From USA Today bestselling author, Deanna Chase, the second book in the Crescent City Fae series.
Finding the perfect dress can be hell...especially when a stranger tries to gun you down in broad daylight. Void agent and magical baker extraordinaire, Willow Rhoswen has been anticipating her first date with Talisen Kavanagh since she was sixteen. After eight years of waiting, there are only two things that can stand in her way - an assassination attempt and a new game-changing drug.
Talisen's invented a new elixir that creates superhumans, ones that can rival vampire strength, and everyone wants it. Including the vampires. With Willow's life on the line, he makes a deal with the devil, while she's forced to accept the always-strings-attached protection from the most notorious vampire organization in New Orleans.
But when Talisen and his drug go missing, Willow will stop at nothing to find him, even if it means working with her vampire-ex, David. With souped-up humans, dangerous vampires, and more questions than answers, Willow has less than twenty-four hours to find him before everything changes forever.
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I think that Deanna Chase is one of the best series writers I have read. She builds on her characters and the life-long stories in a way that is gripping, endearing and complex all at once. I would definitely recommend both this series and her other series on Audible, the Bourbon street books.
This is book 2 in the Crescent City Fae series and I strongly recommend that you read these books in order as they include spoilers for previously books in the series.
At the end of the last book we were left with some pretty big information that turns into big plot in book 2. No longer a sideliner who is just there to support Willow, Talisen now takes some attention himself as a the creator of a powerful substance that is very open to criminal abuse.
I find it interesting how Deanna Chase takes good characters in this series and matches them to horrific creations that, while they may have good uses, are essentially the tools to create a horrific dictatorship or other overly powerful ruling body. It is mind boggling to see magic as both the gentle nature-focused happy moments in the main character's lives and the tools of world domination and subjugation simultaneously. The plot never takes it to a nightmarish place like that, but the combination of physical and psychological power that these two have created should make you stop and think.
That is something that really sets Deanna's books apart for me, the way she brings in such unexpected and often complex and interesting aspects to her seemingly lighthearted world. She gives you an intellectual pause while enjoying a page turning fun read, to think about some of the realities of magic of any kind in our complicated world where things can be used in ways the creator never intended.
This series has really grown on me, I honestly thought I mightn't enjoy it as much as the Jade series as it is not filled with the adults-only scenes that the Bourbon street series has in every book, but it has such a charm of it's own, the political machinations are so unpredictable, I love it.
I think my favourite character in this book is Maude, but I think if I get into a longer discussion of why it might cause spoilers!
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