Catching An Evil Tail by Mary Abshire
Publisher: Noble Romance
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (239 pgs)
Rating: 3.5 cherries
Reviewed by Verbena
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.
Bad guys beware; this chick will send your soul to Hell and not think twice. Her only problem? She keeps landing herself in situations that threaten her life.
Jessie just wants a normal life—job, family, kids—but as fate would have it, her path is destined for a lot more excitement. While the ghost hunts her friends and she go on are harmless enough, tackling a pissed-off werewolf who’d love nothing more than to see her dead, is another story. On top of all that, she’s kept her true identity from her best friends. They have no clue that their paranormal investigations are really a way for Jessie to collect bad souls and send them where they belong. When more and more paranormal being start popping up in her life, she knows she can’t keep her secret much longer. Doing so might not only cost her these dear relations, but endanger the ones she cares about as well.
Jeremy is a demon who’s lived for centuries in varying human bodies. While he has no qualms getting laid or blown by any attractive woman, he’s got his sights set on Jessie, despite the fact that she’s already in a committed relationship and has made her feelings clear on the matter. Like a typical incubus, he’s not going to give up. He’ll try every angle to get her in his bed, a fact that Jessie is all too aware of. One debt to Jeremy is enough. Can she dare trust him to release their prior contract for one that promises to set her free? Even if it means spending the weekend with him in a hotel?
Catching An Evil Tail is written in first person, from Jessie’s point-of-view. Despite this, the author does a fairly good job in giving us enough detail to get a feel for the other characters as well. The plot flowed well enough to keep me interested, but there could have been a little more excitement. There were times when I felt pertinent scenes were rushed over and less important ones dragged out. Some editing errors caught my attention, mostly missing words, but they weren’t overly distracting.
My biggest beef with the story was with the main character herself, Jessie. I liked her as a person, but her back and forth moods about her boyfriend made her sound too wishy-washy. She supposedly loved Drake with all her heart, yet allowed herself to be kissed and fondled by two other men during Drake’s absence. One minute she despises Jeremy—and lets him know it—the next she’s allowing him to kiss her. No wonder the guy won’t give up. Taking into account she’s half-demon, you do have to make allowances for her sexual nature. The fact that her boyfriend has been gone far longer than he’d promised, and he’s sketchy at best as to why he’s delayed in coming home, I can see where she begins to get confused and distrustful.
Over all though, I enjoyed Catching An Evil Tail. There were a few lingering loose ends, but the main dilemmas were addressed. The ending definitely leaves it open for another story. I hope Ms. Abshire has something in the works. I’d like to see a little more of these characters in future tales.