Review: Hunted By Others by Jess Haines

Monday, February 24, 2014
Series: H&W Investigations #1
Publisher: Zebra
Release Date: May 2010
Reviewed by: Amber R.
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I have some pretty apathetic feelings towards this book. I think there were a lot of parallels to some other series I read. However I'm willing to give it the benefit of the doubt and check out the next installment and find out if it's just off to a slow start.

Shia is a private detective who runs her own business with her best friend, Sara. They mainly stick with human clients but a chance case that had dealings in Weres caused Shia to be on the Others radar. The Others are all of the supes that are out of the closet and they live side by side humans. We have the usual suspects, Weres, Vamps, Mages, etc. Shia used to date a Were until she found out what he was. She says that they broke up because he lied to her not because of the whole Were thing...but the humans in this book are a bit prejudiced against the Others.

Shia reluctantly takes a job to find an artifact that the mages believe a vamp has. She doesn't really want to work for the Others but she needs the money desperately. However when she goes to search for the artifact, things quickly get reversed and she finds herself in contract with a vamp. Some quick thinking on her part keep her out of his clutches but things are still bad. Once the type of artifact is revealed Shia quickly realizes this isn't going to be a cut and dry case.

Honestly I was more interested in this book at the end. Everything leading up seemed kinda bland and not really all that captivating. The end of the book tells us that this is just the lead up story to how Shia became involved in working with the Others more closely and sets the tone to how the rest of the series might go, the characters, and the world that we're going to be involved with. So once we get all of that at the end, it gives you a better understanding. Plus the last quarter of the book really wasn't as boring as the beginning.

I think I'll hold off on more judgement until the next book. This was an okay start but it wasn't anything that I'd read again or really captivate me so that I'd be thinking or talking about it for the next couple of days. We'll see what happens though. 


  1. I got pretty heavy Laurell K. Hamilton vibes with this book, and as the author is a big fan of hers, she said that is true. But it does get better and I really enjoy the series.

    1. That's awesome. I'm glad to get some positive feedback. I'm definitely going to check out the next book soon.

  2. Sounds like it has a big build up so I'll try to be optimistic and imagine that it really takes off from here. Thanks for sharing! I didn't know about this series.

  3. I agree with Sophia although it sucks that it took an entire book to build up to the Awrsomsauce part. But that's usually the case.with UF, book 1 is kinda slow then it revvs up from that point one. I hope yhr next one away.

  4. I am so sorry you did not enjoy it. I read this quite a while back and really liked it. I do agree with Briane, a lot of UF reads are full of world building in the first installment, but it does get better - well it did for me anyway :) Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  5. I have this on my Nook, got it as a freebie a long time ago but your review is making me push it down on my list. UF sometimes gets off to a slow start like the ladies mentioned. Hope your next read is a 5 star! :)


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