I had a lot of travel time while on vacation so I actually read two books. The first was City of Bones that I reviewed earlier and this one : Tantalize by Cynthia Leithich Smith.
I just discovered that this is a series, actually. This is the story of a not so typical high school girl named Quincie. Her parents are dead and she is left to run the family restaurant with her sometimes flighty uncle. Enter a new chef (the old chef being murdered horribly with her there in the building), and her uncles awful new girlfriend and things head south faster then a redneck BBQ. And let’s not forget her half-breed werewolf boyfriend.
Actually Kieren (the boyfriend) is part of the problem I have with the book. He is OK, maybe a little flat, but her obsession with him keeps the story from really developing in my opinion. Everything is about her and who she is more attracted to. I get it, she is a teenager, she has hormone issues, but I just felt it was too much about her looking for validation through the men in her life.
That makes me sound a bit bats. Maybe I am not expressing it right. Quincie could be more than just someone’s girlfriend, but at the root of her character, that is what she wants.
Now that I know there are more, I will give it another shot. Maybe she grows up a bit more between books.