Aug 10, 2011

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Review: Taken by the Others by Jess Haines (H&W Investigations #2)

Urban Fantasy
January 1 2011
Mass Market Paperback
352 pages
Received from author
Kick Ass Chick – Shiarra Waynest

From Goodreads
Once, New York P.I. Shiarra Waynest’s most pressing problem was keeping her agency afloat. Now she’s dealing with two dangerous, seductive vampires who have been enemies for centuries. The only thing Max Carlyle and Alec Royce agree on is that they both want Shia – for very different reasons. Max is determined to destroy Shia for killing his progeny, while Royce’s interest is a lot more personal. That’s not sitting well with Shia’s werewolf boyfriend, Chaz. As the feud between Max and Royce gets ever more deadly, a powerful vampire-hunting faction is urging Shia to join their side. Shia has always believed vamps were the bad guys, but she’s discovering unexpected shades of grey that are about to redefine her friends, her loyalties – and even her desires.


Taken by the Others is the second book in Jess Haines’ H&W Investigations series.  No I did not read book one.  I know, I know, so not like me!  Well, there was a slight mix up and I got book two.  But you know what?  It turned out okay.

The book opens with Shiarra, our heroine, having to talk someone down who just happens to have a gun pointed to her head.  Yeah.  I have to tell you, with an opening like that, you know you are in for a fast paced read.

I liked Shiarra even though I found that her fear of vampires and being bitten was a little bit much at times.  Then again, that is her phobia and therefore she is allowed to be scared senseless I suppose.  I found myself giggling at what she was saying and thinking through the book, and I always love when a character can make me giggle.  She and the other characters in this book certainly kept me well entertained.  I enjoyed seeing some of the White Hats (Other being hunters) learn that their perception of the Others was not quite accurate.  I enjoyed reading Devon (he would make a great novella hero).  And I really enjoyed Royce.

Alec Royce is a vampire.  An old and powerful one.  She is suave and charming, in his own way, and he (we think) has eyes for Shiarra.  You can tell that he isn’t used to being told no or to being told to hold off, but he does his best for Shia.  But man can you ever tell that it’s taking every ounce of restraint he owns!  Shia wants nothing to do with Royce, not only because he is what she is most afraid of, but also because she has a pretty serious boyfriend in Chaz.

I didn’t get much of a feel for Chaz (and leader of one of the Werewolf packs in town).  He isn’t in the book much and what we see of him well…let’s just say there isn’t much talking.  And no I don’t mean because they are too busy doing the nasty – I mean because he’s a wolf and can’t talk.

The story itself was pretty good.  A vampire wants an eye for an eye after what happened in book one and he seems to feel that Shiarra is that eye.  So he tries to kidnap her.  Sometimes he succeeds and sometimes he does not.  But it does make for quite the ride.

Even though the end felt a tad rushed to me (bam your fighting, bam you’re gone, bam your lover is hurt, bam you run off), I enjoyed the pace of the rest of the book and the overall feel of it too.  Interesting characters set in an interesting world.  I really like the idea that vampires are restricted by law and that you have to have a legally bound contract before being turned or bled.  Pretty neat.

I did not feel lost or confused at all while reading this book – seeing that I did not read book one.  That said there were a few details that I was very curious about their origins.  The belt for example.  And how Shiarra met Royce.  And how long has Shiarra been in a relationship with Chaz.  And why is Shiarra so darned afraid of vampires?!  These are all things I would assume are explained in the first book.  And although I didn’t feel lost of confused, I did find myself wanting to learn more.

Am I planning on reading the next book?  Eventually for sure, yes.  I am very curious to see where things go with Shiarra and Chaz.  And let’s not forget Royce.  No, let’s not forget Royce.

3.5 stars

Giggle worthy quotes

“It was one thing to face Royce in open battle, knowing we were going to kill each other if we could.  Quite another to have him go from friendly and cordial to I’m-about-to-eat-your-face-pass-the-salt-please.”


“’He understands us?’

‘Of course.  He’s furry, not stupid.’”


“Yes, I screamed like a girl.  I am one.”

Books in the H&W Investigations series –
Hunted by the Others
Taken by the Others
Deceived by the Others

  1. I started book one, couldn’t finish it, mainly b/c her fear of vampires drove me nutso, but everyone seems to love this series so much that I want to give it another try.

  2. Devon slurp Devon mine.

  3. Oh you did not read book 1? Well she does get the belt there and meets Royce, mmmmm royce

  4. I heard so many really good things about this series that I think I have to give it a try. I’m going to add book “1” to my TBR. 😛
    Great review 🙂

  5. I think I am going to give this series a try!

  6. A Buckeye Girl Reads – I’ve heard very mixed things about book one. I was also told that book two is much better. 🙂

    Katie – Is he in the next book? I did like him lots!

    blodeuedd – Mmmm Royce indeed…

    Bookaholic Cat – People who love these books love them a lot. lol

    The Book Diva – This seems to be one of those series that people either love or don’t. Curious to see where you’ll fall.

  7. Oh! I always wanted to read book one, that’s neat that you could go right into reading the second one. Yeah, I haven’t read the books and already I can tell I’d be Team Royce. Lol

  8. Glad to see you liked Taken by the others 😀 Yes, you should definitely read Book #1 as everything gets introduced there: the world, the characters so it’s a wonder how you found your footing without starting at the beginning 🙂 And yes, Royce *dreamy sighs* (ps. and we’ll see more of him in Book #4 too, just saying.. ;-p)

  9. So Chaz is a serious boyfriend now? Eh. I was afraid of that.

  10. What happened to my last sentence? Weird.

  11. Skye – It was okay to go to book 2, but I think starting with book 1 is a good idea. lol

    Stella – With the name Royce, you know he’s gonna be yummy. lol

    Catherine – What was your last sentence? lol

  12. The last word dropped to another line. It didn’t look like that when I submitted it, so I couldn’t figure out what happened.

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