Book Reviews

End Street Vol. 1 (End Street Detective Agency #1-2) by Amber Kell and RJ Scott at Love Lane Books

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Shifters / Vampires / Demons / Several Species / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 17-April-2017

Book Blurb

Contains books 1 and 2 in the End Street series (previously released as standalone stories).

 


The Case of The Cupid Curse

Sam Enderson is a human detective who inherits a building from where his Uncle used to run a detective agency. He finds himself working for paranormal creatures despite his resolve to stick with humans only. To supplement his income as a new PI Sam rents out rooms in the large house.

Bob is a vampire and turns up on Sam's doorstep to rent a room. Sparks fly and Sam is attracted to the vampire despite himself.
Sam is cursed by a witch, and has two cases landing on his desk. Werewolves, annoying ghosts and a grumpy gargoyle are enough to drive Sam mad. But somehow in amongst all of this he has to find a missing fae and a missing shifter child.

The Case of the Wicked Wolf

Naiads, humans, sirens and a challenge for Alpha make up the intricate story in the race to rescue the missing children.
Sam and Bob have more than just the case of one lost child to handle. 

Not only is Shelby Hartman missing, but other paranormal children have disappeared. The race to rescue the children is hampered by naiads, humans, sirens and a challenge for Alpha.
Hartman Hunter is desperate to find his daughter. He turns to the demon Danjal Naamah for help. The problem is that Danjal is the only person Hartman has ever loved—the man he let go for the sake of the pack…



First Edition of The Case of the Cupid Curse published by Total E-Bound Publishing, 2013.

First Edition of The Case of the Wicked Wolf published by Total E-Bound Publishing, 2013.

 

Book Review

I might be a lot of things but when two authors, whose work I have read and enjoyed, offer up a free book… I'm definitely not stupid. Especially in this case when I have been eyeballing this series as a potential to be read. I was jazzed to jump into Sam's world and get a dose of mystery, suspense, thrills, and the paranormal.

The Case of the Cupid Curse
I kind of fell for Sam pretty quickly. He's just so darn cute, and very uneducated about the paranormals that share his world. Maybe not uneducated so much as he didn't care, so he didn't pay attention to those classes in school. His uncle has died and left Sam his whole building and Sam is taking the opportunity to do what he has always wanted to do. Be a private detective like his uncle was, except Sam isn't going to do all that pro bono work for the paranormals like his uncle did. Too bad his first day ends up with him being cursed by a witch, having Bob the vampire rent one of the vacant apartments, meeting Teddy, a ghost, and the filekeeper, and having a gargoyle tell him everything he was doing wrong.

He also picked up two cases on his first day, though, so all in all, it hadn't gone half bad. First, he has to try to locate a missing fae triplet whose brothers are very worried about him. Second, he gets hired by Hartman Hunter, leader of the largest werekin pack in the state, to find his missing four year-old daughter. Luckily, or not, Bob has assigned himself to be Sam's personal bodyguard in the paranormal world. What's even more frustrating for Sam is that every single paranormal he meets keeps asking him what he is. He's human, dammit!

"There were no leads and a little girl, a wolf child, still missing only two days before full moon. There was the witch who wanted werewolf bones and who for some reason felt he owed her a favor. He had a case with no leads, where there was a missing fae from a triad, and a threat stabbed by sirens to his office chair. Not to mention the curse that meant wearing a god-awful necklace, and a vampire that followed him everywhere.
Let’s face it. I’m shit at this detective stuff."

This was an extraordinary beginning to this series. Sam and Bob are off to a wonderful start in their relationship, Sam solved his missing fae case and they blessed him - he has no clue what that means - plus they broke the witch's curse. Now, Sam needs to find the missing werewolf child, deal with the fact that the witch's familiar, a black cat named Smudge, has now made himself at home with his new "owner", and at some point address his ancestry because it's pretty obvious he's not totally human.

The Case of the Wicked Wolf
I really liked the fact that the authors started this second novella within a few days of ending the previous installment. I wasn't, however, particularly thrilled with some inconsistencies that stared me right in the face from the start, but I went with it in hopes they would be explained. This second case began with just as much excitement as the prior so I knew I was in for a good time. I was definitely curious to see how the two not-so-separate story lines, Sam and Bob, and Hartman and Dan, were going to play out.

“So important that you drag your wolf ass into my shop, where you vowed never to step again? To talk to the one person you also added you never wanted to touch, sleep with, or even see again?”

With a naiad, a troll, a familiar, Bob the vampire, Teddy the ghost, Hartman the alpha wolf, Dan the demon, and way, way, way too many damn sirens, it's a wonder Sam and the rest of his gang get out of this alive. Rescuing the young girls was thrilling, and Sam ended up with something he wasn't really expecting, but Sam has a big heart and he hates to see anyone, human or paranormal, suffer.

Now that I have voraciously worked my way through this second case, I'm clamoring for volume two that includes cases three and four. I'm hooked on Sam and his gang, plus I still don't know exactly what Sam is. And the sirens are out to kill Sam as he has thwarted them twice now, and their queen wants his head on a platter. I really hope to see more of the secondary characters as they are really wonderful. A very exciting and thrilling collection!

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Collection/2 novellas, 107 pages/64500 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 06-October-2015
Price $4.99 ebook, $11.99 paperback
Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/End-Street-Detective-Agency-ebook/dp/B0168MICJ4