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Stake-Out (Paranormal Detectives Series Book 1) by [Luchesi, Lily]
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Editorial Reviews


"The story kept you guessing and was full of action and angst!"--Nerd Girl
"A quick, satisfying paranormal read...! ...Luchesi has won two fans today, and we eagerly anticipate the sequel!"--Knightingale Reviews
"Fast paced, action packed, entertaining and emotional."--Adventures of Sacakat
"Stake-Out is more than just another vampire story."--Bestselling author Mary Fan
"This has indeed whetted my appetite for this genre as a whole."--Bestselling author Jurgen Olschewski
"This story may be short but boy, oh boy does it pack a punch."--Love Life & Book Lust

About the Author

Lily Luchesi is a young author/poet born in Chicago, Illinois, now residing in Los Angeles, California. Ever since she was a toddler her mother noticed her tendency for being interested in all things "dark". At two she became infatuated with vampires and ghosts, and that infatuation turned into a lifestyle by the time she was twelve, and, as her family has always been what they now call "Gothic", she doesn't believe she shall ever change. She is also a hopeless romantic and avid music-lover, and will always associate vampires with love, blood and rock and roll. Her interest in poetry came around the same time as when she was given a book of Edgar Allan Poe's complete work. She then realized that she had been writing her own poetry since she could hold a pen, and just had not known the correct terms. She finished her first manuscript at the age of fourteen, and now, at twenty-one, has two contributing credits in anthologies and a debut novel, Stake-Out, was published by Vamptasy Publishing on May 19th, 2015.

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  • File Size: 1842 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
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  • Publisher: Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing (May 17, 2015)
  • Publication Date: May 17, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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Vampires are odd creatures. People are either repelled by them or irresistibly attracted to them. While I admit that vampires aren’t my cup of tea (or hot blood), Lily Luchesi gives her novel Stake-Out a cool Stephen King vibe that really works. Detective Daniel Mancini is forced into early retirement when the sight of a vampire sucking the life out of a victim leaves him with post-traumatic stress disorder. After a few years, he is approached by Angelica Cross, a beautiful young detective from the Paranormal Investigation Unit of the FBI. She is seeking Danny’s assistance tracking down the vampire who ruined his career and recently murdered his former partner. Danny is about to realize that the connection he shares with Angelica–and the connection that Angelica shares with the vampire–is closer than he ever dreamed.

The fast pace of the story, as well as the hot romance budding between Danny and Angelica, kept me turning the pages. The plotline is unusual and highly entertaining. Ms. Luchesi may very well be the next Stephen King. The only critical thing I have to say is that the narration was awkward in some places. Some tweaking can make the flow of the story go so much smoother. But that aside, a highly recommended read, but not for the squeamish.
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The paranormal action was supported by the snippets of back story in a way that informed but didn't overwhelm the flow of the story. It was graphic where needed while not being overly gory and the characters played their parts properly, whether good, bad, or both.

Danny's bigotry was a little over the top, but the one part I had trouble with was the executions of new vampires. If 98 percent of them are able to function in society, why are all new vampires executed in their caskets before they have a chance to prove they can obey the law?

Other than that glaring contradiction in a wary but otherwise tolerant society the author has imagined, this was a well crafted world with believable characters, and a fun read. The setup for a recurring adversary ensures the prospects for equally enjoyable future episodes.
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This is an impressive debut from a promising young author.

Let's start with the negatives. STAKE-OUT suffers from a bit of firstnovelitis. That means some showing more than telling, some characters outright stating their feelings, and some behavior that was either lampshaded, over-explained, or undercooked. And a few worldbuilding issues. I'm not going to pretend like this is a perfect novel, but these are all kinks that can be ironed out over time. If this series goes on long enough I could see it becoming another Sookie Stackhouse-, Harry Dresden-, or Anita Blake-type series, where the author grows into her voice after a few books.

That being said, what's really impressive here is the rock-solid foundation of a good book series. So let's look at some of the positives. This was a short, punchy, exciting novel. I'm probably most impressed by the romantic subplot. The scenes when Danny and Angelica were either simmering in their attraction to each other or giving in to it were the most convincing and sweetest parts of the novel. (Yeah, I never thought I'd say this either, but more romance next time, please.) The action, mystery, and romance blended in a way that felt unique to me. I really think STAKE-OUT is an auspicious start to a promising career, and I look forward to reading more from Luchesi in the future.
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**Thank you to the author for a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**

The story line in this book is great, featuring my favourite concept of a regular human discovering that there's more to this world than they'd ever expected.

Danny finds himself enlisted by a paranormal investigation branch of the FBI and teamed up with a mysterious and unsubtly gorgeous woman, following his early forced retirement from the police department. Their bond grows both professionally and romantically (obviously) and then BOOM! events get in the way and they have to engage in some serious violence to come out the other side.

As it's first book in the Paranormal Detectives series, I may be being a little harsh only awarding it 3 stars (there may be guilt later that I have to assuage with vanilla clotted cream fudge) but I have high hopes for the rest fthe series and don't want to peak too soon with the stars.

I'm a big fan of subtlety in books and this definitely lacked that but that is part of its charm, even if I was disappointed that it lacked the seduction that I love in paranormal romance/thrillers. The characters are very blunt and it takes a while for them to develop in depth and complexity.

One thing that I did find weird was the numerous and forced references to pop culture series like Lord of the Rings and Supernatural (specifically Season 10, the episode where Dean is possessed by a Demon) - there were too many of them and definitely date the book, in a few years time no-one will know the Crowley/Mark Sheppard link.

As the book went on, the characters started moving in the right direction towards complexity and all the feely-brainy stuff I like. The action was brilliant and the story really gripped me, now I just look forward to seeing the author's voice coming into its own and catching up with the brilliance of her ideas.
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