The Case of the Cupid’s Curse
Title : The Case of the Cupid’s Curse
Series : End Street Agency #1
Publisher : Total-e-Bound Publishing (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Paranormal, Crime, Mystery
Length : 93 pages (e-book)
Published : March 26, 2013
Book 1 in The End Street Agency series.
Sam Enderson is a human detective who inherits a building from where his Uncle used to run a detective agency. He finds himself working for paranormal creatures despite his resolve to stick with humans only. To supplement his income as a new PI Sam rents out rooms in the large house.
Bob is a vampire and turns up on Sam’s doorstep to rent a room. Sparks fly and Sam is attracted to the vampire despite himself.
Sam is cursed by a witch, and has two cases landing on his desk. Werewolves, annoying ghosts and a grumpy gargoyle are enough to drive Sam mad. But somehow in amongst all of this he has to find a missing fae and a missing shifter child.
The End Street Agency introduces a world where paranormals pretty much keep away from humans but they can’t resist pulling Sam in when they find him on the edge of their territory. Everyone has their own agenda and it will be a while before they’re all sorted out.
This was such a fun read! I think I loved every page I read and all the characters good or bad. I will say this book is very much the type of book I’ve wanted to read in m/m, lots of different types of supes living in a contemporary setting without the cheesiness that sometimes accompanies paranormal romances…. I like those too, this one it just doesn’t have it.
Sam inherits his uncles business after his death. He decides he’s going to give being a detective a go but doesn’t realize his uncle worked mainly for supes or that he was into some shady stuff. It doesn’t exactly bode well for Sam that he’s the new detective in the supe part of town but knows nothing about the rules that should be followed when dealing with each type of supernatural species. He does however have a strange immunity to some of the powers the supes utilize but nobody really understands why. Another thing I want to know! Why?
When a witch stops by demanding a favor owed to her Sam is unsettled by what she asks of him. He doesn’t want anything to do with supes and would never purposefully harm someone for one. The witch threatens him but he waves her off. He’s not doing what she’s asked of him.
His next visitor is a potential tenant for one of his two open apartments he’s trying to rent out. Of course it’s a sexy arrogant vampire that seems to have lust at first site with Sam. His name is Bob. Sam tries to deter him from wanting the apartment but finds the vampire can read his mind so his plan doesn’t work and Bob takes the room.
Then two Fae show up looking for their missing Fae triplet! Next the guys are approached by the Werewolf Alpha whose daughter has been kidnapped and he’s mixed up in all sorts of were politics. Oh and then Sirens break into his house to threaten him but are run off by his Ghost record keeper. Every page is so much fun!
I liked how in this world being gay wasn’t a big deal but there were clear divides between the supes. I think one of the most intriguing characters was Mikhail, the half Siren half vampire. His story was sad but he had that slinky mix of bad ass vamp and sexy siren that made his character just pop off the page. The world building was great. You learned everything through Sam experiencing it so you were kind of in it together. The mystery aspect of the story was good. Several theories were set up or presented to keep you guessing.
Sam fought the attraction much harder than Bob did. Bob knew he wanted Sam right away and Sam wanted him back but there is always the question of Bob using his vampire voodoo on him, so he’s hesitant to let the smexy play out. Human and supe relationships are taboo in this world which adds another complication to their romance. Bob becomes protective which Sam hates because he thinks he can take care of himself. In this world Vampires mate for life and Bob has his non beating heart set on Sam.
I loved this book. This is a new must read series for me. Not only because one of the story arcs from the first book is left open but because I really did enjoy every page. I highly recommend it!
Rated 4.5 stars by Whit