4 out of 5 Licks
Soul Justice, Book 1
Supernatural Branch of Law Enforcement empath Ella Walsh sucks memories from people’s heads. The job fills her mind with others’ nightmares and leaves her with little time for love, but if she doesn’t pair off with a mate of the government’s choosing soon, the psychic blowback will destroy her powers and her sanity.
The last time shapeshifting SBLE superstar Vadim Morosov worked with an empath, he got her killed and himself assigned to a desk. He worries about taking on another partner, but helping Ella track down an empath killer might be his only chance to save his career.
Naturally, the government decides to throw them together…
They resist at first, but they can’t deny the simmering heat between them. As the killer’s strikes grow closer to home, their bond gets tighter. And when the murderer finally traps Ella, her developing link with Vadim might be the only thing that can save her.
I love Kate Pearce. The world building in this book was amazing! I love the cross between the “normal” world and the Otherworld. With the market so saturated with contemporary and BDSM books, I tend to forget just how much I love paranormal. I bought this as an eBook and then got the Audiobook so I could start listening at work and once I did I couldn’t stop until I finished. I couldn’t read it fast enough and I hated when I had to focus on work or do silly things like sleep! There was a lot going on in this book and at times I felt like there was a book before this one that I might have missed but that is not the case. There are also some times where things were left unresolved, but overall I really enjoyed this one. Ella and Vadim have some awesome banter and while there is some heavy stuff happening and there are several sad moments Mrs. Pearce was able to keep the pace going and keep us guessing as to what will happen next. Ella was just spunky enough to make you both love and hate her all at once and Vadim sounds like sex on a stick and he has plenty of sarcasm to keep Ella on her toes. I was sad to see the ending of this one was a bit of a cliffhanger but thankfully I was prepared with the second book in the series (Death Bringer). I really hope Mrs. Pearce is going to write more in this series. I will grab them up and devour them without question! Also as a side note: While Mrs. Pearce has this series listed as non-erotic romance on her website don’t worry there is plenty of steamy sex between these two-enough to make me wonder what she requires in a book to be called erotic! ;)