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A Jane Yellowrock Novel, #1

Jane Yellowrock is a skinwalker. She can turn into any animal she wants, which comes in handy for her career choice: hunting vampires for a living. She's just been hired by the Katherine Fonteneau, the madam of Katie's Ladies and one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans. Her assignment is to hunt a rogue who's been murdering humans and other vamps, as well.

And when a hot Cajun guy shows up saying he wants to help, or when she meets Leo, the vampire master of the whole city, Jane soon found out is that things are not as nearly as they seem.

Skinwalker is a brand new addition to a genre of strong heroines who can take care of themselves. Jane shares her body with animal who she's nicknamed Beast. While she's not sure how that came to be, as the story progresses, she founds out some hard truths about her past. The dynamic between Jane and Beast was something completely different and very interesting to read. I found myself liking Beast. She, in her own way, was clever and very smart.

The plot pretty much kept me guessing until the very end. Jane has to hunt a rogue vamp, but it's not as simple as that. She also has to deal with what she calls "sane vamps" Until now, all she's known has been the crazy vampires who have gone rogue and she's had to kill. The thought that there's sane ones is a hard one to swallow for her. The secondary characters were just as wonderful as the main one. One of my favorites is Leo. He's the master vampire of New Orleans and apart from being drop-dead gorgeous (pun intended) he's very clever and interested in Jane.

The plot is fresh, the characters very well-developed and the writing so descriptive, I could image every single bloodied scene in my head. And the fact that Ms. Hunter titles every chapter is pretty cool, from "Stick a dollar in your garter?" to "I'm psychic." It's a nice chance to the old numeric chapters. Skinwalker is a perfect mixed of urban fantasy, mystery and a hint of romance thrown in for good measure. It has the potential to become a fantastic series, and I'm so looking forward to reading more about Jane Yellowrock. 

Book Blurb for Skinwalker

A year ago Jane nearly lost her life taking down an entire blood family of deadly rogue vampires that preyed on the helpless local populace of an Appalachian town. Now, after months of recuperation, she’s back and ready to fight again. Except this time, she’s hired by those she’s trained to kill—vampires…

Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind—a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living. Back from hiatus, she’s hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katies’s Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who’s killing other vamps.

Amidst a bordello full of real “ladies of the night,” and a hot Cajun biker with a panther tattoo who stirs her carnal desire, Jane must stay focused and complete her mission—or else the next skin she’ll need to save just may be her own…

Night Owl Reviews Jul, 2009 4.50