Thursday, May 12, 2016

Book Review: Stake-Out by Lily Luchesi

Stake-Out, by Lily Luchesi
2015, 128, Paranormal Mystery
My Rating=3 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the author for an honest review

Detective Danny Mancini is on a case, following a murder suspect. When he catches him, he finds out that the perp isn't even human: he's a 200 year old rogue vampire!

The department doesn't believe him, and puts him on early retirement, despite his many years of service to the Chicago Police Department, which sends him into a downward spiral.

Two years later, Danny gets an invitation from the beautiful, young and very attractive Detective Angelica Cross to join a secret branch of the FBI to help her track down Vincent, the wayward vamp.

But renegade werewolves, meddling immortal witches and Danny's strange visions of a life lived a century ago with Angelica make things more difficult than it should be.

Two years ago, Detective Danny Mancini came across a vampire, and that encounter changed his life forever. The Department didn't believe what he saw so his life took a dive until he got an invitation from Detective Angelica Cross to join the PID, a secret FBI agency, to help find this particular vampire. Danny felt a connection to Angelica but she was quite a bit younger than him so he tried to keep her at a distance. He started having visions which led him to believe they had a history together but he had a difficult time making sense of it all.

I should preface my review by saying that, since I've started reading and reviewing, I've come to really understand what I enjoy reading. I actually don't enjoy paranormal all that much but was interested in reading this book because of the mystery angle. For me, the mystery was the best part of the novel. I liked how we were given bits of information at a time. Some things weren't too difficult to guess beforehand, but there were still enough twists to make it interesting.

It's a fairly short book and there were times that it felt rushed to me. There would be build-up to a particular conflict and then it would be over in just a few paragraphs. I'm not crazy about long, drawn out conflicts but wanted just a little bit more (this actually happened twice for me). There is some content to note: there is some swearing (including a handful of "f" words) and the characters get intimate (no details). It doesn't wrap up nice and neat at the end and there is definitely more to this story! If you enjoy paranormal books, this is a series you might want to check out!

Lily Luchesi is a young author/poet born in Chicago, Illinois, now residing in Los Angeles, California. Ever since she was a toddler her mother noticed her tendency for being interested in all things "dark". At two she became infatuated with vampires and ghosts, and that infatuation turned into a lifestyle by the time she was twelve, and, as her family has always been what they now call "Gothic", she doesn't believe she shall ever change. She is also a hopeless romantic and avid music-love who will always associate vampires with love, blood, and rock and roll.

Her interest in poetry came around the same time as when she was given a book of Edgar Allan Poe's complete work. She then realized that she had been writing her own poetry since she could hold a pen, and just had not known the correct terms. She finished her first manuscript at the age of fourteen, and now, at twenty-one, has two contributing credits in anthologies and her debut novel, Stake-Out (Paranormal Detectives Series Book One), was published by Vamptasy Publishing on May 19th, 2015. Book two, Miranda's Rights, will be released on January 8th, 2016.

She has a short story, "Undead Ever After" in the Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly anthology Love Sucks (released on June 13th, 2015). Her first erotic short story, "Have No Fears", was published in the Hot Ink Press anthology Naughty Bedtime Stories: In Three Words on October 10th. She will also have a short erotic horror story, "The Devil's Dozen", in the upcoming Hot Ink Press anthology Death, Love, Lust, which will be released in February of 2016.


Unknown said...

I love paranormal if it's done well! This sounds like an interesting read! Great review

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