Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand (Kitty Norville Series #5)

Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand (Kitty Norville Series #5) - 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.