Title: Feral Dust Bunnies (Offbeat Crimes Series: Book Four)
Author: Angel Martinez
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Length: 115 Pages
Category: Paranormal, Fantasy
At a Glance: Feral Dust Bunnies is a wonderfully clever, humorous romp with just the right touch of romance. I highly recommend it to you.
Reviewed By: Sammy
Blurb: An orphaned kitten may be the only witness to romance and the impossible.
Officer Alex Wolf responds to a lot of ‘paranormal’ calls that aren’t. Exotic pet birds aren’t monsters and unusual dog breeds aren’t aliens. It’s a good thing he likes the animal control officers, but he both yearns for and dreads those calls where he runs into ACO Jason Shen. Jason’s scent is so delicious that Wolf has a difficult time humaning around him.
Animal control calls take a disturbing turn, though, when Wolf and his lizard-man partner, Krisk, discover the impossibly mummified bodies of rats and an unfortunate mother cat. The rescue of the cat’s sole surviving kitten not only gives Wolf more time with Jason, which is both perplexing and wonderful, but also leads to dangerous discoveries. Something inconceivable stalks the city and its officers of the law. Wolf has to figure out what it is before it can attack and drain the life from the people and the kitten he loves.
Review: I am fairly sure I have uttered these same words the last time I read a book in this series, but it bears repeating: I absolutely love the Offbeat Crimes series by author Angel Martinez. These stories are cleverly written with a quirky cast of characters who never fail to entertain. The latest, Feral Dust Bunnies, brings together the same motley and undaunted crew of the paranormal precinct; this time focusing on Alex Wolf and his partner, Krisk.
We finally get to find out about Alex’s past and how a wolf became human and was later adopted by a couple of loving and caring scientists. We are also given an insight into how Alex is able to communicate with his lizard partner, Krisk, who hisses and tail thumps his way through most conversations, unless he is texting his partner with uniquely Krisk-like messages.
When the two officers are sent out to investigate a supposed alien, they discover something far more disturbing—the desiccated remains of two rats in an abandoned alleyway. Wolf and Krisk aren’t too concerned until they find yet another animal similarly attacked, leaving behind a young kitten and forcing Wolf to call in animal control in order to further investigate. But interacting with Officer Jason Shen from animal control has thrown poor Alex into a tizzy. Besides continually grappling with understanding human proclivities, Alex is also a disaster at relationships—but Jason is different. As things heat up between the two of them, the case also takes on a decided twist when it’s discovered that whoever is behind the life sucking feral dust bunnies may actually be targeting Alex himself.
Once again author Angel Martinez offers up a paranormal mystery liberally laced with humor, a rapidly paced plotline, and an unusual bad guy…er, dust bunny. Through the musings of this author’s cleverly diabolical mind, we get to read a story rife with romance, suspense and just plain fun. Much like the other characters before him, I found myself falling in love with Alex Wolf. His inability to always read human responses correctly has left his tender heart bruised and gun shy. The idea that this burly, growly man could bond with a tiny kitten and tentatively reach out for happiness with Jason was really lovely to watch. However, the real bonus here is it’s all written so cleverly that the storyline is never cloying or dramatic but rather, a wonderful relationship we get to watch blossom.
While this novel ends a bit abruptly, it merely whets the appetite for the next in the series. I am eager to see who will be the focus of the next book, or perhaps it will be one to wrap up the many loose ends the current one leaves dangling. Either way, I know I will eagerly await whatever Angel Martinez offers up next.
Feral Dust Bunnies is a wonderfully clever, humorous romp with just the right touch of romance. I highly recommend it to you.
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