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Iron & Velvet

(Kate Kane, Paranormal Investigator #1)

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I like my women like I like my whiskey: more than is good for me.

Name’s Kane, Kate Kane. I’m a paranormal private investigator, which is like a normal private investigator except—and stop me if you’re having trouble following this—more paranormal. This business comes with a few basic rules: don’t start drinking be/>
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Published October 7th 2019 by Carina Press (first published December 14th 2013)
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Kat
RANT reviews, I wrote 389 reviews so far and can actually count the ranty ones on one hand... Were lesbians the problem here?



Contrary to those who managed to more or less enjoy this book upon their 2nd or 3rd attempt, at first I figured it best to simply DNF it. After partaking in the hype for this highly anticipated F/F story with its gorgeous cover, I can only feel sad about this. I was so exc
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Lex Kent
4.50 Stars. I'm a big fan of this series. I have read versions of this book a total of 3 or 4 times now. I love reading this series in October since it's one of my favorite lesfic paranormal series. Alexis Hall, recently released this series again so I thought it was the perfect time for another re-read. He mentioned some light editing and cleaning up/changing some lines. I'm not sure if it is my imagination but the book seemed a little more current. I remember Kate using her phone sparingly so ...more
Julio Genao
Sep 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loved
never been so turned-on by sapphic shenanigans in my life.

wildly entertaining, relentlessly kinetic, and riotously funny.

all the adverbs. this book deserves all the adverbs in the world.

i think the intentional repetition was mostly a mistake—eight hundred year old vampire, here lies Kate Kane, wine and rose petals—and why our heroine left an apparently indestructible sexbot behind to mind the car instead of utilizing her in the Finerr Batturr is beyond me—but aside fr
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
**1.5 stars**

I had a lot of issues with this book, which bums me out because I was actually excited to try a F/F. I'll try to list them all out for you guys but, honestly, this will probably be a quicky review because this book didn't inspire much emotion in me.

1) It was boring. I'm sorry but it was. I had to push myself to read it and I put it down many times and forced myself to pick it up again. I found the long list of characters to be tedious and I couldn't get engaged with the story.
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K.J. Charles
This was fun. Actual fun, with an author taking joy in the writing, exuberant plotting, shameless and enjoyable use of genre tropes and some lovely bits of invention. I stopped reading PNR and most urban fantasy ages ago because I was so fed up with the same old same old. This book takes the same old, and uses it unapologetically, but makes it feel fresh again.

- It's hilarious. I was laughing out loud at several points. Yes, you could use the word 'sassy', but it's actually funny with it, which mos
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Susan
Jul 01, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition


So…I should probably preface this review by saying that the author is a friend. And I know there are sometimes questions around people reviewing works of friends in an unbiased light. Does knowing the author make me like the book more? I don’t know. I think it makes me understand it better as I have a way to ask him questions directly when I need to. But, I’ll say that I believe my review is fair and honest...from my perspective.

I received the ARC of this book months ago. And as many
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Jenn
So upon reading my second book by this author, I noticed similar, if not exactly, the same likes and dislikes I had with his first book, Glitterland. For me, this started poorly, so poorly that I initially did not finish it. And, once again, like with Glitterland, I gave myself a break and restarted it and carried on to finish. The second half? Sweet whisky Jesus, where did this come from? Why wasn’t the rest of the book more like this? I can’t figure out why in both instances with this author the books have started ou ...more
Elizabetta

2.5 stars

Kate lives in a dangerous world populated by lots of superbeings: vamps, weres, demons, mages, faeries...

She is a supa herself, a faerie with some skillz of her own. One of them being gorgeous, as few in this world seem able to resist her charms. Oh, and she’s a huntress with a nose for the scent which helps her PI work. Kate’s been hired to investigate the dead bodies piling up in London.

The premise is interesting-- a lesbian private dick ( “I’m cynical, not a complete dick” ) who battles baddies. Kate starts of(
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Mel
Aug 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


Overall chance of getting murdered: low.
Overall chance of miserable, soul-destroying break-up: moderate.
Overall chance of lots of red-hot monkey sex: high to extreme.
Overall chance of boredom: zero.
I was liking those odds.


Yeah, I was liking those odds, too, because foremost Iron & Velvet is highly entertaining and funny, with a nice romance on the side, and lots of serious arse-kicking as the main dish.

Part of the blurb sums it up nicely: Now half the monsters in London are at each other's throats, and the other half are trying to get in my pants. The Witch
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Rosa, really
Recently I wrote a review of a book I can’t even remember – oh, wait, yes I do, it was this blah POS – in which I stated that I suffer from a horrible disease that makes me read books I know are just going to suck. It helps if there’s a half-naked man on the cover. I’m a publisher’s wet dream: I fall for the man boobs every time.

But I digress (man boobies are distracting). There’s another disease I suffer from. I like to call it: “Rosa, really, really likes your book, except when she doesn’t and then she f
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Acqua
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is one of the most trope-y and unnecessarily overdramatic things I have ever read, and I was living for it.
This is a story about Kate, a paranormal investigator, as she tries to solve the murder of a werewolf, falls for a vampire prince (don't let the name fool you, Julian is a vampire woman), while also trying not to anger various other paranormal creatures.
Everyone in this book is a combination of queer, ridiculous, and horny, often all three, and... I didn't know how much I ne
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MostlyDelores
Iron & Velvet is an over-the-top good time.

Kate is a semi-standard Urban Fantasy heroine, a noir-ish detective in this case, with some magic powers but mostly familiar human baggage, and an ability to not get killed doing stupid stuff. In over her head most of the time, she flails around an alternate-universe London, pissing off the various powers that be, and surviving on luck, smart remarks, sex, and a tinge of wild magic.

What makes it different is that Kate is a lesbian, and
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ᴥ Irena ᴥ
If you start reading Iron & Velvet expecting it to be yet another 'serious' urban fantasy with a strong PI heroine, you would be wrong.

It is a parody of almost every single trope (and maybe even some characters) you can find in urban fantasy today. In paranormal romance too.
You have your noirish PI heroine with not so ordinary origin (fighting against it, of course) and interesting Past. There is a hint of unused power. Then you have a freaky love interest, an insane ex-boyfriend, one awesome sidekick and a lotnoir
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Kat
If possible, I love this book even more now than when I read it for the first time 4 1/2 years ago. So much about Iron & Velvet makes me happy.
T
I love vampires and mages and fae magic. To get all of that in a lesfic paranormal mystery is a great find. What made this 5 stars for me though is Kates dry cynical humour. It's not for everyone but i loved it.
Lilia Ford
The paranormal PI is its own little mini-genre, and the plot and world-building here followed the main patterns of the other examples I've read, especially the heavyweight of the genre, Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden series. Hall's main innovation then was making Kate a lesbian, and what an innovation! Kate's a terrific character, a really fresh take on the familiar hard-boiled, hard-drinking PI type. Also, since I think of that character as quintessentially American, the "Englishness" of the narration adde ...more
Jude
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Kate Kane (not Batwoman) is a London PI with a complex backstory. Her partner was killed and it seems she was responsible, one of her exes is a vampire, another is a Witch Queen, she swears she’ll never get involved with another vampire but never say never, eh? So when a werewolf is murdered and Kate is asked by a Vampire Prince (who would be a princess if she wasn’t a vampire, I guess) to investigate, she agrees and tries hard (not really) to resist her employer’s charms.

I know it’s
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Isa Lavinia


ARC provided by Riptide Publishing through Netgalley

As I read this book's description it went something like this:
Book: "My name's Kate Kane, and when an eight-hundred-year-old vampire prince came to me with a case--"
Me: *yawn* Boring!
Book: "I should have told her no. But I've always been a sucker for a femme fatale."
Me: *stars in my eyes*

Because really:



But as it turns out, a story cannot be sustained by lesbians alone.

Kate Kane (not Batwoman), i*starsfatale."
Boring!
**case--"
"Mythis:
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Laylah Hunter
Welp, this one passed the "stay up two hours past bedtime for just one more chapter--ok one MORE more chapter" test. Minor quibbles of the 4.5-stars variety but rounding up for that.

Kate is a charming narrator, wry and self-aware, an excellent updating of the noir detective trope, complete with the fascination with femmes fatales that she knows will only lead to trouble. And it's such fun to read. This is a story where all the ladies are gorgeous and most of them are aggressive about it
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Otila
May 04, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"I've spent the entire case sifting through poo."

1.5
Kate Kane is a paranormal investigator. She drinks too much, smokes too much, is extremely cynical and has a bad track record when it comes to relationships. She recently broke up with her girlfriend (for unexplained reasons) and is still pretty bummed about it. Her business partner was murdered by her rebound girlfriend and business is slow. She's hired by a vampire prince, Julian, to investigate the murder of a werewolf outside her club and as m
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Liz
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lesbian, paranormal
4.5 stars. I was not sure what to expect from this book as there were mixed reviews. It was like marmite (British spread, which I adore), you either love it or hate it. I loved it. At first it was like being on a rollercoaster ride, a bit slow, building anticipation, not sure whether this is the ride that goes upside down and at all angles, or a safe bet. Very quickly the story picks up speed and similar to a rollercoaster was non stop action. At the end I was pleased to come away in one piece a ...more
♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
Lust, betrayal, magic, fae, vampires, werewolves, witches - oh my! What isn't in this story? Even a bit of kinky BDSM is thrown in. Mr. Hall is a new to me author and I am hooked. First off, this is a lesbian story which is so hard to come by. To have a well written one with a mystery is even better. Then to add paranormal elements which all work together, I'm entranced. Topping it off with some kinky rough sex and a bit of bondage, I'm completely enslaved. I must read the next book in this seri ...more
Peasblossom (Anna)
Dec 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I originally wrote this review in a "highlights, lowlights, general thoughts" kind of format... Gonna leave it intact here, because I wrote it immediately after finishing, and I think the review feels fresher that way. :)

My highlights are the author's humor, the completely delightful wordplay ("I’d never seen anyone look genuinely crestfallen before, but Julian’s crest fell pretty damn hard."), and the joy of finding a Detective/ PNR novel that actually pulls off Noir properly. I lov
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Drea (LilyElement Reviews)
I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

P.I. Kate Kane is in a bad way. Her partner’s dead, she’s nearly out of booze, and the bill collectors are hounding her. Against her better judgment she accepts a job solving a murder on the dreaded vampires’ turf. That vampire happens to be a hot chick Kate knows is exactly the wrong sort for her (and thus exactly the sort she digs). One thing leads to six others and bam, Kate is stuck in the middle of monster polit
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Mimi
3.5 stars rounding up for enjoyment

Kate Kane is a revised version of Sam Spade for our modern times. She's a private eye living in urban fantasy London and she investigates cases involving vampires, werewolves, the fae, and other otherworldly creatures. The case this time is the murder of a werewolf outside a nightclub, and Kate is asked to look into it by an alluring vampire. She couldn't resist.

This is a paranormal romance with a lesbian character at the center, and there's more f
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Maya

The review contains mild spoilers (sorry about that)






“Big bad faery shit lord killed your boyfriend and captured your vampire granny. A bunch of us are getting together to fuck it up. Do you want in?”

“Flats or heels?”



First and foremost – this book is FUN. It made me chuckle, laugh and is the reason for several coffee stains on a very nice white T-shirt of mine.


I am a fan of kick-arse anti heroines so … what’s not to love ab/>“Big
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Vanessa North
Feb 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was hit or miss with a lot of my friends, and having read their reviews, i can easily see how and why they felt the way they did, either for or against.

Personally, I enjoyed it. Absolutely knife-sharp humor, fantastic wordplay, and completely intoxicating worldbuilding tipped me firmly into the "Kate Kane fan" camp.

I would have loved to see tighter pacing, particularly in the first half. The first 30 percent especially was very heavy in internal monologue which is very tem
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Kazza
Sep 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
4.5 Stars

I liked this book very much. The off-beat humour, world building, action and interesting characters. The general feeling of contemporary noir is there - the anti-hero vibe, snark, and that witty, resigned narrative. I am used to a character or ten in my paranormal reads, as long as they are interesting I like it. Kate Kane and her world is someone/somewhere I would definitely like to revisit. Full review at http://ontopdownunderbookreviews.com/...
Chafic (Rello)
This is definitely outside my reading 'comfort' zone for sure. I don't normally dive into these kinds of books, but decided to read it as part of Felicia Day's Vaginal Fantasy book club.

I admit - this was actually an okay read. I enjoyed the fantasy elements, the characters are pretty fun, the story is alright. I'm surprised at myself honestly for not having any polarizing opinions about this.
It's just shameless and I love it.

3.21 / 5
Penny
Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining read (:
The writing style reminded me a bit of Divine Touched: shit happens, but nothing is taken too seriously.
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