by Keri Arthur
Digital Edition – Read March 7, 2014
Original Release: June 5, 2002
Re-Release: February 25, 2014
Length: 352 pages
Official Description: (This is book #2 in the Damask Circle series)
In one vicious night, Kirby Brown’s world is torn apart. Her best friend is dead, killed by a madman who is now after Kirby, and she has no idea why. When the police prove incapable of protecting Kirby, she has no choice but to trust a mysterious stranger. And while she finds herself inexplicably drawn to him, she fears the strange abilities he wields.
An investigator for the Damask Circle, Doyle Fitzgerald, has come to Melbourne, Australia, to hunt down a killer. What he doesn’t expect to find is a cadre of witches capable of controlling the elements, a sorceress determined to take that power for herself, and a broken woman who is more than she seems. Doyle is certain that the reason behind the bloodshed lies in Kirby’s past—a past she has no wish to remember. Because Doyle isn’t the only one with magic in his soul: Kirby’s special gifts have the strength to destroy the world.
This is book two in the Damask Circle series, which follows a different group of Circle members and another coupling. Actually it appears that each book in this series could stand alone. Which means if you picked this book up before the other ones then you won’t be lost. This is in the whole Circle world, but I think pretty much all of Ms. Arthur’s series are in the Circle world, Ok I exaggerate, but it’s an intriguing world and there are many options for many different types of series. I really would like to know more about Seline, I don’t even know if there is a series already out there that features our mysterious witch, but I’d love to read it if it does. Ok, so she is only mentioned briefly, the blink and you’ll miss it type of mention.
Any way, let’s get to the book. I enjoyed this book, it’s starts out in the thick of things. In the thick of a bloody, disgusting, murder scene that our heroine walks in to. Our POV often switches between hero and heroine so we are never really surprised, but often really frustrated. Kirby is just not my favorite character. She has potential to be super freaking awesome, especially when you get down to the magic stuff. She is just so insecure that it takes so much away from the character. Doyle is pretty awesome, it’s nice to see a shifter in the spotlight instead of a vampire, but as awesome and sweet as he is, he is so wrapped up in the mate thing, it’s hard to really get into him. Does that sound right? Hmm. First off the book takes place over 2-3 days. Doyle and Kirby are making moon eyes at one other and imagining each other naked, but Kirby is too busy thinking, “Oh he’ll leave me here in Australia while he runs away to America….where he lives.” and Doyle is thinking, “She’s going to run away…again.” It’s a frustrating love connection. And in between all that we’ve got a homicidal maniac searching for Kirby and some other chick. Plus we’re learning all these secrets in Kirby’s past, that she doesn’t even remember. Over all the story is entertaining. I would love to know more about Kirby once she has confidence in herself, and not just the facade that she puts up. I think Doyle’s sweet, he seems like a swell guy who is in a different league as Kirby…but fate….what can you do?
If you enjoy Keri Arthur’s other work, then you’ll love this, just remember this is a re-release, so it’s not something new and fresh, it’s just all edited and mass-produced.
*I did receive this book for free for an honest review.
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