Rating: 4 stars
After coming out of the closet as a werewolf in Kitty and the Midnight Hour and having her life ripped apart in Kitty Goes to Washington, radio DJ Kitty Norville is in desperate need of a vacation. Choosing a cabin in the woods sounded like a good idea. A little peace and solitude in which to write her memoirs.
Unfortunately someone sees it differently and instead of a Waldenesque getaway, she ends up in a wooded version of Evil Dead. Dead rabbits on her doorstep. Crosses in barbed wire on her door…or painted in blood. And then there’s the suspicious, superstitious townsfolk to contend with.
As if that isn’t troublesome enough, her lawyer, Ben, and his werewolf bounty hunter friend, Cormac, show up on the scene…with Ben bleeding. Hired by a family to off their own kid for turning wolf, the job went terribly wrong and ended up with Ben bitten and infected by a lycanthrope. And not the werewolf Cormac was hired to kill either.
Being in a jam is nothing unusual in Kitty’s life, but she’s got a newly turned wolf and Cormac in the same cabin. And someone – or something -- is trying to kill them.
As usual, Carrie Vaughn has done a fine job carrying on this series. There’s plenty of action to be had, but the stress is still on building characters with Ben and Cormac’s past being part of the storyline.
At the end of the last book, it seemed as if there was a romance on the horizon but it isn’t who I planned on…or hoped for. Instead, she ends up with ____ (like I’m going to give that away) and it’s a twist I hadn’t expected. Fortunately, it feels right and the sex scenes didn’t seem like they were thrown in there just to push this book into a different genre.
And the ending? Oh my. Definitely not what I wanted but again, it just seemed like the right thing to do even though it seriously upset me (a mark of a good writer if you can get that kind of response out of this jaded reader.)
You’d better be prepared to stay up until the midnight hour because you won’t want to put this down.
Publisher: Warner Books (April 1, 2007)
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