Oct 25 2015

A Review of Lycan Unleashed by Tiffany Allee

Lycan Unleashed by Tiffany Allee

Lycan Unleashed by Tiffany Allee

A review today on the Tale of the third work in a series that I have been reviewing last year. You can find those reviews here and here on the Tale. In the previous two works, Succubi were rather central characters to the plot, but in his work, the Succubus is fleeting in her appearance, though she leaves her mark nonetheless.

Sometimes the decisions we make are not ours to make in the first place. What comes from that can be, in many ways, the real tragedy and the greater desire.

The work tells of:

Detective Astrid Holmes is a sensitive, a human capable of feeling the energy of otherworlders. When she is dispatched to the horrific murder scene of a local vampire, she expects it to be just another day on the job. But when evidence is stolen on her watch, she is removed–not only from the investigation, but from her job as a member of the Chicago police department’s paranormal unit.

Astrid’s only hope of reinstatement lies with her ex co-worker and almost-lover, Lycan Mason Sanderson. But convincing the OWEA agent to let her assist with the investigation isn’t nearly as difficult as staying alive when the murderer realizes that Astrid may hold the key to unlocking his identity.

Fighting to take down a killer could have deadly consequences for Astrid and Mason, but working together puts their already fragile relationship in jeopardy.

Astrid is in a situation that isn’t a good one. She’s deeply involved in a crime. Not just investigating it, but being investigated as well. Things come to a head when the one person she can turn to is the last one she wants to. A little white lie gets her in, but how is she going to get out again in one piece?

This work is one in a series that is set in a world where the supernatural mix with humanity and, of course, things never quite work out smoothly for anyone. Astrid is the focus of this story along with Mason and how their relationship finally, after so many stories before, comes to a point where things move forward and becomes something more for them both. There’s so much good storytelling, universe building and more, which considering the previous works in the series is no surprise.

There is a succubus who is a minor character in the story, her name is Mary and she is married to a vampire, has been for some time. But things go wrong for her in a lot of ways and how her life tangles and then what happens afterwards isn’t really explained in detail, but the results are and in that what happens is very tragic. She is caught between a rock and a hard place and no matter what she does, things don’t go the best way possible.

There are a few nicely hot scenes in the work, all of which are not over the top erotica or written in a way that makes no sense. As a whole, the story really is well told and I enjoyed it very much, but there is minor problem at least for me. The problem is that there isn’t really a good feeling of closure in this work towards the main storyline. There is for the main characters, there is in a lot of other ways, but in one very important way there isn’t and it left me sighing a bit.

The work is, to be clear, not focused on Succubi, the appearance of one is only fleeting, but Mary’s history would be interesting to explore and explain. Actually the entire universe has a lot of stories that are left untold from each work and that means, I hope, there will be more stories coming and more to learn, succubi and otherwise.

A story well told, a mystery unwrapped, two finding their way in the world with all else that goes on around them. Really a good read and I recommend it as much as the other works in the series by far.

I’m giving this work four out of five pitchforks.

The work is well written, tells a really fascinating story, but really don’t provide a “clean” ending in a similar fashion to the other works in the series. That is a function of the main “bad guy” being untouchable after all, but somehow their having their just desserts would have I think made things a bit more satisfying for me. Hoping to see more in the series sometime soon, there are still many stories untold and there are Succubi there that have their stories to tell still…




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    Sometimes, as much as one would like to make each story–and these are substantial stories, not just brief chapters–in a series stand alone, one is left with a problem.

    Sometimes, when one portrays the reality of a world where the evil isn’t always immediately defeated, one is left with a loose end. And, of course, as the do-gooders grow, so will their challenges, making for the possibility of meeting some big bad who survives.

    The question–since this big bad hasn’t been evident from the beginning–is what the author will do with this development going forward. Will the series be strengthened or weakened by it?

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    A question to be answered.. Someday…


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