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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Circle of Fire: A Damask Circle Book: 1 by Keri Arthur




Sixteen teenagers taken from their homes. Eleven bodies recovered, each completely drained of blood. Some believe vampires are responsible, but Jon Barnett knows it's something far worse. To stop the killers in Taurin Bay, he becomes enmeshed in a web of black magic and realizes he needs help. But fate gives him only one choice in the form of recluse Madeline Smith.
Madeline Smith has retreated to an isolated farmhouse, afraid of the psychic abilities she can't control-abilities that have killed. But when "ghost" Jon Barnett brings a warning of danger and her nephew disappears, Maddie has to leave her haven. She also has to learn to control the abilities she fears and place her trust in Jon Barnett, a man who is neither human nor ghost.

But as the search for the teenagers becomes a race against time, and the noose of sorcery threatens to kill Maddie and Jon, the greatest danger to them both could be the feelings they have for each other, feelings that they refuse to acknowledge.

I have to first start off by saying that Keri Arthur is one of my favorite Paranormal Author's, I have yet to read a series of hers that I do not enjoy.  This series has it all... danger, intrigue, magic, passion, and romance. The story line unfolds at a steady pace, that keeps you intrigued at all times. This book will delight all Paranormal fans. There are a few twists and turns thrown in that will surprise readers.  These twists only add to the heightened level of suspense in the novel.

Maddie starts out as a woman living in great fear of her abilities, she prefers hiding in isolation to interacting with others due to fear that she will hurt them.  Jon's appearance in her life forces her to confront her fears of her abilities so that she can become the beautiful and confident woman she is meant to be. Her growth as a person is central to the story. Her confidence comes from everything she has to face to save her nephew Evan.  Jon is also alone in his self-imposed exile from personal relationships.  Convinced nothing is more important than his work; which would be hindered by emotional ties. Watching him fall in love with Maddie, and come to the realization that he is not meant to be alone will make the readers fall in love with this series. So happy reading.