Strikeforce by Marteeka Karland and Shelby Morgen

Strikeforce by Marteeka Karland and Shelby Morgen
Memphis Heat 3
Publisher: Changeling Press LLC
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery, Action/Adventure
Length: Short Story (42 pages)
Other: M/F, Voyeurism
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Ginger

Memphis, Tennessee. The Russian mob’s declared war on the MPD, leaving a team of dead cops in their wake. Lt. Jamie Callahan’s convinced there’s a mole in their pack, and he and his new partner must figure out who set them up — and who’s responsible for the deaths of their former lieutenants.

Officer Amanda Black has her sights set on the hottest hottie in the MPD calendar, Mr. July, Lt. Jamie Callahan, but every time she gets close, he backs off. Is he avoiding her because she’s black? Or because he’s got some last century sense of nobility when it comes to officers under his command? Either way, Amanda intends to change Callahan’s mind. No one stands up to an Alpha She-Wolf in heat. She’s about to mark her territory, and any woman who gets in her way’s going to feel her claws.

The Russian Mob has declared war on Memphis police department. Several cops didn’t make it and now they must figure out who set them up. All the while, Officer Amanda Black has had the hots for Lieutenant Jamie Callahan since the police academy, she has intentions on making it known she is interested.

I thought this would be an interesting read of police investigation with a paranormal twist. I have to say I was somewhat intrigued to see Memphis, Tennessee, a city I’ve visited several times in a book so I was excited and ready for the action. I found myself pausing when I saw that the Memphis police are at war with the Russian Mob. I didn’t let that odd mix stop me. I proceeded to read and have to say that the opening chapter had my interest. Lieutenant Snorrasan was implementing a new chain of command with fellow officers Jamie Callahan and Amanda Black. Recently the force lost Officer’s Smith and Reginald, and nearly lost Officer Black. They have reason to believe that there is a mole in the department and officer’s were lost because of an ambush. Officer Callahan is promoted to lead the investigation being warned to not trust anyone.

I really think the story line has much potential. I was hoping for more action but it seemed the focus was more on the pack law and claiming Amanda a mate. There’s this elite team of werewolf cops out in the line of duty on the case of illegal sales of unregistered weapons and the main characters are more focused on mating and making it known to other pack members that they belong to each other. Amanda, the heroine of the story was made to be a Billy bad A—but it seems as the story develops she’s not so hard and bad. She’s questioning Callahan’s love and also worried about the claiming process.

This one really didn’t give me what I thought such a strong title and such an interesting blurb offered. However, the idea is a good one, and the author’s ability strong enough that I would read more of the series to see if the next installment picks up on the action and if the story line develops more.

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