Giving the love of his life immortality didn’t go exactly as Hunter had hoped. As if having her push him away wasn’t punishment enough, he also ended up in prison for turning her without her written consent. And after months on the inside with no contact, he could only assume she was well and truly over him. So what if the memory of her consumed his every waking thought? That was his problem; he’d deal with it. Time to stop chasing Mischa Bartone once and for all.
But when Mischa and Hunter are thrown together on a case for a very pregnant Harper Hall, sparks fly—and it doesn’t take Mischa long to realize that letting Hunter go had been a huge mistake, the biggest of her life (er, undeath?). Time to stop running and fight for what—and who—she wants.
So, all she has to do is go undercover in the Miss Eternity vampire beauty pageant, find a couple of missing former contestants, stop a sicko stalker with a penchant for floral metaphors, complete her court-mandated vampire therapy sessions, and win back the man (er, vampire) she loves. In heels. And a skeezy pageant swimsuit. Easy, right?
Yeah, not so much.
I’ll admit I was a little nervous about this one. I LOVED the first two books in the series, Semi-Charmed and Semi-Human. But a huge part of the appeal of those books for me was Harper as a leading lady. She’s snarky and quirky and fun. I wasn’t sure I’d feel the same way about Mischa, who quite frankly, kinda pissed me off in the last book. But thankfully, my concerns were completely unfounded.
The humor I loved in the first 2 books is present in full-force in Semi-Twisted, possibly even more so than in Semi-Human. Between Benny, Tina and new character, Violet, there were more than enough moments of levity to keep me smiling while reading. And it turns out that Harper as a secondary character works just as well as Harper as a leading lady. Who knew?
Mischa’s character is fully redeemed in this story to the point that I totally forgive her for jerking Hunter around in the last book. (Magnanimous of me, yes? Hey, what can I say? I’m a giver.) And Hunter is as hot as ever. His chemistry with Mischa is (and always has been) off the charts.
The plot is good, but let’s be honest, folks. You don’t read Isabel Jordan books for the plot. It’s all about the characters, the laughs, and the snappy dialogue. On those counts, this book doesn’t disappoint.
All in all, as with the other books in the series, this one is perfect for fans of the PNR genre, and for fans of adult contemporary romances with lots of humor and just a hint of edge. It’s definitely one for the keeper shelves!
Full disclosure: we were graciously given a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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