Forsaken by the Others by Jess Haines

Genre Urban Fantasy Published 2 July 2013  Publisher Zebra Series H&W Investigations book five

forsaken by the othersHave a one night stand with a vampire, and you can end up paying for it for eternity.P.I. Shiarra Waynest, an expert on the Others, knows that better than most. Yet here she is, waking up beside charismatic vamp Alec Royce with an aching head…and neck. Luckily, Shia has the perfect excuse for getting out of town–namely, a couple of irate East Coast werewolf packs who’d like to turn her into a chew toy.

On Royce’s suggestion, Shia temporarily relocates to Los Angeles. But something is rotten–literally–in the state of California, where local vampires are being attacked by zombies. Who could be powerful enough to control them–and reckless enough to target the immortal? Following the trail will lead Shia to a terrifying truth, and to an ancient enemy with a personal grudge…

The Urban Book Thief Review

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In this latest edition to the H&W Investigation series we fall straight into the action. The bedroom action that is… va-va-voom. Well who wouldn’t want to end up in bed with Royce buck naked?!? Yes please! It only took four books for them to finally stop staring at each other with puppy dog eyes and make with the dirty. Not that being a blood whore is attractive, but for Mr. Alec Royce? Maybe. That’s all I’m saying.

“Giving in to me isn’t a crime. Liking the things I make you feel isn’t a sin against your family or your God. There is no shame in it. I won’t tolerate these misconceptions any longer, or see you destroy yourself, physically or emotionally, now that you’re finally mine-do you understand? You mean too much to me for me to allow that to happen.”

Though we soon leave the nookie far behind and head straight to LA. Beautiful peoples here we come!



For the uninitiated, this is an urban fantasy series with a side dish of romance (a small, small side dish). Shiarra Waynest is a baddass PI working in a world of Others – vamps, weres and all manner of supernatural folk. She is an anomaly, bound to two vampires and injected with lycanthropy. But she is morphing into something else, something different. Something that is giving her persistant nose-eye-throat bleeds – but what is it?

Shia has gotten her sorry ass caught up in a caper or two along the series and in this book, she is having to eat humble pie as her last adventure took her on the wrong side of crazy. Most people are giving her a wide berth, including her family and best bud Sara.

But it’s not long before sistas are doing it for themselves again when both Shia and Sara kick zombie butt in LA. Yes, that’s what I said – zombie butt, (zombies seem to be the ‘in thing’ at the moment. Or maybe I have them on the brain as I am going to see that new zombie film Warm Bodies this weekend – so excited!!!). To back-track: the pair are currently persona non grata in New York so they have to go and stay (hide) with Royce’s old vamp friend Clyde Seabreeze who owes Shia’s man a favour or two. Sadly, he’s a bit of a douche and has the ladies running around trying to locate a necromancer who is controlling a pack (is that the right word?) of zombies and unleashing them on his minions.



Shia is determined to show Clyde that she has teeth from the outset. But the dear old vamp couldn’t give a flying squirrel about the pair – he makes it clear that he will not go out of his way to save them  if they get into trouble. They have to stay undercover, truly below the radar, not using local resources or anything to give away their LA hideout.

Honestly, I think for the amount of danger Shia and Sara put themselves in, they should have just stayed in New York. Seriously.

During their investigations, we run across massive Goliath werewolves, Cosmo reading vampires up for a bit of karaoke, a soul stealing necromancer and a vampire ‘crazier than a shithouse rat’. Fun, fun, fun!

For the fans, Devon makes an appearance for a few chapters – yay! But beware – there’s a cliffhanger ending…

As a writer, I feel that Jess Haines is growing. The quality of the writing, the characters and the plot line has developed over the course of the series. Each book she churns out gets better and better. If I’m being brutally honest, any new readers to this series could probably give book one a miss… until about book four where things really heat up. Plus she has done the whole werewolf vs. vampires for a few books now, so it’s nice that we are settling down a bit – drawn out love triangles are soooo 2012.

The Urban Book Thief has awarded Forsaken by the Others a kiss factor rating of four – keep up the good work Ms. Haines.



5 thoughts on “Forsaken by the Others by Jess Haines

  1. I was interested to read your review as I couldn’t quite get into this one. I hadn’t read the other books so the whole beginning section didn’t grab me. I’m glad it worked for you though.

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