Synopsis – If the murderer you’re tracking is a vampire, then you want a vampire detective. Just maybe not this one.
It’s not that Jack Valentine is bad at her job. The youngest member of Oxford’s Seekers has an impressive track record, but she also has an impressive grudge against the local baron, Killian Drake.
When a human turns up dead on May Morning, she’s determined to pin the murder on Drake. The problem is that none of the evidence points to him. Instead, it leads Jack into a web of conspiracy involving the most powerful people in the country, people to whom Jack has no access. But she knows someone who does.
To get to the truth, Jack will have to partner up with her worst enemy. As long as she can keep her cool, Drake will point her to the ringleaders, she’ll find the murderer and no one else will have to die.
Body bags on standby.
Some books arrive on your radar exactly when you need the. This was 100% the case with May Day. After putting countless books down because nothing could keep my attention, this kickass urban fantasy grabbed my focus and it was the exact kind of vampire fun I needed… But better. It was more than a hot alpha male making it awkward for the sassy hot chick until she fell for him. In fact it took most of my expectations and turned them upside down.
Part police procedural, part mystery, part romance, May Day was a well rounded, entertaining read. I freaking loved it. I loved that it had so much depth to it. The characters were great, the romance was way more than I expected and I did not pick any of the twists and turns. Considering the amount of urban fantasy I’ve read that is a hell of an achievement.
Jack is my very favourite type of character, she is full of snark, a little bitter and broken and incredibly good at what she does. She makes bad choices and she is quite the booze hag. Jack has had a tough introduction to the vampire world and is trying to make the best of it. She has a wonderful friend, Cam, who you can’t help but love. Cam is a wonderful character and I look forward to seeing what life has in store for him. He balances out Jack and he is the best friend we would all love to have.
The setting is modern day England, Oxford specifically, and the author does a wonderful job bringing the location to life. She slots the vampires (Silvers) into our world in the most realistic way. They have a hierarchy that is completely old school and totally fitting and the way Jack pushes against it works so well because of her age. She has such a give no shit attitude that she can’t bring herself to toe the line, especially when she thinks it’s wrong. She is a total right fighter and at times it’s detrimental to her, but she does it anyway. It is at the core of who she is And I fucking love that.
The romance in May Day is wonderful, there is some angst, some lust and some hot times. Tabitha is the absolute cutest and Killian is a sexy bastard, fingers crossed she gets both in the long run. I was also heavily invested in Cam’s love life.
The story flowed, kept me 100% invested and I absolutely adored Jacks way of wrapping things up. I like that type of justice. If you are after an urban fantasy that brings a little extra to the table, this book just might be for you.
A big thank you to Dave at The Write Reads for putting together this fantastic tour.