Her name was RayLee. They called her the Acid Jazz Singer, her sultry voice mesmerizing human and demon alike. She’d been running for three years from her maker and only Travis McKenzie stood between her and the darkness that had become her life.
Travis hunted the hit squads of demons and paid lip service to the sheriff of the city. The half-blood had gifts of the magic shifting kind – and something more. It made him a stone cold killer and the only thing that mattered in his life was safeguarding the woman he was falling in love with.
The singer and the protector had a history. But that history changed when a southern bigot vamp turned Travis’ friend into a travesty – neither man, nor woman – but both. Travis fell hard for the trans known as RayLee. He was having a harder time dealing with his best friend, Ray.
Then the game changes, and Travis and Ray have to rely on an assassin with a secret agenda and uncertain loyalties.
Vladimira was the oldest of her kind, an enforcer – a gun for hire to the highest bidder. Vamp, human, demon. It didn’t matter. It was all about the job – until the stakes changed and she found a reason to care.
When the demon comes to claim Ray, Travis must walk through the bowels of hell to save the only being on earth he cares about.
The problem is – who is going to save Travis from himself?
To be honest I’m not sure I would have chosen this audiobook book myself but after listening to it I would have missed out on a fantastic story. I was so caught up in what happens to Ray/RayLee and Travis that I had to know what happens next. The story kept up a good pace but the flashback sections did leave me a little confused at times and I had to listen to that bit again. But the journey is so worth it. Travis never seems to get a break and it makes an exciting story.
I applaud the unique characters created by Nya Rawlyns. They inspired so many feelings in me. There were times I loved them, hated them, felt sorry and angry and cried for them. I felt for RayLee trapped partway through transition, never being able to finally be who she is. And Travis having difficulty understanding his feelings for him/her. Into the mix comes a Vampire for hire. Is she after Ray/RayLee or Travis? More questions and suspense. This is a superb start to the series and I am eager for the next part.
Michael Ferraiuolo’s excellent narration along with the detailed descriptions made such a vivid picture. The story is told from Travis’s point of view and Michael Ferraiuolo’s characterisation of him really brings him alive. I also liked the defined switch between Ray and RayLee. If you like action and suspense with a touch of romance I absolutely recommend listening to Acid Jazz Singer
5 of stars out of 5
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