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Tall, Dark & Deadly

(Agents of the Bureau #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  77 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Chloe Hunter can't seem to stay out of trouble. Incarcerated by The Bureau after running amok for a century with a gang of vampires, grifting and terrorizing humanity, she's ready to make up for her dark and naughty past. Luckily, when The Bureau would rather see her at the end of a wooden stake, in comes her new straight-laced boss, Ethan Raines who's got other plans. An ...more
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Published September 30th 2016 by Wicked Bayou Press
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Addie H
May 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
I received this e-ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

(Tropes: Enemies to Lovers, Starched (hero) gets Unstarched, On the Run, Forbidden Love, Boss and Employee, Heroine Should Be Slapped in the Face)

So my first ever NetGalley review. I picked a “read-now-without-approval-book”, while I waited to be accepted for one I requested to read.



Sassy and street-smart Chloe is half human/half vampire (called a damphir), having run
Tall, Dark & Deadly is the first book in the Agents of the Bureau series and it was a fun and sizzling read with a fast-paced plot. Chloë Hunter was a Dhampir, an unusual hybrid with all the strengths of a vampire but none of their weaknesses. For many years she had run with a bad crowd and had ended up on the wrong side of the law. After being incarcerated for her wrong deeds and affiliations she was given a second chance by Ethan Raines. She was given a conditional release to work for the ...more
You can read my full review on my WordPress blog, Flora's Musings...

So, what did I like about it?
I found Kharma Kelley’s writing style to be breezy with a good dose of sarcasm and enjoyed the inclusion of pop culture quotes and shows making this a very easy book to read.

I love stories that highlight the fact that we all have choices and that the choices we make not only affect us but those around us too. Sometimes, the hardest thing is to take personal responsibility for those choices we make.

Nadene  (Totally Addicted to Reading)
I am a huge fan of the paranormal/urban fantasy genre I am always on the lookout for stories that has a unique and refreshing take, so when Tall, Dark, and Deadly came on my radar I could not resist. From the moment I started this book, I knew that this would be an interesting read.

Tall, Dark and Deadly tells the story of Chloë Hunter a hybrid vampire (Dhampir) and Ethan Raines a 3000-year-old vampire. Chloë attracts trouble like steel to a magnet. She was once part of a gang of rogue vampires,
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it

Fast moving, action packed paranormal read…this is a thrilling detective, with a twist, romance full of magical and mythical beings…..Chloe is a strong willed, gifted, hybrid vampire, and Ethan is her boss..she is on a mission, contrary to orders, and he is determined to save her……

The alternative world described by the author is fascinating filled with a cast of intriguing characters……I loved the interactions between Chloe and Ethan; she constantly challenges him with her determinati
Nene Nene
Sep 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I had read this book on Wattpad and I was captivated by it. I wasn't big/into paranormal genre but Kharma had def. changed my mind. This book was awesome from the start to the finish the love between the two main leads will leave you jealous and craving more, the action is superb having you at the edge of your seat and wanting to see what happens next.

S.K. Gregory
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Chloe is a half human, half vampire who works for the bureau. She works with Ethan on supernatural cases. Chloe is a good character and I enjoyed the story but I felt that the quips about Buffy dated it somewhat. The dialogue was a little off in places but overall it was a decent book and I would recommend it to fans of the genre.
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I'm new to this author and loving her work. I'm enjoying every word I read and this book is the second I've read. I'm constantly on the edge of my seat, thinking, what's going to happen next
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Chloe Hunter is on work release thanks to her sexy boss Ethan Raines. Incarcerated by the Bureau after a century of running with the Boyette brothers she knows The Bureau would rather see her at the end of a wooden stake. When Chloe gets dragged into her old gang’s deadly plans, Ethan is the only one who can help her.

Ethan Raines is a man with many secrets. Instrumental in the creation of the Bureau, his main goal is to keep the peace between the various supernatural factions. When Chloe is draw
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read Kharma's book when it was available on Wattpad and I have to say that I couldn't put it down! I started getting into reading lots of vampire romance books on Wattpad and many of them were terribly cliche'. When I stumbled across this one I got intrigued with the idea of a hybrid vampire heroine who used to be a bad apple (haha she just got out of "vampire prison" a few months ago!) Which leads me to the world building. I'm really hoping there are more books coming because though I enjoyed ...more
Alex Quinn
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This girl has mad talent! Her characters are enthralling, her story lines are unique and brilliant, and anyone who enjoys a steamy chapter or two should most definitely consider reading ANY of her novels. The writing is captivating and her ability to visualize every detail in the story is magnificent! If you love romance, action, and a riveting fantasy based plot, READ HER WORK! You won't regret it!

This was the first book I read of hers and I'm forever a fan!
Romance Rehab
Jun 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
Full reviews and other fun stuff on the Romance Rehab blog:

Paranormal romance is one of my favorite categories in the whole genre. There are so, so many great reads there—books that I’ve read and reread so many times it borders on obsessive. But sadly, it’s also the category that I find it most difficult to find new reads in. For every great PNR read, there are 5 craptastic ones. I open each new-to-me series with equal parts excitement and dread. Will THIS be my next
Nina Butler
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Tall, Dark, and Deadly by Kharma Kelley is a love story that stands out among the others of its genre. I like the love story between Chloe and Ethan. This was well worth the chase. The characters were well thought out and believable. The plot was the backbone of this story, and the author stayed true to the arc. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anybody that likes supernatural elements and love stories. Kharma Kelley is a master at the love story. It makes the reader feel like they ...more
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was soooo good! I loved this book so much. I devoured all of it in one sitting and was so sad when it ended! 5 very enthusiastic stars!

There was much to love about the book. The plot is very consistent and written well (only a few, small grammar errors), always moving. The world - building was great here, and I eagerly await the second book in the series to see more of it. The secondary characters all seemed to have some substance to them, so I liked them. The chemistry between Chloe a
Risa Lynn
Jan 30, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was just okay to me. It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t bad by any means. I did enjoy reading it. The plot was pretty good, and there weren’t too many slow spots. Chloe is a half-human, half-vampire hybrid, and Ethan has a few secrets about his genetic makeup, as well.

I wish we could have seen more of the world that Chloe and Ethan live in. There are vampires, Fae, demons, and other supernatural creatures. Other than the first three, we don’t really get much interaction with any other spec
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Action adventure and paranormal romance fans
Tall dark and deadly. In a world where "Supes" work together in councils, and bad guys can be a number of scary rebels, Chloe the half- vampire finds herself an outcast.

She seems like a bit of a rebel looking for a cause, able to Daywalk, and not quite able to follow all the Bureau rules.

Really, she seems to want to keep humans and her Cajun friend out of trouble, when trouble runs into her, in the form of an ex trying to take advantage of her skills, and his Family, looking to capitalize on h
Karen Roma
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 1/2 Star Review....

Tall, Dark & Deadly is my first read by Kharma Kelley and also the first book in the Agents of the Bureau series. As a lover of the Vampire genre, requesting this book from NetGalley was a no brainer, and I’m so glad I did!

With a fast-paced plot, fun moments and some sizzling heat; there really isn’t anything not to enjoy about this fabulous story. It’s also refreshing that the naughty element of the character portrayal is the female and not the male lead; and Chloe Hunt
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic Fun Read

I love paranormal more than any other genre and this book just affirmed my love even more. Non stop action with a lovely HEA. Chloe has to be one of my all time favorite bad@ss's with a heart of gold. Ethan, her boss is the only one to see the good in Chloe and that she was worth saving and an asset to The Bureau. Trouble seems to always follow the lovely half vamp so protecting her seems to be a full time job.
Loved the interaction between Chloe and Ethan that lead to the slow
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Tall Dark & Deadly is my first time reading a book by Kharma Kelley. I enjoy a good paranormal read and this book was no exception.
It was fast paced with enough action to please anyone who likes actions. Chloe Hunter is not your everyday heroine she does not follow orders is always getting into one jam after another. Being a cross between a vampire and a human give her a bit of an edge when dealing with the bad guys. Having many years of being a bad guy herself she is now working with the Bu
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great start to a new series, this book has fantastic writing. The connection between Ethan and Chloe was great, and the overall story was very good and contained a great mix of suspense, romance and some well developed secondary characters. It is well written and the story moved along at a great pace. It was great to see how Ethan a strong alpha male who happens to be Chloe's boss and Chloe a sassy half breed who used to be part of a vampire gang come together. Looking forward to reading the nex ...more
Rebecca Stigers
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don't know why I waited to read this book! I had it and just thought I wasn't going to like it. Boy was I wrong! I loved it! Chloe is a hybrid that can't stay outta walks Ethan Raines the director of the Bureau..he sees her and knows she can help them and they can help her stay outta lockup. When her old g and shows up causing trouble she knows she has to stop them. Ethan trusts her and steps in to help. Now not many people know exactly what Ethan really is and he's not telling to ...more
Nov 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
Chloe is a half vampire who was arrested when her gang did something horrible. Ethan thought she had some redeeming qualities and offered her a work release position. No there's some box that could restart a war between the supernaturals.

THe idea seemed ok but Chloe was soooo annoying. Whaaa no on likes me because I'm half vampire.....whaaa people only want to use me blah blah blah. I couldn't read another page of her whining.
Jennifer Layne
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
From the beginning I love Chloë! She is spunky, sarcastic & dangerous! She is also all about the ends justifies the means and asking for forgiveness instead of permission. My kind of girl!

Ethan is stuff, bossy and totally by the books. She is her boss and despite being super hot she is off-limits and obviously not interested, right?

See what evil comes about and where things go with this well written story!

Can these polar opposites come together?
Susan Underbrink
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A big thank you to NetGalley and BooksGoSocial for the ARC. I am voluntarily reviewing this book. First time reading this author. This is a paranormal romance. Chloe is always getting in trouble, some of it because she doesn't follow direction! Ethan is her hunky boss with secrets. A cute story, fun and worth the read. I really liked some of the characters. I think most paranormal romance readers will enjoy. There are quite a few editing errors. I rate this a 3.5.
Christina Luberts
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
You have different super naturals in this story including mixed. Chloe who is half vamp and human and Ethan who is half vamp, but you will have to read to find out the other half. Chloe always seems to find trouble or does it just find her? Ethan who is so straight, but can't help but try to save Chloe from trouble. This story keeps you wanting to know what happens next. I received and arc copy for my honest review.
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I have read by this author and I was pleasantly surprised it was a really good read I enjoy a good paranormal read and this was ticked all the right boxes for me I just loved Chloe and Ethan they were wonderful characters and so great together I just loved that he always had he back but also that she was kind of a badass a really good start to the series
Tracie R
Jun 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgally
3.5 Stars Tall, Dark & Deadly is the first book in the Agents of the Bureau series and my first read of Kharma Kelley. I enjoyed this story is well paced with humor and sizzle. I look forward to reading more of this series and more by this author.
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a really great book. I enjoyed getting to know Chloe and Ethan along with some of the other in the novel. The world-building was enough without being too much information. I look forward to seeing more of this series.
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing

This story was so well written and had such a great assortment of unique characters that it was a pleasure to read. Fully enjoyed the quick action, romance and tempo of writing that I can't wait for the next Chole/Ethan book.
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great start for this series. Smart and full of attitude, my favorite kind of heroin.
Can't wait for the next one.

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A Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy author, Kharma Kelley has been enamored with all things that go "bump in the night" for who knows how long. She truly believes that finding humanity and beauty in some of the most seemingly unconventional places is part of the romantic psyche to her. A big fan of the Big Easy, Kharma tends to weave her proud Cajun heritage and values into her books. She enjoy ...more

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