Synopsis and Details:
Bartender Shayla Tempest wants nothing more than to stay out of trouble. Oh, and to kill the supernatural mob boss who’s stolen her sister. So, when Mauricio Hunter demands Shay deliver some “special package” in exchange for her sister’s life, this supe masquerading as a blue-skinned witch doesn’t hesitate to agree. Until, that is, she learns the package is one that’s completely off-limits for her kind: a human.
Computer programmer Jamie Knight just wants to finish debugging his latest app. But some douche bag named Mauricio has kidnapped his girlfriend, and now Jamie’s dodging dangerous mythical creatures in a race against time to pay her ransom. His only hope? One seriously stubborn witch who’s blue, scary powerful, and sexy as hell.
With an unexpected attraction brewing between them, this unlikely duo will break every rule in the supernatural underworld to complete their rescue mission. But something far more devious than kidnapping is on Mauricio’s true agenda, and the erlking will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Do Shay and Jamie have what it takes to thwart his plans without losing themselves—or each other—along the way?
Series: Moonlight Mayhem #1 | Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance | Release Date: May 11, 2021 | Publisher: Independently Published | Length: 317 pages | ISBN: 978-8722550026 | ASIN: B08YD4CTC2 | Format: ARC | Source: Netgalley
Review with Rating:
Blue Manhattan is the first book in the Moonlight Mayhem series and it is a paranormal romance set in the contemporary world. The setting is an invisible-to-mortal-eyes world that is nestled right into the world we live in but the two worlds are not truly separate. It is just that non-magical folk are ignorant of the supers around them. I will say that there are a great number of supernatural creatures as part of this story but it seems that there is also an assumption that any reader picking up this book is already familiar with all the types of supers included, which might not always be the case.
The stars of Blue Manhattan, Shayla Tempest and Jamie Knight, are characters who are polar opposites and it is funny to see their ideas of how things should be handled collide. Shay is a long-lived creature whose true identity is not something you come across every day. She is also a cynical being who, in her way of thinking, has pretty much seen it all. Which is why Jamie adds such a fun mix to this story because he does not fit into the stereotype that Shay is expecting. They but heads a lot but it is quite entertaining. Although, I can’t say I was a fan of the way Shay didn’t respect certain boundaries that Jamie was adamant about. In the end, everything was okay but I could see this upsetting some readers, especially if they did not see the story through to the end.
Without spoiling anything, there is a heavily used trope that you tend to see in a paranormal romance but if you are a fan of these type of romances then this is a trope you would expect to find and probably look forward to. I think this trope is nicely done and has a few twists to it that set it apart from being too predictable. In addition, there are many hot and heavy moments in this romance and along with many of these moments there is a humor element. Although, some readers might find some of the sexualized humor disagreeable to what they prefer. Overall, Blue Manhattan had memorable characters, witty dialogue, and an ending that will have you curious to see what comes next in this series.
*Thank you to author Kyra Jacobs & NetGalley for this eARC of Blue Manhattan*
This review is based on a complimentary book I received. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.
About the Author:
Kyra Jacobs is an extroverted introvert who has always called Indiana home. That means she’s well versed in fickle weather, pork tenderloin patties that don’t fit on a bun, and sarcasm. Putting her Indiana University degrees in Public Management to good use by day means Kyra does the bulk of her writing late into the night. Fueled by caffeine and funny memes, she weaves tales of love and relationships, including the humor and/or chaos both can bring. Kyra’s published novels range from sweet contemporary romance to chick lit and paranormal/fantasy.
When this Hoosier native isn’t at a keyboard, daydreaming through her fingertips, she’s likely outside, elbow-deep in snapdragons or on a sideline somewhere cheering (loudly) for her sporty sons. Kyra also loves to go bowling, tries to golf, and is an avid college football fan.