Series: Vieux Carre Witch Sister #2
Published by Entangled Source: Netgalley
Genres: Fantasy, Friendship, Love to Hate, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy
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He's found himself a wicked witch...
Brye Morgeaux is a half-witch, half-warlock who always relied on her beauty—especially when it came men. After a run-in with a particularly vicious warlock, Brye's face is left scarred, forcing her to look to who she is on the inside. And what Brye finds is darker than anything she'd imagined...
Then she's handed a terrible ultimatum—join the warlock clan, or watch her family die.
Josh Copeland has known the Morgeaux family for years, and has been waiting for the time when Brye would see him as something—anything—more than a friend. As she battles darkness from within and without, he realizes the woman he loves might just be her own worst, wicked enemy. Now Josh must find a way to show Brye who she really is...before she kills him.
I have to say I am really glad that I have been splitting my time more evenly between romance and urban fantasy books, I have this bad habit of getting roped into one genre and sticking with it for a long period, but thankfully not anymore. I have always loved urban fantasy, and one of my favorite magical types is the witch, so when I saw a book that revolved around witches I knew I wanted to check it out. This is the second book in the series, and while yes you can read it as a standalone (like I did) I think it would be a lot better if you read the first book first, I felt like I was missing out on some bigger events and some of the relationships between the characters by not having read the first book first.
So first off I am going to start with Brye. When the book starts she is dealing with some serious events that just happened recently (I’m assuming in the first book), she was kidnapped and seriously scarred by the attack. Not just her face is scarred though, she really been emotionally scarred by it all as well. She went from being like the popular beautiful type to being ridiculed by teenagers in a department store and feeling like everything in her life from before the attack just wasn’t worth it anymore. I felt so bad for her, especially in the beginning. I mean she’s clearly dealing with some really heavy things. She struggles with her magic, especially when she realizes she might have influence over people. I think what I liked about Brye is she wants so much to be better, to be good, and as a reader you just can’t help but want good things for her. I also liked watching her develop throughout the book, especially in regards to excepting who she is and being a hybrid Witch/Warlock.
Now for Josh. Oh sweet Josh. I liked him for the most part. It’s clear from the beginning that the two of them clearly have feelings for each other but thanks to some events way in their past they have entered into this kind of antagonistic relationship. I honestly can say I didn’t particularly love Josh in the beginning, he seemed too pushy to me. Especially since he is well aware that Brye is dealing with the aftermath of a very serious attack, it just felt like his attitude towards her was too much. But as the book progressed I started to like the two of them together a lot, plus they had really great chemistry together.
Ultimately I have to say my biggest issue with the book is the pacing. I felt like things moved so fast, like 0 to 60 in under 30 seconds. And it was in all aspects of the book, the relationship building between Josh and Brye, the storyline with Brye and her Warlock stalker/attacker. I mean it all moved so fast that you barely had time to catch your breath, and I think especially in the Warlock storyline it dulled the impact of events because they all happened so quick. But at the end of the day, I did enjoy the book, and I did like the characters. So if you are like me and love yourself some urban fantasy witches, then you should really consider checking out this book.