Thursday, August 18, 2011

Motor City Witch by Cindy Spencer Pape

Book Details
Motor City Witch by Cindy Spencer Pape
2010, Carina Press
Series: Book 2 of Urban Arcana

She'd left magic behind

Once upon a time, Elise Sutton had been a powerful witch and paranormal enforcer. Once she'd been madly in love with Fae lord Aidan Greene. But when Aidan had considered his duties more important than their relationship, the love affair ended badly. Shortly after, while on the hunt for a rogue demon, Elise was brutalized and almost killed. Months later she gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. To protect her child—and her heart—Elise decided to live a nonmagical life.

Until she meets Aidan again, and he assumes Dina is his daughter. When Dina is kidnapped by a racial purity movement, Elise turns to Aidan for help. The icy facade she has built around herself shatters at Aidan's touch. Together they have to hunt through the human and faery worlds to find Dina...and to discover whether or not they have any kind of chance at a happily ever after.

I love the world in the Urban Arcana series, the different factions of supernaturals and how they interact with each other especially. We learned a lot about the Fae in Motor City Fae, so one would expect to be submersed in the world of witches in Motor City Witch. We do, but we also get an even better look at the inner workings of the fae, see more of the shifters and learn of other supernaturals previously unseen in the series.

From a romantic aspect, Motor City Witch focuses on Elise, a healer/witch and her relationship with Aidan, a fae lord. Beyond romance, the thrilling and heartbreaking kidnapping of Elise's daughter Dina is in the forefront. Aidan is convinced Dina is his child, hidden away by Elise, but Elise claims Dina is the product of a rape that occurred after their relationship ended.

More than anything else, Motor City Witch made me fall in love with Aidan again and again. He cares for Dina almost instantly, blood-relation or no. His connection with the child, and the emotions that brings, surpasses both the romance and the action, making the book a truly heartfelt experience. That isn't to disparage the hot happenings between the adults. Aidan and Elise have their relationship issues, but when the clothes start coming off, the world falls away and sexy doesn't begin to describe their connection.

I would have liked if the witch aspect of the book has been played up a bit more, but that's more a matter of personal preference than a complaint about the book itself. Motor City Witch is great mix of paranormal romance and supernatural thriller and a wonderful follow-up to Motor City Fae. I'll definitely be checking out the next book in the Urban Arcana series.


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