Kyra Richards is anything but ordinary.
Possessing a rare talent, everyone wants a piece of her. Convinced to go undercover to investigate a string of horrific murders, she is drawn into the preternatural underbelly of Florida's Suncoast.
They want to use her. But no one can control her.
Caught in a web that gets harder to escape from every day, she is torn between two men and two lives. When her past catches up with her she is forced to face her demons.
How do you destroy a monster without becoming one?
As the fight against her dark nature intensifies she revels in the power unleashed within her. But will she risk the one thing worth fighting for?
Parkins's breezy urban fantasy romance, the first in a series, centers on strong, confident Kyra Richards, a polyamorous private investigator who can change shape into a jaguar. When not intimidating cheating husbands in Tampa, Fla., Kyra parties at the Phoenix, a nightclub for preternaturals. Kyra works alone, keeping her distance from humans to protect them from her barely controllable power of pyrokinesis. But after six human bodies are discovered with all their bones missing, Kyra reluctantly joins an investigation led by agent Spencer Reeves of the FBI's preternatural unit. To infiltrate the local vampire House, Kyra seduces Daniel, the human "walking snack" of its centuries-old leader, Alejandro. As Alejandro temps Kyra with knowledge of what she truly is, he forces her to use her pyrokinesis for unspeakable acts. Emotionally conflicted, Kyra enjoys the power but struggles to keep her inner beast on a leash. Parkins (Ancient Enemies) all but abandons the murder mystery after the first third of the book, focusing more on the romance as the appearance of Kyra's ex-fianc from Wyoming creates a steamy love triangle. The supernatural crime is unsatisfying, but the romantic story line is appealing. (BookLife)