Title: A Low Down Dirty Shane
Author: Sierra Dean
Series: Misfits & Mayhem, book 1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Source: Review copy from publisher
“Thick-skinned vampire assassin meets smart-mouthed druid archer. Run, Cupid, run.
Shane Hewitt has been many things—failed husband, supernatural punching bag, and now a bitch to the vampire council of New York City. He thought killing rogue vampires was the hardest thing he’d ever do. Until a hot redhead smashes into him, shouts orders and announces she’s saving his life.
The sole female warrior in a family of druids, Siobhan O’Malley knows how to take care of herself and protect the big city from beasties who breach gateways from the fae realm. The last thing she needs is a misguided, leather-clad hottie’s help to get the job done.
Except maybe he’s exactly what she needs. Siobhan is expected to be a willing, virginal sacrifice on her twenty-fifth birthday. Sex with Shane to stay alive? If he can pull his foot out of his mouth long enough and stop driving her crazy, no problem.
Now if only the bad guys would leave them alone long enough to get the deed done.
Warning: Contains a wee red-headed archer with deadly aim; a leather-jacket-wearing vampire hunter with a habit for saying all the wrong things; and a life-saving ritual that will leave them both panting.”
A Low Down Dirty Shane is the first book in the Misfits & Mayhem series by Sierra Dean. Misfits & Mayhem is a spin-off series of Mrs. Dean’s Secret McQueen series.
Shane Hewitt work for the vampire council, we could say he hunts vampires that need to be hunted. Even though he is present in the Secret McQueen series and sometimes he works along Secret’s side it’s not much what we know about him; that changes in A Low Down Dirty Shane.
Shane is hunting vampires and feeling like the biggest badass in the world when a tiny woman comes running with a big creature following her steps, she not only pushes him out of the way but starts to give him orders. Shane doesn’t know what to think of do, especially when the girl starts to fight the creature. After she vanishes the creature the girl informs him she is a druid named Siobhan O’Malley and she just saved his life. This doesn’t sit well with macho-Shane but there is something in Siobhan that intrigues him. After spending some time together Siobhan asks for his help, her family is planning to use her as a virginal sacrifice and she needs his help with “that”. Siobhan thinks if she is not a virgin anymore her family with desist and maybe they will start to see her as the warrior she is.
Shane is speechless when Siobhan asks for his help, of course it will be his pleasure to help her but he wants to make sure that that is what she really wants.
Later on Siobhan realizes that solving “that” problem didn’t change anything because her family is willing to use another girl, even though if it’s an unwilling victim. Siobhan doesn’t want to let anybody else be sacrifice in her place, and with Shane’s help they get ready to confront her family. When they arrive to the sacrificial place they realize that Siobhan’s family is the least of their problems.
If you know me you know I adore Sierra Dean’s books, her Secret McQueen series is one of my all time favorites. I can honestly say there is not a bad book or novella in that series and A Low Down Dirty Shane is not an exception to that rule. There are just few authors that have a consistency of excellence in her/his work and lucky for us Sierra Dean is one of them.
Shane is your perfect hero, he is strong and knows he has some limitations because he’s only human; he is smart, funny, sexy and a gentleman at heart.
Siobhan is a little firecracker; she is also smart and knows what she wants. I really liked her for Shane; I think Mrs. Dean created the perfect heroine for him. The banter between these two was perfectly balance and kept me entertaining from beginning to end. The chemistry they exude was off the charts, with many scenes that steamed the pages. If that wasn’t enough in the best Sierra Dean’s style the story is packed with action and perfectly synchronized fight scenes that kept me on the edge of my seat.
A Low Down Dirty Shane is a novella that reads like a full-length novel; with a well-developed plot and engaging characters A Low Down Dirty Shane leaves us sated but wanting for more.
My Verdict: 5 Paws
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