Title: Circle of Death (Damask Circle #2)
Author: Keri Arthur
Genre: Fantasy; Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Bantam Dell
Release Date: February 25, 2014
Acquired: ARC from Edelweiss
Date Finished: April 15, 2014
In one vicious night, Kirby Brown’s world is torn apart. Her best friend is dead, killed by a madman who is now after Kirby, and she has no idea why. When the police prove incapable of protecting Kirby, she has no choice but to trust a mysterious stranger. And while she finds herself inexplicably drawn to him, she fears the strange abilities he wields.
An investigator for the Damask Circle, Doyle Fitzgerald, has come to Melbourne, Australia, to hunt down a killer. What he doesn’t expect to find is a cadre of witches capable of controlling the elements, a sorceress determined to take that power for herself, and a broken woman who is more than she seems. Doyle is certain that the reason behind the bloodshed lies in Kirby’s past—a past she has no wish to remember. Because Doyle isn’t the only one with magic in his soul: Kirby’s special gifts have the strength to destroy the world.
Ok, this one was definitely better than the first one in the series. Doyle and Kirby were more likeable, and the plot was a little more put together. With that being said, it was still your typical paranormal romance. Actually, it was a little less steamy than most paranormal romance. The sex scenes were far from earth shattering. Kirby’s back story held my interest. I definitely wanted to know how the story was going to come together. The action was pretty good throughout, until the end. In my opinion, the final battle was rather anticlimactic.
I was a little disappointed that I didn’t get much more information about the Damask Circle. I wish Arthur would delve in there and really give us some information. It makes me feel like the Damask Circle is a contrivance to pull completely unrelated books together just so they can be called a trilogy. Not cool.
I’d like to give a shout out to Edelweiss, Bantam Dell and Keri Arthur for giving me the opportunity to read and review this ARC.