Monday, June 22, 2015

*Book Review* Undercover Empath: A Kindred Demon Serial by RaShelle Workman (UF)

Series: Kindred Demon Part I
Format: E-book, 94 pages
Release Date: June 1, 2015
Publisher: Curiosity Quills
Source: Publisher
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Nineteen-year-old detective Rose Hansen has a secret. She can read a person’s intentions by touching their hands. It’s a curse! A power she never uses if she can help it. 

Only one person knows. Her partner Jack. 

At least that’s what she believes until a handsome, shirtless stranger appears on her doorstep in small town Blush Valley, California. He leaves her an envelope, but not before articulating his disappointment in her for ignoring her powers. The contents send Rose on a path toward the supernatural, solving her parents’ murders, and possibly even saving the world. 

Aside from that, Rose and her partner have two important cases they’re working. The first involves a missing child. The other is the death of a stripper. Ruled a murder, a very hot FBI agent from L.A. shows up and is given lead. To make matters worse, he asks her to go undercover. 
Her life is a disaster. Rose can’t strip. She doesn’t even own a dress.

Undercover Empath is the first part of a serial called Kindred Demon. The next installment releases in July according to the publisher. This is a very short story that crosses mystery and paranormal genres. The story does what it is supposed to. It lays the foundation and introduces the characters who will be at the forefront of the series. The main character is 19-year old Rose Hansen. Rose is a detective for the Blush Valley, California police force. While that does sound rather young to be any where near factual, there is a whole lot of background that comes with Rose's character.

Rose is one of those people who I dare call an overachiever, and that's not at all a slight. In fact, I call it absolutely amazing. Rose is not unlike the boy who recently graduated college at younger age than she did. It really truly does happen. You just need to look past all the negative news we are forced to swallow on a daily basis. Rose is like that boy. She graduated from High School at 14, 4 years later, she graduated from Harvard at 18. She decided to join the Police force and was promoted to Detective by the Chief of Police who apparently cares for her deeply.

Rose, like her mother, can also read a person’s intentions by touching their hands. If Rose's life wasn't interesting enough, a strange man shows up on her doorstep and offers Rose a chance to learn not only what happened to her parents who were presumably murdered, but also gives her a major assist in confronting her next challenge. Rose and partner, ex-boyfriend Jack Fuller have a lot on their plate. They face a missing child, a scene straight out of a horror movie, as well as a possible serial killer who is targeting strippers, and perhaps a Demon and Angel as well. It will be up to Rose, Jack, and FBI Agent Vincent Mackay to pull their resources, and stop the killer, which includes Rose going undercover as a stripper. But, right under the surface of this story is the fact that Rose needs to find out the truth about her parents, and nothing, not even going undercover, will stop her pursuit for answers.

I will fully admit, that I would have preferred to read the entire novel all at once instead of waiting for each part to be released. I don't normally get lured into a serial type situation, but I did this time because I've heard good things about this author. Overall, I liked Rose a whole lot. She's intelligent, takes a whole lot of crap, but doesn't become Debbie Downer. She needs closure as to why her parents died and what they were doing at the time of their deaths. She needs to know who they really were before she can move on with her life. She also has a huge mystery as to who the killer is, and whether or not the FBI agent she's working with is a good guy or not.

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