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Lifelong Texan, love reading from many genres thanks to early childhood readalongs with my Dad, love cooking for my family, working in my yard, playing with my cats and since being diagnosed in late 2012 with RRMS finding ways to keep body and mind active is even more important.

Circle of Fire

Circle of Fire  - Keri Arthur Book Info
Paperback, 336 pages
Expected publication: January 28th 2014 by Dell (first published August 20th 2001)
ISBN 0440246555 (ISBN13: 9780440246558)
edition language English
series Damask Circle #1
other editions (7)
Source:Netgalley EARC

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Sixteen teenagers taken from their homes. Eleven bodies recovered, each completely drained of blood. Some believe vampires are responsible. Jon Barnett knows that what’s happening is far worse. Sent by a group of paranormal investigators known as the Damask Circle, Jon quickly becomes enmeshed in a web of black magic and realizes he needs help. But fate gives him only one choice.

Madeline Smith has retreated to an isolated farmhouse, afraid of the abilities she cannot control—abilities that have killed. But when a “ghost” brings a warning of danger and her nephew goes missing, Maddie not only has to leave her haven, she has to place her trust in a man who is neither ghost nor human. As the noose of sorcery tightens, the search for the teenagers becomes a race against time. But the greatest danger to Maddie and Jon could be the intense feelings they refuse to acknowledge but cannot ignore.

My Thoughts

This is the first book in a trilogy that was first published almost 13 years ago, for me just the name of the author was a good enough reason to want to read the books as loved prior works that she has written.

Having first been introduced to the organization called The Damask Circle in the Nikki and Michael series am eager to learn more about the organization and it’s members who protect and serve humanity so looking forward to each book in the rereleased series.

Madeline has been “gifted” since childhood but she has never been comfortable with her abilities nor has she ever found anyone who accepted them as just being a natural part of her, which Jon does.

Jon being “gifted” himself and also being part of an organization that is filled with all kinds of “paranormal talents” finds himself protective of Maddie, which for him is a first as a woman has no place in his life as a priority due to the dangers his job provides. The pair must learn to trust each other quickly and together defeat the villain, this sounds so simple but for these two loners proves to be anything but.

I was intrigued to see how the story and plot would turn out, it met my expectations as it kept me interested from beginning to end and it especially worked well as the book can be read as a stand alone since it concludes without a cliffhanger ending of any kind.

As a longtime fan of author Keri Arthur this was a another pleasant intro to some of her earlier works, looking forward to reading rest of the trilogy.

[EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]