Claude can never betray.