Every time Lexi Blake puts anything down in writing, she hits it out of the park! ~ Leigh, Guilty Pleasures
A New Heroine Rises…
Kelsey Atwood is a private detective with a problem. She came from a family of hunters, growing up on the wrong side of the supernatural world. Tracking down bail jumpers and deadbeat dads may not make her a lot of friends, but it’s a lot safer than the life she turned her back on. She was hoping to escape from the nightmares of her past, but her latest case has brought them right back to her door.
A young woman has gone missing, and she didn’t go willingly. When Kelsey discovers that the girl is actually a shifter, she knows she should drop the case and walk away. But this shifter was a sweet kid, and she’s in serious trouble. More females are missing and the evidence points to a legendary killer. Bodies are piling up, and her case is becoming center stage for a conflict that could shatter the fragile peace between wolves and vampires.
As the hunt intensifies, she finds herself trapped between two men—Gray, a magnetic half-demon lawman, and the ancient vampire Marcus Vorenus. Both men call to her, but when a shocking secret about Kelsey’s family is revealed, it could ruin them all. To stop the killer, she will have to embrace the truth about who—and what—she truly is.
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Every time Lexi Blake puts anything down in writing, she hits it out of the park, and Ripper is no exception. She creates a fantasy version of the world where vampires, werewolves, witches and other “supes” walk among unsuspecting humans. They have their own government, their own laws, and their own feuds. And to make it more thrilling, Ms. Blake does not rely on tired myths of these supernatural creatures, but creates her own theories on how they came into being and what talents they have. It is into this world that private investigator Kelsey Atwood becomes drawn.
Kelsey is one bad-ass heroine! She is funny, snarky, and doesn’t care what anyone thinks of her. She is a loner who deep down is lonely, and her outward bravado makes her internal longings all the more poignant. Kelsey’s interactions with both men, Marcus and Greyson, are both steamy and erotic, even if not always in a sexual way, even though both men are very different.
Greyson is the passionate half-demon who has had a vision of Kelsey as his wife and will do anything to safeguard her. His love is as wild and consuming and passionate as it is protective.
Marcus is the polar opposite of Grey. As a centuries-old vampire, Marcus is the calming influence on Kelsey. He is patient and soothing and his presence is like a warm blanket that you can sink into. Between the two of these men, I want my own vampire demon lover.
More than just being able to craft likeable and realistic characters (which is quite a feat for a vampire and a demon!), Ms. Blake has a knack for being such a talented storyteller. Her tales set the bar so high for anything else as they paint an entire imagined world in vivid colors and make it seem so real.
Ripper, while being a stand alone novel, is an offshoot of Ms. Blake’s earlier Thieves series, sharing many of the same characters. While it may have been satisfying to get this future glimpse into the lives of the characters from the earlier books, it did not leave me in a position where I was lost of felt as if I missed out on anything. It has now just enticed me to go back and read the first five books in the Thieves series to see what I have been missing. Because if they are anything like Ripper (which I suspect they are), I’m going to be spending a lot of time reading past my bedtime.