By mixing magic with a menacing serial killer, Adams creates a story laced with tension, otherworldly action and edge-of-your-seat suspense. The relationship between the heroine and hero crackles with sexual sparks, too, but when they speak, the dialogue is often stilted. Add to this unclear worldbuilding, and this first-in-the-series novel is dragged down to just enjoyable.

Xandra Morgan should be a powerful witch; all the signs were there at birth. Instead she’s a “latent” and has accepted that her life will be different from the rest of her royal magical family. In Austin, Texas, she happily runs a coffee shop until visions of dead girls begin to throw her off balance — just as she reconnects with powerful warlock Declan Chumomisto. The pull of an undeniable attraction increases, Xandra’s latent powers emerge and the apparitions of murdered girls become painfully real. As her powers grow stronger and Xandra discovers she is “soulbound” to Declan, she must rely on her own instincts to save herself. (SIGNET ECLIPSE, Feb., 368 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
M.H. Morrison