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Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand PDF, ePub eBook HONEYMOON IN VEGAS? Already the alpha pair of Denver's werewolf pack, Kitty and Ben now plan to tie the knot human-style by eloping to Vegas. Kitty is looking forward to sipping frou-frou drinks by the pool and doing her popular radio show on live TV, but her hotel is stocked with werewolf-hating bounty hunters. Elsewhere on the Strip an old-school magician might be wielding HONEYMOON IN VEGAS? Already the alpha pair of Denver's werewolf pack, Kitty and Ben now plan to tie the knot human-style by eloping to Vegas. Kitty is looking forward to sipping frou-frou drinks by the pool and doing her popular radio show on live TV, but her hotel is stocked with werewolf-hating bounty hunters. Elsewhere on the Strip an old-school magician might be wielding the real thing; the vampire community is harboring a dark secret; and the irresistible star of a suspicious animal act is determined to seduce Kitty. Sin City has never been so wild, and this werewolf has never had to fight harder to save not only her wedding, but her very life.

30 review for Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand

  1. 5 out of 5

    Carmel (Rabid Reads)

    Reviewed by: Rabid Reads The protagonist’s spinelessness was formerly my primary beef with this series, but in this installment it was the romance—if the relationship between Kitty and her beau can even be labeled as such given how this story unfolded. The couple has decided to elope Vegas-style in KITTY AND THE DEAD MAN’S HAND, however they spend the bulk of this book apart; her preparing for a live show, and him competing in a poker tournament. They have lots of hot sex, yet aside from that, th Reviewed by: Rabid Reads The protagonist’s spinelessness was formerly my primary beef with this series, but in this installment it was the romance—if the relationship between Kitty and her beau can even be labeled as such given how this story unfolded. The couple has decided to elope Vegas-style in KITTY AND THE DEAD MAN’S HAND, however they spend the bulk of this book apart; her preparing for a live show, and him competing in a poker tournament. They have lots of hot sex, yet aside from that, there’s no real connection between these supposed love birds. The city that never sleeps has a reputation for having something that’ll appeal to everyone, and this installment played that up by adding a supernatural thread to the entertainment industry with magicians practicing real magic and shapeshifters performing in animal spectacles. The Balthazar and Odysseus Grant plot lines both took unanticipated turns, and neither was explained enough to my satisfaction. It seems like Carrie Vaughn keeps piling on the mythology, but she’s left so many lose ends in her wake that I fear will never be ironed out. I wasn’t sure about how I felt when Kitty wound up with bachelor #2, albeit this character did eventually wiggle his way into my heart. As a match for the heroine though? Hmm… Then things seemed to be moving in the right direction in KITTY AND THE SILVER BULLET until this novel happened, and now I’m not so sure. It was weird, the duo was in the thick of a catastrophe; however then one of them stops to have a mundane convo with the Master of LA for like an hour only to dash off because—oh yeah, we’re in the middle of a crisis here! Gavin has provided me with hours of enjoyment through her narration of these audiobooks. When I’m listening in the moment, my opinion of whichever title I’m currently consuming is usually much higher than what my final thoughts end up being once I’ve had a moment to reflect on the actual contents of the story. She delivers such an upbeat performance filled with humour and sassiness that it’s easy to overlook all of the holes in the writing. Her portrayal of the various bounty hunters at the gun show was particularly good for a laugh. The only thing that impressed me about KITTY AND THE DEAD MAN’S HAND was Marguerite Gavin.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Ellen

    Kitty and Ben are planning a wedding. They can't agree on much so decide to go to Las Vegas. Once there they booked at a hotel with werewolf hunters convention under guise of gun show. Of course nothing goes as planned. Read and see how it turns out.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Julie (jjmachshev)

    I love Kitty. I want to be Kitty...er, without Kitty's problems anyway. If you don't know who Kitty is, then you haven't been reading Carrie Vaughn's series starring werewolf Kitty Norville; and shame on you! This series is hilarious, scary, exciting, and sexy all at the same time. In the four previous books, Kitty's been turned, exiled, outed, hunted, and mated. Now her life continues in book five, "Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand" where she 'tries' to get married. When all the brouhaha and decisi I love Kitty. I want to be Kitty...er, without Kitty's problems anyway. If you don't know who Kitty is, then you haven't been reading Carrie Vaughn's series starring werewolf Kitty Norville; and shame on you! This series is hilarious, scary, exciting, and sexy all at the same time. In the four previous books, Kitty's been turned, exiled, outed, hunted, and mated. Now her life continues in book five, "Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand" where she 'tries' to get married. When all the brouhaha and decision involved in a big wedding get to be a bit too much, Kitty and Ben decide to get married in Vegas. Once her boss finds out, hey...how cool would it be to do a live show in Vegas? Yeah, that's about how Kitty's life goes. So instead of frou frou drinks by the pool, Kitty's looking at work, delivering a message to the Vegas Master Vampire, and (yes, only Kitty's life could be so screwed up) dodging the gun-show expo supernatural-haters who also happen to be booked in the same hotel! And I shouldn't forget to mention the magician who seems to be more than a showman and the animal act at one Vegas hotel that may actually star shapeshifters! But if you want to know more, you'll have to pick up your own copy...mine's already sitting on my keeper shelf. This series isn't really romance, and it isn't really urban fantasy, and it isn't really suspense, and it isn't really mystery. It's a bit of all of them rolled up in snarky dialogue and sharp plotting. I just wish Carrie Vaughn could write faster :)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rita Webb

    After plowing through 4 books in one week, I didn't think I could be disappointed in any of the Kitty books. Oh, there were little things that annoyed me here and there. Mostly related to character development. Some characters seemed flat, but the plot was thick and fast paced. The problems were easy to overlook. But in Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand, I thought the characters and the development wasn't just a little flat anymore. For one, Kitty and Ben are supposed to be in love. Kitty keeps sayin After plowing through 4 books in one week, I didn't think I could be disappointed in any of the Kitty books. Oh, there were little things that annoyed me here and there. Mostly related to character development. Some characters seemed flat, but the plot was thick and fast paced. The problems were easy to overlook. But in Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand, I thought the characters and the development wasn't just a little flat anymore. For one, Kitty and Ben are supposed to be in love. Kitty keeps saying that she's in love. They have lots of sex and all that. But there doesn't seem to be a real friendship there at all. There's nothing to SHOW me what the author is telling me. Then they go to Vegas to get married, but she's off getting ready for her show and he's planning to join a poker tournament at the hour of their wedding. Are they in love or not? Do they actually want to get married? It doesn't sound like it to me. And oh, then she's off fantasizing about some lycanthrope cats while he's playing his tournament. SPOILER ALERT: Then he gets kidnapped. And she goes off to look for him. When the Vampire Master of the city can't help her, she decides to take a tour of his hotel and discuss the pros and cons of psychics and telekinetics and other such creatures playing in the casinos. WHAT? She should be looking for Ben! Then they find each other. And what do they do? They have sex. As if that is all their relationship is about. There should have been a whole lot more going on than that. I mean, there should be more in a relationship--at least one headed for marriage--than a rumpled bed. I'm debating whether or not I even want to bother with #6.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cameron

    Kitty gets to play with some new kitties! Watch for those claws, and are those boys bunny kicking or...!!! Kitty's Vegas elopement suffers from quite a bit more than the typical cold feet dilemma: vapid vampires, lusty werecats, mysterious magicians, a gun show with itchy-fingered bounty hunters in her hotel, and the worst - a live televised Midnight Hour. It is the later that proves to be the most character building, the rest felt rather superficial. One thing I love about this series is that Ki Kitty gets to play with some new kitties! Watch for those claws, and are those boys bunny kicking or...!!! Kitty's Vegas elopement suffers from quite a bit more than the typical cold feet dilemma: vapid vampires, lusty werecats, mysterious magicians, a gun show with itchy-fingered bounty hunters in her hotel, and the worst - a live televised Midnight Hour. It is the later that proves to be the most character building, the rest felt rather superficial. One thing I love about this series is that Kitty started on the bottom, and through her growth as a person, she has ascended the pack hierarchy to become strong enough to challenge and defeat her former abusive pack leader. This novel almost felt like a regression, and I am unsure if this is a bad thing or realistic for her character. For one thing, her elopement is a denial of her responsibilities. Almost nowhere in this novel are the dynamics of the change to Ben and Kitty's leadership explicated. Also, Kitty struggles with several situations where her instinct is to submit, and she has to will herself into a dominant posture. It felt like posturing rather than true confidence, as if her assuming Alpha status was a circumstantial act, rather than a skillful one. Her familial ties were strongly evident in this novel, as her mother and father follow she and Ben to Vegas to celebrate their wedding. Often missing from most urban fantasy is that element of family, so it is wonderful to have that dialogue open, especially given that her family doesn't truly understand, but still offers support to Kitty. The action of the novel circulates around Kitty, who, being the radio personality she is, tends toward verbal solutions rather than fisticuffs, and a reassuring continuity emerges where Kitty does not suddenly develop Kung Fu fighting prowess, she in fact is still a bit torn over having to use a gun in the last novel. While suffering from a glut of storylines and characters vying for the spotlight, and providing a picture of Vegas that seemed just a tad off to me both in its description but also because it distracted from what I imagined the next phase of Kitty's werewolf life would be, this fifth installment of Kitty did establish what will hopefully be a more in depth examination of her pack territory and dynamic in the sixth book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    ☣Lynn☣

    This is most definitely my least favorite book out of this series. Wasn't a fan of Ben not really caring about his own wedding and I didn't like the whole cult thing. I love reading about cults, but this was just too weird. Hopefully this series doesn't go downhill for me. :(

  7. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    This is more of a 2.5 book. It's not bad, and like all the Kitty Norville books, it is a quick read. It's fun. It's a beach read, and doesn't pretend to be anything else (thank goodness). The darker tone from Kitty and the Silver Bullet isn't here, and its lack relieves fears that Kitty is going to be an Anita clone. For some reason, however, it is not as good as the others in the series. First, there is the problem of the title. All the Kitty books have titles that refer to something in the book This is more of a 2.5 book. It's not bad, and like all the Kitty Norville books, it is a quick read. It's fun. It's a beach read, and doesn't pretend to be anything else (thank goodness). The darker tone from Kitty and the Silver Bullet isn't here, and its lack relieves fears that Kitty is going to be an Anita clone. For some reason, however, it is not as good as the others in the series. First, there is the problem of the title. All the Kitty books have titles that refer to something in the book. There's no Dead Man's Hand, unless you count hands on dead people. A better title for the book would've been Kitty Goes to Vegas, though I suppose it would be too close to Kitty Goes to Washington. Second, Ben seemed to be nothing more than an add on. Considering that this is the wedding book, Ben's role as secondary shadow, husband to be stick figure seemed out of place. Third, considering that Ben and Kitty are new alphas isn't kinda strange that they run off to Vegas without any other pack members? Fourth, Wolf, Kitty's werewolf wolf part, really isn't in this book. I missed her. It's werid reading a werwolf novel without the wolf part. There were some good parts to the book. The radio show parts of the book still shine and haven't gone flat. Kitty does show some growth, though it's more in line with her show, which is fine. The character of Brenda should be recognizable to readers of another series, and yet Vaughn puts her own twist on the character. I didn't like the quasi cliffhanger ending, but since the next book came out soon after, it's not really much to complain about. Though, that is part of the problem with this book as well. It seems like little more than a set-up for the next one. It doesn't have that "would've been better as a short story" feel to it. Vaughn doesn't waste her words. You don't feel like you wasted your money or even your time. It's just not as good as the other books, however.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sheri

    Kitty and the Dead Man's hand is a suspense filled all night read. Once again Carrie Vaughn pulls off another hit. Kitty is in Las Vegas planning to get married when trouble arises. With bounty hunters on her tail, an old school magician who may be the "real thing", an animal act leader who lusts for Kitty, and a laid back Vampire leader, Kitty once again does not know who to trust. Kitty is on a mission to find out what the hidden secrets of "sin city" are all about, as she is in a race for time Kitty and the Dead Man's hand is a suspense filled all night read. Once again Carrie Vaughn pulls off another hit. Kitty is in Las Vegas planning to get married when trouble arises. With bounty hunters on her tail, an old school magician who may be the "real thing", an animal act leader who lusts for Kitty, and a laid back Vampire leader, Kitty once again does not know who to trust. Kitty is on a mission to find out what the hidden secrets of "sin city" are all about, as she is in a race for time to find Ben, before both of them end up dead by a silver bullet. Fantastic read. I look forward to the next in the series....Kitty Raises Hell.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jai

    http://janicu.livejournal.com/66284.html Carrie Vaughn seems to have two main settings for these books: either In Denver (books 1 and 4), or Not In Denver (books 2 and 3). In Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand - it's a bit of both, but mostly it's Not In Denver. This time, Kitty travels to Las Vegas, which I guess is why the title is what it is (according to wikipedia, it's the name of a poker hand rumored to be held by Wild Bill Hickok at the time of his death). *** Spoilers for earlier books from th http://janicu.livejournal.com/66284.html Carrie Vaughn seems to have two main settings for these books: either In Denver (books 1 and 4), or Not In Denver (books 2 and 3). In Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand - it's a bit of both, but mostly it's Not In Denver. This time, Kitty travels to Las Vegas, which I guess is why the title is what it is (according to wikipedia, it's the name of a poker hand rumored to be held by Wild Bill Hickok at the time of his death). *** Spoilers for earlier books from this point on *** At the start of this book, things are going pretty well for Kitty. She's working hard at her job with The Midnight Hour, living in Denver, able to see her family and enjoying time with her mate, Ben. The pack is also doing fine - Rick calls it the "honeymoon period" because as the new alpha pair, Ben and Kitty are encountering no major grumblings about their leadership. At the end of Kitty and the Silver Bullet Kitty and Ben seem to be mated as wolves, and their human sides decide to make it official and get married. Of course, being the people Kitty and Ben are, after stressing over the planning for a traditional wedding (I can relate here), they both agree that a wedding in Vegas would be perfect for them. Of course, Kitty's plans to just elope don't happen, because soon her parents are coming and the radio station wants Kitty to do a 2 hour televised show the same weekend. This book had a slow first half as all the players in Vegas are introduced. Kitty plans out her television show and so much of the book has her doing footwork to meet possible supernatural guests for her show. The back cover blurb describes them so I'll mention who some of them are: "an old-school magician [who:] might be wielding the real thing", some of the Vegas "vampire community", and "the irresistible star of a suspicious animal act". Then of course there is the gun show going on in the same hotel Kitty and Ben are staying in, which brings in an element who aren't really werewolf lovers. My thoughts: I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop in this book, but no action really seemed to be happening for the first 150 pages except me feeling paranoid as the reader that "Ok this person is hiding something and wants to do something to Kitty. Or maybe that person. Or that one!" - Kitty gets herself into trouble a lot. Not that she's stupid, but her very nosy nature that comes along with asking questions for a living doesn't help. When the action finally does arrive though, I can't blame her for it - it's more the fault of her being a werewolf than Kitty's curiosity. The relationship in this book between Kitty and Ben feels more secure to me, finally. Again, I'm paranoid (maybe it was TJ's death in book 1 that makes me so), but I hope they stay together because I really like Ben. They act like a real couple who have been together long enough to know each other enough to be partners - compromising works here. I liked that I could recognize guys I know in real life in Ben. I do still think that in wolf terms though, Kitty is more alpha, but maybe because Ben lets her be, since she's got more experience being a werewolf than him. Hmm. Overall: This book felt more like a transition book than the previous four. Although there is an ending to what happened in Vegas - it does not stay in Vegas (ha ha, sorry, but look at the next books back cover blurb, I'm not the only one saying it). It looks like things end in a small cliffhanger and we'll have to see what happens next in Kitty Raises Hell. Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand was released February, and Kitty Raises Hell a month later in March, so that works out well. Several interesting new characters are introduced and Kitty and Ben's relationship moves forward, but there was a lot of set up in the first half before the action occurred. Also, we don't really hear everything that happens to Ben in this book because it's written from Kitty's POV, which had me gnashing my teeth (I hope that information shows up in the next book too).

  10. 4 out of 5

    Berls

    This review appeared first at Fantasy is More Fun. If you'd asked me two books ago, I'd never guess I'd be giving a future book 5 stars or it being in part because I LOVE Kitty WITH Ben. Just showed me! (Note, there are some spoilers from previous books in this review) I love Kitty. I love Ben. I love Kitty with Ben and I love Ben with Kitty. That's the main thing that came out of Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand for me. I was already on the way to complete acceptance after Kitty and the Silver Bulle This review appeared first at Fantasy is More Fun. If you'd asked me two books ago, I'd never guess I'd be giving a future book 5 stars or it being in part because I LOVE Kitty WITH Ben. Just showed me! (Note, there are some spoilers from previous books in this review) I love Kitty. I love Ben. I love Kitty with Ben and I love Ben with Kitty. That's the main thing that came out of Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand for me. I was already on the way to complete acceptance after Kitty and the Silver Bullet, but now I'm 100% there. I guess Carrie Vaughn knew what she was doing after all, eh? ;) So beyond the Kitty and Ben relationship - I loved the mystery in Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand - I was never quite sure what was going on behind the scenes or who Kitty should be trusting, which is absolute gold in a book for me. I also like the strength that Kitty's found and FINALLY hung on too - it's stuck with her for a consistent two books in a row now, so fingers crossed she won't be retreating again! I do miss McCormick and I hope he finds his way into some future books, despite being in prison. We also met some interesting new characters in this book and I'm curious to see if any of them will make much of an appearance in future books. I thought the "friends" from Ben's previous world as a paranomral hunter were an interesting bunch and provided a fun tension to the story - Kitty was always nervous around them and I couldn't blame her. I was never sure if she should trust them or not. And then another group I'm pretty positive will appear in future books because of the CLIFF that we got left on! Now, it's more like a steep hill than a cliff, because you could survive without jumping into the next book, but I'm so not going to try that. I'm jumping in right away! Oh and I still love Marguerite Gavin's narration. She IS Kitty - no way I could read these and not hear her voices. And she's spot on for the voice of a radio DJ - or as Kitty is in this book, a tv personality. Very cool twist and Margurite's voice is just perfect for it! As a side note - I still have no idea why it's called Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand, which kind of bugs me (I also don't know why the last one was called Kitty and the Silver Bullet). I can find kind of rambling connections but they feel far fetched... I know it's not important or really relevant to the review but it's bugging me. Just saying!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Malinda

    3.5-4 stars This was a pretty good story and addition to the series. Kitty and Ben are engaged and her ailing mother seems determined to guilt her into having the wedding quickly (while her mother's still around to see it...). Kitty and Ben are frustrated by the thought of all the planning and don't really want a big wedding so they decide on the plan to elope to Las Vegas to get married. When Kitty's boss finds out about the trip, he comes up with the idea for her to do a live show that's also o 3.5-4 stars This was a pretty good story and addition to the series. Kitty and Ben are engaged and her ailing mother seems determined to guilt her into having the wedding quickly (while her mother's still around to see it...). Kitty and Ben are frustrated by the thought of all the planning and don't really want a big wedding so they decide on the plan to elope to Las Vegas to get married. When Kitty's boss finds out about the trip, he comes up with the idea for her to do a live show that's also on TV while in Vegas. Kitty's a bit frustrated over being expected to work over her wedding weekend but agrees. To placate her mother, Kitty invites her parents to Vegas for the nuptials but no one else. Things were going to be busy enough with Kitty and Ben's wedding as well as Kitty doing her show but of course other things have to turn up to cause more issues for them. On the paranormal side; there's a magician that appears to be a decent guy but is too mysterious to tell for sure, the vampire master of the city who doesn't really seem to be master of anything, as well as a group of shifters that perform a shifter animal act in Vegas and seem to gain an unhealthy interest in Kitty. On the more mundane side of things there's still some danger since the hotel they're staying in is hosting a gun show and many of the paranormal hunters that Cormac and Ben know are there. Unfortunately, none of them are especially friendly to Kitty and a couple seem to be very interested in taking her out just for the sake of saying they did. Obviously, there's a lot of stuff going on that causes drama and danger. Kitty and Ben stumble through and manage to come out of things alright in the end and then Kitty and Ben head home married and happy to get out of Vegas. This was a pretty enjoyable story. I still liked Kitty as a heroine but I will say that there were a few times in this book where she seemed to lack her usual intelligence and ran into trouble without thinking at all. I mean she's made some mistakes in judgement before but in this book it just seemed worse. Thankfully, she makes some friends that help her get through things alright. Overall, the story was still pretty good (even with a bit of frustration on my part) and I still liked the characters so I'd recommend it (and the series). :D * note - I listened to the audio version of this story and the narrator did a great job.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    I received a free copy of this book through the First Reads program here on Goodreads. Thanks to the author, publisher, and Goodreads for the opportunity to read and review this book. Carrie Vaughn is nothing if not consistent. Book 5 in her series belongs right up there with the first 4. One of my favorite things about this series is that she explores new ground with each one. Consistant then would be the quality of the story. But this isn't just the same adventure with a few name changes and a I received a free copy of this book through the First Reads program here on Goodreads. Thanks to the author, publisher, and Goodreads for the opportunity to read and review this book. Carrie Vaughn is nothing if not consistent. Book 5 in her series belongs right up there with the first 4. One of my favorite things about this series is that she explores new ground with each one. Consistant then would be the quality of the story. But this isn't just the same adventure with a few name changes and a new cover. This time Kitty goes to Vegas, where chaos ensues. I have come to the conclusion now that it is Kitty's voice that compells me to reading. As the narrator, we certainly get to know her quite intimately. She's a "normal" girl that just happens to be a werewolf. She's the "girl next door", to borrow a cliche. She has a great sense of humor, and I find myself chuckling at her wit quite often. One other note on this book specifically: I love the reference to Lovecraft that comes late in the novel (though giving nothing away) and I laughed to myself at the subtle witty reference to Narnia that came right before that......it's little inside jokes like that that really bring these books home to me...

  13. 4 out of 5

    Samantha wickedshizuku Tolleson

    You know I don't know what I was wanting, when I read that the settings were to be in Las Vegas. Maybe I was hoping for a dinner and a show... Maybe something similar to this... By this point in the series I was quite resentful of Kitty's choice in love interests. As I've said in other reviews for the series I really don't think Kitty and Ben's chemistry doesn't mesh very well. Now I think it would have been more believable if they had only stayed friends. For some reason I feel that there is go You know I don't know what I was wanting, when I read that the settings were to be in Las Vegas. Maybe I was hoping for a dinner and a show... Maybe something similar to this... By this point in the series I was quite resentful of Kitty's choice in love interests. As I've said in other reviews for the series I really don't think Kitty and Ben's chemistry doesn't mesh very well. Now I think it would have been more believable if they had only stayed friends. For some reason I feel that there is going to be some wingnut to pop out of the woodwork. The action was all right, and Kitty's family dynamics were understandable and humorous. Stick with it if you're bored with the series. The next book is really good.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa

    Not the most exciting installment in the series, the first few chapters were great-then it fell flat. Who knew a trip to Vegas in an urban fantasy book could be so painfully yawn inducing? Seriously-this book was the perfect solution to my insomnia for a solid week. Even a few villains thrown in half way through the book could not keep me awake (did I mention it was based in Las Vegas?). Also, Kitty and Ben are losing their luster, I'm not as connected in their relationship as I was a few books Not the most exciting installment in the series, the first few chapters were great-then it fell flat. Who knew a trip to Vegas in an urban fantasy book could be so painfully yawn inducing? Seriously-this book was the perfect solution to my insomnia for a solid week. Even a few villains thrown in half way through the book could not keep me awake (did I mention it was based in Las Vegas?). Also, Kitty and Ben are losing their luster, I'm not as connected in their relationship as I was a few books ago. And no, it's not the impending marriage that's making them lose their spark. It's the writing-and the lack of chemistry between the two. For example, why would Ben postpone his wedding by a few hours just to gamble in a card game? Why would Kitty be completely cool with it? They continually made excuses to keep away from each other-during their marriage weekend. At the end of the book I could have honestly been ok with Ben not being a part of the series anymore, if only to add some juice to the book. I'm going to give the next one another chance, hoping it's a hell of a lot better.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Yodamom

    Audio- Ben and Kitty head to Vegas to get married. They tried to do it the old fashioned way but it drove them crazy, Vegas sounded so easy. Right ? Nothing is easy for Kitty and Ben. First off they are booked into a hotel that has a gun conventions going on. Killers, hunters and other nasties fill the hotel. Then there is the weird magic act, that may not be a simple magic act. there is the Lion/Tiger and Jaguar show that has all of the supes suspicious. Wait there is more, The creepy decor of Audio- Ben and Kitty head to Vegas to get married. They tried to do it the old fashioned way but it drove them crazy, Vegas sounded so easy. Right ? Nothing is easy for Kitty and Ben. First off they are booked into a hotel that has a gun conventions going on. Killers, hunters and other nasties fill the hotel. Then there is the weird magic act, that may not be a simple magic act. there is the Lion/Tiger and Jaguar show that has all of the supes suspicious. Wait there is more, The creepy decor of the cats lair. The laid back master vampire and the lack of any other werewolves, the missing man, the flying bullets. Phew-There is a lot going on in Vegas. Poor Kitty, she really gets a hard puzzle to solve in this mystery. I enjoyed the strength given to her character to work the details out. She did what she had to to get the resolution she had to have. She has to deal with some crazy old stuff that is not gone and not forgotten. I can't wait to read the next one.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Erma Talamante

    Full review pending... Part of the sad little stack that was available in the jury waiting room... Don't worry. I returned it. :)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    Another fun read, but I think she was pushing the story line a bit. Several new magical types added & the book ends on a cliff hanger, which I disliked. I don't have the next book, either.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Davie

    Fifth in the Kitty Norville urban fantasy series about a werewolf radio talk show host who discusses the supernatural. My Take It is pretty funny how wedding-phobic Kitty is and how terrified she is of telling her mother. It just would have been so much safer if she'd stayed in Denver and stuck it out. Sure, Ben wouldn't have learned about his poker skills until later, but they'd both have been so much safer. What is it with people who think you'll be safer if you don't know anything? I don't get t Fifth in the Kitty Norville urban fantasy series about a werewolf radio talk show host who discusses the supernatural. My Take It is pretty funny how wedding-phobic Kitty is and how terrified she is of telling her mother. It just would have been so much safer if she'd stayed in Denver and stuck it out. Sure, Ben wouldn't have learned about his poker skills until later, but they'd both have been so much safer. What is it with people who think you'll be safer if you don't know anything? I don't get that. Especially with someone as nosey as Kitty is. She may be a werewolf, but her curiosity is gonna get her killed one of these days. Still, it's interesting to read of her adventures with her combination of reporter, the supernatural, and a refusal to take no for an answer. She and Ben are just everyday people outside their werewolf personas and it's always fun to see how Vaughn transcends the normal with Kitty. Gimme a break. I get that Kitty loves Ben. Does this mean she has to go off half-cocked? What an idiot. The Story Kitty and Ben are planning the wedding and are overwhelmed with the details and the COST! It's all the hassle and the expense that trips them into the idea of a wedding in Vegas. Even better, do one of her shows live on television from Sin City. This live, televised broadcast would be under Kitty's control this time! Well, you know what they say about the best-laid plans. Who knew there was going to be a supernatural bounty hunter convention in Vegas? The Characters Kitty Norville is alpha for the pack in Denver and she and Ben are getting married. Ben O'Farrell was her lawyer. Since he was bitten, he's become Kitty's lover. Gail and Jim Norville are her parents and they come along for the ride. Ellen O'Farrell is Ben's mom, a rancher's wife who became a waitress when her husband went to jail. Shaun is her beta and runs the New Moon restaurant in Denver. A casual meeting place for any lycanthrope. Ozzie is the show's producer and the manager for KNOB-Denver. Matt is her Denver-based engineer. Rick is the new vampire Master of Denver. Ben's bounty hunter "friends" Boris and Sylvia are a partnership; he's the scary-looking one. She IS the scary one. Brenda and Evan are...friendlier. Odysseus Grant is a magician---stage and real. Balthasar performs with his show as the King of Beasts with a pride of tigers in his act. Only they are much more than mere tigers and they have something special planned for Kitty and the priestess of Tiamat, a goddess of chaos, is leading the pride. Dom is the Master of Las Vegas, supposedly. Detective Mike Gladden is with the Las Vegas PD and he's in charge of Ben's missing person case. Faber is a petty Vegas crime lord who seems too interested in Ben. The Cover The cover is golden in its brilliance from the sun and the lights on the Strip. They still manage a moon in there as well as a yellow tiger to threaten a cocky Kitty in her black cropped tank top and low-cut jeans that reveal her tramp stamp. As pretty as she looks, Kitty is ready for action with her hands on her hips and her golden hair pulled back in a single braid down her back. The title is both a reference to Kitty's trip to Las Vegas and it could be that Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand had an ace up her sleeve. One even she wasn't aware of.

  19. 5 out of 5

    T.J. Day

    Kitty’s back – and getting married to her pack mate and lawyer in Vegas. I like the change of settings in the books. Kitty likes adventure and she’s not big on planning. However, things never go truly right for the poor werewolf anyway. The hotel she’s staying at is hosting a convention full of gun-toting bounty hunters, the vampires are super not helpful, and there’s a few questionable characters that like turning things upside down for Kitty. Ben’s helpful and not helpful in this book, full of Kitty’s back – and getting married to her pack mate and lawyer in Vegas. I like the change of settings in the books. Kitty likes adventure and she’s not big on planning. However, things never go truly right for the poor werewolf anyway. The hotel she’s staying at is hosting a convention full of gun-toting bounty hunters, the vampires are super not helpful, and there’s a few questionable characters that like turning things upside down for Kitty. Ben’s helpful and not helpful in this book, full of support and love for Kitty, yet trying to get his wits about him. He’s not always physically “there” in this one either, leaving Kitty to try to pick up the pieces of what’s happened to Ben – especially since everyone assumes he abandoned her before the wedding. For this one, the characters and setting grabbed me more than the plot itself. Kitty is always getting into various troubles and that’s nothing new. Unfortunately, the mass layering of different issues got old for me in this book, so I was really rooting for characters like Dom (the master vamp), Grant (the magician) and the Evan/Brenda duo. Well, not really rooting if you’ve read the book, but you know what I mean. I like the mash up of personalities and the action each character brings. Overall, I give this book a fabulous four. A friend of mine and I were chatting about how this was a transitional type of book in a series, one that has the characters catching up after the events of the last few books and eases you into the newness of the next plot. Since we've both read it before, we know what's coming up (however, I've only read up to Kitty In The Underworld) and we also know things get worse before they get better. We were confused because the plot, though engaging and plausible, didn't seem to have any meaning to the series itself, disregarding the ending. My thoughts on this are that Kitty ventures out into a new place after she and Ben take over a pack as new Alphas...she figures out that things are different everywhere she goes. She's experienced the D.C. pack and now the Las Vegas "pack" and she has no control over thing, even if she's a control freak who wants nothing more than to make all the chaos go away. But she figures out she can't and so this makes her want to return home, where things make sense and where she's in charge again. I think the author wanted to stress that this was a learning experience for Kitty.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Karissa

    This is book 5 in the Kitty Norville series. It was definitely not a strong book in this series. The book really spent more time kind of setting up a new story. In this book Kitty and Ben decide to go to Las Vegas to get married. Only things start to get complicated. Kitty's boss talks her into doing a televised version of her radio show while she's in Vegas and Rick asks Kitty to deliver a note to the Master vampire of Las Vegas. Things begin to fall apart when Kitty finds out about the local La This is book 5 in the Kitty Norville series. It was definitely not a strong book in this series. The book really spent more time kind of setting up a new story. In this book Kitty and Ben decide to go to Las Vegas to get married. Only things start to get complicated. Kitty's boss talks her into doing a televised version of her radio show while she's in Vegas and Rick asks Kitty to deliver a note to the Master vampire of Las Vegas. Things begin to fall apart when Kitty finds out about the local Las Vegas pack and stumbles upon new types of magic and a secret that the local vampires have been keeping under wraps. This was an okay book in the series. I felt like Kitty spent a lot of time running around sticking her nose in where she shouldn't and in general not really accomplishing anything. It was a bit frustrating to watch Kitty not have a clue what she was doing. She even had trouble getting guests for her radio show. In general the pace of this book was a bit frantic and not in a griping and engaging sort of way. There is also a large shortage of action scenes; I think there is one action scene in the whole darn book...maybe two. None of the characters were really developed any further. A lot of main characters from the previous books are conspicuously absent for most of this book. Even Ben is only actually present for a very brief amount of time. Overall it seemed like the sole purpose of this book was to introduce some new characters and set up some big events for the next book; so let's hope the next book is better. Which leads me to the positive points of this book; it wasn't a total loss. Balthasar and Odysseus Grant are amazing characters. New and interesting magic elements move throughout the story. The book is a quick and still fun read. It is somewhat engaging. This is an okay book about Kitty; just don't get too excited about it. See it as a necessary read to continue on in the series and hope that the 6th book is awesome.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Chuck Shingledecker

    I've loved every book in this series. Vaughn is a solid writer and Kitty Norville is a strong, interesting, and complex protagonist. I like Vaughn's twists on common tropes and in the past I tore through these books in record speed (for me anyway). But Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand just doesn't hold up to the first 4 books in the series. I bought this two months ago and the first 6 or 7 chapters just never grabbed me and yanked me through like the previous books. I think the problem, for me, was I've loved every book in this series. Vaughn is a solid writer and Kitty Norville is a strong, interesting, and complex protagonist. I like Vaughn's twists on common tropes and in the past I tore through these books in record speed (for me anyway). But Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand just doesn't hold up to the first 4 books in the series. I bought this two months ago and the first 6 or 7 chapters just never grabbed me and yanked me through like the previous books. I think the problem, for me, was that I didn't really understand what Kitty's goal was in this book. And I didn't understand the goal because the problem of the story doesn't really show up until close to the 1/3 mark. Up until then it's just Kitty and Ben on a bad vacation which didn't make for very interesting reading. Having said that, when the story finally does begin, it's quite good. It brings in some new mythology into the series and I'm excited to see where Vaughn takes it. I've already bought the next two in the series because she's earned my trust with the previous books. I know she can pull off a great story and I have high hopes for the next book in the series. This one, however, just didn't quite work for me. PS: Just to clarify, I'm using the Goodreads star ratings system. Two stars doesn't mean it's terribly, it was just "okay" for me. If using another system, I'd give it 3 stars out of 5.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia

    You'd think that a series about a werewolf with a radio show would start to get a bit stale after a few installments. You'd be wrong. Carrie Vaughn pulls out all the stops as Kitty and Ben head to Las Vegas so that Kitty can do a live TV broadcast of The Midnight Hour. And they plan to get married. Sounds like a plan, right? Unfortunately, there's a gun show in progress in the very hotel where Kitty will be doing her show. On stage. In front of hundreds of people. And in the midst of the crowd i You'd think that a series about a werewolf with a radio show would start to get a bit stale after a few installments. You'd be wrong. Carrie Vaughn pulls out all the stops as Kitty and Ben head to Las Vegas so that Kitty can do a live TV broadcast of The Midnight Hour. And they plan to get married. Sounds like a plan, right? Unfortunately, there's a gun show in progress in the very hotel where Kitty will be doing her show. On stage. In front of hundreds of people. And in the midst of the crowd is a whole group of lycanthrope bounty hunters. Needless to say, Wolf doesn't like any of that too much. Ben finds distraction in a poker tournament and Kitty takes in both an animal act and a magic show. As usual, nothing is what it seems. Ben disappears right before the wedding. Although the police believe that the mob is involved, everyone else (including Kitty's parents) thinks it's cold feet. Kitty knows differently. This book is a miniature Vegas act. It's slick. It's clever. It's thrilling. And it's left me wanting more more more. Carrie Vaughn is fast becoming one of my all time favorite authors.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    Synopsis: Already the alpha pair of Denver's werewolf pack, Kitty and Ben now plan to tie the knot human-style by eloping to Vegas. Kitty is looking forward to sipping fru-fru drinks by the pool and doing her popular radio show on live TV, but her hotel is stocked with werewolf-hating bounty hunters. Elsewhere on the Strip an old-school magician might be wielding the real thing; the vampire community is harboring a dark secret; and the irresistible star of a suspicious animal act is determined t Synopsis: Already the alpha pair of Denver's werewolf pack, Kitty and Ben now plan to tie the knot human-style by eloping to Vegas. Kitty is looking forward to sipping fru-fru drinks by the pool and doing her popular radio show on live TV, but her hotel is stocked with werewolf-hating bounty hunters. Elsewhere on the Strip an old-school magician might be wielding the real thing; the vampire community is harboring a dark secret; and the irresistible star of a suspicious animal act is determined to seduce Kitty. Sin City has never been so wild, and this werewolf has never had to fight harder to save not only her wedding, but her very life. This book has everyything, and then some in it. First, you have the bounty hunters who want Kitty dead. Of course, you also have a pair who actually help Kitty out after Ben goes missing from a card game. This series is escapism, and yes Ben is a pain in the rear end. I, too, wish that the books would focus more on Kitty and not Ben. I liked the addition of Odysseus Grant, a magician who hides some dark secrets, including a door to some place he rather not say. A fun read, but not the best in the series.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    Kitty and Ben have been together as a couple for a year and have decided to get married. Not wanting or caring about all the hoo-haa of a big wedding they decide to go to Las Vegas. There, her radio producer puts together a tv show for her instead of her usual radio show, with a live audience. So, the wedding's made even cheaper wit the radio station paying for the hotel and flight. They are booked into a hotel with a big gun show where Ben’s former colleagues, of the monster hunting variety, ar Kitty and Ben have been together as a couple for a year and have decided to get married. Not wanting or caring about all the hoo-haa of a big wedding they decide to go to Las Vegas. There, her radio producer puts together a tv show for her instead of her usual radio show, with a live audience. So, the wedding's made even cheaper wit the radio station paying for the hotel and flight. They are booked into a hotel with a big gun show where Ben’s former colleagues, of the monster hunting variety, are there as well. Meanwhile there’s a tiger show at another Vegas hotel, that’s really were-tigers and other big cats, and they don’t like Kitty in their city. There's vampire business and a old-fasioned magician, who may do a lot more than just stage magic. And, Ben participates in a big poker tournament that gets him in trouble. I liked this because I had just re-read Kitty and Silver Bullet and had Kitty Raises Hell waiting to go as soon as I finished this. That may be a bit too much Kitty in a short time.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cherie

    Kitty and Ben, now the dominant alphas of the Denver area, have decided to tie the knot and make it official human-style now as well. Despite her mother's objections, a big, expensive wedding doesn't appeal to either Kitty or Ben, so they've decided to elope to Las Vegas instead. But trouble seems to follow Kitty no matter where she runs off to, and beneath all the glitz and glamour of the Vegas strip lies a darker secret... one that will put the lives of both Kitty and Ben in grave danger. This Kitty and Ben, now the dominant alphas of the Denver area, have decided to tie the knot and make it official human-style now as well. Despite her mother's objections, a big, expensive wedding doesn't appeal to either Kitty or Ben, so they've decided to elope to Las Vegas instead. But trouble seems to follow Kitty no matter where she runs off to, and beneath all the glitz and glamour of the Vegas strip lies a darker secret... one that will put the lives of both Kitty and Ben in grave danger. This fourth book in the Kitty the Werewolf series is a bit lighter on the action than the previous books, but only slightly so. It focuses a bit more on Kitty and Ben's personal life and lets you see a bit deeper into that side of them, further endearing their characters to you. It may be the action which initially draws you in to this series, but it's the characters that will keep you coming back for more. Kitty and Ben rock!! :)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Brownbetty

    Having finished the book, I don't think there is a dead man's hand in this book, or at least not one that isn't attached to an only-as-dead-as-usual vampire. A minor quibble, though. I understand that a lot of people find the Kitty Norville books disappointing since Kitty hooked up with Ben (SPOILER) and those people would certainly not be placated by this one, where Kitty and Ben tie the knot. To me, Ben and Kitty are an utter failure as a romantic couple, but, after all, I didn't pick this out o Having finished the book, I don't think there is a dead man's hand in this book, or at least not one that isn't attached to an only-as-dead-as-usual vampire. A minor quibble, though. I understand that a lot of people find the Kitty Norville books disappointing since Kitty hooked up with Ben (SPOILER) and those people would certainly not be placated by this one, where Kitty and Ben tie the knot. To me, Ben and Kitty are an utter failure as a romantic couple, but, after all, I didn't pick this out of the romance section. I wouldn't believe that they are soul-mates, but then again, the book doesn't ask me to; it only asks me to believe that they are minimally sexually compatible, like each other most of the time, and capable of cooperating to get things done. Of course, I'm cheering for them to break up, since that will free them both up for more interesting romantic commitments. Possibly I'm reading it wrong, but it's working for me so far.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ithlilian

    I loved the first few books in the Kitty series, but the recent installments just don't stack up. I don't particularly like Ben, and most of Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand seems to be about couple discussing things. Kitty is talking about dresses and planners and wedding stuff for awhile, then she is watching shows and talking to boring vampires. There was too much fluff in this book and not enough substance. It feels like a short story rather than a fully developed novel. When something bad does I loved the first few books in the Kitty series, but the recent installments just don't stack up. I don't particularly like Ben, and most of Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand seems to be about couple discussing things. Kitty is talking about dresses and planners and wedding stuff for awhile, then she is watching shows and talking to boring vampires. There was too much fluff in this book and not enough substance. It feels like a short story rather than a fully developed novel. When something bad does happen Kitty just runs around and asks everyone she sees for help. Eventually someone helps her, and the book is done. There is nothing fun or exciting going on, her radio show is getting boring, and the character are getting old. It's really starting to turn stale. I enjoyed this novel well enough, but there isn't much making me want to read the rest of the series.

  28. 5 out of 5

    AH

    To all my Goodreads friends that are OCD about reading books in a series in order – my apologies, I read book 5 first. It didn’t really matter. Once I figured out that Kitty was a werewolf, all was good, and I jumped right in. In this instalment, Kitty and her fiancé Ben travel to Las Vegas to tape a live episode of Kitty’s Midnight Hour show. They also decide to forgo all the wedding planning and have a small wedding ceremony in Las Vegas. Kitty is looking forward to some quiet, relaxing time by To all my Goodreads friends that are OCD about reading books in a series in order – my apologies, I read book 5 first. It didn’t really matter. Once I figured out that Kitty was a werewolf, all was good, and I jumped right in. In this instalment, Kitty and her fiancé Ben travel to Las Vegas to tape a live episode of Kitty’s Midnight Hour show. They also decide to forgo all the wedding planning and have a small wedding ceremony in Las Vegas. Kitty is looking forward to some quiet, relaxing time by the pool.... This was the first Kitty Norville book that I have read and I must say that I enjoyed it. The plot was fairly easy to follow. There was enough action and suspense to keep me interested. I liked the characters although I felt that the bad guys were just meh. I will be looking for the other books in the series.

  29. 4 out of 5

    mlady_rebecca

    I'm deep into marathon reading mode. Finished this one last night and started #6 already. "Dead Man's Hand" wasn't quite as touching as the previous book. In this one Kitty and Ben go to Vegas to elope, and Kitty plans to do her show live on tv, but they both get involved in local furry politics - specifically a Vegas animal show where the big cats are all lycanthropes. Not quite sure what to think about the kitty cats. Strangely alluring one moment, creepy as hell the next. And while there was a I'm deep into marathon reading mode. Finished this one last night and started #6 already. "Dead Man's Hand" wasn't quite as touching as the previous book. In this one Kitty and Ben go to Vegas to elope, and Kitty plans to do her show live on tv, but they both get involved in local furry politics - specifically a Vegas animal show where the big cats are all lycanthropes. Not quite sure what to think about the kitty cats. Strangely alluring one moment, creepy as hell the next. And while there was a resolution of sorts, this was the first book transition where the end of one book carried over into the next book. Oh, and the wedding, it was almost an afterthought. Still good, but didn't rank as high as book #4, for me.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Georgiann Hennelly

    Kitty and Ben are already the alpha pair of Denvers werewolf pack. Now they are planning to get married human style by eloping to Vegas. Kitty is looking forward to sipping fru-fru drinks by the pool and doing her radio show on live tv but her hotel is filled with werewolf-hating bounty hunters< elsewhere on the strip an old school magician might have the real thing and the Vampire community is harboring a dark secret, and the irresistable star of a suspicious animal act is determined to sedu Kitty and Ben are already the alpha pair of Denvers werewolf pack. Now they are planning to get married human style by eloping to Vegas. Kitty is looking forward to sipping fru-fru drinks by the pool and doing her radio show on live tv but her hotel is filled with werewolf-hating bounty hunters< elsewhere on the strip an old school magician might have the real thing and the Vampire community is harboring a dark secret, and the irresistable star of a suspicious animal act is determined to seduce Kitty. Sin city has never been so wild, and this werewolf has never had to fight harder to save not only herself but her wedding.

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