Tall, Dark & Deadly (Agents of the Bureau #1) by Kharma Kelley
Read: 29th May – 1st June 2018
My Goodreads Rating: 5 Stars
So, before we get into what I thought about this book, I want you to know that I was lucky enough to be given a digital version of this book for free from the publisher (BooksGoSocial) after making a request via Netgally.com in exchange for an honest review.
The publication date was 30th September 2016.
Thanks for the advance copy.
So what’s this book about?
Tall, Dark and Deadly is the first novel (approx 214 pages) in Ms Kelley’s new urban fantasy/paranormal romance series – Agents of the Bureau. Ms Kelley describes her new series as;
They’re bold. They’re tough. They’re undeniably sexy. Meet the agents and partners of The Bureau, a governance organization designed to keep all the supernatural creatures walking the line and make humanity safe. The Bureau consists of “supes” from all walks of life, fighting the good fight. Their romance is just as intense as their ass-kicking. Open a book and prepared to be enthralled with this new urban fantasy series!
This book is set in modern day New Orleans, USA and features many well known supernatural species such as vampires, shapeshifters and various fae while also introduces us to half-vampires called Dhampirs. Dhampirs are regarded as abominations by most supernatural species and not treated very nicely, many being executed by the Bureau before they “go rogue”.
If you’ve read any of my reviews before, you’ll know that I don’t post spoilers of any kind or reveal any plot twists in my book reviews, so here’s what the official blurb has to say about the story:
Chloe Hunter can’t seem to stay out of trouble. Incarcerated by The Bureau after running amok for a century with a gang of vampires, grifting and terrorizing humanity, she’s ready to make up for her dark and naughty past. Luckily, when The Bureau would rather see her at the end of a wooden stake, in comes her new straight-laced boss, Ethan Raines who’s got other plans. An enigmatic vampire who finds her hybrid blood and sexy street prowess too irresistible to pass up, Ethan requests The Bureau to release her into his custody. Her debt to society is to punish other supernaturals who break the law and cut them down.
When Chloe’s old gang involves her in a plot to unlock a mysterious box of woe, she’s forced to make some hard choices that threaten to betray the trust of the man who’s given her a second chance at life and love.
So, what did I like about it?
I requested Tall, Dark and Deadly through NetGalley for a number of reasons; the front cover caught my eye – I mean, half dressed gorgeous specimen of maleness you’ve got to agree, yum, the story description piqued my interest – bad girl turned good with potential of plenty of grey areas to play in and an odd couple romance, yes please and, of course, I love finding new-to-me authors. I found Kharma Kelley’s writing style to be breezy with a good dose of sarcasm and enjoyed the inclusion of pop culture quotes and shows making this a very easy book to read.
I love stories that highlight the fact that we all have choices and that the choices we make not only affect us but those around us too. Sometimes, the hardest thing is to take personal responsibility for those choices we make.
As Tall, Dark & Deadly is the first book in a new series, I understand that it’s a fine balance between imparting information and pace of plot. Ms Kelley has built a complex paranormal world filled with vampires, shapeshifters, goblins, demons and various species of Fae, many of which will be very familiar to existing fans of paranormal romance and urban fantasy genres. She has created an interesting history spanning millennia as well as a system of governance for the supernatural world which includes The Bureau who oversee the laws that every supernatural species has to adhere to. I’m intrigued to see where she’ll take us next and learning more about this world and how it works in subsequent books.
I really enjoyed Tall, Dark & Deadly; the relationship development, the adventure, the twists and surprises turned this story from a good book to a really good one, not to mention the passionate, erotic sex. Oh my! How can so few pages make me go from titillated to excited and adrenaline pumped to blubbering like a baby?! There is a nice little epilogue to finish this story off too which I enjoyed plus there’s the blurb about book 2 “Nocturnally Yours” which is coming out later this year right at the end. These characters have found a place in my heart so I will be looking out for it with hawk-like attention.
So, ummm, was there anything I disliked about it?
Now, I’ve got to be honest, yes I gave this book a 5 star (I loved it) rating but to begin with I didn’t like our heroine, Chloë Hunter. She was too gung-ho, seeming to lack the level of intelligence that I look for in a female lead and had to be rescued on numerous occasions from situations that were of a direct consequence of her thoughtless actions (*tut* I hate that!). However, I’m glad that I persevered because as the story continued, Ms Kelley gave us insights into Chloë’s history – the life she’d lead, the choices she’d had to make – that forged her into the adult she became. Ms Kelley also used Chloë’s new second-chance as an analyst with the Bureau as a way to develop her character and grow. I found myself seeing her with new eyes as I continued to read and did a complete 180° – Chloë earned my respect and won my heart.
So, basically what I’m saying is…
After a shaky start, I ended up really loving this action-packed, emotional, passionate, and sometimes dark, paranormal romance novel.
Due to the graphic violence and sexual content, I’m rating this book 18+ and so I’d recommend Tall, Dark & Deadly to adults who aren’t offended by content of this nature who like hunky heroes with a dark edge and enjoy seeing the female lead character really grow and come into their own within a relationship/romance tale that has some gritty story-lines and oodles of passion.
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