The witch seethed with power. Spells and magicks swirled about her.
I liked this one more than the previous and while it still had the OTT-ness and SEX (that Bowen powerless against the tree scene is all at once sort of uncomfortable and hot), the fun, crazy, and heat between our leads, re-energized me to continue with the series. I find myself liking the witches more than the valykrie, so this focusing on them was better for me.
Under her voice, she said, "Whatever---I jumped you! I started it."
"Aye," he began solemnly, "and that was a highlight of my long life."
Bowen and Mari had a sweet but challenging connection that made them fun to read but again, the whole Bowen being a werewolf and NEEDING to claim his mate made the boners and sex OTT. I know a lot like this but it's a bit out of my realm.
All at once Mari understood why people fought losing battles---because if you want something badly enough, you can't do anything else but fight for it.
My favorite part of the story and what gave it an extra half star was the author's subtle inclusion of the idea that "monsters" are feeling beings too. From the incubi paying Mari to end them to Bowen at full werewolf pausing a moment before breaking down the door. It brought depth and feeling to the characters and world where monsters is definitely a shades of grey word.
Does this series have plans to go on forever because with the insane amount of characters and story offshoots, it feels like it could go on forever.
I cheated and looked ahead through the series to make sure Rydstrom gets a story after being introduced to him here. He does, book #5, and I MUST have it!