This installment of the Kate Daniels series begins with Kate being stood up for the "naked" dinner she was meant to be serving Curran, the very sexy and infuriataing Beast Lord. From there, for Kate, things go from bad to worse, with plagues being started; powerful people being killed and an unpleasent family reunion. However it isn't all bad, the Kate and Curran will-they-won't-they finally reaches its inevitable conclusion, which had me jumping up and down in joy!
The action as usual with Ilona Andrews was fast paced and brutal and satisfied all my blood thirsty urges. The plot line was also interesting and developed at a steady pace; it always kept me anticipating what was going to happen next. The story in this book also pushed forward over arching storyline of Kates birth alot more then the other books, and I can't wait to find out what happens when Kate finally meets with her father Roland.
Now the romance *sighs* this book finally, finally concludes the tension built up between Curran and Kate in the last three books, and it was worth it. I am glad she did it in this book, it was the right time I think doing it before would have been too soon, but dragging it out for another book would have been frustrating.
However, although I enjoyed this book immensley and I believe it does deserve 5 stars, I don't think it was as good as Magic Strikes. To me Magic Strikes is the best book in the series, it has brilliant action in the Midnight Games and also has some of the best Kate and Curran scenes. The bath scene anyone?! Also the love scene in Magic Bleeds although it is hot, I think Andrews writes action and sexual tension alot better then the actual "deed" itself.
But this is an excellent read, one of the best for me so far this year, and a must read if you love the Kate Daniels series and an incentive to start reading the series if you don't.