Red Hot Fury is the first book in the Shades of Fury series by Kasey Mackenzie and an ACE Fantasy.
Hell hath nothing worse than a Fury scorned...
As a Fury, Marissa Holloway belongs to an Arcane race that has avenged wrongdoing since time immemorial. As Boston's Chief Magical Investigator for the past five years, she's doing what she was born to: solving supernatural crimes.
It's far from business as usual when the body of one of Riss's sister Furies washes up in Boston harbor. Riss discovers that the corpse's identity has been magically altered, but as soon as she reports her findings, she's immediately--and inexplicably--suspended from her job. Then a human assassin makes an attempt on her life, and Riss starts to realize that someone may be trying to stir up strife between mortals and Arcanes.
When a Fury gets mad, she gets even, and Riss is determined to untangle this case. Without the support of the mortal PD, Riss turns to the one man she can trust to watch her back--shapeshifting Warhound Scott Murphy. But since Scott is also Riss's ex, she'll have to keep a tight leash on more than just the supernatural rage that feeds her power as they try to solve a murder--and stop a war...
NEW FAVORITE!! I absolutely LOVED Red Hot Fury!
Marissa Holloway, Riss to those she's not ticked off, is the Chief Magical Investigator for Boston PD - and one kick a$$ Fury. This means that all crimes arcane in nature are her responsibility to solve - and she takes her responsibilities very seriously.
Her latest case is complicated - but before she can do more than report her findings - she's suspended from the PD. Determined to do the right thing - Riss heads in to see the Conclave of Fury Elders - only to be told she needs more proof before they will get involved.
The only person Riss can trust to watch her back is her ex - Scott, who is a shape-shifting WarHound Mercenary. But their break-up was less than amicable. Deciding that this case is more important than her own hurt feelings, Riss contacts Scott.
With the help of Scott and his family, Riss begins putting together the pieces of a puzzle that spells disaster for both arcane and mundane - and one thing is certain, there is a traitor very high up the food chain.
Red Hot Fury is a fabulous debut novel and Kasey Mackenzie is now on my favorite author list. :) I am eagerly awaiting the next installment in this series: Green-Eyed Envy, available in June of 2011.
I give Red Hot Fury 5 out of 5 stars and recommend this book to all Urban Fantasy readers. :)