Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Stakeout by Nikki Jefford

Title: Stakeout
Series: Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter (#2.5)
Author: Nikki Jefford
From: Amazon (Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter Omnibus)
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Release Date: 4th February 2014
Challenges: 2016  Read the Books You Buy, Summer COYER 2016, 2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (2 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon 
Synopsis (from Goodreads): Noel Harper got a second chance at life when the government recruited her as an undercover vampire informant. Since the day they brought her back from the good-as-dead, she has wanted to prove herself worthy. When a member of her investigative unit is murdered, Noel is paired up with a vampire hunter named Dante to spy on a suspect in Fairbanks. The problem? They're not the only ones on stakeout. Taking down murderous vampires is one thing. Dealing with the past is another. But this time, Noel isn't letting fear win. She's calling in help from the other side and discovers a shocking secret along the way.

Stakeout happens concurrently with the events of Northern Bites, book 2 in the series, and can't be read as a standalone. There may be minor spoilers for previous books in the series within my review. 

It took me a little longer to warm up to Noel than it did to Aurora as a narrator, but actually I even thought that Aurora herself came across a little cold at some points, though she wasn't in the story much and knowing what she went through in the previous book it does kind of make sense. 

I really liked the banter and growing friendship between Noel and Dante! It was different from how Dante is with Aurora and it made me feel like he was a more real character. It also painted Noel in a very different light, much less dark and gothic than her appearance previously suggested. 

There were a couple of big reveals in Stakeout, one being what happened to Noel to make her into an Informant in the first place, and the other I think will have a major impact on the future story and I'd kind of started suspecting it at the end of Northern Bites and definitely by the beginning of Stakeout

This was a good addition to the series and I'm looking forward to how the information in this book will impact the story!