Circle of Desire (Damask Circle #3)
Author: Keri Arthur
Date of Publication: April 1, 2014
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.
Good lord, I love this series. It’s a republished set (as I’ve said in prior reviews, I believe), but I didn’t read it back then. Once again, Ms. Arthur strikes a fantastic tone with her hero/heroine combination (werewolf and an empath/raven shifter).
Ethan was an interesting hero IMO. He was a born werewolf but reviled that side of himself, seeing it as a nuisance and because a bimbo he trusted with the truth had been totally freaked out, had sworn off ever being with a woman permanently, much less having children. Over the course of the book, Kat helps him come to understand and accept himself. I like seeing the heroine be the one helping the hero heal, rather than “big man help little woman heal” stuff you get so often in paranormals.
And there’s another thing I really liked about this book. The heroine ALSO was a paranormal creature, fully in control of her gifts and very comfortable with who and what she is. For her there was absolutely no issue about being afraid or needing the big man to protect/shelter her from the crazy new world she’s been dropped into. Again, it was more along the lines of she helped HIM adjust.
The story was great, with the hunt to find Ethan’s niece a true race against time with a non-standard paranormal critter (too hard to really explain what she was) as the villain. Yes, there were evil vampires and zombies, but they were secondary villains, not the primary.
I’m so glad I read this book and hope there are more Damask Circle novels in the planning. 5 stars!
Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.