Author: Angela Colsin
Genre/Age: Paranormal Romance
Series: The Crucible Series (Book Three)
Format: ebook via The Romance Reviews
My Rating: ✺✺✺✺
Synopsis: Feeling out of touch with her magical gifts, Aislinn Carmichael is a witch seeking a means of restoring her ability to its fullest potential. Despite the warnings of family and friends, the endeavor inevitably drives her to accept the initiation trial of a witch coven called The Trine.
Their test demands the capture of a supernatural creature, a task Aislinn has little doubt she can accomplish with relative ease. But of all the potentially benign creatures she could’ve snared, none other than a feral werewolf stumbles into her trap. Making matters worse is The Trine’s intentions for her dangerous captive, forcing Aislinn to release him and potentially risk retaliation.
But vengeance is the farthest thing from the werewolf’s mind.
Troy Ashland is a werewolf standing at death’s door, slowly losing his humanity until there’s nothing left but savage instincts. It’s a process all werewolves face, and the only thing that can appease his restless beast is his mate. So when word arrives from an oracle saying to travel to the Southern US to find her, he’s on the next flight out.
After his arrival in Arkin City, the last thing Troy expects is to be caught in a magical trap. But all is forgiven with one glimpse of his temporary jailor, who turns out to be the very woman he was searching for. Still, the task of winning her is surprisingly difficult. Not only is Aislinn inexplicably resisting their attraction, but The Trine won’t leave well enough alone …
When a witch and a werewolf find love, it's pure magic!
Get it? Magic? *snorts* I kill myself, sometimes...
We return to Arkin City, but this time it isn't a lupine that we're rooting for. It's our resident witch, Aislinn, who we met in the first book of this series. We do catch a glimpse or two of our original characters and a few new ones!
Aislinn is a witch on a mission to fix her magic, which has been out of sorts as of late. The ritual that will hopefully set her magic to rights requires that she abstain from intimacy for two months. So now would be a very bad time for her apparent life mate to come into the picture...
Troy has been searching for nearly two centuries to find his mate. And the longer it takes him to find her, the harder it becomes to hold on to his humanity. You see, Troy is a werewolf and his immortality comes with a price. He either finds his mate or loses himself to the savage beast inside of himself.
A not-very-chance encounter brings our witch and werewolf together. Troy realizes immediately who Aislinn is to him, but she needs a bit of encouragement to discover that her soul mate is right in front of her. Having her choice of a partner taken out of her hands is almost as startling as the intense attraction she feels to the werewolf.
Unfortunately, her vow to avoid intimacy isn't the only thing coming between her and Troy. The return of an absentee father, scheming witches, vexing ghosts, and ancient tomes get in the way of our couple's happily ever after. It will take an act of life-altering proportions to save Troy from a future of savagery and convince Ailslinn that she can trust fate with her heart.
This book was almost as good as the last two. Almost. The only thing that I think it was missing was more believable angst. I found Aislinn's planned ritual to be a weak reason for her to avoid getting to know Troy. Maybe if she were facing the loss of her magic entirely by breaking her vow, or something more dire, I would have agreed with her hesitancy. Other than that, this book was paranormal perfection!
This series is quickly becoming one of my favorites! Each story is entirely different, filled with creatures of all kinds and romance aplenty. Four suns and on to the next book!