Author: Tessa Adams
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Lone Star Witch (Book #2)
Publication Date: December 3, 2013
Format: Paperback, 368 Pages
ISBN-10: 0451415051 (Berkley/Penguin)
ISBN-13: 978-0451415059 (Berkley/Penguin)
Reviewed by: Roxanne
After Xandra’s nasty run in with the Arcadian Council of Witches—where she was almost killed and her boyfriend, Declan, was almost framed for it—her plan is to lay low and figure out why its members would torment the people they are supposed to protect. Declan, temperamental and protective warlock that he is, doesn’t feel so reticent. And when violence erupts again, there’s no stopping him from pursuing revenge…
When a council member is murdered in a fashion that screams dark magic, Declan claims someone else beat him to it. Xandra doesn’t want to believe he could commit such a brutal act, but she knows he has a dark side—one that his former love interest Tsura understands better than she ever will. With Tsura back in town, Xandra doesn’t know whom to trust. And a killer targeting witches and wizards is still at large…
Quick & Dirty: Trying to find a missing girl, and her family is under attack. Can Xandra and Declan figure it out?
Opening Sentence: “What are you doing?”
Xandra and Declan are mated, but she just really wants some time to figure out why the ACW attacked her and tried to frame her boyfriend. Before she can really catch her breath Nick comes to her and asks for help finding a little girl named Shelby who was kidnapped. Xandra asks Lilly for help and she does a reading, all the while Xandra has a bad feeling about this. She is surprised when she connects with her psychically, but she still can’t figure out who has her and why.
Before she can figure that all out she is compelled to find a body and when Xandra and Lily arrive, she is not shocked when Declan shows up and helps them find the body. When it turns out to be a member of the council she is sure Declan is involved but he claims someone beat him to it. Then another body turns up and it is a race against time to figure out who is killing council members.
Then when her family is attacked Xandra is sure it is retaliation for the attacks against the council. Can Xandra find Shelby? Can Xandra find out who is killing the council before her family is attacked again?
This book picks up shortly after the first one, and is pretty good. It does have so much going on, and jumps back and forth between things pretty quickly. In between all the action, Xandra and Declan are getting even cozier. I like the series, although it doesn’t quite live up to it’s full potential and never fully explains what is going on. By the end of this book it still isn’t quite clear why the council went to such horrible lengths to attempt to kill Xandra in book 1.
Xandra and Declan aren’t fully explained either. We know they are Soulbound from book 1, but their power and the reason they were bound at birth isn’t fully explored either. I was left wanting a little bit more.
A chill runs down my spine at the words, and the singsongy way Lilly says them. Her body’s right in front of me, but I know that she’s gone far away. I want to scream at her to come back, to tell her that it’s dangerous, but she wouldn’t thank me for it. This is what she does–what I asked her to do. It’s not her fault that I’m suddenly filled with an overwhelming trepidation, a sickness in my stomach that warns me this reading isn’t going to end as well as I had hoped.
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FTC Advisory: Berkley/Penguin provided me with a copy of Flamebound. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.