Circle of Desire

by Keri Arthur
Kindle Edition – Read April 25, 2014

Original Release: July 31, 2003
Re-Release: April 1, 2014

Length: 352  pages

Official Description: (This is book #3 in the Damask Circle series)

Two children have been found dead, their souls torn from their bodies. Two more are missing, and Ethan Morgan’s niece is one of them. A dedicated cop, Ethan has every intention not only of bringing her back alive but of catching the monster behind these kidnappings. And he will use anyone and everyone to achieve those aims—even a crazy woman who claims to be a witch. But time is ticking. The victims rarely stay alive for more than seven days. Four of those days have already passed.
In ten years of working for the Damask Circle, shapeshifter Katherine Tanner has never come across anything that goes after kids the way this monster does. The last thing Kat needs is interference from a cop who has no idea what he’s up against. But the greatest threat to Kat may come not from the forces of darkness, but from the man she is beginning to love. Because Ethan is a werewolf . . . and the full moon is rising.

My Take:

This is book three in the Damask Circle trilogy, 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.

Any way, let’s get to the book. This is not my favorite book, it didn’t have that same feeling of danger, it didn’t have that same feeling of romance. It was kind of blah, mediocre, forced and not the best of Ms. Arthur’s works. We have Kat who is a witch shifter and Ethan who is a werewolf who loved a girl when he was 17, and since he can only love one person ever in his life he has given up on love and his identity as a werewolf. So the whole time we hear Ethan whining about being attracted to Kat, but he can’t love her. Of course the book consists of like 3 days, but ya know instalove. All he wants to do is use her for his time that he’s in heat. Which is always during the full moon. Kat is pretty cool, she is a witch with the kinetic abilities, can read the energy of the dead, and is a shifter. She shifts into a raven…which makes me wonder what a Werewolf/Raven mixed child would look like! Anyway, so instead of the main plot being the kidnapped and murdered children as a center of the story, we are revolving mostly around the love/lust/whiny/angst-driven Kat and Ethan. We don’t even get to see much of the cool granny, Gwen, who I’d imagine would still rock in battle. On a fun level, we do get a brief nod to Nikki and Michael, which was cool, and we still don’t know much about Seline, which is mentioned. I really need to go back and read some other series of Ms. Arthur’s to see if we find out more about her.

Honestly over all, this book is just blah, it doesn’t have that spark that is usually in these books, and everything just feels forced and unnatural.

*I did receive this book for free for an honest review.

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