Type: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
My Copy: Sent
I’m Shimmer, a blue dragon shifter. Thanks to a mistake, I was exiled from the Dragon Reaches and sentenced to work for gorgeous, exasperating Alex Radcliffe, a vampire who owns the Fly by Night Magical Investigations Agency. Every time I turn around, somebody’s trying to kill us. But you know what they say: All’s fair in love and bounty hunting…
A serial killer is stalking the elderly Fae of Seattle, draining their bank accounts before brutally murdering them. When Chase Johnson asks for our help, Alex and I discover that the sociopath is also a doppelganger—able to change shape to match his victim’s deepest desires. Our friend and colleague Bette volunteers to act as bait, but the plan goes dangerously awry. Now, unless we find her first, she’s about to face her worst nightmare.
I love when the second book in a series is just as good as the first book, and that is definitely the case with Flight From Mayhem! First off, I just love the dragon aspect that Shimmer has going on. Even though she is unable to shift unless in the water due to her powers being binded a bit, I still enjoyed how Galenorn plays up her abilities as much as possible. Having been an outcast as a child due to not having any traceable lineage, an important aspect in the dragon realm, Shimmer was a loner. Now, stuck in the human realm, she’s having to deal with emotions she doesn’t know how to process. Being a friend, a pseudo sister, a worker and a girlfriend is a lot to throw at someone who hasn’t had much interaction over her lifetime. Even if she’s a bit slow in understanding the unspoken rules, she does eventually catch on to the nuances of those around her. She’s smart and takes a step back when needed but is right there in a minute if someone she is growing to love is threatened in any way.
I adore Alex and Shimmer together. Not only are they hot together but the care Alex takes with her, so as not to rush her into something she doesn’t know how to deal with is so cute. He’s slightly old school in the dating regimen because of his age (hello, vampire) but that doesn’t mean he’s not up for some office sex either. Being more of a urban fantasy, the sexy times are few and far between but the smoldering glances Galenorn is sure to include make the waiting much less difficult. Alex also seems to have a bit of a hero complex, as is the case with his long time friend/secretary and his ex. I’m really hoping his eyes are truly open to what a horrible person his succubus ex is and Shimmer doesn’t find herself having to justify her hatred of the crazy bitch anymore in the next book. Because for real, what does she need to do in order for Alex to finally see who she really is? Stake him? Let’s hope not.
There is a lot going on in this book. A giant, other realm lizard on the loose, a crazy ex-girlfriend bent on causing as much drama as possible, a stalker locked on a good friend, a serial killer praying on elderly Fae and a vengeful spirit in the house across the street with a sorrowful tale to tell. So when I say this book is nonstop from front to back, you’ll know it’s the truth. With so much going on there is also a ton of useful information divulged and some secrets uncovered. Some things that will become more apparent in future books I’m sure. Because there was so much happening, the characters spend a lot of time working outside the general office they share. Their interactions become more important as Shimmer because more accustomed to dealing with emotion and friendship.
The only thing that left me slightly disappointed was the lead up to a show down with the vengeful spirit across the street from Shimmer’s house. The whole crew put some much into finding out info, there had been a few nasty run ins already, but when everything is finally brought to light and they confront the entities of the house…well, one spell later and bam it’s over. I guess I was expecting more on that front. However it may pave the way for a new neighbor to join Shimmer permanently, so I guess in the end it did what it needed to do, move the series along.
Great continued world building, excellent character development and enough secrets to keep the series going for a long time, Flight From Mayhem will keep even the most picky reader invested!
I give Flight From Mayhem by Yasmine Galenorn 4.75 stars!