Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Blood, Smoke and Mirrors by Robyn Bachar
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Even a bad witch deserves a second chance.
Wrongly accused of using her magic to harm, the closest Catherine Baker comes to helping others is serving their coffee. Life as an outcast is nothing new, thanks to her father’s reputation, but the injustice stings. Especially since the man she loved turned her in.
Now the man has the gall to show up and suggest she become the next Titania? She’d rather wipe that charming grin off his face with a pot of hot java to the groin.
Alexander Duquesne has never faltered in his duties as a guardian—until now. The lingering guilt over Cat’s exile and the recent death of his best friend have shaken his dedication. With the murder of the old Titania, the faerie realm teeters on the brink of chaos. His new orders: keep Cat alive at all costs.
Hunted by a powerful stranger intent on drawing her into an evil web, Cat reluctantly accepts Lex’s protection and the resurrected desire that comes along with it. Lex faces the fight of his life to keep her safe…and win her back. If they both survive.
Warning: This book contains one tough and snarky witch, one gorgeous guardian, explicit blood drinking, magician sex, gratuitous violence against vampires and troublemaking Shakespearean faeries.
What I thought:
I'm on the fence, a bit, on this one. I liked the overall story, but I felt like there was too much going on at times. I liked the characters, for the most part. In most romances I feel like the two main characters come together too fast, and this was no exception. I wanted to see a bit more tension between these two. Cat felt like Lex betrayed her and she gave in pretty fast to him.
It was an interesting twist late in the novel (no spoilers) and I'm curious as to how this will play out in the next book. I look forward to the next one.
I gave it 4 stars!