Title: Marked Raven: Raven Tales Book Two (The Raven Tales 2)
Author: J.B. Dane
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Valentine’s Day could be the most dangerous time of the year if an angry Cupid is the hit man hunting you down.
Bram Farrell, paranormal PI, has been yanked from the pages of the novel. His author and creator brought him into real-world Detroit to do a job for her, but the job went south, and the real-world Detroit is as loaded with monsters and magical beings as the pages of her books were. And they are all out to get Bram and exact some otherworldly revenge on him. Most guys wouldn’t mind that it’s raining females, some expected, some surprises, one he could do without. And then there is his new secretary, Naomi, who he’s falling in love with. Keeping her alive—and himself—is going to be tricky. Outrunning an alchemist, a vampire, and a witch is going to take more than cutting wit.
Luckily, this paranormal Sam Spade has some resources besides his dry sense of humor. His dachshund Hellhound is with him and his magic is coming back. Which should be helpful considering someone has put a hit out on him. There’s a lot on Bram’s plate this February. The question is, will he live through it this time? Entertaining, funny and suspenseful, Marked Raven is the perfect place to pick up the Raven Tales urban fantasy series.
Valentine’s Day can be downright dangerous, especially if a ruthless hitman is on your tail. The hitman is none other than Cupid. Paranormal PI Bram Farrell is no ordinary man. He’s a character in a series whose author brought him into the real world. Now, with this author no longer among the living, he’s trying to deal with life and not fall in love with his beautiful naive secretary, Naomie, who knows nothing about the paranormal and magical creatures surrounding her. Bram, along with his trusted hellhound dachshund, dodges a hitman, scores of women, a vampire, a witch, and those who want him dead. Will Bram solve who’s behind the attacks in time or will he be known as the marked raven forevermore?
Marked Raven is, hands down, one of the most original stories I have ever read. When I started writing this review, I thought to myself, “How the heck am I supposed to express succinctly my thoughts on this book?” Never have I read a plot like this and I can confess now how much I loved it. There are loads of humorous lines, action galore, mystery, a bit of magic, a lot of paranormal, and the main character I couldn’t get enough of. Plot progression moved at a good pace with a full cast of characters. This has a film noir vibe which added to my enjoyment while reading. There were a few twists and turns I didn’t see coming. Before I knew it, the story was complete. I can’t wait to read more Raven Tales. If you love paranormal with a heavy dose of comedic banter, you’ll want to read Marked Raven. J.B. Dane is a paranormal author to binge-read and see what happens next. Highly recommend!
My Rating: 5 stars
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J.B. Dane loves writing snarky sleuth heroes. Her regular "crew" includes Bram Farrell (The Raven), Nick Claus, Rip Patterson, and a lot of dragons. She came to fantasy mystery late, running up a tally of over 30 romance titles as Beth Henderson. Oddly enough, she began reading urban fantasy as a "palate cleanser", thinking she'd never write in the genre. Her muse thought differently and introduced her to a guy she'd first thought up in the late 1980s before she was published. Bram Farrell was still sitting patiently in the waiting room for his turn to become a hero in what would also turn out to be Dane's first series. She's very glad the outdated magazines didn't chase him away.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N