Review: Motor City Mage

Reviewed by Jen

Des and Lana have been fighting their attraction to each other for awhile now. Des is a mage who works for a supernatural policing group opposed to mingling with other species. Lana is a werewolf; she’s feisty and fierce, bold and beautiful. And she is nowhere near ready to settle down.

But when the two of them get pulled into a case together, all of their resolve goes out of the window. Someone is working with demons to put a dangerous drug on the streets. Lana has a connection that can help Des track the drug down, but things don’t go according to plan and they end up sucked into a demon dimension. They two must fight to stay alive and make it back to the human realm. They fall in love along the way.

There are obvious parallels you can draw between the species-ism in the story and racism in the mundane world. And our couple, especially Des, learns alot about the common threads in life which bind us all together. This part of the story was a little heavy handed. But the adventure was creative and the love story, satisfying. I like that we didn’t have to wait long for Lana and Des to get physical and I enjoyed the progression of their relationship. (My only issue with their love story is that I felt like the issues keeping them apart were pretty weak in the first place.)

This is book four in the Urban Arcana series. The events of the previous books and featured characters are referred to quite a bit. Things are explained well enough that newer readers shouldn’t feel lost, but it would probably much more gratifying for those who have read the earlier installments. The ending was strong and felt like it wrapped the series as much as this individual story. 3 1/2 stars.

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Motor City Mage
by Cindy Spencer Pape
Release Date: March 13, 2012
Publisher: Carina Press

Review: Motor City Wolf

Reviewed by Jen

Fianna spent the first century of her life as a Fae, but thanks to a punishment from her queen, she is now forced to live as a human.  Her world has been turned upside down, but things aren’t all bad.  She is now working for Greg, an alpha werewolf who makes her feel things she has never felt before.

Greg is crazy about Fee, but he is afraid to make a move.  He doesn’t want to take advantage of her — as an employee or as someone new to the emotions of humanity.  But circumstances conspire to have the two of them locked in together in the basement of Greg’s club… on the night of the full moon.  They finally act on the attraction that has been building between them. And once the dam breaks, there is no going back.

In the meantime, someone is stalking and killing werewolves in the city.  Greg’s bar has been targeted twice, and others have fared even worse than he has.  Add to that, the Alpha Prime, Greg’s grandfather, is forcing him to mate… and there is a whole lot resting on his shoulders.  In a moment of desperation, Greg claims Fee as his mate, leaving her to wonder if their engagement is real or just a ruse to pacify the Prime.

This is the third story in the Urban Arcana series.  There is obviously a lot of backstory and a lot of characters, explained in occasional spurts of information dumps.  I don’t think I absorbed it all, but it was one of those cases where it mostly just made me want to read the earlier installments.  The main story was understandable and enjoyable without the benefit of the previous books. But I’ll bet it was awesome for those already up to speed on the history.

I really enjoyed the relationship between Greg and Fee.  It was very sexy! Add to that, plenty of great secondary characters and action mixed with pack intrigue and danger… and I was firmly engrossed in the story.  My only complaint was the reveal on who was try to kill Fee.  It felt abrupt and out of left field, with a character I barely knew in the context of this book.  The larger conspiracy ended up making more sense but I could tell that the identity of her would-be assassin was supposed to have more emotional resonance for me than it did.   Maybe it would have if I had read the earlier books.

There’s a good set-up on a future story featuring Greg’s cousin, Lana.  And I liked this one enough that I feel pretty sure I’ll give that one a try too.  4 stars.

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Motor City Wolf
by Cindy Spencer Pape
Release Date: August 29, 2011
Publisher: Carina Press