If the excerpt of the next book is anything to go by Shia is going to be one beloved bad ass babe. Characters you thought you loved will become the ones you hate, and the ones you've hated will become the ones you love. Haines has truly demonstrated she's not a gimmick in the genre of UF.
Kissing, heavy petting, sexual humor, and a reference to rape. Mar 22, Mandi Schreiner rated it really liked it Shelves: Shia and Chaz have had a somewhat on and off again relationship. But Shia is ready to take their relationship to the next level, and has the contract in hand to prove to Chaz she wants a physical relationship. Since the full moon is coming soon, Chaz and his small Sunstrikers clan are off to a mountain resort to spend a few days while they turn furry. Shia sees this as an opportunity to not only bond more with Chaz, but to meet his entire group and get to know them better.
But not everyone is happy Shia is there. After a few threatening notes and a ransacked hotel room, Shia realized she might be a target. She becomes very intent on finding the perpetrator. She puts her P. I skills to use — but finds out much more than she bargained for. This book took a little while for me to get into. Shia and Chaz leave for the resort right off the bat, but it takes awhile once they get up there for real action to get going.
But a little more than half way into the book, some big events take place and I flew through the end very excited by what happens. I will also admit to being a huge Alec Royce fan. What we do get from him is pretty brief but I have high hopes for the next book. I think I said that same statement in my review of the last book! But I really do believe eventually Alec and Shia will progress to more than just their odd vampire-human thing they have going on right now.
But — we get some very interesting revelations from him in this book, and I love the direction his character is going. It is going to make a very fun book four. Despite the slow start, and my yearning for more Alec, this book is a nice addition to this series. I definitely recommend starting from the beginning of this series, as each book builds upon the next. More accurately, I talk to the characters in the books I read. I yell at them when they do stupid things and cheer for them when they do awesome things.
This is one fantastically messed up book! And I mean that in the best way possible. Shia is dating the Alpha of the third largest pack in New York. You will love Alec Royce, the most powerful vampire in the city with looks that kill and an agenda that only he knows. Magic more your thing? Wait until you meet The Circle, witches and mages with enchanted objects not to be believed. Navigating this world of Others is Shia, a levelheaded P.
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She has ties to every paranormal group in the city—and a few anti-paranormal groups too—whether she wants to or not. Plenty of urban fantasy authors do dark and disturbing. Jess Haines does urban fantasy that is smart and sexy with characters the span the spectrum from super scary to playfully snarky, and dangerously seductive. Shia is physically and emotionally torn apart in this book. Some characters reveal their true colors in ways that stunned and incensed me while others stepped up in ways I never thought possible.
A scene of semi graphic sensuality. Sep 25, Ferdy rated it it was ok. Spoilers To show her commitment to Chaz - her werewolf boyfriend, Shia decides to spend the weekend away with him and his werewolf pack. Of course, Shia's weekend doesn't go according to plan when Chaz and his pack are attacked. Naturally, Shia investigates the bad guys. It was annoying how idiotic she was — she ignored everything going on around her, buried her head in the sand and then acted all surprised when she found out about Chaz's infidelity.
She g Spoilers To show her commitment to Chaz - her werewolf boyfriend, Shia decides to spend the weekend away with him and his werewolf pack. She gets played way too much by everyone around her — she's more or less powerless without Chaz, Royce, Arnold and the White Hats. I was hoping that Shia would become more in control of her life and wouldn't let anyone walk all over her but she was still very much a victim.
He actually thought it was ok for him to cheat and lie to Shia, and then on top of that he acted like he was the victim and blamed Shia for everything. I think the only reason that Chaz was portrayed as such a bastard was to make Royce seem like the better love interest. Royce was still a slimy jerk though, all he's ever done is manipulate Shia and put her in danger.
He's such a rubbish love interest, it's obvious he doesn't love her — the only reason he shows any interest in her is because she doesn't want him. He threatens, uses and intimidates Shia, he also sleeps around and lusts after other women. From his actions and words, its clear that Shia's nothing special to him but because he's good looking and occasionally flirts with Shia everyone thinks he's her HEA.
I just don't get it. If they do get together, I hope it's just sex and they don't magically fall in love with each other. A romance with Royce isn't believable since 1 Shia doesn't like being involved with Others 2 Royce treats Shia like dirt 3 Royce has blackmailed, beaten and lied to Shia repeatedly and 4 Shia's family would never make accept her if she dated a vampire. It won't make any sense for them to all of sudden claim they love each other. What the fuck sort of parents would blame their daughter and act ashamed of her when she gets attacked?!
I'm guessing Shia will probably just forgive them because she's pretty weak like that. This was disappointing - Shia was a dumb doormat, Chaz was a bastard, Royce was a douche and the plot was boring. View all 3 comments. Jan 19, Natasha rated it it was amazing. It's been a while since I read the previous book in this series, so I was a bit confused with where things were. After I looked back and back into the run of things I was on board for a fast ride. The start of this novel was good.
I loved the "camping with werewolves" aspect and that she got to have some face time with Chaz. As the story went on, more mysterious things popped into place and set the peak in motion. By the middle to end of the book, I was at the edge of my seat, rotating from Wow. By the middle to end of the book, I was at the edge of my seat, rotating from anger and tears for Shiarra. Man, she may have gotten the rounds in the previous books, but I think this one takes the cake. The characters, as always, were great and entertaining.
It's hard to say, but even knowing it was in pure need for Chaz, I'm not liking him right now. Alec wasn't a huge aspect in this story, but he had some face time and it was perfect and what Shiarra needed. There was one scene where I truly felt what Shiarra did. Over all, this story was one for all you mystery and suspense buffs. Yes, it had romance, paranormal, action and gore, but I really loved the "who did it" aspect. Good guys turning bad, and vice versa.
I'm so very excited for the next instalment. Pick this series up! You won't regret it. Jun 29, Danielle Danniegurl rated it liked it Shelves: It just ended like that. I'm not getting enough romance to drive me forward. And based on the reviews I'm getting it does happen next book but not naturally.
This book does not provoke much emotion for me. Shia tells us she is mad, I don't feel her anger because she tells us. I'm just not sure how to feel about this book. There is something "there" about the series that keeps me coming back, but there isn't enough to really drive me forward once Idk. There is something "there" about the series that keeps me coming back, but there isn't enough to really drive me forward once I get there. I am a bit disappointed in this book because firstly Chaz and Shia are together.
I've never really been a fan of Chaz's. He blows her off and just the way he talks to her? I'm not feeling him. I read a spoiler about this book and it totally soured my view I think. But the spoiler wasn't completely unexpected, I got this feeling in book 2 from him.asia.userengage.io/16306.php
Forsaken by the Others (H&W Investigations, #5) by Jess Haines
She also brings a contract with her because she's thinking of signing it. Even though she has this like big issue with Others. So I really don't understand this. She's thinking about all the time they will cozy up with each other and all the snuggling That doesn't go as planned. Chaz is off busy dealing with the pack.
He is always with the pack. Meanwhile Shia has ignored every little hint under the sun that something is going to happen, which doesn't really get explained. Legit, she's an investigator, a PI, it should be like in their blood wanting to find out what is going on and why literally every person is coming out of the woodwork. What does Shia do? Does she call everyone back?
Does she find out what the issue is? Nope she still goes on the stupid trip. So when suddenly shit starts happening does she decide to start investigating? She goes off in search of finding clues at the main house without knowing who is there.
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She thinks she is smart. This whole entire book was just meh. It just served as a big waste of time for Shia to finally see that Chaz was never for her. She doesn't really investigate, she stumbles through everything. She can't rely on herself. At first I thought it was cool to have a non-badass heroine, but in 3 books there should have been some character growth.
Some way for her to have keen observation skills or at the very least notice the shit going on around her. I see in the next book that her and Royce might get together, but I'm not sure I'm interested. She should have never given Chaz the time of day. You know who Chaz reminds me of? Richard from Anita Blake. No one likes Richard. I don't like Chaz. Honestly there isn't really much to say about this book. The go to the cabin there's arrows with silver being shot at their party, there is mysterious notes in Shia and Chaz's cabin, there's been someone who destroyed their room as well.
But when we find out some of these mystery's answers I'm not really blown away. I'm also not feeling the connections in some ways Shia tells her story in a very telling way, which doesn't always convey the emotional component to things. I really don't feel any positive feelings with regards to Chaz. And Shia's friends even they aren't that fleshed out for me. Royce being a love interest would be good, if the author had built up their relationship some more. So overall I think this is where I bid this series goodbye.
Jun 22, Torzilla rated it it was amazing Shelves: I love the creative endings Jess has for each book. I turned into a bloodthirsty little bitch, too as I prayed for the villains to be murdered. It was actually at this point where I felt more sympathetic towards Shia. More on that later in the review. If anyone has read my past reviews, they might have ascertained that I have a feeling of ambivalence towards Shia; in the beginning of this series, it was her intense fear of vampires that frustrated me.
For whatever reason, I was unable to feel any sort of sympathy, and thus was willing to write her off as a pain in the ass In TBTO, she once again went back to frustrating me because of her fear of vampires. Thankfully, that fear was not as intense, and I was willing to overlook it this time around. She also made me feel bad for her as she experienced murdering someone for the first time.
Thankfully, in DBTO, we have no intense fear of the bloodsuckers that transforms Shia into a scaredy cat. In fact, if anything, I think Shia was fairly kick ass and this is reinforced upon reading the beginning of book 4. I could have done without all the lovey dovey pet names Chaz and Shia had for each other, and I certainly would have enjoyed a little bit more action in the beginning, but by the midway point, I was not disappointed. It seems with most UFs there is a buildup, and once a person has the patience to stick with it, they are greatly rewarded, as is the case with DBTO.
For fear of spoiling the great surprise, I will say no more about the plot. But I would like to say this: DBTO finally has me switching teams now. Eff Chaz, Royce all the way, bebe! As for the ending, since I said earlier I would touch upon it more: And you know what? Since this book wasn't like the others, I'm okay with that. What made me adore it almost as much as its predecessors was the sense of well I love books that capture the essence of the latter.
I highly recommend DBTO. The author's writing skills have improved exponentially since the start of this series, and I am happy to say that the characters have grown on me, too. Jun 05, Tynga rated it it was amazing. Trying is the keyword here. She brought with her a contract that would legally bind her to him. Is she ready to take this big step? Will more trouble arise in paradise? If I had to use only one word to describe Deceived by the Others it would be Unexpected. The entire plot line totally took me off guard and I regaled in the unknown.
Jess Haines succeeded at knitting a tight and surprising plot that will keep you on your toes. Shia was a lot more levelheaded than she used to be except at a very specific moment so it was nice to see this growth. I have to say: For some reason I just picture him like a World of Warcraft gnome in my head. Previously Published on my blog: Jess Haines has been able to do it all. I me Previously Published on my blog: I for one, thoroughly enjoyed both Hunted by The Others and Taken by the Others, but even though both books were quite awesome to read they had yet to cement strong feeling about this series and characters.
If you are as much as an Urban Fantasy fan as I am, I absolutely recommend this series to you. Mar 21, Stacy rated it it was amazing Shelves: The title completely makes sense after finishing the book though. Shiarra seems to finally be settling in with the idea of being with Chaz and becoming part of the pack in a legal sense by signing a contract.
Little does she know all her thoughts will soon be flushed down the drain. I have never been crazy about Chaz but OMG how i despise him now. I was so blindsided by the events that took place, my heart was about to pound out of my chest and I can honestly say the situation and writing were so powerful I found myself pissed off and crying my eyes out at many points right there beside Shia.
Jess continued to pack in the action as well you wont be able to put the book down. The book ends on another dramatic note. Nov 13, Carien rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is one of those series that just keeps getting better and better with each book. Haines sure knows how to keep her readers on the edge of their seat. I went through a wide range of emotions while reading this third installment: I laughed, fumed and cried. Haines succeeded in making me love Shia even more than I already did and make me truly loathe some other characters in this book.
The writing and world building are both just excellent if not even better as in the first books and I love ho This is one of those series that just keeps getting better and better with each book. The writing and world building are both just excellent if not even better as in the first books and I love how Haines manages to expand on her world in a natural, believable way. I also liked the focus on the werewolf pack and the understanding it gave me into how Haines' wolves interact with each other and those around them.
The story itself is very suspenseful, funny, frustrating, exciting and utterly awesome and I will tell you that when you finish it you will want to immediately read it again while you're counting the days till book 4 will be released. Voodoo Bride complained that there wasn't enough of Royce's butt in this book, but as Voodoo Bride would still have complained if half the book was a description of Royce's butt I wouldn't listen to her too much if I were you. Dec 18, Katie babs rated it really liked it. Deceived by the Others begins as a more laid back book. But then drama ensues when she and Chaz are targeted by some jealous werewolves who have it out for Chaz.
Jess does something with Chaz that will have you screaming and wanting to tear h Deceived by the Others begins as a more laid back book. Jess does something with Chaz that will have you screaming and wanting to tear him into little pieces much like Shia wants to do when she catches him red handed in his betrayal.
And, it's quite a doozy. It really ramps up the action and drama and will have you anxious for the next book. Deceived by the Others starts out pretty slow and because of it I grew concerned on whether or not I'd continue on. The aftermath of what Shia witnesses will anger readers but make them want to read book 4. Someone Shia trusts is a douche big time and I hope they get theirs in the end. Dollface needs to put on her big-girl panties.
Nov 13, Stella rated it really liked it Shelves: Be warned that spoilers of Book 1 and 2 might occur, so if you haven't read those yet, you might close your eyes and skip reading this review. Unfortunately Shia does what she does best: Shia won't speak with Royce until about way after page So sadly I didn't get in Deceived by the Others the big confrontational talk between Shia and Royce after the blood bonding and their dealing with of where they go from there, but I keep hope I'll get it in Book 4. So to get back to Deceived by the Others: Shia is debating whether to take her relationship with Chaz to the next level and sign the contract binding herself to an Other.
As an attempt to rekindle their relationship after Shia's bonding to Royce in Book 2 which took its toll on Chaz, Shia and Chaz are going for a short vacation in the mountains to spend a few days with the whole Sunstriker pack during full moon. Before I started reading Deceived by the Others I have glimpsed plenty of outrage exclamations of fans and warnings that there will be some pretty shocking revelations, so I was on the lookout constantly for the big fallout. I have to say I wasn't that surprised because I haven't liked Chaz from the beginning.
He seemed phony and superficial to me, his interactions with Shia didn't seem deep or intense, so I can't say I was stunned by what he did and his plan. But then with the conclusion Jess Haines revealed that it was more of a prank, the humour of which I appreciated, but would have loved to have a more serious and bigger evil in the works too.
I know, I'm greedy: Though they clearly are the spice of this series and what makes it outstanding, Shia's humour and sarcasm on her own is still remarkable and just as funny as before: Maybe I could crack the thing's skull before it tore out my insides. And the tooth fairy would swing by to play backup for me next. Coitus interruptus does not a happy camper make. Don't you know what we could do to you? I've fought your kind before. You kids don't know who you're messing with. All in all Deceived by the Others was an exciting page turner peppered with the usual entertaining witty humour of Jess Haines' heroine.
But I really hope they'll get their time to shine in the next books and Jess Haines will reward us with plenty of yumminess: It was about time this series got a great cover and I love the cover of Deceived by the Others! Atmospheric yet colourful and finally Shia looks normal and not like some leather-clad hooker. Sep 04, Liz rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Recommended to Liz by: Shia is looking forward to some down time with Chaz but before she leaves, she receives two very cryptic phone messages; one from Alec Royce, the other from Jack, the leader of the White Hats.
Of course, Shia has had enough of both Jack and Royce trying to control her actions, so she ignores their warnings and gets out of Dodge. Spending time with Chaz also included meeting his pack and giving everyone the opportunity to get used to each other. Shia wants to watch the pack as they change during the full moon.
I was left shocked and angry, particularly with one character whom I will not name because you have to read it for yourself. The title alone gives me chills and I cannot wait to read it. Get to know Jess Haines by visiting her website, www. Jul 09, Hilcia rated it liked it Shelves: Events and relationships are explained and the story is easy to follow, however, I do recommend that this series be read in order.
As a character I really like Shia. She is a "normal" in the midst of "Others" -- Weres, vampires, mages, witches. Her job is to eliminate the monsters, and in the past she has been quite vocal in her anti-Other senti 3. Her job is to eliminate the monsters, and in the past she has been quite vocal in her anti-Other sentiments, except that she's found out they're not all evil.
The tough part for her in this installment is coming to terms with who is who. Shia puts on a great show as a no nonsense kind of gal but is not overconfident of her personal abilities, and I also like that she is not the typical sarcastic or cynical narrator. Instead, I find her to be quite amusing and love those moments when she just doesn't know what to do. Shia isn't the typical "kick ass" heroine in this installment, except that somehow she always figures out how to take care of herself and doesn't take crap from anybody even when scared.
Chaz on the other hand didn't turn out to be a favorite character from the beginning, which is unfortunate because both he and Shia are the focus of this story. The two biggest problems for me where he's concerned were that I had trouble seeing Chaz both as Shia's boyfriend and as the Sunstriker's alpha. On the other hand, there's a character that is mentioned throughout the book and that makes an appearance at the end, the vampire Alec Royce, who just steals every single little scene where he appears in the book. I want to know more about him! Hopefully there will be more from this character in the next installment.
Although Deceived by the Others is a quick read, the pacing of the story itself is not a quick one. There is a lot of build-up as events unfold between Chaz, Shia, and the pack with small incidents here and there, but the real action doesn't really kick in until after the first half of the book. This worked out for me personally, as it afforded me the opportunity to learn a bit about the characters and the background story. However once the action finally picked up, so did my interest and I rushed to the end to find out the outcome.
This in itself was a letdown, as there were really no answers to the two big issues that were raised throughout this installment, although there is a big reveal about Chaz, and something that happens to Shia in this book that I won't spoil for fans of the series. Deceived by the Others was interesting enough for me that I'll go back and read those first two installments to catch up with this series, and I'll definitely read the next one to find out what happens next. For established fans of the series I would say that although this installment is not packed with action, there are enough new revelations in this book to maintain excitement, plus those issues mentioned above that are left unanswered?
One of them is huge for Shia! The next book is a must read. Jun 28, Fangs for the Fantasy rated it it was ok. Shiarra is on the cusp of taking a big step — finally signing the contract between herself and Chaz that would formalise their relationship between a Human and an Other. While not as romantic as being alone, it does give her chance to get to know the pack and see Chaz around them.
This is a book of two halves. Shiarra is going on holiday with the Sunstriker pack during the full moon to get used to them, befriend them and, perhaps, take her relationship to the next level with her boyfriend Chaz. This involved just hanging around, eating, drinking and enjoying the views. Chaz spent a substantial amount of time away from her dealing with various issues. There was a Mean Girl werewolf who hated Shiarra for random reasons but Shiarra pulled out some badassery to make her back down — so that petered off. I spent a lot of time wondering what the point was.
If she was furthering her relationship with Chaz, I expected that relationship to develop. If she was forming bonds with the pack, I expected her to do so and spend time with them and develop some relationships. Then there were random sidequests. Seth and his teenaged minions challenged Chaz and were slapped down easily. Chaz is the Alpha of the third largest werewolf pack in the area, he commands werewolves — surely being willing to fight down revolutions and being politically minded are assumed elements of the job?
So it just kind of happened and then went away Read More Jan 24, Gules rated it really liked it. Wow, that was a shocker! Now I can't wait to read the next book! I have to say that infidelity is something i have a major issue about, and reading about it really pulls up a lot of emotions.
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I know that she did not want to become invo Wow, that was a shocker! I know that she did not want to become involved with the Others at all - ever, but purely from a PI standpoint, knowing people's characteristics and capabilities would seem really important to her safety, knowing how to recognize and avoid dangerous situations and people.
There also seems to be an inconsistency with some of the characters. I know that people can seem one way, and be totally opposite of what you perceive. This may be because I'm used to novels and characters that are more predictable, though you usually get some type of "feeling" about a character that has you wondering how much you really know about them. Some of the signs are there, but perhaps because of the way it's written from S's point of view it's more easily disregarded and therefore comes as almost just as much of a shock to the reader as it does to her character.
Though what I've written sounds like a lot of criticism, I did enjoy the book. I cheered for S as she opened herself up to Chaz as well as when she wanted to kick his ass. She's someone who is forthright and isn't into playing the games that everyone else seems to be. I have to wonder what A is up to though. Is he really on the up and up? It was disappointing to see him involved in an intimate relationship with someone else, as he's been pursuing S all this time. Once, New York P. The only thing Max Carlyle and Alec Royce agree on is that they both want Shia—for very different reasons.
As the feud between Max and Royce gets ever more deadly, a powerful vampire-hunting faction is urging Shia to join their side. For New York P. Shiarra Waynest, taking care of Others business started out as a way to stay solvent. But now business is getting very, very complicated…. Still, after a few bumps, Shia is finally ready to get serious.
Soon after they arrive, threatening notes appear, warning Chaz to go home. Then their cabin is ransacked. Then Shiarra Waynest was drawn into the world of the Others. Every faction has its own loyalties and agenda. The enigmatic vampire Royce wants her back in his clutches, as do two powerful werewolf packs, along with the police.
And for private investigator Shiarra Waynest, that means mayhem…. Have a one night stand with a vampire, and you can end up paying for it for eternity. Shiarra Waynest, an expert on the Others, knows that better than most. Yet here she is, waking up beside charismatic vamp Alec Royce with an aching head…and neck. But something is rotten—literally—in the state of California, where local vampires are being attacked by zombies.
Who could be powerful enough to control them—and reckless enough to target the immortal? Following the trail will lead Shia to a terrifying truth, and to an ancient enemy with a personal grudge…. Vampires, werewolves, magi and worse--the Others have joined the mortal world, and there's no turning back now As a New York P. But waking up in a windowless room the prisoner of a vampire slave trader is a shock for anyone.
Shia has her wits, her bravado, and a couple of used staples, so maybe she can take on a mansion full of serious evil.
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