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Review: Stake-Out by Lily Luchesi


Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing

3 stars



Detective Danny Mancini is on a case, following a murder suspect. When he catches him, he finds out that the perp isn’t even human: he’s a 200 year old rogue vampire!

The department doesn’t believe him, and puts him on early retirement, despite his many years of service to the Chicago Police Department, which sends him into a downward spiral.

Two years later, Danny gets an invitation from the beautiful, young and very attractive Detective Angelica Cross to join a secret branch of the FBI to help her track down Vincent, the wayward vamp.

But renegade werewolves, meddling immortal witches and Danny’s strange visions of a life lived a century ago with Angelica make things more difficult than it should be.




This book is of my go-to comfort genre, vampire fiction with a hint of mystery. I’m a huge Anita Blake fan so this series immediately appealed to me.

The story line itself is good, featuring my favourite concept of a regular human discovering that there’s more to this world than they’d ever expected.

Danny finds himself enlisted by a paranormal investigation branch of the FBI and teamed up with a mysterious and unsubtly gorgeous woman, following his early forced retirement from the police department. Their bond grows both professionally and romantically (obviously) and then BOOM! events get in the way and they have to engage in some serious violence to come out the other side.

As it’s first book in the Paranormal Detectives series, I may be being a little harsh only awarding it 3 stars (there may be guilt later that I have to assuage with vanilla clotted cream fudge) but I have high hopes for the rest fthe series and don’t want to peak too soon with the stars.

Luchesi’s writing style definitely grew in confidence as the book went on but the beginning was a little blunt, I’m a big fan of subtlety in books and this definitely lacked that. The characters  essentially fall into the ‘wow, you’re hot. I’m in love with you now’ mindset from their first meeting and it isn’t really much more sophisticated than that – I’m all about the seduction in these books!

One thing that I did find weird was the numerous and forced references to pop culture series like Lord of the Rings and Supernatural (specifically Season 10, the episode where Dean is possessed by a Demon) – there were too many of them and definitely date the book, in a few years time no-one will know the Crowley/Mark Sheppard link.

As the book went on, the characters started moving in the right direction towards complexity and all the feely-brainy stuff I like. The action was brilliant and the story really gripped me, now I just look forward to seeing the author’s voice coming into its own and catching up with the brilliance of her ideas.

By which I mean I have the sequel and will probably be reading that until I fall asleep tonight!

**Thank you to the author for a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**

One comment on “Review: Stake-Out by Lily Luchesi

  1. […] the sequel to Stake-Out , the book that I reviewed earlier this week and hell, if it isn’t another stunning […]


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