From the 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.
I ADORED this book, just like the others in the Offbeat Crimes series. In fact, had the romance had a little more page time, I think I would have given this 5-stars.
There is just something about the way that Angel Martinez writes this series that works for me. They are short books, but they pack a ton of good in each one. Each story is funny, interesting, and quirky in just the right ways. Skim Blood and Savage Verse was no different.
Just a note for those interested in this story: You have to wait a LONG time for the MCs to get together. Like, they don't get together until nearly the end, and if you have a problem with one of your MCs dating other people first, you might be bothered by this one. I didn't mind it, but I'm just putting it out there.
I liked how the whole story played out, honestly, but I wish there was about 50 more pages of the two MCs near the end. There was so much chemistry there that I wanted to see it further developed. I'm hoping that book #4 in the series continues their story because I want MORE (and more of those sexy-times, please, because I LOVED how the ones in this book played out!).
I loved how we got a POC MC, I loved how the story was exciting with a little hint of mystery, I loved Carrington's unusual vampire traits, and I loved the funky cast of characters that populated the story. I'm hoping that Angel Martinez writes an F/F with Carrington's partner because I would SO read that.
This book did so much right. I'll keep reading this series for as long as Angel Martinez keeps writing them.
*Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*