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Heart of the Witch by Alicia Dean
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Jul 06, 11

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The book begins with Ravyn at the mercy of a serial killer known as the Tin Man. But Ravyn has a secret- she's a witch. While she is able to escape certain death, she doesn't trust the police to catch the Tin Man, mostly because she doesn't want her secret getting out. Nick Lassiter is a former cop, now little more than a washed-up, alcoholic private investigator. He has been hired to catch the Tin Man, so he inevitably crosses paths with Ravyn. What he isn't expecting is the instant and deep attraction he feels for her. He's been living a half-life since his wife's death, and isn't entirely certain he likes the feeling. Before they really have time to explore their mutual attraction, Ravyn's ex, and dark witch Kayne enters the picture. Can Ravyn and Nick stop the serial killer before he destroys more lives... and will Kayne destroy everything before they have the chance?

I really felt that you never get to know Ravyn. She's so worried about keeping secrets from everyone that she never opens up, even to the reader. Nick has a lot of hard feelings from his time in the police force, but the way that situation is resolved is completely anticlimactic and rather shallow. There's really two stories going on in this book- catching the serial killer and Kayne's obsession with Ravyn. While the author attempts to bring them together, it felt forced. I also felt there were a lot of superfluous scenes that didn't add to the story... and there's a lot about past lives influencing current events that just didn't seem to be anything more than a quick fix to a current problem. It wasn't badly written, but it almost felt that the author got bored and just kind of threw things together to finish the book.
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