RELEASE DAY REVIEW by Lorna: Circle of Desire (Damask Circle #3) by Keri Arthur (@kezarthu​r,@Mollyka​tie112)

Two children have been found dead, their souls torn from their bodies. Two more are missing, and Ethan Morgan’s niece is one of them. A dedicated cop, Ethan has every intention not only of bringing her back alive but of catching the monster behind these kidnappings. And he will use anyone and everyone to achieve those aims—even a crazy woman who claims to be a witch. But time is ticking. The victims rarely stay alive for more than seven days. Four of those days have already passed.
In ten years of working for the Damask Circle, shapeshifter Katherine Tanner has never come across anything that goes after kids the way this monster does. The last thing Kat needs is interference from a cop who has no idea what he’s up against. But the greatest threat to Kat may come not from the forces of darkness, but from the man she is beginning to love. Because Ethan is a werewolf . . . and the full moon is rising.
Circle of Desire

Don’t you just love paranormal books that feature all kinds of creatures? Even some that you haven’t ever heard of? That’s what the Damask Circle books by Keri Arthur are all about. Her Nikki and Michael Series also featured the Damask Circle. These are all re-releases and I have read and enjoyed all of them.
Kat and her grandmother, Gwen, are witches that work for the Damask Circle. The Circle polices the supernatural world. The witches are called in on a case where something evil is kidnapping children and killing them horribly. Gwen is able to figure out what child will be kidnapped next, but since she is elderly, Kat does all the finding and fighting for the twosome. Ethan is a police detective and his niece has just been kidnapped. He’s taken off the case, but of course he has no intention of staying off the case. He realizes his best bet is to join up with Kat and Gwen, even though he really doesn’t believe in witches. Kinda crazy since he’s a werewolf. It’s a week before the full moon and he is already under the influence of the moon. And there we have the reason the word desire is in the title.
All of Ms. Arthur’s villains are so innovative and this book is no different. This time around, they are up against a soul sucker, otherwise known as a Mara. She’s an ancient creature, but beautiful and deadly. She uses all kinds of creatures to help her. This book has zombie’s, vampires and bitten werewolves-which evidently are different from born werewolves. I do like this author’s world building.
I really enjoyed the characters of Kat and Ethan. Kat was smart and feisty and totally thrown for a loop when she meets Ethan. Ethan is a werewolf that never lets his wolf out. He’s ashamed of what he is and tries to forget-except for that one week a month when it’s impossible to forget. Gwen was a surprise. She might be elderly, but you just know she was a hellion in her younger days and fully supports anything Kat might do in the romance department. Pretty different and it worked.
The only thing I had a problem with, was that most of the victims were children. I know that children are victims at times so I had to just go with it. The book was full of action, mystery, romance and lust. I had a hard time putting the book down so it was a really fast read for me.
I would recommend this to all paranormal romance readers-unless you can’t handle children as victims.
I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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