Only Human by Candace Blevins
Published by Excessica on February 3, 2015
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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Book one of an exciting new urban fantasy series…
Someone is abducting women and killing men in a way to get Kirsten O’Shea’s attention. Luckily, she has some formidable friends and allies in the supernatural world, and she isn’t without her own defenses, either.
A powerful master vampire romances her while the alpha werewolf flirts with her, and an ancient being who used to be worshipped as a god wants her dead, but Kirsten survives, even if she is Only Human.
It’s been quite awhile since I’ve read a true Urban Fantasy book and I hadn’t realized how much I’d missed it. Candace Blevins’ Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Club series is an auto-buy buy for me, and the Kirsten O’Shea series is linked to it through several of the characters. The second book in the series is coming out this month so I thought this would be a perfect time to read Only Human.
First, I have to admit that what held me back from reading Only Human is the fact that Kirsten is a sexual submissive and Ms. Blevins’ Safeword series is a bit outside my comfort zone, not in a bad way, but they run more towards the masochistic side than I like. I really wish I hadn’t waited so long because I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The BDSM parts weren’t as instructive feeling as in Ms. Blevins’ Safeword series, and as an added bonus I felt I had more of an understanding of that type of BDSM (without feeling like I was reading a manual on it).
Only Human is not a romance per say, it’s definitely pure Urban Fantasy but there was romance involved. This did not bother me a bit since there was no shortage of hot, dominant, alpha men running around which made me a happy little camper.
Kirsten is a therapist by day, but the unique powers that she wields (she can shoot lasers out her fingers!) mean she is seriously good at fighting supernatural bad guys, especially demons. Unbeknownst to her, the way she fights demons along with the fact that she tends to kill them instead of sending them back has gotten the attention of some pretty heavy hitters and not all of them are good guys. To add to it, someone is killing people using powers that are the same as hers. As she navigates her way through the politics of the supernatural world, she seems to amass just as many allies as she does enemies.
One such person is Abbot, the master vampire of the area. As she weighs the pros and cons of starting up a relationship with him, she also captures the interest of the alpha werewolf of the local pack, a powerful God-like being, and even another vampire. I loved how cautious she was, weighing her options, taking into account all the pros and cons, and gently turning most down but aware of the political ramifications of doing so. Kirsten is a lucky woman since any one of the men around her would be a great choice.
I was impressed how Kirsten took care of her patients, took care of bad guys, and took time for herself but the number one priority in her life was her teenaged daughter. In some books with lots of action, the children seem almost like accessories, paraded around for a bit then shoved in a drawer somewhere. Kirsten took her daughter to practices, helped with homework, and generally just made sure she was available. I loved this.
I also loved the world building involved in this book. There are shifters galore including dragons, along with lots of vampires and even some yet to be determined species. The politics involved that Kirsten had to wade through were fascinating to me. The fight scenes were impressive too. Add in lots and lots of smoldering chemistry, BDSM that wasn’t OTT, and the “OMG” steamy hot sex scene and I found myself not caring there wasn’t a happy couple at the end with an HEA. Now I wish I had read this before starting Ms. Blevins’ other series. You can bet I won’t miss anymore.
5 I adored this book Stars
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