Title: Dirty Little Misery
Author: Tracey Martin
Series: Miss Misery
Publication Date: August 12th, 2014
Synopsis: Thanks to her freakish, satyr-like power, Jessica Moore was denied her dream to join the Gryphons, the magical law-enforcement officers protecting humanity from the pred races. But after the Gryphons tried to arrest her for murders she didn’t commit, Jess is no longer interested. Too bad—they are.
Now that they know what she can do, they want Jess on their side. If she doesn’t agree to help them solve a new case, they’ll charge her with every magical crime she’s ever committed.
Nine people are dead. The cause? Exhaustion. The activity? Never-ending sex. Someone sold them tainted F, an illegal aphrodisiac made by satyrs. No surprise, Jess’s satyr allies aren’t pleased with her investigation. Worse, it strains her tenuous relationship with Lucen, the one satyr she counts as a friend.
As Jess delves into the shady satyr business world, she unravels a scheme more sinister than dirty drugs—and her relationship with Lucen unravels right along with it. Only the truth will save their friendship. But not before it turns Jess into an ambitious killer’s next target.
Warning: Contains blackmail, betrayal, and sex that’s literally to die for. Plus plenty of bad stiff jokes to go with it. Remember, just say no to magical drugs.
Review: Dirty Little Misery was an amazing sequel to an amazing first book. I am in love with this series, Martin has created an incredibly interesting world and I cannot wait for more books set in it. One thing that I really loved was that Martin did not forget about the larger plot that we got the start of in Wicked Misery while the individual plot for this one played out. She did a great job of balancing both without one feeling like it was overpowering the other one.
I still really enjoyed Jess and Lucen in this book, their growing relationship was nicely done. Martin did not rush it and it feels like it is moving at a good pace. I had one small frustration with Jess, it did not make me like her less or the book less, it just frustrated me. It is also slightly a spoiler, maybe a big one if you have not figured it out in book one, so you might skip to the next paragraph if you do not want to read it. It frustrated me to no end that it took Jess so long to figure out that the Gryphon’s were behind the experimentation on her when she was a teen. I knew the minute she said she had been sick at one of their camps that they had done something to her. Granted Jess has been dealing with a lot and her focus was on other things. Still love you Jess.
I enjoyed the new characters that were introduced, as well as the other minor characters from the first book. I hope that we continue to see more of them in the upcoming books. Thank you Martin for this amazing, unique, urban fantasy, it is a refreshing read for someone who is in love with this genre.
Recommendation: Yes, definitely!
I received an ARC of this book from the author. This in no way affected my review.