May Day by Josie Jaffrey -Review

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Mystery, Adult
Publication Date: July 9th 2020
Pages: 388
Representation: Bisexual Main character, LGBTQ+ side characters, POC side characters
My Rating:

If the murderer you’re tracking is a vampire, then you want a vampire detective. Just maybe not this one.

It’s not that Jack Valentine is bad at her job. The youngest member of Oxford’s Seekers has an impressive track record, but she also has an impressive grudge against the local baron, Killian Drake.
When a human turns up dead on May Morning, she’s determined to pin the murder on Drake. The problem is that none of the evidence points to him. Instead, it leads Jack into a web of conspiracy involving the most powerful people in the country, people to whom Jack has no access. But she knows someone who does.
To get to the truth, Jack will have to partner up with her worst enemy. As long as she can keep her cool, Drake will point her to the ringleaders, she’ll find the murderer and no one else will have to die.
Body bags on standby.


I’ve watched a fair amount of vampire-related movies and shows in my teens but that was my first in a very while, and I found myself having a great time! So let’s dive into it…

Things I liked:

  • Jack is a little messed up with a very witty and I do like following those kinds of characters.
  • All side characters have a distinct personality and it felt like they all complemented each other.
  • We had the “enemy to lovers” trope and I do like this trope…
  • The author is amazing at creating sexual tension and scenes. I really enjoyed those passages.
  • The story keeps you guessing on how is the murderer until the end. I’m not the most observant reader so I didn’t see the end coming.
  • At the end of the book, we are left with a lot of loose ends that lay the groundwork for a great sequel!
  • In my opinion, there is a very good LGBTQ+ representation that just felt natural. It wasn’t there just to tick boxes.
  • There is a content warning at the end which I’m sure many readers will appreciate and more author should do that!

Things I didn’t like:

  • You know how many readers complain when the main male character is objectifying the women around his and keeps talking about how hot they are? Well, Jack is the female version of that. She is attracted to everything that moves as soon as they enter the room and we get a paragraph of her though on how hot those people are. Especially with Dr Ross, she pictured her in her bed within the first 5 minutes of owning each other.
  • I don’t mind cursing. I curse myself and I found it normal. However for the first half of the book, the word fuck was present at least twice per pages. I felt like this was a little too much.
  • [Spoiler] The way that Jack’s backstory is initially presented is misleading. Jack keeps saying how she hates Drakes and that he killed the love of her life. But when you get the actual story this is not true and I thought. Drake never killed anyone and Jack knew it, she had just built this story in her head to excuse her mistakes and the “love of her life” was a chick that she met one day and the things when wrong. They never had a relationship or anything. I understand that Jack needed someone to blame but it was presented in a way were when we learned the truth it was anticlimactic and it made the “hate” situation completely unnecessary. which then takes out of the “hate to love” trope and finally makes you annoyed with Jack because instead of having some founded reason to hate Drake it turns out she is just acting like a 5 years old.

Overall it was a nice mystery urban fantasy story and I do want to read the sequel to find out what will happen to all those loose ends.

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