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Lure of the Wicked: A Dark Mission Novel Mass Market Paperback – June 28, 2011
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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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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. She stated numerous times that all she wanted was to go kill people and did not care for being stuck undercover at a fancy spa. Those reading this review should know that I served in the military for over a decade and deployed to Iraq twice. I totally get fighting bad guys and being trained in that type of job. Yet I never "lived" for killing people. In fact, it's been my experience that most people (minus psychopaths) don't actually enjoy taking lives. You do it because you have to. Not because it's fun and enjoyable. I know it's a common trope in urban fantasy for heros/heroines to get off on the fight. Usually I don't have a problem with it because it's fiction and meant for entertainment. I know most authors have never actually had to fight for their lives before so they tend to go to extremes with their characters. Whatever. It's normally not a problem for me. Yet with Naomi's character, she was so annoying in this regard that I had a constant urge (especially in the early parts of the book) to jump within the pages and put her out of her misery.
Thankfully, there is the saving grace of Phinneas Clark. He isn't really a tough alpha male, but the author made him just as appealing. He was the type of man a woman could dream about between his good looks and charming personality. Phin was pretty much the opposite of Naomi as far as behavior goes. Putting the two together (almost) balanced out the weaknesses of each. Phin was what got me to the half-way point so I could discover the rest of the novel was much more enjoyable. He slowly drew Naomi out of her hard shell enough so the reader could find something likeable about her. Thank God for him.
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The only frustrating part is not enough time was spent developing the relationship to its full potential. Phin and Naomi jumped to the physical aspects rather fast (and often at the most inopportune times), but they didn't work through all their personal issues or fully commit to each other before the end. I felt cheated by this because the two won't be the main characters in the next novels so any progress they make will have to be seen through the eyes of others. I'll keep reading the series because I want to see them work things out into something more permanent (plus the overall plot has captured my interest), but I'd expected the author to at least fully resolve the romance within the novel like she did in the first.
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In summary, please do not consider the rating for this book to reflect that of any other novels in the series. I really enjoyed the first book and plan to continue with the next one, All Things Wicked, in the hopes that it will be better. The issues I mentioned above were annoying, but not enough to give up on the series. It is only my desire to warn anyone who is looking at this book that it might not be as good as they hoped. Then again, tastes vary, so others may not be bothered by the same things at all. I will say this much. Even if you have reservations about reading Lure of the Wicked, it has good points to help get you through it and certain events happen that will be important to know if you plan to move forward in the series. I'd recommend you at least give it a chance if you enjoyed the first novel.
At Timeless, Naomi rushes from the elevator into spa owner Phinneas Clarke's arms; where she almost ruined his family jewels with a knee lift. He conceals his family secrets and his witch rescuing underground activity behind the respectability of Timeless. However, naïve nice Naomi has him wondering if there is more to life under the church's tyranny.
The latest Dark Mission futuristic romantic urban fantasy (see Blood of the Wicked) is an exciting thriller with a strong cast anchored by the lead couple. The story line is fast-paced from the moment Naomi knees Phinneas and never slows down until the final confrontation. Although the post apocalyptic world of Cooper is not further enhanced from the setting of Blood of the Wicked even with a stop in Old Seattle, sub-genre fans will appreciate this exhilarating tale.
Phin left me with a meh feeling. I didn't like him. I didn't hate him. He was the hero. I never grasped the attraction between Naomi and Phin. They had some really hot sex scenes, but that is all I grasped connection wise between them. I did think the way they are going with their happily ever after was appropriate for the situation at the end of the book. I adored Phin's parents. They were too sweet. I also loved what they spent their life doing for others.
The situation at the end... I hope this is going where I think it is. There are definitely some corruptive forces that need to be brought down. The corruption seems to be in many places though so that tells me there will be plenty of action packed fights ahead.
I like the history repeating itself theme that is very present with this series. Witch hunting and the persecution of said witches have a heavy role in the Dark Mission series. The Holy Order of St Dominic has its missionaries assigned to be the judge, jury, and executioner of any and all witches. This installment in the series brings forth another tragic historical event with a modern, world specific twist. I am thoroughly enjoying this aspect of the series. It seems that corruption works its way in to most things and sullies what was once good.
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