by Lauren Dane
This was an interesting novel to get into because even though it was a stand alone, the books printed prior to the novel probably would have provided more information about the world the novel was set in, Lauren did an great job providing explanations for items that new readers wouldn't understand with out bogging down the storyline.
This novel starts out with Lark Jaansen, a witch arriving in Seattle in order to meet up with the Seattle coven of witches. She is picked up by Simon Liathan, a lycan, as a favor to one of his friends. Sparks immediately fly and the attraction continues to deepen the longer they are together. By Lark isn't up in Seattle for pleasure, she's there for business. The continued disappearances of the 'other ' community by mages, or as I like to call them evil magic users, who are killing their victims at an increasing alarming rate. They soon find out that the mages aren't what they should be worried about, it's the entity that sucks the life out of every world it manifests in, that is trying to enter theirs.
Lark, Simon, the coven in Seattle and all the 'others' must fight together to keep this thing from killing them all. That's easier said then done.
What I liked about this novel:
Lark was an awesome female character, she kicked but, has a soft side and wears bright funky clothes.
Simon was a sexy beast of a man who apparently could charm the underwear off anyone.
The relationship between Simon and Lark was entertaining.
What I didn't like:
There was no real character growth. Don't get me wrong, personal issues were resolved but the characters themselves really didn't have to change in order to Simon and Lark to be together or to resolve the issue of the Magister.
I didn't really feel emotionally connected to any of the characters. There was a lot of information provided but the emotional depth of the conversation was overshadowed by the way she explained every action the characters were doing or planning on doing.
Even though the storyline was a complex interesting tail, I had a hard time feeling afraid for any of the characters.
I give this novel a 3 out of 5 for storyline/romance and a 3 out of 5 for bedroom steaminess.
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