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Hunted By The Others (H&W Investigations #1)

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  2,050 ratings  ·  236 reviews
They are the Others--the vampires, mages, and werewolves once thought to exist only in our imaginations. Now they're stepping out of the shadows, and nothing in our world will ever be the same again. . .In A Town Like This, Being A P.I. Can Be Murder

Shiarra Waynest's detective work was dangerous enough when her client base was strictly mortal. But ailing finances have forc
ebook, 352 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Zebra Books
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Wicked Incognito Now
The heroine is not particularly likeable (in fact, she's a cry-baby wuss, NOT what I've come to expect from uf heroines), and there is a lack of forward action here. The dialogue is clunky and amateurish.
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads.

Several of my favourite Urban Fantasy series’ wrapped-up earlier this year which means that I finally have time to add a new one to my reading rotation, and Jess Haines’ H&W INVESTIGATIONS was next in line. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I picked up book 1, because reviews have been fairly mixed, but as far as first impressions go—I liked it! The author’s writing style flowed well, the pacing was excellent, and the story wasn’t weighed down by the dreaded in
3.5 stars

Hunted by the Others is a solid start to Jess Haines’ H&W Investigations series.

Shiarra (Shia) Waynest is a private investigator. She has avoided taking on cases for the Others, mainly because they terrify her. However, bills must be paid and Shia is hired by The Circle to find a small object thought to be in the hands of the local vampire master Alec Royce.

The author’s incorporation of the supernatural world with the human world was well done. In this book, The Others – vampires,
Dark Faerie Tales
Quick & Dirty: An enjoyable read with danger, tension and a fascinating paranormal world.

Opening Sentence: Long, delicate fingers caressed the stem of a wineglass, trailing upward to catch a few small beads of condensation on the glass.

The Review:

Supernatural elements known as the Others have revealed themselves to the public. Our protagonist, Shiarra Waynest, is a private investigator struggling to make ends meet. Seeing no other alternatives, and against her better judgment, she decides to
Hunted by the Others is the first installment in the H&W Investigations series by Jess Haines, published by Zebra Books.
I picked this up on a whim. I was in the mood for a Urban Fantasy with Romance, particularly vampire that day, and came across this novel. I seen this novel around a bunch for the past little while, but I didn't know what to expect. Quickly in, I realized I was going to really enjoy this book.

The H&W Investigations series is based in our modern day world with a twist. V
IfoundHUNTED BY THE OTHERSone of those light urban fantasy reads and in the beginning it did appeal to me, but after those first few chapters I was greatly let down.

I felt like the main character was so unlikable that I had to put this book down every chapter and pick it up again. Shiarra is a detective that works in the area of the supernatural, but she is oh, so terrified of them. And I am just in the mind of thinking why is this woman the heroine of the story. She also doesn't know anything a
It isn’t that Hunted by Others is a bad book. It’s just not terribly original. I’ve read so much urban fantasy/paranormal romance in the past few years, that I can’t help but compare this book to more successful, prominent series in the genre. This debut novel was enjoyable for a time, but I found myself losing interest the further I got into the story. I also couldn’t help but notice the glaring similarities between this book and Kim Harrison’s Rachel Morgan series. Three stars is generous cons ...more
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Hunted by the Others is a solid urban fantasy. I found myself thinking about the book after reading the first chapter of the book. A world filled with Others that include mages, vampires and werewolves is such an interesting concept. However, one thing that made it kind of confusing for me was the fact that they had to have contracts with one another in order to have a relationship. It adds something special, but it wasn't really my thing.

I thought the plot was a little slow only because I want
Shera (Book Whispers)

Haines has created a fantastic world where the Others (vampires, mages, and werewolves) have emerged from the dark. When 9-11 happened werewolves offered to help locate the victims stuck in the rubble, from there the rest came out. The rules and regulations put in place are very realistic. My favorite touch is that those who are consorting with the others have to sign wavers. So if their lovers kill them or turn them all the legals are covered. This just puts a smile on my face, after
Jen (Red Hot Books)
What took me so long to try this series? OK, I know the answer to that. I've seen mixed reviews. Some people really, really liked it, while others took issue with a few particular elements that essentially ruined the book for them. I came out on the side of those who enjoyed it. I found it a fun and entertaining ride.

Shiarra is a private investigator who works in a world where the supernatural exists. The "Others" came out after September 11th, making awareness of them relatively new, but the kn
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Shiarra Waynest is a Human PI who does NOT want to work anything having to do with the Others. Her business is having money issues so she decides to take a mage up on a seemingly easy case of recovering an artifact that is owned by a local, very powerful (and sexy) vampire Alec Royce. She instantly finds herself in over her head with The White Hats (an anti-other group), the vampires and even the Weres who can be controlled by the artifact
Hunted by the Others takes place in present day New York City where vampires and werewolves have come out of hiding after 9/11. There are some humans who are very bigoted against them, mainly from a group called the White Hats. Shia is a bit bigoted herself when it comes to the vamps and the werewolves. She’s just broken up with her boyfriend, Chaz, who kept his true werewolf nature from her, but surprised her while they were in bed together one night. Both vampires and werewolves make no excuse ...more
Sophia (FV)
Rating 3.5 stars

When Shiarra, a private investigator, is contacted by a coven of magi to steal a magical artifact from a Alec Royce, a very old and powerful vampire, she reluctantly accepts the job. Although she prefers to do business with human clients only, her PI firm is in financial trouble and the job pays well. However, the case is far more complicated than it first seemed and when Shiarra’s cover is blown, she finds herself being forced into a life threatening contractual agreement with t
I got this free on Amazon and I am so glad I did, it was really good. It had werewolves, vampires, mages, familiars, nutty people and some very funny moments. At the start of the book I thought it too detailed and somewhat jumbled, I quickly changed my mind on that. The author is very detail orientated and it fits well into the story with all the characters and mysteries happening, The world has been built and it is fully developed, I can't wait to read the next one.
Basically it is a story of a
All Things Urban Fantasy
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HUNTED BY THE OTHERS reminded me why I fell in love with the urban fantasy genre in the first place.

Shiarra Waynest is about to lose her P.I business because she can’t pay her bills. Rather then be seen as a failure in the eyes of her family, she accepts a case from a client who’s willing to pay big. The only problem is that the client is a Mage and the job involves getting close enough to steal from Alex Royce, the most powerful Vampire in N
Mandi Schreiner
Why I read: Author asked for a review

Favorite Quote: "I don't bite without permission, Ms. Waynest. Or did you want to stay and chat?"

Shiarra Waynest lives in a world where vampires, werewolves and magi came out to the public after 9/11 deciding to use their supernatural strength and financial backing to help the US pull out of the devastation. Since then, through many court battles, the supernaturals have won against discrimination and have the same rights as humans. However, just because there
Fiendishly Bookish
3.75 Stars

What exactly does it take to be a heroine in today’s paranormal genre?

Guns? Check. Knives and Swords? Check. Superpowers? Check. But what if our heroine in question doesn’t really have all of these…yet?

The draw to Jess Haines’ new series Hunted by the Others is its very ordinary, mousy heroine. For those with jaded tastes and who adore souped-up urban fantasy and paranormals, Shiarra Waynest could prove to be a bit too vanilla…but I found her and her exploits to be quite refreshing. A
Since Shiarra works as a private detective and owns her own agency, I expected her to be observant and intelligent, but she often comes off as a bit of an idiot; for her first meeting as Royce her proposed cover story [which she refers to as a stroke of genius] is pretending to be a reporter or restaurant guide reviewer, but, luckily for her, her business partner points out that Royce owns multiple restaurants and clubs and has staff who would handle media. Speaking of Royce, he is a high profil ...more
Jacob Proffitt
I made it 3/4 of the way through this book before finally giving up in disgust. I'm sad it didn't work out because I kind of liked the premise of a protagonist being in over her head among the world of “others” that are supernaturally powerful.

So here's the problem: it seems that the preferred logic in the novel is that the author says it is so. I'll give an example or two, but note that these are just that: examples. The book is rife with these things.

One of the biggest problems in the backgrou
Jessica (Rabid Reads)
So I'm giving Ms. Haines the benefit of the doubt. I'm going to believe that she didn't completely rip-off Kim Harrison's A Fistful of Charms.

But it isn't going to be easy.

Differences are:

1. Shia is not a witch.
2. Ex-boyfriend is not a wannabe master thief.
3. Vampires aren't quite as sinister.

Oh, there are tons of dissimilarities, but far more than the basic premise is the same. And I don't think this is one of those retelling-of-popular-folklore situations either. At least I've never heard of
Dec 20, 2010 Kaori rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of supernatural beings a.k.a. Vamps, Shifters, Warlocks etc.
I definitely enjoyed this book. I liked the story building, the pace and the characters. I would have elaborated more on some of the characters like Royce or Chaz. The characters were an eclectic group of characters who you can easily relate to... They were funny, quick-witted, exasperating at times, and just fun to see how they all interact with each other given the current circumstances.

A big applause on the wardrobe change for Shia... Kick-ass girl outfit really wins me over. I did love the d
Shiarra Waynest's detective agency is just scraping by, mainly because her nore affluent business partner Sara, keeps them afloat. Shiarra is unwilling to take on the more lucrative cases as they usually involve the Others. (Meaning werevolves, vampires, elves, mages, sorcerers, elves or even demons.) But ailing finances have forced her to accept a lucrative case that could save her firm, if she can survive the Others who are gunning at her... Her assignment is to recover an ancient artifact kno ...more
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I had this book on my radar for a long time and after I met Jess Haines at last year’s AAD, I just had to buckle down and finally read it. I am SO glad I did and I don’t know what the heck I was thinking, waiting this long!

We UF lovers are probably pretty used to reading about the private investigator chick that gets messed up with the Supernatural, gets involved with a Supernatural being or two and basically has a ki
Wicked Lil Pixie (Natasha)
Shiarra is the co-owner of a Private Investigation office with her friend Sara, usually they deal with cheating lovers and missing persons. All that changes when Veronica a member of The Circle (Mages) asks Shiarra to recover an item from vampire Alec Royce. Shiarra has her misgivings, she doesn’t want to deal with the Others but her current financial state and the high bonuses offered by Veronica make her say yes. Little does Shiarra know, the item she is to find, is an ancient artifact that ev ...more
I did not like this book at all but in all fairness it is my personal preferences that are the problem not the story the writer was telling. I am big enough to admit it. I am going to go with 3 stars because Ms. Haines did a pretty good job of telling Shiarra's story. My issues are as follows:
I don't connect to immature adult characters (Shiarra)
I don't like a YA level of adult activity in my parnormal romance
The vamp was a wuss (Royce)
The werewolf and Shiarra's relationship made no sense and hi
Susan Mann
I wasn't sure what to expect when I bought this book, I'd spoken to Jess via twitter and I'd read the synopsis, it sounded like something I'd like. However I ate this book up, I devoured it whole. It is a fantastic read and I was lucky enough to go straight onto the sequel.
Shiarra is a PI who gets fed up with being pushed around by mages, vampires, and almost anyone she encounters. She is pushed into a vampiric contract, signing her life away, and realises she is putting her life in jeopardy. So
Lately I've been picking up new to me authors and new authors just in general. Gotta support the newbies you know, I'll be one soon someday too! I hope!

Anyway, I just finished Hunted by the Others by Jess Haines and it was fantastic! I loved it from beginning to end! It was a rather fast read too, despite having to work and still work this weekend. I found myself addicted to reading, not wanting to stop at all!

The book was pretty fast paced, but in a good way. The action just kept on going and g
This was one of the first books I knew I would have read while on holiday – partly because my copy has been sitting on my TBR pile for a long time, but mostly because I had heard so many positive things about this series so I was looking forward to meeting Shiarra and friends. And I think I’ve made some new friends!

Shiarra doesn’t get involved with The Others – werewolves, vampires and mages who came out after the terrorist attacks on 911. She avoids them out of fear and ignorance and is happy
~* 3.5 Stars *~
Private Investigator Shiarra Waynest prefers to stay far away from the supernatural race of Others who made themselves known ten years ago, after 9/11 and the collapse of the Twin Towers. Frankly, they scare her. She even dumped her boyfriend when he revealed, in nearly as surprising and traumatic a way possible, that he was a werewolf (though that had less to do with him turning furry and more to do with him lying to her for she says). Still, fear doesn't pay bills an
Kenya Wright
It was free on kindle and i still feel like i'm owed something! Too much seen before dribble.... maybe if too many good books weren't out this month i could have attempted to read it!

I finished 51% of the book! Pretty bad book!

#1- She's a detective that does work within the area of supernaturals, but she's Extremly Afraid of them and Doesn't know anything about them! She has no idea how to kill a vampire or shoot a gun... Why the hell are you doing this job? At least the Anita BLa
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I'm a displaced New Yorker with a penchant for the silly, the obscure, and the fantastical. Los Angeles is home for the time being, since it consistently meets my daily quota of strange. I'm currently working on the H&W Investigations urban fantasy series. Find out more about Shiarra Waynest, drop me a line, or join my mailing list at!
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