To keep Ash safe, witch doctor Selena Giannone wants to handle the fallout from her nightmare alone. But she might be dealing with more than the agonizing loss of her powers—something's haunting her house so badly the land itself is afraid. A demon so powerful nothing in Maggie's grove can tame it alone.
Terrified, exhausted and out of options, Selena turns to Ash for help. The enemy needs two things to feed: Selena's powers, yes, but also it needs her fear. And if there's a magic that can save her, it lies with Ash—with his touch, and with their bond.
This time the plot is set firmly around the Dryad, Ash, and the woman he wants to call mate, Selena. All does not run smoothly though as Selena has only recently been rescued from vicious kidnappers, who poisoned her and even now her magical powers are most definitely on the fritz! Selena is more than just a witch, she is a healer but her powers are so out of whack that any spell she casts seems to go horribly wrong. Ash does not want to watch his potential mate suffer but the stubborn Selena refuses to involve him and insists he return home to the Grove.
Ash may not want to leave Selena at all, but realises if he is to claim her as his mate, he must first convince the woman! Reluctantly stepping back, Ash is adamant that should Selena need him he will be there for her, so when something starts haunting her there's no way Ash will not be by her side. Selena realises she needs help, as whatever is stalking her seems to be gaining power, but putting Ash in danger is the last thing she wants. Maybe, just maybe they are stronger together and it's high time they found out!
First off, I wish to state I love this Ms Bell's work and have read several of both her shifter and her Fae books. Unfortunately, I had not read the previous book in this series, Throne of Oak, and I feel my enjoyment was marred somewhat by that. There are an awful lot of characters to get straight in the reader's head and particularly, initially there are a lot of references to events from previous books, which I feel might irk some readers who don't enjoy reprising old story lines. I hasten to add that as the book got underway, it became far more enjoyable and the romance angle progressed quite nicely; but simply because of all the assorted and diverse characters it felt a little stilted to me. Much as I adore the uber protective hero Ash and I thought Selena was a very stubborn and brave heroine, I just did not connect with this series as much as I have with others from Ms Bell. Nevertheless it was an interesting storyline and I'm quite taken by the vampire, Parker, who definitely has potential as a leading man but unfortunately not my favourite book by this author.
I would happily urge readers to check out her Grey Court series as they are simply a fabulous read and I think it's fair to say if it's a series, then it's far better to read in order.
This does work as a standalone but for me, only just!