Book Review: Stakeout by Nikki Jefford—and a Giveaway

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Title: Stakeout
Series: Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter #2.5
Author: Nikki Jefford
Publication date: January 14th 2014
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

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Synopsis:

Noel Harper got a second chance at life when the government recruited her as
an undercover vampire informant. Since the day they brought her back from
the good-as-dead, she has wanted to prove herself worthy.

When a member of her investigative unit is murdered, Noel is paired up with
a vampire hunter named Dante to spy on a suspect in Fairbanks. The problem?
They’re not the only ones on stakeout. Taking down murderous vampires is
one thing. Dealing with the past is another. But this time, Noel isn’t letting fear win.
She’s calling in help from the other side and learns a shocking secret along the way.

(STAKEOUT is an Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter novella told
from Noel Harper’s POV. Approximately 40,000 words.)

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Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter Vol. 2.5
Nikki Jefford
Nikki Jefford, January 2014
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From the author—

Noel Harper got a second chance at life when the government recruited her as an undercover vampire informant. Since the day they brought her back from the good-as-dead, she has wanted to prove herself worthy.

When a member of her investigative unit is murdered, Noel is paired up with a vampire hunter named Dante to spy on a suspect in Fairbanks. The problem? They’re not the only ones on stakeout. Taking down murderous vampires is one thing. Dealing with the past is another. But this time, Noel isn’t letting fear win. She’s calling in help from the other side and discovers a shocking secret along the way.

I lost much of my enthusiasm for vampires several years back and then two authors got my attention with their vampiric tales. One of those authors was, and still is, Nikki Jefford. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed everything I’ve read by her and the Aurora Sky series has never let me down.

High school student Aurora Sky is the titular star of the series, having been recruited by a government agency to be a vampire hunter but not of the usual sort. Rather than going in with stakes and other paraphernalia, Aurora just offers her neck and her “special” blood . She doesn’t operate on her own, though, and is part of a group of teens who all have particular strengths. One of those teens is an informant named Noel Harper and Stakeout is her story.

These teens are so well-developed that I feel as though I know them all (although I don’t think I went to high school with a bunch of vampires and those who hunt them).Even some of the vampires are very likeable…but there’s not a sparkle in sight. Noel is a girl who is conflicted, not sure what she’s doing or why, and she has some serious personal baggage. By the time Stakeout came to an end, I was totally connected to her and can’t wait to meet her again.

So, why do I like these books so much? Well, first of all, Ms. Jefford is such a good writer from a construction standpoint and the grammatical flaws and typos are few enough to be of no real consequence. Most of all, I love this series because it’s so much fun, with humor and action and mystery and all sorts of good things. I’m quite sure the next book, Bad Blood, will be every bit as entertaining and I’m very glad we only have to wait till May for that one.

Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, March 2014.

About the Author

Nikki Jefford 2Nikki Jefford is a third generation Alaskan who found paradise in the not-so-tropical San Juan Islands (Wash.) where she is once more neighbors with Canada in a town without a single traffic light. She loves fictional bad boys and heroines who kick butt.

When she’s not reading, writing, working, or out on a nature walk, she’s out riding her Suzuki DRZ400SM.

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Tour wide giveaway

–Complete eBook set of the series (INT)
–15$ Amazon Gift Card (INT)
–Signed Stakeout paperback (US/CAN)
–Aurora Sky Swag Pack with black nail polish (US/CAN)

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