Both Ways
Danika Karson, field agent of the Supernatural Prohibition, Extermination, and Arrest Regiment (SPEAR), has the highest capture and kill rate on record. That is, until the mayor of Angbec makes her an offer she can’t refuse. Moonlighting as a rogue private investigator, Danika must find the mayor’s son, presumed kidnapped by vampires. Determined to solve the case, Danika’s only lead is Rayne, a vampire whose power and beauty mask a kind and gentle heart. They race against time to find the missing boy, dodging vampires, evading SPEAR agents, and fighting the attraction that sparks between them. When the stakes rise ever higher, Danika is forced to put her life in Rayne’s hands, but can she really trust a vampire?

Both Ways Details

TitleBoth Ways
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 13th, 2018
PublisherBold Strokes Books
ISBN-139781635552980
Rating
GenreFantasy, Paranormal, Glbt, Lesbian, Romance, Lesbian Romance, Urban Fantasy

Both Ways Review

  • Lex Kent
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this read! This is exactly what I needed after the last book I read. Also, I’m just craving good paranormal books this close to Halloween. If I didn’t have other books to review all I would be reading is paranormal anything so this was a real treat. This is a paranormal/urban fantasy book. This has a slight feel of Keri Arthur’s Riley Jenson’s books or early Anita Blake books but not as gritty. The story is different but it’s that kind of genre except with a lesbian main charact I really enjoyed this read! This is exactly what I needed after the last book I read. Also, I’m just craving good paranormal books this close to Halloween. If I didn’t have other books to review all I would be reading is paranormal anything so this was a real treat. This is a paranormal/urban fantasy book. This has a slight feel of Keri Arthur’s Riley Jenson’s books or early Anita Blake books but not as gritty. The story is different but it’s that kind of genre except with a lesbian main character. The main character is Danika, a SPEAR agent that hunts down supernaturals behaving badly. This takes place in the distant future where weres, vamps and many other beings all have certain rights, but some humans are still a bit weary. When Danika is asked by the mayor to do a personal favor, she soon realizes her life will never be the same again. This book had a lot of entertaining action. Danika is an ass kicker and works hard to do what is right even if she doesn’t always do it in the right way. This book is a decent length but the pace of the action is so good that the pages flew by. While there is a lot of fighting, shooting, stabbing, and even a battle axe, this book actually has a romance. It’s a conflicting romance because of the difference in the characters backgrounds, but I enjoyed it anyway. The main focus of this book is entertainment but Young knew how to give this potential couple some chemistry. The relationship is still in the beginning stages, but it absolutely made me want more.I have no idea if Young is planning to make this a series but I can’t see why she wouldn’t. While all the big loose ends are wrapped up and the ending is a good satisfying ending, these characters stories are just beginning. I’m hopefully that this book does well because I really want a sequel!If you are a paranormal or urban fantasy fan, don’t hesitate to read this. There are just not enough of these kinds of books in lesfic so it was a real pleasure to read. This was a good entertaining read that I was sad to see end. Young just put herself on my radar. An ARC was given to me by BSB for a honest review.
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  • Joc
    January 1, 1970
    There is so much that I loved about this that I’m not sure I’ll be able to express it all. I’ve never come across the author before so this was a lucky pick. Danika Karson is SPEAR’s (Supernatural Prohibition, Extermination, and Arrest Regiment) top agent and vampire killing machine. They want to promote her but she keeps turning it down. Not all her superiors are fond of her though. The Mayor of Angbec summons her one morning to ask her to find his son for a large sum of money, she’s reluctant There is so much that I loved about this that I’m not sure I’ll be able to express it all. I’ve never come across the author before so this was a lucky pick. Danika Karson is SPEAR’s (Supernatural Prohibition, Extermination, and Arrest Regiment) top agent and vampire killing machine. They want to promote her but she keeps turning it down. Not all her superiors are fond of her though. The Mayor of Angbec summons her one morning to ask her to find his son for a large sum of money, she’s reluctant because not only is it moonlighting but he’s probably been taken by vampires. As a result of her meddling mother, Danika comes across Rayne, a beautiful vampire who doesn’t seem to know the rules that vampires need to follow.Not only is this action-packed, it has great characters, species and ethnic diversity, humour, witty dialogue and a fantastic story. Danika has only ever wanted to be a SPEAR agent and taught herself everything she could to make her the best. I loved that she’s black, powerful and that she takes pride in her locs. The society she has to uphold the law in is a complex one with goblins, vampires, werewolves and trolls (as well as others) and they don’t have the same rights or respect as humans do. Dani has to look at what it means to be attracted to a vampire, the very thing that she’s so good at exterminating. Her stubborn, busy-body mother is constantly on her case with her sister trying to run interference. The family connections were a nice touch because it gave the story some grounding so that it’s not just a paranormal escapade. The actions scenes were riveting and while they’re fairly violent, I find that the death of a vampire in a puddle of black gloop doesn’t have the same effect on me as a human death. That said, if I’ve come to care about the vampire and the relationship, it’s a different story.I enjoyed the pace and found I really didn’t want to put it down, even to sleep. This is not one of those books where I could confidently guess the direction of the plot. I’d definitely read more by this author especially if there are strong, lesbian leads. Book received from Netgalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.
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  • Arien
    January 1, 1970
    ARC received from Netgalley for a fair review.1.5 stars.Nope, I can't force myself to finish this. Everything about this book is so bland - the cover that doesn't communicate anything preternatural, the characters, the dialogue, the difficult to follow action scenes. That is when they're actually described because often an action scene in this book looks like this excerpt "I reach the car as the vampire catches me a third time, clawing for my face. Jump kick. Her head snaps back. Elbow strike. D ARC received from Netgalley for a fair review.1.5 stars.Nope, I can't force myself to finish this. Everything about this book is so bland - the cover that doesn't communicate anything preternatural, the characters, the dialogue, the difficult to follow action scenes. That is when they're actually described because often an action scene in this book looks like this excerpt "I reach the car as the vampire catches me a third time, clawing for my face. Jump kick. Her head snaps back. Elbow strike. Down. I leave her writhing and pop the boot." I mean... I can do this too! "Pew pew. Bang. Big Boom! I pop the boot whatever that means." Am I a writer yet? I tried to ignore the action scenes and find something else of value in this read (dropped the book around 80%) but it never got better. Danika, the main, character is so inconsistent too. I'm supposed to believe she's the best vampire hunter in the country yet she makes countless stupid and impulsive decisions and then cries a lot. A twenty-something that acts like a teenager in puberty with mood swings does not make for a badass vampire hunter. When someone close to her is taken what is the first thing she does? She takes a fricking shower! PRIORITIES! Gotta smell nice before kicking ass and taking names, right? The taken person meanwhile might or might not be a vampire snack. I just can't...The book has some good world building ideas in it, the dragon pets, how the preternatural are publicly out. But it all still feels flimsy and full of plot holes. Like why the romance interest doesn't know about basic vampire rules when it's public knowledge to everyone else.And the dialogue! It's so, so standard and bland with gems like "I'm going to kill you!" and as a response - "You're going to try." Very imaginative... Maybe I'm spoiled by recent books I've read that had really good dialogue, this book comes nowhere close.I really didn't like this one.
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  • Danni Mladenovic
    January 1, 1970
    I'm a great fan of paranormal/vampire romances, and Ileandra Young wrote a very interesting one. It pulls you in from the first moment, the plot is very interesting and fresh, even though one can think nothing new can be written about vampire/human romances. What I actually liked the most is that Ileandra Young wrote many minor characters which made this book even more attractive, and well described fight scenes made it look like a movie.
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  • Heather Bennett
    January 1, 1970
    Ileandra Young has written a fabulous paranormal romance that pulled me in from the first chapter and I could not put it down. There is not one thing I could find fault with about this book. Bravo. I can't wait to read more from this author and I will buy this book for friends when it comes out.
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  • Colleen Corgel
    January 1, 1970
    This was a decent entry into the urban fantasy genre. I thought there were some really strong points of the book, but then there were somethings that were slightly irritating. Dani is an agent with SPEAR, a supernatural policing force that helps protect humans from the things that go bump in the night. She's the best in the city, and has a reputation that gets her into a ton of trouble. Then she gets into a mess with a local politician and rogue vampire that tests her views on the world. I enjoy This was a decent entry into the urban fantasy genre. I thought there were some really strong points of the book, but then there were somethings that were slightly irritating. Dani is an agent with SPEAR, a supernatural policing force that helps protect humans from the things that go bump in the night. She's the best in the city, and has a reputation that gets her into a ton of trouble. Then she gets into a mess with a local politician and rogue vampire that tests her views on the world. I enjoyed Danika's character, she fits all the tropes of a hero in the urban fantasy genre. She's brash, cocky, a screw-up, and has something in her past that defines her. Some of the things she does works well, but others don't. Like, I don't understand her developing feelings for Rayne (yes, she's hot but they only worked together a couple of days) even though she has such a deep seated hatred for vampires. It felt a little out of character to me. Then there's some of the fight scenes. I do have to agree that just listing the things that they do in a fight is irritating. I get what the author was trying to do, which was to show how focused and narrowed her vision is. It doesn't work so well when there's a ton of events strung together. It does work sometimes, though, and I have to give Young some props for trying something a little different.Overall, I thought this book was uneven to good. I also think the cover was a bit of a miss but it didn't affect my rating, as it usually isn't the author's decision. There's some wonky style decisions that I couldn't get, and some weirdness with the characters; yet it still is a decent enough book for me to recommend for paranormal romance/ urban fantasy readers.
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  • Kelsie
    January 1, 1970
    I hate reviews with spoilers so you won't read any here. All you'll get is my humble opinion about the quality of this novel. Ileandra Young’s Both Ways is an interesting novel. In the not too distant future our world has changed greatly. Vampires, goblins, trolls, sprites, werewolves and other supernatural species roam the streets freely alongside humans. Young has included several of these non-human species in her cast of characters. The main character, Danika Karson is an agent of (SPEAR), Su I hate reviews with spoilers so you won't read any here. All you'll get is my humble opinion about the quality of this novel. Ileandra Young’s Both Ways is an interesting novel. In the not too distant future our world has changed greatly. Vampires, goblins, trolls, sprites, werewolves and other supernatural species roam the streets freely alongside humans. Young has included several of these non-human species in her cast of characters. The main character, Danika Karson is an agent of (SPEAR), Supernatural Prohibition, Extermination, and Arrest Regiment. She has earned a reputation as the best vampire killer on the force. Danika faces challenges in both her personal and professional lives, some related to her sexual preference. Her latest case leads to conflict with her boss, her colleagues, her family and even within herself. I like that although Danika is portrayed as a strong female, she still has human failings. Young has written an intense romantic, paranormal fantasy. She boldly addresses bias on more than one front. I give Both Ways 4 out of 5 stars. My thanks to Bold Strokes Books and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book. However the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.
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  • JulesGP
    January 1, 1970
    If you like crashing head first into the thick of a story, whiplash inducing action, foul mouthed, hot headed main characters, and tight, clever language, then this is the book for you. Danika Karson is a human agent for SPEAR, an elite, anti-Supernatural force that fight vampires, werewolves, fae, gargoyles, etc who become violent or just do crazy shit that is against the law. Excuse the language but that is the tone of this book and I loved every bit of it. And the mc has a cat-size dragon-lik If you like crashing head first into the thick of a story, whiplash inducing action, foul mouthed, hot headed main characters, and tight, clever language, then this is the book for you. Danika Karson is a human agent for SPEAR, an elite, anti-Supernatural force that fight vampires, werewolves, fae, gargoyles, etc who become violent or just do crazy shit that is against the law. Excuse the language but that is the tone of this book and I loved every bit of it. And the mc has a cat-size dragon-like pet named Norma that is so ridiculously cool. There’s an intro to a romance with another character who should be off limits to Danika but all it does is make it more intriguing. The ending is satisfying but obviously, there will be more books because there is much story left. I read this book courtesy of Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    I just finished this book and I'm really hoping there's going to be a sequel! The turns and twists in the storyline really kept me on my worried toes waiting to see what was going to happen. The story started off well enough, but as the book progressed it really got it's legs and started running! I don't want to say too much because there's too many chances for spoilers with this one. My only comment is that it's written in first person. Some people like that but I'm not a fan. I can say that by I just finished this book and I'm really hoping there's going to be a sequel! The turns and twists in the storyline really kept me on my worried toes waiting to see what was going to happen. The story started off well enough, but as the book progressed it really got it's legs and started running! I don't want to say too much because there's too many chances for spoilers with this one. My only comment is that it's written in first person. Some people like that but I'm not a fan. I can say that by about a third of the way in, I barely noticed anymore. That's saying a lot because many first person books aren't engaging enough to out way my dislike of that style for me to even continue. I am really looking forward to reading more from this author. I received an ARC from Net Galley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.
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  • Alison A
    January 1, 1970
    4.25 - that was a fun read, hope for more
  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    I really loved this story. A good paranormal urban fantasy read that reminded me of the early Anita Blake stories. The main character, Danika, is a strong kick-ass woman who is fun and flawed. Fast moving with plenty of action, supernatural elements, and some romance, this was so much fun to read. I am really hoping there is a follow-up to this one.Advanced reading copy provided by NetGalley for an honest review.
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  • Best Lesbian Erotica
    January 1, 1970
    This is mishmash of Star Wars (imaginary critters living alongside humans) meets Men in Black (critter exterminators) meets Twilight (vampire-human pairing, vampires not eating) meets House of Night (dead in daylight, blood-lust, humans freely offering vampires blood). Read full review @https://www.bestlesbianerotica.com/20...
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  • Sam Alexander
    January 1, 1970
    I really like Both Ways. The book is a variation on what I would call a Shadowrun theme. Preternatural races and monsters mingling with regular humans, magic and supernatural abilities mixing with technology. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this, but I was very pleasantly surprised. This is not really a romance, although a romantic attachment develops, but it is a great story combining movie-style action, thrills and danger, and harsh, real, adult storytelling. Very topically, the story also t I really like Both Ways. The book is a variation on what I would call a Shadowrun theme. Preternatural races and monsters mingling with regular humans, magic and supernatural abilities mixing with technology. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this, but I was very pleasantly surprised. This is not really a romance, although a romantic attachment develops, but it is a great story combining movie-style action, thrills and danger, and harsh, real, adult storytelling. Very topically, the story also tackles intolerance and “the fear of other”. Possibly character development could be deeper but what is here certainly works.Note – the language is British English which fits, and I encourage readers who complain about that to broaden their horizons.Overall, I love this book and will be in line for the sequel if one arrives. Five stars and Recommended
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  • Mel
    January 1, 1970
    Paranormal action at breakneck speed with a human/vampire romance thrown in for good measure. The main character SPEAR Agent Danika Larson has a fearsome reputation and a sassy attitude and her job is to hunt non law abiding supernaturals such as vampires. In comes Rayne, a gorgeous vampire, who Danika knows she shouldn't trust but is conflicted when sparks fly between the two.Well written, entertaining book with lots of humour. I'll be looking out for more Ileandra Young books in the future.
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