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Almost as good as the first title.,
Edith "Edie" Spence works at County Hospital on the floor called Y4. Y4 is dedicated to the care of the supernaturals. In recent history, Edie helped save Anna, a rare living vampire. On New Year's Eve, at midnight, the Sanguine will approve for Anna Arsov to ascend during an initiation ceremony. Once done, Anna will be allowed to begin her own House. Reluctantly, Edie agrees to be Anna's Ambassador to the Sun.
In the meantime, Edie and her coworker/friend, Gina Martin, are just trying to survive each shift on Y4. After witnessing a black truck hit a pedestrian, Edie keeps people distracted so they would not realize that the injured man is not human, but were. Once on Y4, Edie learns that the victim is not just any were; he is Karl Winter, the werewolf king. When the full moon arrives it should heal Winter - unless he is too far gone. It is up to Edie and her coworkers to keep Winter alive.
When not at work, Edie's life is still not safe. The vampire Dren is pissed-off at Edie for the damage she inflicted while protecting herself from him (during the previous book titled "Nightshifted"). Edie is also being attacked by weres for unknown reasons. To make matters worse, Anna's driver, Gideon, was assaulted and is staying in Edie's apartment until after Anna's ceremony. When Gideon arrived he was little more than a sack of meat, but eventually becomes a cyborg by dismantling and using items in Edie's apartment. Edie is not sure which way that Gideon is more dangerous. Then there is Veronica, Gideon's girlfriend, who is currently unconscious in Edie's closet because she is in the middle of transforming into a vampire. (Who will be very hungry when she finally awakens in a stranger's closet.) The only good thing lately is that her brother, Jake, is actually trying to turn his life around. But Edie is wary about the "energy supplements" he is selling. Why is nothing ever simple?
**** FOUR STARS! Readers get to see glimpses into the lives of Edie's coworkers this time around. Edie is on Y4 to keep her brother clean and drug free. Since it looks as though Edie may survive awhile on Y4, her coworkers loosen up a bit. A couple of them tell what deal they made in exchange for their services on the supernatural floor. By the end of this episode, I had a lot of respect for Gina, Charles, and Meaty. Readers also learn more about the Shadows. They, too, have a so-called boss; a higher up they - literally - fear.
Cassie Alexander has given new life to medical dramas by putting a nurse, Edie, into the dangerous paranormals world and yet still lets Edie retain the morbid sense of humor that all emergency personnel develop (in order to remain sane). For those who like to keep up with things, the next title in this series will be called "Shapeshifted (Edie Spence)" and due for release on June 4, 2013. I see awards in this author's future. ****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.