New (to me) author Devon Monk has imagined a world where magic exists–but extracts a serious price from its users. The more magic you use, the bigger the price in pain, blood, or loss…unless you’re rich enough, or ruthless enough, to transfer that price to someone else.
Allie knows all about magic’s price. At least she would, if she could only remember. After all, her father and his wealthy corporation have their fingers in all the magic ‘pies’ in the world. And she was all set to follow in those footsteps and join the family business–until she worked herself free of her father’s ‘Influence magic’. Since then she’s made her own life, and spends a lot of it tracking down those who misuse magic and turning them in to the authorities. So when her latest job reveals her father’s magic ‘signature’, she tries not to be surprised. But all of a sudden, weird things start to happen, her father’s dead, she’s the number one suspect, and there’s an incredibly handsome yet strange man who always seems to be around when things go badly. And did I forget to mention the almost dead man and his kitten?
A mysterious hunky man, lost memories, magical sex (although maybe not quite enough of it!), murder, a cute kitten, industrial espionage…this story has it all. The action is fast paced, the plot is well spun, and the romance vs. suspense quotient was just right for me. Monk has written a strong, yet emotionally vulnerable heroine with a drive for justice that often works against her best instincts. If I didn’t know there was a second book coming, I would have found the author’s website and hounded her for one! There’s a lot of potential in her world and her characters and I’m hungry for more.
I loved the idea of a physical cost to magic and how that could play out in today’s world. Devon Monk had me hooked from page three and I just couldn’t stop reading ’til the end of this book. Now I’m tapping my toes waiting for “Magic in the Blood” to be released in May 2009 and hoping the story picks up right where this one left off!