Circle of Fire by Keri Arthur
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This book series is a sort of spin-off from the Nikki and Michael ones, with a lot more emphasis placed on the Damask Circle and witches instead of vampires. This author has a very easy and fluid writing style that manages to convince me that I can read an entire book in one night. The pages fly by so quickly that I don’t even realize how much I’ve read in one sitting.
The story revolves around Madeline Smith, a “firestarter” who has been untrained and suffered for it. She’s a widow who has walled herself off from most of the world, with the exception of her nephew Evan. Jon is (much like Michael) a Circle member who has become married to his job. While on a mission of sorts, he ends up shot by a white ash arrow and slowly dying in a well. Able to astrally project to only Maddie (at Evan’s urging), he must somehow convince her to take the risk and come save him. Evan being kidnapped is the push that sends Maddie back out into the world and into Jon’s life.
Their reluctant romance was a lot like Nikki and Michael’s, with the exception of a blissful HEA at the end of the book. It was nice to have things tied up neatly at the end of one of these installments and gives me hope for the rest of the Damask Circle books. The feminist in me didn’t like that Maddie was so willing to wait out Jon’s reluctance to admit his feelings for so very long. The romantic in me loved every second of their unconventional love story. The chemistry between them was good, but the heart fluttering moments were really when they both internally admitted their feelings for one another. I’m eager to see what couple we get to see in the next book and how they will stack up to this pair.
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