Set in the world of Yasmine Galenorn's Sisters of the Otherworld series but mostly separate from it. Shimmer is an orphan blue dragon from the Dragon Reaches. Without a family name, she is the lowest of the low in that society and this time she has ticked off the wrong people. Rather than sentence her to death, the Wing Liege has sentenced her to 5 years banishment to Earthside under the care of the vampire, Alex, who runs a detective agency in Seattle. So far, it's been a bit lonely but Shimmer is starting to get a handle on things when an old friend of Alex's calls them with a case. Peter, another vampire, is trying to start up a B&B for supes in the Port Townsend but the building appears to be haunted and he is asking for Alex's help. Alex agrees and takes along his team of Shimmer and Ralph, a werewolf who faints at the sight of blood when in human form. When they arrive at the B&B, they are immediately greeted with items flying at them, some with deadly intent, and a ghostly voice telling them to get out. As they start poking around, they find that not only is the house haunted and under a curse but there is something even more sinister that seems to have taken up residence, not only in their house but elsewhere in the town as well. This will be the biggest case Shimmer has ever been on, if she can survive it.
This is the start of a new series and it's ok for a first book. I generally love Ms. Galenorn's writing and in terms of the characters and plot, this one was no exception. My big issue is the budding romance between Alex and Shimmer. I didn't feel any real chemistry there apart from one scene and it just generally felt shoe-horned in and not like it really belonged. Other than that, an enjoyable read.
Page count: 320p/21,222p ytd/236,156p lifetime