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Hunted by the Others

(H&W Investigations #1)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  2,961 ratings  ·  281 reviews
Shiarra Waynest's detective work was dangerous enough when her client base was strictly mortal. But ailing finances have forced her to accept a lucrative case that could save her firm - if it doesn't kill her first. Shiarra has signed on to work for a high-level mage to recover an ancient artifact owned by one of New York's most powerful vampires. As soon as Shiarra meets ...more
Paperback, 1st Edition, 337 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Zebra
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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.
Dark Faerie Tales
May 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Jul 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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
Dec 17, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommended to AH by: Darkfallen
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,
Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookworms
Hunted by the Others is my kind of paranormal / urban fantasy! Shiarra is a very good heroine, in that she is definitely flawed, but fiercely loyal and strong minded.This review was originally posted on (un)Conventional Bookviews
Jan 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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
Jun 07, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult-uf-pr
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
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
Dec 31, 2010 rated it it was ok
I found HUNTED BY THE OTHERS one 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 anythin
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
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
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
Danielle (Danniegurl)
3.5 Stars

The premise of this story starts out interestingly enough that I wanted to check it out. I was looking for a slow burn romance, you know the type, the ones where the relationship takes like 3 books to come to fruition, and they sorta fight their attraction for each other? Well, after reading the synopsis of this book I totally though this might be the case, and I had found The One. But alas, it was a bit of a let down.

Shiarra is a human PI who specializes in finding missing persons, thi
All Things Urban Fantasy
Jan 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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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
Jen Davis
May 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Review posted at http://urbanfantasyinvestigations.blo...

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
Jan 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Mandi Schreiner
Jan 22, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Wicked Lil Pixie (Natasha)
Aug 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
May 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I almost missed these wonderful UF series, and I have no excuse why. So when this book was offered as a freebie on Amazon, of course I went and got it.

People, let me be frank. This is very good stuff. Funny, very easy to read, the characters are extremely likable. Royce and Chaz... yum! Some of the passages made me nostalgic, reminding of early Anita Blake and Rachel Morgan.

Shiarra has this unexplainable fear of vampires, she starts off as neurotic with a healthy dose of self-preservation.
Oct 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
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
Shiarra gets herself into some trouble. Vampires, Werewolves, and Mages all revealed themselves to the world after 9/11. Shiarra is a human whom fears "The Others". She should be. The high ranking mage ask Shiarra to locate and gather info on a relic in the hands of sexy, dangerous vampire Alec Royce. Everything goes downhill from there. Shiarra has her co-worker, a geeky mage, and her ex-BF (who is a werewolf) all work together to solve a murder and stop mass chaos. It was a good start. I don't ...more
Jan 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Excuse my language, but, that was just a damn good story! Now, I'm forced to buy Taken By the Others right away so I can see what happens next. I loved the strictly human side of things and all of the politics in the story. Yes, some things were familiar, but, it is hardly a chance that any one story will ever be purely original when there is so much out there. But, the method of telling the story and the development of the characters makes it original and that is just what I found in this book.
Feb 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
~* 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
Jul 04, 2011 rated it liked it
*Rating* 3 stars
*Genre* Urban Fantasy


Hunted by the Others, by Jess Haines, is the first installment in the H&W Investigations series. The story is told in the POV of Shiarra Waynest, a private investigator who works and lives in New York City and is one hundred percent human.

Shiarra’s world changes when she is asked by Victoria Wright, a mage and a member of the Circle, to find a certain focus which is later revealed to be the Dominari Focus. Wright advises Shia that the focus is in
Apr 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Where should I start? When I first heard of this series--months, and months, and months ago--I shrugged it off, thinking to myself "oh no... not another cop/investigator story!" I do not particularly enjoy these sorts of stories. In fact, if I discover that the heroine in the book is on the police force, I shy away from that text. (Don't ask me why, investigation stories of that nature simply bore me.) Then a month or two later, before the book was released, I read a snippet. Then I started hear ...more
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H&W Investigations (6 books)
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