Liar City

Carina Adores. (Sugar & Vice, Bk. 1). Feb. 2023. 416p. ISBN 9781335621948. pap. $15.99. FANTASY
Therin (Proper Scoundrels) opens her new “Sugar & Vice” urban fantasy romance series in an alternate Seattle, where empaths and the safety of their abilities are the topic of national debate. Empath Reece, a devoted pacifist, occasionally consults with the police and his detective sister, but a recent murder brings a government agent and empath hunter, known as the Dead Man, into his path. A series of grisly murders somehow related to empathy has Reece and the Dead Man scouring Seattle to stop the killer, all while facing a fierce and growing opposition to empaths in general and Reece’s involvement in the case specifically. Meanwhile, Reece feels a connection to the Dead Man, but is it safe to trust someone who’s known for hunting his kind?
VERDICT This promising series opener is packed with action, interesting metaphysical abilities, and a fully realized world with political divisions that feel relevant to the current political climate. The developing romance is likely too subtle for romance readers, but urban fantasy fans will be thrilled with the possibilities for future entries.
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