Thursday, September 20, 2012

Speed date with Anna: HAUNTED by Jeanne C. Stein

Thursday is Speed Date Night--join on in, won't you? It's just 150 words or so and there's a linky at the bottom so we can all come visit and say hey. (Oh, and don't forget about the coolio giveaways linked <--- over here!)

HAUNTED (Anna Strong Chronicles #8) by Jeanne C. Stein
Urban Fantasy
304 pages, paperback
Available now (August 2013)
Publisher: Ace
Review copy provided by publisher for honest review

Anna Strong—kick-ass bounty hunter and vampire—has made some enemies in her time. But it’s not just her old foes she should be worried about… Anna’s shape-shifting friend Culebra finally opens up to her about his life before he owned Beso de la Muerte, a bar catering to supernatural clientele. As if summoned by the conversation, Culebra’s past stumbles into his bar in the form of an old buddy cashing in a favor.

Soon Anna, Culebra and her ex, DEA agent Max, find themselves deep in

Mexico, dealing with drug cartel infighting, old vendettas and missing girls. Mexico just may prove to be Anna’s best match yet…

Anna's grown into her abilities and limitations as a vampire and she seems much more comfortable with herself these days. Still, she pushes people away, not wanting them to get to close, afraid they might get hurt...or dead. In this installment, she's all over the place with her love life--a confused vamp is a sad vamp.

But when one of her closest friends, one who knows her dark secrets, needs her help, Anna doesn't hesitate. Culebra has always been a bit of a mystery but we get to know a lot about him and his very shadowy and dark past in this one (I was pretty shocked that he was *that* bad.).

Action abounds in number eight of the Anna Strong Chronicles as Anna, Culebra and Max dash around Mexico saving young girls from evil, evil men and generally kicking ass. Very satisfying, the ass-kicking those bad dudes so richly deserve and earn. Karma, she's a bitch and her name is Anna.

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  1. I'm intrigued about how they portray Mexico. LOL
    It might piss me off though - it usually does.
    I do like how you describe Anna so I might give it a chance after all.

  2. Ack! Another series I really have been wanting to read!!!

  3. Hmmm...this is a series I'm not familiar with. I'll have to look more into it. So many adult fantasy series to read...

  4. 8 books in this series! How are there so many books out and I've not heard much about them at all? *head desk* You know I love a guy with a dark and shadowy past so I think Culebra is going to have a new fan in me if I pick these books up. Plus, I'll probably be picturing Dragos Cuelbre in my head while reading, and that's never a bad thing:)

  5. "a confused vamp is a sad vamp." <---LMAO!

    How pathetic am I? Wait! Don't answer that! LOL

    Anyhoo, I just got book one in the series not too long ago. I know, I'm super behind. I hope that won't be the case for long.

  6. I got this but since it's so far back in a series I decided not to read it. I actually did pick it up to give it a shot but since I didn't know any background I ended up setting it down. I have SO many series to read I'm thinking I might skip this series for now. There are just too many books to read to get caught up!