Kindling the Moon
is a fantastic start to a fun, new series. Arcadia "Cady" Bell, mage and part owner of a tiki bar that caters to demons, is in hiding. She and her parents have been on the lam (separately) since her parents were accused of murder. She's determined to prove her parents' innocence. In the process, she meets Lon, a demon who has the books necessary to help her find the demon Cady believes to be responsible for the murders.
Lon (divorced dad) and his teenage son, Jupiter (nicknamed Jupe) are part of what makes this book such a great read. Jupe is exactly
like I was at his age - he's precocious, sassy, and a serious chatterbox. He cracks me up throughout the entire book.
“No swearing around company.”
“Don’t let him fool you,” Jupe said, “he drops the F-bomb like a billion times a day, but he only pretends it’s wrong in front of other people. H-Y-P-O-C-R-I—” he began spelling.
The relationship between Lon and Jupe is one that I envy; they have their father/son disagreements, but are open, honest and supportive. They are exactly what Cady needs b/c she's been alone her whole life and, since she's been on the run, she keeps herself closed off from others to a great extent. And, Lon ... sigh. He's an empath, but still struggles when trying to read Cady. Their interaction is exactly what UF fans hope for - a slow build to an exciting romance.
I have already moved on to book #2, Summoning the Night
, and will continue to follow this series.