A Low Down Dirty Shane
by Sierra Dean

Published by Samhain Publishing Genres: Fantasy, Urban
Source: Publisher

Reviewed by Jo

Thick-skinned vampire assassin meets smart-mouthed druid archer. Run, Cupid, run. Shane Hewitt has been many things—failed husband, supernatural punching bag, and now a bitch to the vampire council of New York City. He thought killing rogue vampires was the hardest thing he’d ever do. Until a hot redhead smashes into him, shouts orders and announces she’s saving his life. The sole female warrior in a family of druids, Siobhan O’Malley knows how to take care of herself and protect the big city from beasties who breach gateways from the fae realm. The last thing she needs is a misguided, leather-clad hottie’s help to get the job done. Except maybe he’s exactly what she needs. Siobhan is expected to be a willing, virginal sacrifice on her twenty-fifth birthday. Sex with Shane to stay alive? If he can pull his foot out of his mouth long enough and stop driving her crazy, no problem. Now if only the bad guys would leave them alone long enough to get the deed done. Warning: Contains a wee red-headed archer with deadly aim; a leather-jacket-wearing vampire hunter with a habit for saying all the wrong things; and a life-saving ritual that will leave them both panting.

Shane Hewitt is a kickass vampire hunter who works for the vampire council now, but he has done many things before now – the majority of which have not turned out well for him.  Part of that is why he works for the vampire council now and was brought into it by a woman who now sits on the council herself.  So when Shane is brought low by a very petite, red headed woman in leathers and on the run from something nasty, he just takes it in stride.  But his very male reaction to this pixie and their teaming up to defeat something large and nasty, seems to be right in line with his life up to now.

Siobhan O’Malley is a female druid warrior charged with protecting one of the two portals into their world from the many other realms.  Even though she is one of the best guards, soon because of who and what she is, Siobhan will be sacrificed and that is just not a fate that Siobhan is willing to accept without trying to find a way out.  This is much harder than keeping her city safe from the nasty beings who try to breach her portal.  Time is of the essence now as Siobhan’s birthday is just days away.

Shane couldn’t believe that this small woman was a great warrior and one heck of an archer.  When she asks for his help to help keep her from her druid fate, he isn’t sure at first.  However when Siobhan finds out just what needs to be done and tells Shane, he is all for helping her.  Thinking that she has stopped the ritual that was to happen just days from now, Siobhan is horrified to learn that her family is determined to have the ritual and will do so one way or another.  Siobhan and Shane end up teaming up again, this time to stop the ritual outcome and to destroy whatever it is that will answer the call.  When morning comes will Shane and Siobhan’s partnership finally be over or has these last few days given them the beginnings of a strange but wonderful and lasting partnership?

Things that go bump in the night and old rituals that should have been forgotten long ago bring two warriors together to find passion.  A Low Down Dirty Shane might have been just a few days in the lives of Shane and Siobhan but I found it to certainly be very active and wickedly fun.  I had met Shane when he first came to the vampire council’s notice and that of their name hunters.  I thought he was all brash and arrogant but I soon found out that he has a gruff exterior and a very soft middle when it came to Siobhan.  I truly believe that Siobhan might be the only woman who could match Shane for brazen acts – even for a good reason.  Their jobs might put them in danger more often than not, but I love that they are still able to keep their sense of humor.  I really enjoyed how Shane and Siobhan were able to keep her safe from the ritual and then showed just how they were so good at their jobs in order to destroy the evil that night and save the innocent.  I seriously can’t wait until the next adventure that Shane and Siobhan have; I’m sure it will be a page turner too.  A Low Down Dirty Shane mixes up danger, passion and humor as a new and kicking partnership came into being.  

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