Monday, 29 February 2016

Book Review: One More Bite by Jennifer Rardin (Jaz Parks #5)

It's Jaz Parks. I've already smoked the guy who was the pain in the CIA's you-know-what for the past few years. But now, in the power vacuum left by the death of Edward "The Raptor" Samos, a struggle for supremacy has begun between his former allies.

The CIA feels the balance must be maintained. So when an agent planted among the Weres discovers a plot to assassinate the Coven's leader, my vampire boss and I are brought in to take out the woman hired to do the deed, a killer who might be as wily and Gifted as ourselves.

So it's off to the Scottish Highlands for some twisted fun among murderers, demons and half-crazed relatives. Sometimes being a top-secret CIA assassin isn't all it's cracked up to be.

My Review:
When this book started, I was already wondering what had happened to the series as I had loved the first two books and had not enjoyed the next two offerings. Thankfully this was a much better story.

A were assassin is planning to kill a coven leader which could start a supernatural war and Jaz and the team are sent in to stop it happening. They go undercover as ghost hunting experts at a big convention where they expect the assassin to strike. Jaz and Vayl also have to try and repair their relationship under extreme pressure and that is not easy when working with Cole and Albert.

One of the things I most enjoyed about this book was finally having a book set in Scotland where we are not portayed as a bunch of miserable tightwads living in a wet, cold and dreary climate. I was pleased that the author avoided this dreadful book cliche about my country! The storyline itself was interesting with the events around the guesthouse and the convention. The ghost groper incident was quite funny and I wanted Jaz to just shoot the idiot! She deserves to have some fun after all! Another plus point is that all the stupid angst we have had to endure between Vayl and Jaz was finally sorted...yea! I think we've all been wanting the two of them to sort themselves out at last!

Another plus point that I wasn't expecting was the grumpy bugger moments featuring Albert! He is driving Jaz mad on the flight over and I'm surprised that she didn't actually attack him. He continues to cause her angst through the mission with his grumpy and stubborn attitude and it does add a nice bit of humour to the plot. He is much more interesting than the blandness that is Dave. More Albert please!

There just had to be one thing to spoil the book and that was the continued immaturity from the idiot that is also known as Cole. What the hell is wrong with this guy? How many times does Jaz have to tell him that she isn't interested in him? How many times does she make it clear that she loves Vayl? Why can't he get it through his thick skull? He acts like a sulky five year old when he can't get her attention. He goes in a mood when he can't force her to fall in love with him. Yet he keeps making the sexual comments and trying to undermine her relationship with Vayl and the whole mission. It takes 194 pages before he starts to finally get the message! I hate him so much. When we first met him he was a funny and intelligent man who joins the CIA and now he is a whiny and immature moron.

Still overall it was a good book if you could forget about Cole. Hopefully this means an overall upswing for the series in the last three books!

Read January 2015 
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