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May 19, 2011

Catching an Evil Tail (The Soul Catcher, #2) by Mary Abshire


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Title: Catching an Evil Tail (The Soul Catcher, #2)
Author: Mary Abshire
Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: 239 pgs.
Reviewed by: yadkny

RATINGS FOR:
Cover: 5
Presentation: 5
Editing: 4.5
Story: 5
Writing Ability: 5

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About The Book: 
Half-demon Jessie Garrett wants to live a normal life among her friends and keep her soul catching ability a secret, but supernatural creatures keep popping up in her world. Adding to her struggles, her vampire lover remains out of the country, and when he offers no valuable explanation as to why he hasn't returned, she wonders if she should move on without him.


As if Jessie doesn't have enough worries on her mind, the demon yearning to seduce her shows up at her home. She longs to liberate herself from the debt she owes him, and when he asks for her help, she jumps at the chance to make a new deal with him—one that will guarantee her freedom. The only catch? She has to send the soul of a werewolf to hell.


Love, trust, and loyalty are on the line. Torn between her feelings for her vampire boyfriend, a hot Alpha wolf, and a demon vowing to protect her, Jessie must figure out her heart's true desires.


The Review:
There’s a new Jessie in town and this time she’s doing what she wants.

Jessie continues to struggle now more than ever in keeping her abilities a secret. It seems as though she is a magnet for the supernatural and the new people around her both at work and at home are not what they seem, which means not being ‘outed’ becomes harder than ever. Living a normal life is slipping further and further away from her. To add to her frustrations she’s having trust issues with both Dani and Drake. At least with Jeremy she knows the score – most of the time – and when he comes to her for assistance she can’t help but use the opportunity to strike a new deal with him.
Another adventure begins and when new information comes to light, her life will never be the same. Keeping her abilities a secret is now impossible and what’s worse is she may end up losing everything.
A dramatic turn of events in the second installment to The Soul Catcher series. We continue our journey with Jessie weeks after the first story left off and Drake’s speedy return doesn’t look quite so promising anymore. Emotions are running high and it seems like everyone wants a piece of Jessie. She continues to make some tough choices and none of which are without consequence. I have to admit that I really felt for her in this story as more often than not now she receives ultimatums that threaten her or those she cares for. It doesn’t help when people around her are trying to control her in some way or another and Jessie’s rebellious attitude peaks to new levels. This causes her to make decisions without all of the facts or much thought until it’s too late. By the end, nothing is or will be the same.
I really enjoyed a couple of the additional characters and I was left with the feeling that we haven’t heard the last from them. I certainly wouldn’t be opposed to a visit from the hunky werewolf leader, Alan.
Ms. Abshire’s ingenuity is without question, some of the best I’ve seen in a while from an author. The pacing of the story is very well done and provides enough detail to keep the imagery flowing. The action is intense and will have you holding your breath to see what happens next. Of course, you’ll be gasping in delight when it comes to those passionate kisses and sex scenes.
As we boldly journey into the next chapter of Jessie’s chaotic life, it’s unclear as to how everything will turn out. The unpredictability is both scary and exciting. A battle for Jessie’s heart and soul lay ahead and I can’t wait for the showdown!
Reader Advisory: in order to fully enjoy and understand some of the main characters in this story, I highly recommend starting with the first in the series, Claiming the Evil Dead.

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