Reviewed by Ami
Title: Skim Blood and Savage Verse
Author: Angel Martinez
Series: Offbeat Crimes #3
Heroes: Carrington Loveless
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 137 Pages
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: April 4, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Words damage more than just feelings as Carrington hunts feral books menacing the city.
When a ferocious book attacks Carrington at his own birthday party, he believes it’s an isolated incident. But similar books soon pop up all over town, menacing innocent people with harsh bits of poetry and blank verse that deliver damaging physical blows. It’s a frustrating case with too many variables and not enough answers, and the stakes go up with each attack.
With the help of his misfit squad mates at the 77th and the public library’s Rare Books Department, the missing pieces decrease but not Carrington’s vexations. His commanding officer rakes him over the coals at the beginning of every shift. His police partner has lost patience with what she sees as his delusional relationship choices and his inability to pick the right man in a vast field of two. City Hall demands that the books be stopped immediately. It’s enough to put a nutritionally challenged vampire off his skim blood.
Review: I wholeheartedly enjoyed the Offbeat Crimes universe from Angel Martinez – the previous two books are Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters (book 1) and The Pill Bugs of Time (book 2) – and was so happy to learn that there would be an upcoming release for this series.
Skim Blood and Savage Verse features another member of the 77th Precinct: Carrington Loveless, the vampire who can only drink skim blood.
Carr and his partner, Amanda, are handling a case where seemingly enchanted books are throwing hurtful words – literally, like words coming out of the pages and hurt people! It was a really FUN case to read. I LOVE Martinez’s imagination! The whole word-throwing books and then we have Leather Jacket (or LJ) getting a girlfriend … it was really entertaining! I also liked the resolution of how to handle the violent books – it was creative!
There was romance in this book – but I had to admit that I thought it was rather rushed and I wasn’t completely satisfied. ** SLIGHTLY SPOILER-Y ** See, for almost half of the book, Carr was in awe with another character. The one that ended up as Carr’s love interest was important for the case, since he acted as a consultant. But in terms of relationship, he wasn’t really front and center because Carr didn’t think that he was his type.
I guess I missed the romantic build-up between the two, even if I thought he was good for Carr.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*