Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Circle of Fire (Damask Circle #1) by Keri Arthur

Sixteen teenagers taken from their homes. Eleven bodies recovered, each completely drained of blood. Some believe vampires are responsible, but Jon Barnett knows it's something far worse. To stop the killers in Taurin Bay, he becomes enmeshed in a web of black magic and realizes he needs help. But fate gives him only one choice in the form of recluse Madeline Smith.
Madeline Smith has retreated to an isolated farmhouse, afraid of the psychic abilities she can't control-abilities that have killed. But when "ghost" Jon Barnett brings a warning of danger and her nephew disappears, Maddie has to leave her haven. She also has to learn to control the abilities she fears and place her trust in Jon Barnett, a man who is neither human nor ghost.
But as the search for the teenagers becomes a race against time, and the noose of sorcery threatens to kill Maddie and Jon, the greatest danger to them both could be the feelings they have for each other-feelings that they refuse to acknowledge.

My review:
Fans of Keri Arthur’s Nikki & Michael series will love this tale from the Damask Circle.  But don’t worry if you haven’t read the Nikki & Michael series (and you really should) this will stand on its own.  Shapeshifter Jon Barnett is a troubleshooter for the Damask Circle.  Basically he is a cop that goes after paranormal bad guys.  Because of the nature of his job he can’t afford to get to close to anybody lest they be used against him.  Maddie needs Jon to help find her nephew she has gifts of her own.  Together they fight the bad guys and their feelings for each other.  I get such a kick out of the world and characters created by Ms. Arthur.  This is an exciting paranormal romance that will have you staying up late to finish.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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