Series: Veiled Magic #2
Published by Penguin Source: Purchased
Genres: Fantasy, Friends With Benefits, Law Enforcement, Paranormal, Romance, Paranormal, Romance, Suspense, Urban Fantasy
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Since Witches came out of the broom-closet in the early 21st century, they have worked alongside humans as police officers, healers, stock traders, and more. But they aren’t the only paranormal entities in our world...
Witch and police officer Donata Santori is no stranger to magical mayhem, but lately her life has been unexpectedly charmed. Her job as a Ghost Yanker now includes the occasional paranormal investigation, and she’s advancing her magical abilities with the help of an ancestor’s treasured spell book. And while both of her former love interests—reclusive half-Dragon art forger Peter Casaventi and disgraced Shapechanger Magnus Torvald—are nowhere to be found, she’s not averse to being wined and dined by wealthy businessman Anton Eastman.
But Eastman isn’t what he seems, and what he wants from Donata is far more than she’s willing to give. When a mysterious relic, the Pentacle Pentimento, resurfaces, along with Peter’s Dragon father and a shocking Santori family secret, Donata must fight to save herself, her friends, and just maybe the fate of the world from a magic as old as it is dangerous…
I have been dying to get back to urban fantasy for a while now, it’s what got me back into reading after college, so it has a big piece of my heart. I wanted a book that had to do with witches, because I don’t have enough books with witches in them. I picked up this book thinking it was the first book in the series (its not) and when I realized it wasn’t I was slightly worried I would feel like I missed out, but the author did a great job of recapping in a way that wasn’t overwhelming and I never felt like I was lost of confused, so if you happen upon this book without reading the first you will still be good to go.
Okay first off, I liked this book, I feel like over the past couple of years Urban Fantasy is kind of dying out, or being seriously reduced, so I was so happy to find a book recently released that was of pretty good quality. I liked the law enforcement angle, especially since in this world the supernatural races seem to really kind of stick to their own, this way Donata has a reason to interact with all kinds and it much more fun story. Donata by herself though is pretty interesting, she is kind of low-key, especially compared to the people in her family. She may come from well of snobby people, but she is totally cool drinking a dive bar, living in an apartment with second hand furniture, and working a job that she loves for not a lot of money. She’s clearly a strong witch, but perhaps is missing some necessary confidence, I think over the course of the series we are really going to see her powers get stronger, and her get stronger.
So a lot of this book has some elements of mystery in them, trying to unlock the secrets of a painting and discover who the sixth race is. But the mystery is also wrapped up in the everyday mundane things, family dinners, going to work, wondering where the guy you like has disappeared to and why he never called, and figuring out why the guy you are kind of seeing is so boring and bland. There’s a lot I don’t want to give away about the book, so I’m gonna do my best not to. Anton, the bland guy, realy came off as super bland, and worse there is no kind of chemistry between Donata and him. I mean I kept wanting to shake her and tell her to find a guy who actually likes her fire. Of course everyone around her hates the guy, so maybe she should listen to those people. Of course the guy who doesn’t call finally shows up, its filed with misunderstandings and tragedy, but these two have more chemistry then they know what to do with. I’m not sure if Peter the half-dragon is the guy for her, yeah they sure know how to heat things up, and they work well together, but I’m not sure their personalities will sustain something more meaningful, plus I keep hearing about this ex of Donata’s and I really want to know how those two are together before I make any decisions about who I’m pulling for.
Overall, this was a really fun ride, and the world was just complex enough to be want to know more, but not so much that it was overwhelming. I loved some of the cop procedural elements, and how awesome Donata’s boss is. There is a great cast of secondary characters that really add a lot to the book and to Donata’s life overall. After reading this book I really want to go back and read the first book in this series, and then rather impatiently wait for book three to come out.