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Editorial Reviews


Karina Cooper has built a world on the ashes of the one we know. BLOOD OF THE WICKED scared me, thrilled me and made me fall in love with the characters. I want more and I can’t wait to see what she writes next! (Cherry Adair)

“Cooper continues to do a wonderful job of building an alternate universe with interesting and unique characters. The romance is steamy and the story is full of fast-paced action. This series has everything a reader will love.” (RT Book Reviews (4 stars))

“A brilliant new voice in paranormal romance.” (New York Times bestselling author Christina Dodd)

“Karina Cooper is a wickedly wonderful storyteller. Lure of the Wicked is an intriguing tale spun full of action, hard hits, and steamy scenes that will keep you up late into the night.” (New York Times bestselling author Jocelynn Drake)

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Naomi West was plucked from one prison and placed undercover in another: the gilded cage that is Timeless, New Seattle's premier spa and resort, where owner Phinneas Clarke—the most seductive man Naomi has ever met—may be hiding a killer. She's an agent of the Holy Order, trained to hunt the guilty and render justice. But while she's tracking down a rogue agent on a killing spree, Phin is determined to uncover her most damning—and dangerous—secrets. Whatever the cost.

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Product Details

  • Series: Dark Mission (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (June 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006204690X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062046901
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,061,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

After writing happily ever afters for all of her friends in school, Karina Cooper eventually grew up (sort of), went to work in the real world (kind of), where she decided that making stuff up was way more fun (true!). She is the author of dark and sexy paranormal romances, steampunk adventures, crossover urban fantasy, and continues to write across multiple genres with mad glee. Her award winning steampunk series, The St. Croix Chronicles, is the RT Reviewers Choice Awards recipient for Best Steampunk Novel 2012.

One part glamour, one part dork and all imagination, Karina is also a gamer, an avid reader, a borderline hermit and an activist. She co-exists with a husband, a menagerie and a severe coffee habit. Visit her at, because she says so.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mistress of The Dark Path on October 2, 2012
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This book left me torn as to how to rate it. I really enjoyed its predecessor, Blood of the Wicked, and had high hopes for the next in the series. Unfortunately, it didn't quite live up to my expectations. Lure of the Wicked begins three months after events of the previous novel with one character who was introduced before, Naomi West, and one new character, Phineas Clark. Phin runs a spa and resort with his family. Naomi goes there undercover to hunt down a rogue missionary who is believed to be hiding there. She soon figures out a lot more is going on than expected. Naomi and Phin are brought together time and again as the troubles continue to escalate.

The events that occur in this novel tie into the last one. I expected that and looked forward to seeing how the overall series plot progressed, but it seemed very little time was actually spent on the rogue missionary Naomi was supposed to be hunting down. Too many other threads of trouble got in the way. Not to mention the explanation on how the rogue fit into the big picture didn't really get explained to my satisfaction. Part of this, I'm sure, is because there is more to be learned about the plot between the church and witches as the series progresses. Yet it should be understood this book could never stand on its own and leaves more questions than answers. The ending left me rather frustrated even if the next two books are already out so I don't have to wait to learn more.

My other big issue was with Naomi West. I found her to be very hard to relate to. From the beginning she came off as cold, hard, impatient and rude.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Melissa on July 16, 2011
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Naomi West is hunting a rogue agent. She'd rather be on the lowly streets of New Seattle hunting him instead of in the higher tiers at the Timeless spa and resort. Naomi's not your fancy type of girl, leather and piercings are her cup of tea. However, her mission calls for her to portray a rich socialite ready to be pampered.

Phinneas Clarke is the owner of Timeless spa and resort. He also happens to be harboring witches. The world has turned against witches since the world practically ended. Phin and his family use Timeless to help witches but now it seems something darker is going on within Timeless. Phin finds himself attracted to Naomi but knows she's hiding something.

A rogue agent, a killer witch and much more throw Timeless into disarray. Can Naomi find the missing agent and stop the danger that lurks within the spa before it takes someone else? What will happen when Naomi and Phin discover they fight on opposite sides?

Lure of the Wicked is a sexy spunky thriller. This is the second book in the Dark Mission series and it is vastly different from book one. Therefore, I don't really feel like you have to read these in order but of course it makes the story better because you know more about the secondary characters. Lure of the Wicked thrusts Naomi, a mission agent undercover, into this spa that is bright and relaxing. I was definitely caught off guard expecting to be taken back into the dark gritty world the first book offered. It was a bit of an adjustment. However, the story is compelling and features plenty of action and romance. Naomi is a character that has the ability to make me laugh hysterically and then piss me off the next second. I believe it is all of her rough edges that make her such a fascinating character. I love Phin!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jen (Red Hot Books) TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 28, 2011
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The magic is back with this latest installment of Karina Cooper's Dark Mission series. And by the time I got to the end of Lure of the Wicked, I was every bit as enthralled in Cooper's dark and creative world as I was in Before the Witches. That's a mighty compliment, because I loved that novella.

The book begins with a missionary, Naomi, on an undercover job to capture a rouge agent. She is assuming the role of a rich society woman at a posh spa. But almost right away, things get more complicated when a witch attacks her in her room. He gets away and Naomi now must not only find her original target, but the witch who is targeting her.

Phin runs the fancy resort where Naomi is staying. His parents founded the place. When he and Naomi meet, sparks fly instantly. Of course, he has no idea who she really is or why she is there. But despite her assumed identity, her real personality shines through. And perhaps just as importantly, her real life starts seeping in and mixing with her pretend one.

At the beginning of the book, I was kind of struck by the fact that there was very little supernatural at play. Really, Naomi could have been any kind of agent on any secret mission and the story would have played out in a similar fashion. But the otherworldly and post-apocalyptic elements got more involved as the story went on. Luckily, the stumbling blocks I found in Blood of the Wicked seemed to be righted here. We're back to characters that I felt invested in. Naomi's backstory is clear and sympathetic.
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