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Fulfill three quests, return the missing shards of an evil sword, or people die. Nothing a wounded Russian sorcerer and an artist with a talent for roping can’t handle.
Rodion Czernovitch is in Nocturne Falls recovering from a serious injury and working hard not to fall for his sister’s best friend. When evil comes knocking on his door and she accidentally gets in the way, it’s time to quit brooding and start preparing for battle.
Carina Valdis just wanted a cup of coffee. But when she ran into her bestie’s brother - her big crush - and subsequently into an evil wizard’s curse, it’s going to take all her skill and patience to teach the overbearing warrior that love and wit (and a couple of rope tricks) can conquer all. Even the threat of death.
I really liked the characters in this book. But at times the story was hard to follow and would seem kind of rushed in places. Carina has known Rodion a long time because she is his sister's best friend. But I got the impression that they hadn't spent much time together ever. He was so quiet and angry and always wanted to stay away from people. They do, however, now live in the same apartment building. After an encounter at the coffee shop, they walk home together. There, she is attacked by a golem. Here she is seeing a terrifying creature and also being cursed and almost dying. Right after, they are up against the wall kissing like mad. All of a sudden, Rodion isn't so quiet and they are all touchy lovey dovey. I don't know, it just seems like it was a little rushed and the wrong timing. But it may just be me. I read it at 3 am. I was glad to see another Russian character. But I wish there would've been a list of what the Russian terms meant. And while Carina was a norn, I didn't know what that was. I wound up having to google a lot of stuff. I guess I've lived a sheltered life lol. I don't mean to sound so negative. This book is worth the read. It had enough good qualities to out weigh the negatives. I love that we had the Fae world. And that Rodion was a boarder patrol officer. Or magistrate. How could I forget that? My hubby is a magistrate.