Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand by Carrie Vaughn

Already the alpha pair of Denver's werewolf pack, Kitty and Ben now plan to tie the knot human-style by eloping to Vegas. Kitty is looking forward to sipping fru-fru drinks by the pool and doing her popular radio show on live TV, but her hotel is stocked with werewolf-hating bounty hunters. Elsewhere on the Strip an old-school magician might be wielding the real thing; the vampire community is harboring a dark secret; and the irresistible star of a suspicious animal act is determined to seduce Kitty. Sin City has never been so wild, and this werewolf has never had to fight harder to save not only her wedding, but her very life.

Let me start out by saying that it took SO LONG for this book to come out that I actually had to revisit the last two books to reconnect with what had been going on! That just seems a little extreme to me, because while I read a lot, rarely do I have to spend so much time boning up before even starting the newest book. I haven't decided if that means that Ms. Vaughn has just taken waaay too long before releasing this latest book in Kitty's saga, or if her books are just not memorable enough. It's probably a bit of both, because while I enjoy reading about Kitty and Ben there is just something about them that is kind of forgettable. In Dead Man's Hand, Kitty and Ben finally make things legal and head to Vegas to escape the trial and tribulations of planning a big wedding. But of course nothing can be that easy, and their plans are interrupted by her stations' decision to set Kitty up for a TV special while she's there and Rick sending her off to meet the master vampire of Las Vegas- and this all intertwined with a Vegas act filled with possibly mistreated lycanthropes. It's a fast paced book of ups and downs, and even a kidnapping! Kitty continues her adventures of never keeping her nose out of anything, and the insertion of a Babylonian cult created an interesting set up for the next book (coming out in March). I don't like to give anything away, just be assured that it's a good book in a decent series and you'll definitely end up feeling the love between these two alpha werewolves!