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Denai Touch: Urban fantasy mystery series: (Witch urban fantasy mystery romance) (Excalibar Investigations Series) Kindle Edition
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With every witch, okay lets be honest with every woman who has a mother and grandmother has to deal with a woman in her life that is demanding, degrading, overly critical, etc. Well Cate is no different and I really like how the author was able to impart the personalization of the characters negative qualities without being fake. I think that is some of the hardest elements to bring into a character is forcefulness without being overly aggressive
Another thing that I really liked was how the character of Jason was handled. He had something to hide, that was obvious, I am not spoiling anything, it pretty much states as much within the first 10 pages. Anyways every time that he is about to mention to ANYONE what is he, even those who know what he is, someone or something interrupts him. I am sure that you are saying "Why, don't we want to know what he is?" Yes of course, but it was frustrating, I mean in the best way possible. I wanted to grab Jason by the throat and be like "JASON just tell me what you are, I know you are part Denai, but what else? JUST TELL ME" Now there isn't that many books that make me want to step in and talk to the characters. This is one of them and I was honestly surprised that the further I got into the book the more I was enthralled.
I initially was not going to pick up this book, it wasn't that I didn't think it was going to be good, but if you saw my to be read list you would see that my time is extremely limited. But I did take a chance because the author emailed us and asked personally and it sounded unique. I am so glad that I did and this series has great potential. I am really excited about it. For some books when I am finished I automatically know what the rating will be, for others it takes me the review to really decide. This was one of them, I initially thought it was going to be a 4.5 but the more I wrote and the more I thought about it I really saw some strengths that other books don't have and so for that reason I am going to give the highest rating. Oh and one more thing, I really appreciate that while there is a strong male character in Jason, the author decided not to put him on the cover.
Jason is a 6000+ year old Elemental who has loved Cate, from a distance, ever since he met her several centuries ago when she timed-traveled. She is unaware of this connection at first. He has waited all this time for her to be born, and now they are partners in a cop-like force called Excalibar. He keeps his feelings for her a secret and tries to keep his distance because he knows he is a hunted man (because of what he is), but everyone, except Cate, knows he loves her. He hasn't really succeeded in hiding his feelings for her from everyone else, but her.
She has commitment issues, and does not want any sort of long-term relationship, but she too has feelings for Jason. She hides these feelings because her friendship with him means more to her than having a possible one-night stand or friends-with-benefits type relationship with him. But as most romances go, their romantic tension builds and builds until it explodes and they kiss for the very first time (as well as some other things). But immediately they both regret it, which leads to a rift between the two. She knows he is hiding something, so she believes she can't truly trust him or her feelings for him.
The conflict stems from a witch who has wrecked havoc for hundreds, if not thousands of years, and Cate is prophesied to be the one who would be born who would kill this evil witch, once she comes into her full powers. On top of fighting the dark witches and those in league with Raven, Cate is getting ready to ascend into her immortality, which is causing her magic to be very unpredictable. Tiffany Shand successfully juggles the conflicts in her plot and everything comes to a head near the end once Cate has ascended, accepted her love for Jason, and Raven attacks the Coven.
Now, here is what I didn't particularly like about the story. I thought that Jason, as a character, could have been a lot stronger. He is 6000+ years old yet doesn't stand up and fight for what he wants (Cate), especially once his secrets are revealed and his great fear that Cate will not accept who he really is are proven wrong. He doesn't come across as confident. He is this great and feared warrior, yet he lets her grandmother dictate his relationship with Cate and for a guy who has waited several hundred to thousands of years for Cate to be in his life, he seems to be sexually passive and subdued. If I had been Jason, and after all my fears about Cate not accepting him is proved wrong, I wouldn't have been able to keep my hands off the person I have loved for that long. The only intense moment between the two of them happens before she knows the truth. Once she knows the truth, he kind of mellows out and is ok with waiting (some more). He should have been a bit more passionate (they didn't have to "go all the way") but damn, I wanted some more intense moments and passion. I guess I just wanted him to be more, and there are times when he kind of falls flat. There are several moments between the two of them that had such great potential for tension and passion, but it doesn't really happen. Cate is a more well-rounded character.
The storyline and characters do remind me of some of my favorite series: The Night Huntress Series by Jeaniene Frost, and The Immortals After Dark Series by Kresley Cole. This author and series do have potential. I look forward to Jade's story and will definitely keep up with what this author is up to. She has a great foundation for a story and plot-line, and her writing has potential to grow and get right up there with Jeaniene Frost and Kresley Cole. So in a nutshell, I do recommend this new and up-in-coming author.
I found myself really getting into the story by the third and fourth chapter to the point I was having trouble putting it down.
I found the concept of this novel extremely intriguing as it went against the grain of a typical paranormal romance. I was drawn into the story, intrigued by the characters and their individuality's as well as the magnetizing magic that surrounds them, both literal and conceptual. Even though there were a lot of characters (and I found myself re-reading some parts to really understand each one - to no fault of the author) as the story came together, each one was a necessary and integral part of the novel as a whole.
I thoroughly enjoyed the strength written into the female characters in this novel, as much as some of them clashed (which, let's be honest, conveys out of Magickind and into real life) - the fight Cate shows against both her powers and her love (and *swoon... where can I find me a Jason Talbot?) was both entertaining and entrancing. Truly a good versus evil fight, added in some family drama and a happily ever after... what could be better?
This was my first time reading Tiffany Shand and I have to say, a part of me felt both giddy and impatient at the end of the book reading when the next novel in the series was coming out!
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