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From the author's note to the epilogue with a promise of more, this book captured my attention! The author has a way with words that makes you stay up to the wee hours of the morning just so you can experience the story without a single solitary break. I truly can't pinpoint an instance within this book where I wanted to put it down - I just kept reading until I was finished. This is the first book I've read by J.C. McKenzie, and it's a shame that I did not find her sooner.
Lord of Shadows, Master of Darkness, Patron Fae of Assassins...but you can just call him Cole. That's who walks into the diner and immediately sets off alarm bells in Raven Crawford's mind. He is looking for her wayward twin brother, Bear, and there is no way she is going to help him. But soon more fae appear, and each is more deadly than the last. Cole becomes the one person who seems intent on keeping Raven safe, even if it is for a selfish purpose. What started off as a battle of wills is now a race of survival, not only for Raven but for her entire family.
Cole...*sigh*...I really fell hard for this TDD man. He was hard to read at first, because he appeared as a bad guy but soon became Raven's protector instead. It was confusing, intriguing, and alluring. He drew me in with his mysterious smile and his sheltering shadows, and I found myself rooting for him to seduce Raven and for her to fall for him. Raven was a really strong character with an instinctive loyalty to her family and a desire to learn more about her past. She never knew her biological father, and when this story reveals it, it's a huge shock. I loved the mythology the author wove into the story as well, making everything appear both fantasy and realistic. You could almost believe this could happen in real life, and that makes it all the more appealing.
I can't wait for the second book! It's going to be amazing to see Cole again, and I hope we get to see more of Raven's family as well.
**I received a free copy via NetGalley and this is my honest review.**