Sunday, June 27, 2010

Heart of the Witch by Alicia Dean

What do you get when you mix a modern witch, a serial murderer named the Tin Man, and a really hot private investigator haunted by his past?  A pretty darn good paranormal romance, that's what!  Heart of the Witch by Alicia Dean has been sitting on my bookcase for a few months.  Another spur of the moment purchase that patiently waited for the right time to jump out at me and demand to be read.

Ravyn Skyler is a modern witch living in Oklahoma City.  She's an extremely powerful white witch who embraces, yet fears her abilities.  She comes from a family of witches and through a troubled relationship with her mother, has grown up to be very self sufficient and removed emotionally from life and love.  

Ravyn  has escaped from the hands of the Tin Man, a serial killer who tortures, then kills beautiful women.  Ravyn escapes because she uses her powers to harm the Tin Man.  He becomes obsessed with finding her and teaching her a lesson, and she is afraid she has endangered her coven by using her powers to cause harm to another human being.  To do harm to another is strictly against her coven's rules, and is a very short step into black magic.  

Enter Nick Lassiter.  Of course, he's a hottie.  And of course, he's wildly attracted to Ravyn.  He's been hired by the husband of another victim to find the Tin Man.  Kicked off the police force, a widower, he spends his days smoking and drinking.  Until he meets Ravyn.  She fights her attraction to him, but can't help being drawn to him.  

This was a refreshing change from the comedic paranormal romances I usually enjoy.  It's dark, but not overly so.   Black magic, past lives, and learning to let go of guilt and opening up to love are all themes in this novel.  A lot is packed into the story, but not so much you get lost.  It moves along quickly, and the ending is very satisfactory.  I hope Alicia Dean writes more books!  I will certainly pick up her next title.  I would say if you're a fan of J.R. Ward, Sherilyn Kenyon, or Christine Feehan, you will enjoy this novel.  It's also available as an e-book.

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