The last battle to prevent the first vampire? mage? from controlling the world is upon us.
And if she's defeated, Alexander the Great wants the job. (asshole)
If they take out him, Ghenghis Kahns granddaughter (?) is ready to step in and fullfil her perceived destiny. (little psycho whack job)
At least ass kissing smarmy Colin gets what's coming to him.
Some royal ass kicking (everyone gets to participate), some sadness, a nice interpretation of the origin of the vampire myth, and a nice creepy WTF! Ah shit! at the end.
Spent some time agonizing where to put this one. I decided on Spellbound because of the whole origin thing.
The Long Island Coven is an outlier of the various shifter books Ms Laurenston has out. You don't actually run into anyone you know, so it's not obvious it's part of the series. I like this one better than the first one in that the H isn't a creep. Was kinda frustrating that it took so long to take care of The Problem. And, I must admit, I don't generally care for her wolves (Dee Ann and the Van Holtz bunch being an exception) because they tend to play up that hillbilly angle a bit much...while being assholes half the time. Tully - the H - is a member of the Smith Pack...and the resident alpha...and mayor...and well-known architect who may be ivy league. He plays dumb a lot. He's not an ass either, though admittedly it's usually the females who take on that unpleasant nature.
Cynthia Eden's entry is yet another random pairing in her world. I did like this one but the end made me flinch a bit.
Sherrill Quinn's entry is a PWP really. Oh there's a plot in there but for such a short story (80 pages or so), most of it seemed to be overly descriptive and crudely written sex.
I generally enjoy the books in this series, and I should have enjoyed this one more; it had elements designed to appeal to me, like a murder of crows (collective noun not crime), an old spell book that won't burn, whose 17th century owner's ghost wants back, a current string of crimes that may or may not be connected to modern day Wiccans. Stolen art.
For the most part, I did enjoy it, but there was just a little something missing. It could very well be my mood; I'm still displaying shades of slump now and again. This may have affected my engagement with the book. It could also be the wedding planning bit that's tangentially a part of the plot. Or the egregious number of continuity errors the editor didn't catch; something I don't remember this series suffering from before.
Mostly, I think, that MC just wasn't quite focused enough to really involve the reader in the story. She had all of these intriguing things happening to/around her but for the most part, never involved her. The exception are the visions she had throughout the story, usually whenever she looked at a reflective surface. Her acceptance of them in this book was a relief, and I enjoyed these scenes a lot, as they imparted information about the mysteries.
It was a good story though, even though I keep rambling on about the nit-picky stuff. It held my attention while I was reading it and I was interested in seeing the mystery solved.