"Shades of Gray"
Author: L.M. Pruitt
Series: Jude Magdalyn #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Source: Tour Host in exchange for a honest review.
Published: August 2010 by Red Hot Publishing
Author's Website: http://www.lmpruitt.blogspot.com
Buy Links: Amazon
Jude Magdalyn Henries lives what many would call an unconventional life.
Orphaned at birth, raised by nuns, a teenage runaway living on the streets… she now earns a living at odd jobs, including one as a fake tarot card reader. Very little about Jude’s life appears normal, by any scale. When she accepts a gig to do a private reading, unconventional takes on an entirely new meaning.
Life as she knows it ends when she’s thrust into a world she never knew existed—one filled with magic, vampires, and her beloved New Orleans on the verge of an underground war. To make matters worse, she's got two men in her life vying for attention, Williams and Theo. Both call to a different part of her, but one scares her just a little bit. Can she step up to the challenges set before her and make the right choices for the greater, which may or not be the greater good?
Not many books can hook a person from the start. But this one did it to me! There was no beating around the bush in any given situation or any softening to cover the blows in here. It’s all straight and to the point; exciting, humorous, adventurous, titillating, emotional and fun. A great read for those paranormal readers that like a story with edge, excitement and a few twists.
Jude is one tough chick that takes nothing from no one be it vampire, witch or human. She has amazing instincts that I believe are due to the fact that she was forced to grow up fast from living on the streets. One cannot survive without smarts and instincts and that’s proven many times over by Jude and her reactions to the many situations she finds herself in. There’s a bit of a love triangle (a hot vampire and/or a hot member of the covenant), supernatural happenings, murders, secrets revealed and truths finally brought to the surface. Finding out that she is so much more than a plain swindling street punk and useless to all but herself, she quickly thrives and grows into her new role as the Prophecy. Meant to lead and save hundreds of lives from evil and corruption but has some doubt in herself and is weary of many in the Covenant, but gets the boosts and evidence needed to make her continue her role from those that are closest to her. Learning her powers was very entertaining to read and she is one powerful woman! She’s learned many things that help her out in the long run, but still has much left to learn to defeat those who want to destroy the Covenant. Now the question is, will she be able to continue her role and save the lives of innocent people that evil seems to constantly target?
I’m looking EXTREMELY forward to the next book in the series to see how Jude holds up in her new role and what else unfolds in the Crossroads.