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Michelle Scott, urban fantasy author

I love urban fantasy and paranormal romance! Although I'm not too keen on books that are overly sexy, I don't mind a little heat if it goes along with the story. At the same time, I'll read pretty much anything from classic novels to contemporary fiction.

Currently reading

Shutter Island
Dennis Lehane
Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style (Tim Gunn's Guide to Style)
Tim Gunn, Kate Maloney
Oaths of Blood (Ascension #2)
S.M. Reine
Maggie for Hire - Kate Danley Maggie, a supernatural bounty hunter, faces hordes of vampires as she struggles to to complete an assignment for the queen of the elves.

The funny one-liners, the zany adventures, and the crazy characters of Maggie for Hire remind me of another UF series I enjoy: Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan series. Maggie for Hire is a fun, fast-paced read with a terrific, kick-butt heroine and a twisty plot. I enjoyed the book from beginning to end, and I definitely will continue with the series.

A couple of things kept this from being a five-star book, however. One was the elf, Killian, who is Maggie's partner in adventure. Killian had zero personality. He was as one-dimensional as they get. Additionally, the guy was a wuss. Clearly, Danley did not want the elf upstaging her heroine, but the book would have been much stronger if Killian had been a real 'person' instead of a cardboard character. The other thing that bothered me was the rated-R language. There was simply no reason for it. The book itself is very clean, but the language changed that.

Like I said, I really enjoyed this book, and I will be reading others in the series. But with a couple of tweaks, it could have been a five-star read.