Circle of Fire (Damask Circle #1)
by Keri Arthur
What is it about:
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.
What did I think of it:
This is a really nice read.
I will confess it was the new cover that made me finally start on this series, I'm shallow like that.
Luckily this turned out to be a very entertaining and suspenseful Paranormal Romance. I liked both Madeline and Jon and enjoyed reading about them getting to know each other, and learning to work together and trust each other.
I didn't always get Madeline. First she's hesitant to leave her house, next she's walking straight into danger. Her behavior was contradicting her thoughts and feelings at times. But it never got to the point were it really annoyed me.
There's lots of action and intrigue, and I kept reading to find out what was going to happen next. The bad guys were a bit too easily spotted in my opinion, but apart from that this was a cool read.
Overall this is a very enjoyable read, and I will most certainly give the next book in this series a try. Especially as that too got a pretty new cover.
Why should you read it:
It's a really nice Paranormal Romance.