Monday, May 6, 2013

Dylan’s Witch


Author: Jory Strong
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing
Publisher URL: www.ellorascave.com
ISBN/BIN: 9781419920233
Genre: {M/F} Contemporary Paranormal Series
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Getting tied down to one woman isn’t in Detective Dylan Archer’s plans for his life. Not even after he meets Seraphine, a beautiful witch who is supposed to be his heartmate. He’d rather keep to his bachelor ways than be tied down, but Dylan can’t deny his inability to stop thinking about her, either. There’s a serial killer on the loose and Dylan’s on the hunt. When Seraphine’s targeted, he’s forced to deal with his conflicted feelings, and has stop a killer before it’s too late. For both of them.

Dylan’s Witch is the newest release in Jory Strong’s Supernatural Bonds series.  Due to the recurring characters and intertwined friendships, the books should be read in order.

This is a good blending of a paranormal-based serial killing and the romance between Dylan and Seraphine. It’s surprisingly well-balanced and manages to smoothly interject many of the characters from the previous books. It’s nice seeing these people again, but I could have done with fewer points of view.

The prologue detracted from the beginning for me—it made it drag a bit—but then I’m not a big fan of big scenes from the villain’s viewpoint either and here, there were plenty. Overall the pace is fast, there’s vivid imagery and magic is well placed throughout the plot. We’re given a good introduction to Serephine’s sister and niece but there’s several loose threads left dangling that I assume will be handled in a future release.

Dylan and Seraphine are interesting and I wish I could say I liked Dylan more but his continual refusal—almost until the end—to accept Seraphine and the paranormal is just annoying.

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