Title: Black Dog Blues
Ever since being part of the pot in a high-stakes poker game, elfin outcast Kai Gracen figures he used up his good karma when Dempsey, a human Stalker, won the hand and took him in. Following the violent merge of Earth and Underhill, the human and elfin races are left with a messy, monster-ridden world, and Stalkers are the only cavalry willing to ride to someone’s rescue when something shadowy appears.
It’s a hard life but one Kai likes—filled with bounty, a few friends, and most importantly, no other elfin around to remind him of his past. And killing monsters is easy. Especially since he’s one himself.
But when a sidhe lord named Ryder arrives in San Diego, Kai is conscripted to do a job for Ryder’s fledgling Dawn Court. It’s supposed to be a simple run up the coast during dragon-mating season to retrieve a pregnant human woman seeking sanctuary. Easy, quick, and best of all, profitable. But Kai ends up in the middle of a deadly bloodline feud he has no hope of escaping.
No one ever got rich being a Stalker. But then few of them got old either and it doesn't look like Kai will be the exception.
Author: Rhys Ford
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Fish and Ghosts, Duck Duck Ghost, Murder and Mayhem, Ink and Shadows
Series: Kai Gracen
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Mad Lizard Mambo
Published by DSP Pulblications Source: Author
Published: February 3rd 2015
Genres: Male Male Romance, Paranormal Romance
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This is my second Rhys Ford read and I’m starting to understand her set ups a little more. Just like the other book of hers I read, this took some time to get used to. The world that’s created is SO different (language, humans vs Sidhe/Unsidhe, etc), even with the glossary, it’s takes about 1/4 of the book to really start understanding the lingo and world. Once I got the hang of it, I was able to focus on the story and really get in to it.
Kai Gracen is a Stalker. What’s a Stalker? Basically someone who’s hired to do things either by the government or by individual contract. Kai usually hunts and skins the Black Dogs that are pets or turned wild, who attack and kill people. He makes his money off the skins he returns. But Kai gets contracted for a job that sounds easy, even though they never really are, right? Apparently, Kai is Sidhe, but chooses to live his life more as a human, after being raised by one. Which is different considering that some humans are trying to BE Sidhe.
In this story, we follow Kai on his contractual journey to bring a pregnant woman from a Northern city (San Fran) to a Southern city (San Diego). Along the way, we learn bits and pieces about who Kai “really” is and what he means to his people. We also read some pretty disturbing, yet “can’t look away”, action scenes that will probably give me some sort of nightmare of my own (poor Kai). But it’s the internal battle that drew me closer to Kai. What a tortured soul. But impressively strong and amazingly loyal….to himself.
Beware! Not a lot of romance in this one and we’re definitely left hanging in this. We’ll need to pick up the next one to find out what’s gonna happen to…well…you’ll see. Sooooooo….I’m off to read the next one.