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Sunday, January 26, 2014

6) Dirty Magic by Jaye Wells

The Blurb :

The last thing patrol cop Kate Prospero expected to find on her nightly rounds was a werewolf covered in the blood of his latest victim. But then, she also didn't expect that shooting him would land her in the crosshairs of a Magic Enforcement Agency task force, who wants to know why she killed their lead snitch.

The more Prospero learns about the dangerous new potion the MEA is investigating, the more she's convinced that earning a spot on their task force is the career break she's been wanting. But getting the assignment proves much easier than solving the case. Especially once the investigation reveals their lead suspect is the man she walked away from ten years earlier—on the same day she swore she'd never use dirty magic again.

Kate Prospero's about to learn the hard way that crossing a wizard will always get you burned, and that when it comes to magic, you should be never say never.

My Thoughts :

I haven't read very much so far this year and even having some amazing books waiting for me on my Kindle hasn't helped me make time and energy for reading.  So this weekend I finally managed to sit down with a book I have been dying to read since I heard about it.  Dirty Magic by Jaye Wells is the debut in a new series from the author who wowed and amazed me with her Sabine Kane series.  I have been looking forward to something new from this special writer and the cover and blurb screamed out to me every time I say it anywhere online.

It is never easy to get into a new series.  There is so much to take in, learn and process but Dirty Magic doesn't stress or test you.  The story flows and adds the bits and pieces you need as you need them making the initial getting to know you phase go along easily.  It also makes you keep reading.  As you get to know more about Kate and the Magic this series revolves about you can't help but keep reading.  The information doesn't overwhelm but it keeps the reader eager to read on.  The suspense and mystery grows constantly as the story unfolds.

The authors willingness to add a dependent to the main character surprised me and it was great to see the way Kate dealt with her younger brother.  The police procedure was interesting and well written with some good changes to fit the story.  Kate is a great character and she has some wonderful co-stars.  I wonder what other skeletons are in the closet waiting to fall out and how long it will take before some kind of romantic arc comes into play.

For a debut in a new series this was very good.  If you haven't read Jaye Wells work before then you really need to check this new Prospero War series out.  Dirty Magic has a little Kim Harrison, a pinch of Devon Monk and some Jocelynn Drake vibes.  All great Urban Fantasy writers who managed to come up with something original and unusual.  Just like Prospero's War does.  This one gets five stars from me and a highly recommend/ I suggest you read this asap declaration.

With some nice twists and turns the plot turned out to be exceptionally good.  The whole concept gets a wow rating and the characters a happy nod.  This is another brilliant release from Jaye Wells.  This author shows how serious she can be and how well she rocks the Urban Fantasy scene.   I can't wait for more and look forward to taking another trip to Babylon and be a part of the dark and mysterious stuff that goes on there.

Edit :  I just saw that the second book in the series, Cursed Moon, will be out in August!  Yay and Kudos for not making us wait a whole year!

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Aurian said...

Lovely review, I look forward to reading this book myself someday.

A'lina said...

Oh a new series by Jaye Wells. Thanks for the review! I'll be adding this to my wishlist :)