Circle of Desire - Keri Arthur

Review: Circle of Desire by Keri Arthur

In ten years of working for the Damask Circle, shapeshifter Katherine Tanner has never come across anything that goes after kids the way this monster does, and she has never met anything that does to them what this thing does. And it’s not something she wants to confront. But with the Circle’s resources stretched to the limits, she’s given very little choice. The last thing she needs is interference from a cop who has no idea what he’s up against.

Ethan Morgan’s niece is one of the missing children and he has every intention of not only defying the odds and bringing her back alive, but of catching the monster behind these kidnappings and bringing her to justice. Even if he has to break every law in the country to do it. And he’s willing to use anyone and everyone to achieve those aims–even a crazy woman who claims to be a witch.

Forced to join forces, Ethan and Kat are drawn to each other, but fight their feelings as they struggle to uncover clues that will lead them to the monster’s lair and battle a seemingly endless supply of zombies and other dead things determined to stop them. But time is ticking away and both know the monster behind these kidnappings rarely keeps her victims alive for more than seven days. And four of those have already gone.

But the greatest threat to Kat might not come from the forces of darkness gathering around them, but from the man she is beginning to love.

Because Ethan is a werewolf…and the full moon is rising…

I have this slight issue, it’s a common problem, I buy books then they sit on my bookshelf looking pretty while I read newer books which have arrived more recently! This year I decided I needed to tackle the backlog of books waiting patiently on my shelves and Circle of Desire is one of those books. I read the first two books in the Damask Circle series when they were released so I am quite a way behind with this one.

Keri Arthur has always been one of my favourites in the paranormal romance genre. Her writing is like a hug from a good friend and as soon as you start reading you are enveloped into her world. It is easy to read, not overwhelming, yet she is emotive, and uses evocative storylines with some great characters on both sides of the good/bad divide.

Circle of Desire reminded me a little of the first book in this series Circle of Fire, in this book though we are missing young children not teenagers and the characters are far more gutsy and forthright.

I did find some flaws in the characters which grated on me throughout the book Katherine (Kat) was quite contradictory there would be passages where she would almost whine about what she wanted in terms of a future then she would give in to Ethan’s demands.

Ethan on the other hand came across very naive and at times a bit stupid.

Of course all this is going on while they are hunting supernatural killers and missing children including Ethan’s Niece which is a little hard to swallow.

The character who steals the show for me is Kat’s grandmother, Gwen, she is an absolute superstar and has some of the best lines in the book.

Overall, this is a really enjoyable read, I read it in one sitting, but it doesn’t take itself too seriously so it’s important that you don’t either.

TitleCircle of Desire
Series: The Damask Circle
Author: Keri Arthur
Genre: Romance, Paranormal
Publisher: Piatkus
Publication Date: 5 November 2009
Review Format: Paperback
Other Formats: eBook
Pages: 304
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I'm BrizzleLass, I have Bipolar and have been dealing with mental illness in one form or another since childhood, I was first diagnosed with depression at nine. It's not easy speaking out about my experiences, some of them are extremely painful, but if I can help even one person then I have succeeded in sharing my story. This is where I talk about my mental health among other things that interest me. I enjoy walking, PlayStation, reading, heavy metal, and spending time with my Niece.

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