Working as an informant for the DEA, Victoria Monzelle is used to living on the edge. But she’s not a big fan of getting kidnapped. And definitely not by a bunch of bad boy witches with fancy-colored fire to shoot at people. So when Adam Dunne shows up and claims to be a witch enforcer, she’s not going to put her life in his hands based on his word, no matter how smooth and smart and beautifully Irish his words sound. But on the run from a tribunal of witches, she isn’t going to make it far . . .
Before she knows it, Adam’s word is all that stands between her and execution. Sophisticated, just-gotta-ruffle-him Adam has vowed to make her his one eternal mate, wild and unpredictable as she is—to save her from a sentence of certain death. But Tori isn’t interested in being anyone’s pity date. And if they think she’s unpredictable now, they should see what’s coming next . .
And the last of the Dunne witch brothers and Coven Nine Enforcers has his turn to fall. But for this controlled, highly intelligent skilled enforcer, it won’t be just anyone. And it wasn’t. He has definitely met his match. A hidden agenda, betrayals, and edge of the seat excitement surround quite the spirited romance.
Wicked Kiss is book four in the Realm Enforcers series which is the extension of the earlier Dark Protectors. It follows on the heels of the books before it and assumes the reader is familiar with the world and characters so it doesn’t do well as a standalone or out of order.
I loved getting Adam’s story as he was the interesting brother of the three witch brother enforcers. He’s so put together and now he is matched up with a woman who is as far from put together as can be. Victoria Monzelle is not new to the series and is the sister of the heroine from book one. Unlike Alex who is a tough cop, Victoria is the wild child. She gets into trouble without trying and she has a defiance issue that sparks to life the second she’s in over her head or anywhere near Adam.
I confess that I’m on the fence about Victoria. On the one hand, I find her fun and amusing as a heroine who discovers herself along the way. She was a good foil for Adam and got him down off his high horse at times. On the other hand, she just blissfully trots into danger with no thought for consequences because A. she wants to and doesn’t think through what her actions will cause or B. She has a switch that turns off her brain the second Adam gives her an order even if its for hers or other’s safety. So, they had good banter and some chemistry, but I was reserved about her oppositional tendencies.
The ongoing troubles with the attempt to destroy the witch nation continues to draw ever more suspenseful and tight as Adam and the others get closer to the instigator behind it all who is protected behind well constructed allies and plans. Things are particularly rough in this one because most of Adam’s family are in hiding because the lead witch of the Coven Nine wants them incapacitated or dead. I liked the sense of desperation and the great action scenes. It didn’t hurt that Dage the Vampire King made a few appearances.
Each book reads fast and leaves me thirsty for the next installment. I love the hints that a certain Council Witch and a crotchety, crazy bear shifter might be the next to see some action.
All in all, I eagerly snatch up the next books and love the blend of action, suspense and sizzling passion the author brings to her paranormal romances. Those who enjoy strong action plot and characters should give these a try.
I rec’d this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
Romance Roundabout #180 PNR
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