I've had this book on my tbr pile longer than I should have, after all I adored the first book in the Nocturne Valorian trilogy, Blood Secrets. I finally settled down to read Dark Lies this week and wasn't disappointed.
What dark secret was she hiding?
When the Otherworld Crime Unit reconvenes to investigate a ritualistic murder, werewolf Jace Jericho can barely set aside his past—and his hatred of humanity—to work with the team's newest member. As far as Jace is concerned, police rookie Tala Channing has two strikes against her: one, she's human, and two, something about her drives him wild with desire.—
Forced to work side by side with Tala, deep into the witching hours, Jace struggles to keep his primal instincts in check. But when they finally succumb to wild passion, Jace realizes Tala has spun a web of lies. And Tala's secret now puts his life—and heart—on the line.—
Vivi is a master at world building. You absolutely believe in where she takes you and who she takes you there with. When I was asked yesterday what kind of stories they are because "werewolves and vampires are samey" I instantly replied that the focus of this story is really on the forensics and how to solve the crimes. And it is - a lot like CSI but with people with cool extra-sensory talents to help them along.
I also think the way she's kept one singular crime threaded throughout both books and now into a third (out later this year I think) is brilliant. There's some partial conclusion so you are somewhat satisfied plot-wise at the end, but we know that the mastermind behind it all is still out there. And the romance plot is always tied up nicely.
Paranormal is not my usual cup of tea, but if it's Vivi I'll buy it anyway.