Monday, 14 May 2012

Motor City Mage by Cindy Spencer Pape

As a cop who keeps paranormals in line, Des has a hard time trusting them. So why does he want the beautiful werewolf Lana more than his next breath? She's mouthy, flamboyant and distractingly sexy--not the type of woman for a reserved mage like him. Lana admires Des, but she can't be with someone who won't take her seriously, no matter how much she'd love to rip off his dress shirt.

When a dangerous new drug shows up in Detroit, Des must locate the source, and Lana is determined to help. But their plan goes awry, trapping them in a demon dimension. To return home, Lana and Des must flee through a series of unpredictable alternate realities, fighting enemies while trying to shut down the drug trade. But if they're going to survive, they'll have to rely on each other, even though getting closer will add fuel to a fire that's already burning out of control...

Cindy Spencer Pape is an author that I can’t imagine will ever disappoint me. I’ve read several of her books and she has brought a unique brilliantness to every single one. Motor City Mage is another fantastic book that is a rather yummy 68K—which suited me fine because I didn’t want to put it down. At this length I should have been satisfied but I wasn’t. I wanted more and was disappointed when it ended. In the past I’ve found it rare that a series continues as good as the first, but with this one, Urban Arcana, it gets better and better.

The world-building in Mage is superb, and the images created are so vivid and real that I saw myself there, on the outside of each scene, as an observer, for the most part, but an actual character as well—just one that isn’t mentioned LOL. Our hero and heroine are portrayed very well and their personalities shine through. I chuckled more than a few times at their banter. The secondary characters all add richness and all have their place without overtaking the hero and heroine, something I really appreciated. The otherworldly beings are simply amazing, described so very well that it was as if they really do exist—how can I explain exactly what I mean? Ms Spencer Pape makes them appear normal, everyday beings that we encounter in our real lives, not just in the pages of her books. I think that’s a very special talent to convince a reader that what we might consider odd really isn’t odd at all.

I admit it, I’m a serious fan. Cindy’s books are well worth the money, well worth snuggling up on the sofa for, and well worth gagging for the next one! I refuse to believe she’ll ever pen anything I won’t like!

VERY highly recommended—the whole series.

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