Author: Lucienne Diver
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: www.samhainpublishing.com
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx
Everyone’s bloodline is a little mixed up but Tori Karacis’s family is more unusual than most, since hers can be traced back to the god Pan and one of the immortal gorgons. Using the family secret of temporarily freezing someone with a glance comes in handy when Tori takes over her uncle’s P. I. business, when he unexpectedly leaves town. Tori’s reduced to looking for a missing dog and delivering a message to a Hollywood agent, Circe Holland, and ends up witnessing her murder by a scaly, web-fingered monster.
It’s hard to believe but it looks like all the family stories Tori always thought were nonsense are coming true, and then Apollo…who’s been working as a film star, shows up in her office. Now there are gods and goddesses coming out of the woodwork and the danger surrounding Tori is only getting worse. She also has to contend with her growing attraction to hunky Detective Nick Armani, while trying to keep from getting killed by a small group of the old gods bent on taking over the world.
Bad Blood is the first in the new series Latter-Day Olympians by Lucienne Diver. It’s classified as an urban fantasy but I don’t know that designation really fits as the setting isn’t dark and gritty and Tori isn’t a kick-ass, uber-martial arts chick as is usually seen in books of that genre. Instead, she’s more of an irreverent smart-mouth who doesn’t know when to keep quiet and the book’s set in ordinary modern day LA…with a few ancient gods and goddesses thrown in.
There are plenty of twists and turns, lots of action, a couple of near-death experiences, several threats, plenty of action and a mystery to solve as Tori and Nick try to save the city from being destroyed. There’s also a bit of a romance triangle between Tori, Nick and Apollo, mixed in with some humorous dialogue and quirky secondary characters. It’s all added together into a fast paced, complicated plot that makes for an entertaining read.