Waters' premise and world are rich and full of a variety of magical characters; regrettably, the romance never quite gels. The plot is fast paced and thrilling, but it makes the relationships feel a bit rushed and underdeveloped.

To protect her son, Geraldine, the human love of Fae King Arrane, left the magical world and returned to Scotland. Laird Gavin McCain knows nothing of his heritage and doesn't believe in magic -- until the beautiful and mysterious Lady Nakkole arrives. Gavin's half-succubus sister, Elphina, wants the Fae throne for herself, and has some evil plans to succeed. Nakkole's assignment is to protect her king's son, but she never expects to fall in love with a half-human. (BERKLEY SENSATION, Dec., 325 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith