Sorry that post title is a bit misleading. It's not one book, but two that I'll be discussing today. But they're the first two in a series so I'm going to lump them together.
Royal Street & River Road by Suzanne Johnson (Books 1 & 2 in the Sentinels of New Orleans UF series)
Why I read them: The author recently sold books 4 & 5 in the series. When the deal listing showed up in my inbox the description of the series intrigued me. So I bought the first book.
Mini-review: I devoured these books. DJ, the MC, is smart, tries to be sassy and witty (and usually fails at the latter), and funny. (Was that redundant?) And the men in her life? Let's just say that if the men in her life showed up in mine, it'd be totally complicated and well, interesting. I love the three guys who make her life super-complicated and yet help her navigate the complexities with relative ease. The stories are intriguing blends of PNR and mysteries. But definitely minus the weak heroines of some PNR stories. How's a girl to choose between a were, a shifter, and an undead suave pirate? (Technically not a zombie. Zombies are mentioned as separate from the historically undead, as the pirate is.)
Final review: Thumbs up. I was reminded of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files, but I liked these books a lot more than the first two of his. Definitely will be reading book 3 when it is published next month.
Also, I just have to point out how much I like the covers. While it's the girl-on-cover trend, it actually fits the character. They haven't just put her in a pretty dress to market the books. And the staff she's holding? Key to a couple of plots/subplots and a big factor in the books. A cover that actually relates to what's on the inside seems so rare these days, especially in YA. (Which this is not.)
Disclaimer: A bit on the salty side where language is concerned. No explicit scenes (yet).