“Doomsday Can Wait” was another hit for me by Lori Handeland. This is urban fantasy with hot sex and enough paranormal critters to keep anybody happy. There’s blood, but not gore. There’s a cool twist on reality that’s more than just a cast of supernatural beings. And there’s a tight plot that keeps you turning pages as fast as you can read.
Since Liz recently managed to stave off Doomsday (not that any normal humans know about that, thank God) she’s been enjoying a little down time. She deserves it seeing how she had to kill her boyfriend (OK, he’s a vampire so he’s undead) and almost died herself. She’s also not seen sexy Sawyer and she’s pretty sure she’s happy about that. But when a mysterious shadow woman keeps trying to kill her and Sawyer’s talisman is the only thing stopping her, Liz sets off to find both of them. Once she does, she must make a difficult choice carefully because the wrong choice could start Doomsday…again.
I can’t begin to include all the cool stuff in this series. Even though it’s not marketed as paranormal romance, there’s plenty of sexual tension and follow-through in Liz’s life. She has her childhood sweetheart who will always occupy a special place in her heart and was the one to help her understand her new powers, and the smoldering mystic who practices sex magic on and with Liz. Fans of the early Anita Blake (by Laurell K. Hamilton) will likely succumb to Liz’s world just like I have…and be happy to do so.
So whether you call it urban fantasy, paranormal romance, or contemporary fantasy, it’s all good. Lori Handeland’s world is distinct and different, and her characters are built slowly but surely into people with all the complexities of any race. This isn’t hearts and flowers, and it’s a very different series from Handeland’s ‘Moon’ books. But it’s a serious I’m happy to read, and anxious to find out where it will take me next.