"An Intriguing New Romance with a Paranormal Twist..."
Reviewed by Rachel Williams
Posted July 11, 2014
Tess Damon is a tracker and assassin for a group known as
PIE, Private Investigation and Elimination. As such, she
hunts down and assassinates non-human "veilers," hence the
title VEILED TARGET. After two jobs gone wrong, her employer
gives Tess one more chance to get it right or she will be
eliminated. She is to hunt down and take out Hugh Langston,
leader of the local wolfen pack. Tess is more than willing
to take on the job, as her fiancĂ© had been killed by a wolf-
shifter years before, and she is gunning for vengeance.
Tess meets up with Hugh on a blind date, thinking he is
Trey, a member of Hugh's Night Runner wolf pack. Trey is
actually missing without a trace, being held by a human
rights group. When the pair meet cute for their date, they
experience instant lust; but for Hugh it is more. Hugh
begins to exhibit signs of classic mating tendencies. When
another member of his pack informs him as to information
about the whereabouts of Trey, Hugh cuts the date short and
leaves. Tess follows, and they get into all sorts of
danger, including a skirmish with a Banoth, a poison
spitting, crap ball throwing creature. Shortly after, Tess
and Hugh discover the truth about each other; but by this
time they have discovered the need to work together against
the dangers that face both of them.
Tess is an unusual heroine, to say the least. Even though
it is stated that she is the best PIE has to offer, she is
far from being a competent private investigator and
assassin. Actually, she comes off as woefully inept and
hard-headed. Hugh is honest and intelligent; and is a better
drawn character, despite his overlooking the obvious bad
guy. The plotline of VEILED TARGET is goes from humorous to
serious without pause. Hugh and Tess are constantly having
long conversations and throwing witty one-liners at each
other, even while in the midst of the most serious of
VEILED TARGET is author Robin Bielman's first foray into
the genre of Paranormal Romance. The grim summary for the
book leads the reader to believe this is to be a serious
paranormal romance with a tough and fearless, kick-ass
heroine. It is not far into VEILED TARGET that it becomes
apparent the story is being played for laughs, and reads
like a romantic comedy of errors. After switching gears and
going with the flow of the humor, the writing style begins
to make much more sense; and I was able to enjoy the story
to a greater degree. VEILED TARGET is a fun read, much more
so when the reader goes into it expecting the one-liners,
ineptness, and slapstick humor. The plotline of a female
PI is interesting if not new, and the romance is very nice.
VEILED TARGET is the first book of Robin Bielman's new
Veilers series, which shows great promise once the
new series kinks are worked out.
Never take Fate along on a date. The kiss goodnight could be
A Veilers Novel, Book 1
Tracking down Veilersâ€”non humansâ€”is only a sideline for Tess
Damon. Vengeance for her fiancĂ©â€™s murder is her reason for
living. But with two botched jobs on her record, if she
fails to eliminate her next mark, sheâ€™s dead.
Sheâ€™s not afraid to die, but not before she gets even. Too
bad fate has a really bad sense of humor.
Hugh Langston, a wolfen half shifter, lives to keep both
humans and his pack safe. But when rogue humans kidnap his
apprentice, his rescue mission is compromised by a
hot-as-hell, kick-ass woman who makes him think only one
Tess tries to ignore her feelings, but temptation trips her
up. Especially when Hugh figures out heâ€™s her next target
and forces her into an inconvenient alliance that tests all
the laws against their attraction.
Now, with the line between good and evil getting blurrier by
the minute, it becomes clear Tessâ€™s only hope of living to
see another dayâ€”and finding a murdererâ€”lies with the one man
sheâ€™s supposed to kill.
Warning: Contains one obscenely hot alpha and the woman who
wants to love him before she kills him. Look out for a blind
date, scorching sex, humor, lies, and untamable attraction.
Excerptâ€śCut the crap, Tess. Why were you following me?â€ť
â€śHow do you know I was following you?â€ť Oops. She meant to
say, â€śWhat makes you think I was following you?â€ť
He gave a knowing smileâ€”that looked ridiculously sexy rather
than irritating. â€śI know you donâ€™t want to insult my
intelligence so letâ€™s just say for argumentâ€™s sake, if you
were following me, why would that be?â€ť
At least sheâ€™d gotten him to change his tone.
â€śTruthfully?â€ť She leaned a little closer to him. She
couldnâ€™t help it.
â€śThat would be nice.â€ť
â€śIâ€™m really not a very nice person,â€ť she announced.
â€śNeither am I.â€ť He reached out and moved a strand of hair
behind her ear.
Was he trying to confuse her? Because it was working. Sheâ€™d
nearly fallen into his hand before he pulled it away. He was
indeed a very bad man.
â€śThatâ€™s good. I hate nice guys. So where does that leave
â€śI havenâ€™t got all night, Tess.â€ť He lowered his chin,
indicatingâ€”she presumedâ€”he was growing tired of their
She lifted an eyebrow. â€śNo? Thatâ€™s too bad. Iâ€™m a night owl.
â€śAnswer my question before I haul you to your car over my
shoulder.â€ť His tone sent a little zing of pleasure right to
the tips of her breasts.
â€śAs if you couldâ€”â€ť She was over his shoulder in one second
flat. He moved swiftly, quietly and with superhuman
strength. Uh oh. â€śHey, put me down!â€ť
He started down the alley, seemingly unbothered by her
spastic attempts to get him to let her go. â€śYou ready to
walk and talk now?â€ť
â€śFine,â€ť she conceded, although the view of his backside was
pretty damn good.
When both feet securely hit the ground, she tugged down her
dress and shifted the V-neck into place. He watched her
squirm to put the rest of the material back where it
belonged and his roving eyes heated her from the inside out.
â€śI followed you because I wanted to help.â€ť
He started walking. â€śDo I look like I need help?â€ť A little
gleamâ€”and major interest?â€”flickered in his sideways glance.
â€śWell, no. But Iâ€™m very capable and I didnâ€™t feel like going
home, so I decided there was no harm in making myself
available to you should you need me.â€ť She took a deep
breath. It was time to put the question out there. â€śDid you
know Dane is aâ€”â€ť
â€śWolfen? Yeah I know.â€ť
â€śHow do youâ€”â€ť
He stopped and turned toward her with confusion and passion
in his deep blue eyes. For several seconds he stared at her,
like he was trying to get inside her head. Guess what she
was thinking. â€śIâ€™m the leader of the Night Runners,â€ť he
She imagined heâ€™d told her something heâ€™d never told another
human being before.
What the hell was she going to do now?
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