Boston schoolteacher Ann Phillips knows better than to trust the Fae, but when one of her second graders turns up to class with both arms covered in magical tattoos, she has no choice but to turn to Finn MacUmhaill, the dangerous and charismatic Fae crime lord who controls Charlestown, for help.
Finn MacUmhaill, leader of the Fianna, has had his eye on Ann Phillips for months, but a recent showdown with an old enemy has left his house broken. Between the crippling blow dealt to the Fianna and his son’s recent defection, he hasn’t had time to woo the pretty redhead. When she turns up on his doorstep asking for his help, he thinks he’s found the way to win her, but before he can act, the child goes missing, kidnapped by a rogue Druid who has discovered the key to destroying the wall between worlds.
Now, Finn and Ann must ally themselves with an old adversary—the treacherous Prince Consort—to save the boy, or risk the destruction of the wall that keeps the corrupt Fae Queen and her Court at bay…
Finn has constantly made mistakes recently and taking on his old enemy has left both his home and the Fae he protects broken. His son has deserted him but he has a cunning plan involving the Penitent to get him back as without him the Fianna are terribly vulnerable. Now if he could just find time to persuade the human, Ann Phillips, into his bed then life would be joyous indeed!
Ann doesn't trust the head of the local Irish mob but when a student of hers appears to be in trouble and abused, she knows just where to look for help. Finn opens Ann's eyes to his world of fair folk but it's a dangerous place. Finn sets in motion a plan to help the child but before he has time to act the boy is kidnapped by a vicious Druid. What happens next plunges them all into danger as long dead secrets are revealed and the most vile and untrustworthy just might turn out to be allies or will they?
Another good story with drama, tension, and a plot with a tantalising ending. These Fae are not cute or sweet but cruel and dangerous and none more so than Finn; and yet the author shows him in a whole new light in this book. He is honourable, brave, and struggling to protect those he sees as his. Letting go of anger and revenge to embrace new beginnings is never easy, but as the conflicts change focus he steps up. Ann is a huge surprise to all including herself! To say more would ruin the surprise but I can say she's strong, has morals, and a genuine desire to save others. If honest, I wasn't totally convinced by their almost instant love but could believe that two people who had closed off their hearts could somehow learn to trust each other. It's not an erotic story full of raunchy scenes but there are intimate moments between the couple.
Ms McDermott seems to enjoy redeeming her characters and I'm curious what will happen to the Prince Consort as every good paranormal story needs a bad guy to boo and hiss at. I suspect the Penitent might be up next but whoever it is, I know I will be eagerly downloading it. This series showing Fae in the modern world and those who help humanise them is very entertaining. Although Blade Dance seemed lacking in the romance department, it was still a book that had me up late reading it and I guess there's no better recommendation than that!
I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.