By Alanea Alder
Bewitched and Bewildered, book #7
Category: Paranormal Romance
Overall Rating: 4.05
- Captivation: 4
- Sizzle: 4
- Romance: 4
- Enjoyment: 4.5
- Literacy: 3.75
Book Description: Declan Lionhart has been running interference between the Founding Families and the citizens of Noctem Falls since the day he arrived in the city. His hopes of being a simple unit warrior crumbles in the face of their troubles and it looks like he will always be bound by his family’s political legacy. But with current tensions skyrocketing to unimaginable levels, Declan’s laid back persona and easy smile are needed now more than ever.
Kari Delaney has finally achieved everything she’s ever wanted. The business she created from scratch is booming and she has her dream custom built condo in the heart of the small town where she was raised. But all that changes the day she gets her evacuation notice.
Despite being a vampire, Kari hates Noctem Falls and the politics that permeates every aspect of life within the city. Under protest she and her younger brother leave for the City of the Night.
Declan is smitten with his little general and the strength she exudes. But when it’s just the two of them he begins to break down her carefully constructed walls and show her that even though he’s easy going, he is still an Alpha, and his lion is demanding her heart.
When the entire city erupts into chaos with matings being dissolved and Founding Families making alliances, Declan realizes it will take every trick he learned at his father’s knee to maneuver through the murky political waters. Both he and his mate race against time to keep the people of the city safe, despite homesick children, disastrous dinners, Meryn’s wacky revenge plans and an unexpected pairing.
Captivation: This book runs back into the feel as seen in the first 5 books of the series, bringing back relation to the initial series plot. Kari and Declan are a delight to read about, and the levity and mysteries catch the reader’s attention again.
Sizzle: The intimate scenes in this book were a little more interesting to me in this book than the others. Still not the best I’ve read, but you can see the development in technique by the author, the increasing talent.
Romance: The relationship build here starts off fairly quickly, and progresses at an enjoyable, entertaining pace. You learn more and more about a few previously introduced characters and their talents and abilities. Kari and Declan fit rather naturally together rather quickly and it’s a sweet visual adding to the series as a whole.
Enjoyment: I did enjoy this book quite a bit. I am still somewhat disappointed with the change in scenery and the lack of true development in series plot resolution, but the story as a whole is fun and entertaining.
Literacy: And the frustration in grammatical errors continues to abound!
Overall, This is a good book that will be on my Read Again shelf. I was disappointed still in the way the plot is developing, but this book started to get the plot back on track and continued with the humor and levity seen in the initial books of the series.