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Friday, September 9, 2011

Indie Book Review: The Last Ride of the Reverse Cowgirls by John Anderson

Author: John Anderson
Format: Ebook (PDF)
Release Date: May 20, 2011
Publisher: Lillibridge Press
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Crime/Horror/Erotic














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Synopsis from Goodreads

Supernatural criminal profiler and werewolf Andy Sutton comes from a world that is home to vampires, werewolves, ghosts, demons, angels, and extraterrestrials. It is a mysterious realm ruled by magic-black, white, pharmaceutical, illegal street, and technological. On street corners, wizards battle for bragging rights in nightly competitions, tattoo parlors encrypt body art with enchantments, and shaman recite mystical incantations to direct air-traffic in and out to the mortal world. This is Satan's vacation get-away. Naturally, the existence of this magical world must remain a secret.

Andy Sutton comes to the mortal world to hunt a powerfully seductive vampire who is charming the ladies of Los Angeles out of their Victoria's Secrets, and into his bed, stealing both their lives and their money. Andy is closing in on the vampire, but must enlist the help of the sexually alluring homicide detective, Isabella Chagoya, who is also working this case. Andy is a one-woman werewolf, so why can't he stop dreaming about Isabella? Why is the vampire feeding his victims chocolate confections before he drains them? Can Andy solve the mysteries to this sultry and seductive case, bringing down the vampire and ridding his mind of these lustful thoughts? Or will this be the case and woman causing him to crash and burn? As Andy hunts for the vampire and for the secrets to his soul, he needs to be prepared for anything...



     I was given the opportunity to review this book a few weeks ago from the author himself. I have never heard of this author or this book, so I was surprised to have been asked. But now I am ashamed that I haven’t heard of it sooner. This book was sexy, scary and downright thrilling.

     The Last Ride of the Reverse Cowgirls is a book full of werewolves, vampires, wizards, and other things that go bump in the night that roam the streets. Our main character, Andy Sutton, is a cop for the supernatural and he is a werewolf. He specializes in catching the supernatural in his realm and he travels to our world to catch a wizard acting like an idiot. But that is nothing compared to the vampire who is roaming free. He seduces and kills women during very passionate moments.  Not only that, but he is also cleaning out their bank accounts and no one knows how he is able to do it without even leaving a trace. Andy needs to catch him before humans find out what is really going on and before even more women die.

     Wow, what a surprise this was. So action packed and unexpected. I loved our characters. Andy was a great lead character. He takes his job seriously and he has his own demons to face, both literally and figuratively. Being on a first name basis with the devil himself is really not a good start. His “boss”, Scanton, has an agenda and he doesn’t trust him. Scanton also happens to be best friends with the devil. But Andy knows the man will use what is left of his family against him, so that is why he is sort of powerless against him.. Andy can’t see his family because he faked his death. They can’t find out what he is. Also Andy has a girlfriend, but he meets Isabella, the human detective that wants to catch the serial killer as much as he does. He has to battle with his feelings for her.

    One thing this book did that I liked but at the same time didn’t like was when we followed our villain’s side. We actually don’t get much point of view from the vampire even though he is the serial killer. Everything we see is through the vampire’s right hand man, Stepan. He is human and does everything the vampire asks him too. He has a track record of stealing from people and he is very good at it. I liked that we got things from his point of view. How he doesn’t like being the vampire’s pet, but knows he would easily be destroyed. We see that it is him that is the real brains behind the operation. I love where the story goes between him and the vampire. Stepan can’t have his own life while being the vampire’s pet and things take a turn when Stepan finds a woman he falls for and knows what could happen if the vampire ever found her.

     The plot got more and more complicated with each chapter from both the protagonist and antagonist. Their stories flowed well together, but the book truly could have been split and either story would have been just as satisfying. We see how both of these men are suffering from the world’s they have been forced into. Stepan couldn’t defeat the vampire, so he didn’t have much say about being “friends” with a serial killer. Andy was turned into a werewolf when he didn’t want to be one. I thought Anderson did a good job showing the dynamics between these characters.

     Overall, this was a pretty great read. The world, well worlds, Anderson has created were incredible. This book would have been just as great even without the paranormal aspect, so if the supernatural isn’t your thing, you would still enjoy this. The ending to this book had me reeling, in a good way. The only things that would make me upset is if Anderson didn’t make a sequel to this. Please do, Mr. Anderson. If don’t I will cry and I look ugly when I cry, you don’t want that on your hands do you? Nonetheless, get this book. It is so worth the ride. No pun intended (okay, maybe a little).


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*This book belongs to the following challenge*
BCC's Horror & Urban Fantasy Reading Challenge 2011

4 comments:

  1. Look at that cover!

    I think after this review, he'll start writing a sequel so you won't do the ugly cry! Hahahahaha!

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  2. I know, I love the cover too. Very sexy. I am in luck, there will be no tears, he said there will be more to come. YAY! I can't wait. Hope you read it too, it was great. Thank you for the comment hon :)

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  3. Well shit! Looks like I must add another book to my TBR pile! :-( Ok, it's really not that bad a thing but my pile just keeps growing. :-P I love the title and the concept of the book sounds fabulous! I also know I really need to get more male authors read. Great review and I hope there is a sequal just for your sanity! :-D

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  4. @Deanna - It isn't bad, of course, but it is brutal. So much books so little time. I have about 500 books in my TBR pile LOL! I love the title and concept too, all the more reason I was happy to start it. I am with you, I need to add more male authors to the list too. I do quite a few, but not enough to compare to the female authors. I should make that a mission or something for a month, read only from male authors :D Thank you for the comment and my sanity has been saved, there is more to come YAY!

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