Circle of Desire (Damask Circle #3) by Keri Arthur (re-released April 1st 2014) Received as a review copy from publisher.
Two children have been found dead, their souls torn from their bodies. Two more are missing, and Ethan Morgan’s niece is one of them. A dedicated cop, Ethan has every intention not only of bringing her back alive but of catching the monster behind these kidnappings. And he will use anyone and everyone to achieve those aims—even a crazy woman who claims to be a witch. But time is ticking. The victims rarely stay alive for more than seven days. Four of those days have already passed.
In ten years of working for the Damask Circle, shapeshifter Katherine Tanner has never come across anything that goes after kids the way this monster does. The last thing Kat needs is interference from a cop who has no idea what he’s up against. But the greatest threat to Kat may come not from the forces of darkness, but from the man she is beginning to love. Because Ethan is a werewolf… and the full moon is rising.
Let me start of by saying that, at first, I was dragging my heels with this book. I wasn’t won over by the way both characters were willing to jump in the sack with questionable motives and reasoning. But, by the end, I warmed up to their relationship as it progressed.
What worked for me in this book?
Kat – She was a great character to read. Not too whiny, but not too ‘in control’, if that makes sense? She had a real balance of both confidence and doubt that I appreciated.
Plot – Definitely the better of the three in this series (is there more? I don’t think so.. I’ll check and get back to you on that. Heh.) It was much more logical and the emotional responses and involvement of the main characters made sense this time too.
Lovage – Got yerself some hawt sexy time in this book, mmm hmm. I think this was handled better in this book too (despite my minor gumbles below, but that is more directed at the ‘why’ than the mechanics).
Gwen – Kat has one kick ass grandma. Such a funny and lovable character.
What didn’t work?
Ethan – Yeah. He’s hot. A great character. So what’s the problem? He’s the same ‘generic slightly supernatural hench guy’ in each book. There’s no distinction; all are tall, toned and hella good in the sack. I was a little annoyed that there seemed to be no attempts to make the ‘fantasy’ lover a little different for each female, you know?
Let’s have sex ‘cos we’re horny – Yep. That’s about it for Kat and Ethan for most of the book. He has the ‘excuse’ of being a werewolf under the powerful sexed-up gaze of teh full moon, and he can only keep control by finding release? Ok.. But I didn’t like how Kat was ready to jump on board with that, even though she seemed to immediately have other, more softer feelings for him. He digs his claws in like when you try and drag your dog to the bath, and she spends far too much time being both horny and emotional. Gaw! What a mess! There’s children’s lives at stake here, stay focused!
That said, it does right itself. Ethan and Kat finish in a much healthier place than where they start. So, yay!
I really enjoyed Circle of Desire. I think it’s my favourite of the three. A keen pace, great sex, and a much more plausible Happily Ever After. I‘m easily giving this a 4/5. Good fun and a smooth read.