When you read a lot of paranormal stories (like I do,) many of the books start to feel tired and familiar, even when I’ve barely started. One of the things I liked best about this book is that it didn’t fit the mold. It felt fresh. The world-building is simple and easy to understand. The heroine is likeable and easy to relate to. And there is just the right amount of romance to make me leave satisfied.
Arcadia (Cady) Bell is not the easygoing bartender she seems to be. She’s mostly human, but just different enough that she is accepted by her part-demon clientele. She can kindle magic –and she can see their otherness. But what they don’t know is that she is the daughter of two suspected killers. Her parents were famed occultists, accused in a string of murders. They went on the run years ago, and she was forced to change her identity and go into hiding.
Now they have resurfaced and it puts Cady in the hotseat. The rivals to her magical house demand either their lives or hers for the crimes. So she’s on a race against time to solve the murders once and for all. This ends up throwing her into the path of a sexy demon named Lon Butler, who ends up the partner in her investigation. He also ends up her love interest.
Let’s take a minute to talk about Lon. He is one of my favorite parts about the book. There is a bit of an age difference, which admittedly gave me pause. He is 42 to her 25. But I found that I didn’t wish for him to be younger… rather, it would have been cool if Cady were older. It wasn’t really May-December, so much as May-October, and it ended up really working. Lon is confident and sexy. –I wish he didn’t have a mustache, but that’s nothing a razor can’t fix –and frankly, I pretended it wasn’t there. — Anyway, he is a single dad and I love his kid, and this brings such a different, fabulous dynamic to his growing relationship with Cady. Dads can be hot too, folks. There are a couple of sexy times, and they work well inside the story development.
The investigation takes Cady through some interesting twists and turns. Over time, we’re exposed to some pretty cool magics, some rather nasty baddies, and arrive at an unexpected conclusion. It’s a fun journey for the reader and the ending opens up the story to go almost anywhere. I like Cady (though admittedly, the Butler men stole the show.) I’ll definitely continue this series to see what happens next.
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Kindling the Moon
by Jenn Bennett
Release Date: June 28, 2011
Publisher: Pocket Books