Mattie Carver's engagement party should have marked the start of her own personal fairy tale. But when her fiancé, Ben, is violently abducted the next morning, her desperate quest to find him rips her away from small-town life and reveals a shattering truth: magic is real - and Ben is hooked. It's not the stuff of storybooks. It's wildly addictive, capable of producing everything from hellish anguish to sensual ecstasy almost beyond human endurance.
Determined to find out who took Ben and why, Mattie immerses herself in a shadowy underworld and comes face-to-face with the darkly alluring Asa Ward, a rogue magic dealer, infamous hustler...and her missing fiancé's estranged brother. Asa has the power to sense magic, and he realizes Mattie is a reliquary, someone with the rare ability to carry magic within her own body, undetected. Asa agrees to help find Ben on one condition: Mattie must use her uncommon talent to assist his smuggling operations. Now, from magic-laced Vegas casinos to the netherworld clubs of Bangkok, Mattie is on a rescue mission. With Asa by her side, she'll face not only the supernatural forces arrayed against her but the all-too-human temptation that she fears she can't resist.
©2016 Sarah Fine (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
Awesome story line completely gripping, I couldn't put it down. The characters are brilliant and the story in general has a perfect pace. Can't recommend it enough.
"Good read nice pace."
The end was not cookie cutter very nice left me wanting more. Need twenty words.
"I couldn't get into the main character"
I greatly enjoyed Sarah Fine's Shadowland series. However, this main character just simply flailed about with no real character development. I didn't understand they dynamic the author was trying to set up.
The plot was decent. I enjoyed the concept of a magical underworld and it's various players. But I'm not compelled to read more in this series.
Also, the author wasn't bad, but her male voices were all the same. I don't think she infused the right amount of "danger" into the male lead.
I ended up liking the book, but it started off pretty badly and I almost gave up. I didn't care about any of the characters until Asa came into the picture. The main character is a bit of a dummy, and she sticks with her fiance even though he lies to her and manipulates her. I just wanted to smack her, and it continues into the next book. However, Asa makes up for the other characters, and I'm now awaiting the third book to be released. Both books follow Mattie and Asa as they try to pull off dangerous transactions in the magical world with a range of other people out to get them. They build a relationship as they learn to trust each other.
"Detail to characters."
Ok so I like a steamy novel but often get tired of the predictable characters and situations. The steam is there but it is a slow burn at first. Loved it!
I didn't expect to like this book as much as I did. There was a little bit of everything in this book and my feelings toward the characters seemed to be constantly flipping back and forth. There was a bit of humor, action, and a little of everything.
A very good surprise. Can't wait for more. Hopefully more than one more book. Really can't get over how much I loved it.
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