Anica Revere is three weeks into a great relationship with Jasper Danes, and it's clear he wants to move things to the next level. But there's one proAnica Revere is three weeks into a great relationship with Jasper Danes, and it's clear he wants to move things to the next level. But there's one problem - he doesn't yet know she's a witch. When they are out to dinner and she runs into his ex-girlfriend, though, Anica loses her temper and blasts him with a transformation spell. The cat is finally out of the bag - literally! Jasper is now a cat, and Anica has no idea how to change him back, especially now that she has lost her magic. As they slowly begin to figure things out, the next question is whether or not Jasper will be able to look past her magic to love her for the woman she is.
What a cute book! I was worried that I would be burned out on Thompson's paranormal books after the Hex series, but I actually ended up liking this book even better than Over Hexed. Anica and Jasper were really cute together, and it was fun to see Dorcas and Ambrose make a repeat appearance in this series. Thompson's new series is a fantastic light paranormal romance read.
I nabbed this on a whim on Audible, because it was on sale and HELLO IT'S KERI ARTHUR, started listening while driving to my friend's house for our anI nabbed this on a whim on Audible, because it was on sale and HELLO IT'S KERI ARTHUR, started listening while driving to my friend's house for our annual sometime-around-Christmas gift exchange, and almost didn't get out of the car because I was already hooked. There was a mention of Riley Jensen being Risa's aunt sometime in the first chapter or so, and that would have been enough on its own had the writing not been up to par (which of course it was!). Also, I love an Aussie accent. This narrator is fabulous. But anyway . . .
Welcome (again) to Keri Arthur's Guardian-verse. Risa is the "niece" of Riley Jensen, main character of the Guardian series, and a badass in her own right. Being half-Aedh, she can walk the gray fields and see spirits. Her mother, a famous psychic, asks her to consult on a case, and Risa's discovery leads to the disturbing revelation that someone is stealing souls . . . and her unknown father may be responsible. Darkness Unbound is full of cameos from characters from the Guardian series, yet without it being overwhelming. Total fangirl moment here.
Of course, you can't talk about an Arthur book without mentioning the sex. There is your basic one-on-one, gettin' good and sweaty-type sex, and there's also a quasi-threesome at a club involving Risa, her partner, Lucian, taking her from behind, and an unnamed third party taking her mouth. I thought it was pretty hot, but if you're at all prudish then this world may not be for you. Sex in this world is fairly open, with no social constructs in place to make it - or any kinks involved - at all shameful. This was one of my favorite parts of the Guardian series, to be honest, and I am quite happy to see it continued here with the next generation.
Risa's love interest is Lucian, a disgraced Aedh. He's . . . just meh. I'm not a huge fan, and he's probably going to turn out to be a bad guy at some point. I do, however, have high hopes that Risa and her reaper stalker / protector, Azriel, will hook up. Azrial is SEXY, and I always dig a man with a sword.
The one thing that is driving me nuts is that I can't remember much of Risa's mother's backstory. I know that Dia and Riley were friends, at least eventually, in the Guardian series, and it's probably at least somewhat relevant here. But it has completely slipped out of my brain, and there's no telling where those books are packed right now! Bummer.
As I write this review, I am already listening to Darkness Rising. Hop to it, people! This series is flippin' fabulous! And if you haven't read the Riley Jensen, Guardian series, you should really read that first. Seriously. Go read it now....more