Stake Out by Lily Luchesi – ARC Review

Stake-Out by Lily Luchesi
Reviewed 8 May 2015

Stake-Out (Paranormal Detectives Book One)

Rating
3 / 5 Stars

Goodreads Description
Detective Danny Mancini is on a case, following a murder suspect. When he catches him, he finds out that the perp isn’t even human: he’s a 200 year old rogue vampire!


The department doesn’t believe him, and puts him on early retirement, despite his many years of service to the Chicago Police Department, which sends him into a downward spiral.
Two years later, Danny gets an invitation from the beautiful, young and very attractive Detective Angelica Cross to join a secret branch of the FBI to help her track down Vincent, the wayward vamp.
But renegade werewolves, meddling immortal witches and Danny’s strange visions of a life lived a century ago with Angelica make things more difficult than it should be.

My Review
I was contacted by Lily Luchesi and offered a free e-copy of her book, Stake Out in exchange for an honest review.

I was immediately intrigued by the plot. This book had a great opening chapter and immediately sucked you in.

I absolutely loved the characters and their personalities. Especially Angelica. That girl could seriously kick some ass.

The biggest complaint I had with this book was everything was seemed so rushed. All the emotions and action packed scenes were over as fast as they started. The characters and their relationships grew and receded so fast, I couldn’t even adjust before it was changing again. Even the ending was so rushed. I felt like so much detail that connects the reader to the story was missing. It just needed to be beefed up to support the already great structure it has.

Another (maybe this is petty) thing that bothered me was the immense use of exclamation points. I read the way things would be said in real life, and the exclamation points just seemed to be used in awkward places or overused altogether.

The overall plot and characters were fantastic, and I know this was only 100 pages but there are so many instances where senses, emotion and detail could be infused to beef it up and help connect the reader to the story, that it could easily double in length.

A fast reader and very entertaining! Definitely held my interest!

Recommended?
It was a nice quick read.  So yes.

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