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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Book Review: Queen of Hearts by Kristen Painter

Queen of Hearts: Sin City Collectors Novella(Sin City Collectors)
by Kristen Painter
Published July 1st 2014

Welcome to Las Vegas, home of the Sin City Collectors. The job description is easy: Bring the offending supernatural in to the Boss and don’t ask any questions.

Feline shifter Claudette Marchon traded life as a showgirl to become a Sin City Collector, giving up the glamour to earn some serious cash in order to buy her own business. Mission accomplished, she now runs a pawn shop specializing in gems and jewelry.

Life is good until a Collection job requiring her specific skill set lures her back in. The Queen of Hearts, a museum-worthy ruby and diamond necklace has been stolen from the Boss’s private collection and she’s his last hope to do what two other Collectors have already failed to do. Bring in the necklace. And the thief.

But gargoyle Jason Tennant isn’t quite the dangerous criminal Claudette expects. In fact, he’s not a thief at all. He’s former Special Ops and being set up by the real mastermind, forcing her to decide between the man she’s falling for and the man she works for. Proving Jason innocent may risk the Boss’s wrath, but Claudette’s heart says it’s a gamble worth taking.

What’s Collected in Vegas, stays in Vegas.

Claudette Marchon, a shifter and former Sin City Collector, is called back into service when a special collection needs to be made. Her target is Jason Tennant, gargoyle and supposedly dangerous criminal. However, Claudette quickly discovers that things aren’t as they seem and that Jason isn’t what they think he is. She needs to make a choice between her job and the man who she thinks she is falling for.

Being a novella it was a short easy read. The attraction between the two characters is instant. How could it not be? Claudette is a gorgeous shifter, who’s smart and sexy. Jason, the criminal at large, is a sweet and gorgeous man with a rock hard body. It’s no wonder they have trouble fighting the attraction. However, it might it be too quick? Maybe, but being a novella we have to remember we are not dealing with a full-length novel. I would have to guess it’s extremely difficult to fit too much detail into just over a hundred pages. So, things happen quickly which makes the pace of the book really fast but kind of leaves you wishing there was a little more to the story.

Does that mean it feels incomplete? No, not at all. The author definitely wraps it up and it feels finished, it just feels a little light if you know what I mean.

3.5 Short Sheep


About the Author:
Kristen Painter likes to balance her obsessions with shoes and cats by making the lives of her characters miserable and surprising her readers with interesting twists. She currently writes award-winning urban fantasy for Orbit Books.


  1. I've really enjoyed this series so far. I've read both of the first two books and with both, my biggest complaint is that I wish they were full length novels. Both stories felt a little bit rushed and I loved the characters so much, I wanted more time with them. Great review.

  2. The book nor author are familiar to me, but I love reading about what happens in Vegas and the paranormal. Sounds great to me.
    sherry @ fundinmental