I have to say I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I will admit upon buying it I prepared myself for another in a long line of post-Anita, post-Sookie, post Sonja Blue [...] female supernatural romances. To be honest I also had reservations about the horrible cover. But this book had a lot more substance than many of others I have read recently.
I really enjoyed the pseudo-science of the magic in the books (especially revolving around borrowed mass) and her calorie intake etc. Her worlds magic has a very tangible feel and I liked that.
And the author really used the sense of smell effectively to tell the story, and a lot of the mystery surrounds Jane using her nose more than looking for more traditional clues. Using the assets of a shapeshifter to solve a mystery, especially when others don;t know it, was an intriguing take on the genre.
The book did have a slow and clunky start, Jane was a little too tough to be believable at times and alternatively a little too amateur/soft, and I found the Beast's chapters frustrating to read. Mainly because of the very caveman-like prose "me like food, night is good etc" but after awhile I did not notice it as much. I liked the characters, and the old school noir feel of everybody hiding something etc. Also the incorporation of Native American beasties into the cannon is welcome, as well as the hot and deep fried feel of NO. So overall it was a smart book, well researched, and well written. The character, as we grow to know her better, has potential to be quite memorable in a sea of imposters. So all in all worth a read.