One thing’s for certain: Jacquelyn Frank knows how to build a strong world with an appealing premise. But readers might be surprised to find themselves more absorbed in the struggle of the secondary characters. While they’re the stars, Hunter and Tatyana never seem to take flight from the page. Rapidly shifting points of view, underdeveloped primary characters and sex used as a vehicle for therapy bog down the entire story.
When her car breaks down on an isolated road, Tatyana finds help from a undeniably hot stranger. But this ostensibly random meeting ends up tossing Tatyana into a world of magic and into the arms of Hunter, a witch and the guardian of his coven. Trying to grasp her own budding powers, Tatyana starts falling for this irresistible alpha male. As a grudge fight between an evil coven and Hunter’s own begins brewing, they both have to fight not only for their lives, but for their love as well. (ZEBRA, Feb., 352 pp., $7.99)