Publisher: Bantam Dell
Source: NetGalley and publisher for review
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.My thoughts:
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 the second book in the republished Damask Circle series by Keri Arthur. Even though this is the second in the series, it can be read as a standalone. You don't have to read them in order to understand what is going on here. Not much was revealed about the Damask Circle in the first book and little to none here. It is a mystery yet to be revealed. However, because of that, no problems with reading out of order. ;)
In this book our couple is Kirby and Doyle. Doyle is a panther shifter and Kirby has some sort of magic yet to be fully discovered. Her life gets ripped out from under her when her best friend gets mutilated and she is the next target. She must uncover long buried memories to figure out why and also much learn about her magic to save everyone. Doyle must help her on that quest while giving her the space to figure out things for herself. Hard to do when your family is known for falling hard and fast to a soul mate.
While this book does have insta-love, it is handled in a way that doesn't bother me. It acknowledges it and then tries to slow things down through Kirby's inability to trust. There are also several twists and turns in Kirby's mystery that keeps things interesting. I admit, I liked this one much more than the first in this series.
I give this book 3 1/2 stars. I liked this couple and the adventure surrounding Kirby. I recommend it to those that love PNR and like a bit of action to keep things sprinting along.