Witch Blood by Anya Bast

Elemental Witches, #2

Source: Purchased

Only lust burns hotter than revenge...

A water witch, Isabelle Novak has always led a chaotic, nomadic existence. But her life spins out of control when her sister—her only friend and emotional anchor—is killed by a demon. Driven by grief and a desire for revenge, she turns her back on the Coven and its sacred rede: Harm ye none...

When Isabelle first encounters Thomas Monahan, she's running on pure rage and sorrow, channeling her pain into power—and trying to freeze the life out of a warlock she holds responsible for her sister's death. Together, she and Thomas form an uneasy alliance to hunt and destroy a demon of tremendous power. As head of the Coven, earth witch Thomas must thwart Isabelle's dark impulses, but his very presence stirs deeper desires she never knew she had.

Very good, especially for a paranormal romance. I skimmed through the too-many sex scenes, especially since they happened too early, but the overlying story and battle was quite interesting.

I had this on the shelf for awhile and didn't want to read it - for some reason I seem to remember hating the first one, although now I'm doubting myself - but when I read it for a themed challenge I kicked myself for not picking it up sooner. It turned out well written and fun, much better than I anticipated.

Isabelle is tough and independent, but she's not obnoxious, so when she has to work with Thomas and others to bring down a demon who dared to kill hr sister and other witches in the coven, she does so with little hesitation. The villain in this one is a main reason the book is so enjoyable - he's surprisingly a little layered, and the demon lore about the hunted becoming fascinated with his hunters intrigued me. It's definitely dark in tone with some twisted deaths, but it's more than that in the end, especially when they get some unforeseen complications in a finale battle.

On the down side, there's too many sex scenes too early and it's kind of annoying. I learned to skim over them mainly for the story-line. That's to be expected with most paranormal romances, but at least this one has an actual story that's more than hormones with a cover.

I like how the author writes too - there's darkness lightened with genuine humor, the characters are strong enough to hold the story, dialogue is workable, and there's no isn't a mean cliffhanger to piss me off with.


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