Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Review: Waking for Winter by Katherine McIntyre

Title: Waking for Winter
Author: Katherine McIntyre
Genre/Age: Paranormal Romance/Adult
Series: Philadelphia Coven Chronicles (Book Four)
Publisher: Loose Id
Format: ebook via Author
Rating: ✺✺✺
SynopsisThe Philadelphia Coven has thwarted the Order of the Serpent’s every attempt to destroy their city only to draw out the scariest nightmare from the Otherworld, the Caoranach. One of the Coven’s own, Cami Akiyama, has already met this creature—the very monster who tortured her, branding her with a mark. Given Cami’s history with the big bad, the Coven leader assigns her a bodyguard, none other than the gorgeous and lethal necromancer, Dante Martinez, the ex-boyfriend she disappeared on years ago. One conversation confirms the spark between them never died, and based on the way Dante flirts, he won’t allow that flame to extinguish out without a fight.

No one has ever compared to Dante and the incendiary passion he inspired in her, but the Caoranach broke her—Cami’s too damaged for any sort of relationship. Not like that stops him. If anything, he fights harder for the memories of a love that kept her sane on the bleakest nights. And despite every effort to distance, she finds herself falling for him all over again. Except the Caoranach isn’t finished with her—the branded mark holds the secret to the city’s destruction or salvation, and Cami stands in the center of the storm.

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

A banshee and a necromancer walk into a coven...

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Cami is a banshee and she's glad to still be alive. But her time of being held captive by the enemy has left her with more than just nightmares. She's been branded by the very evil creatures that seek to destroy the city. And Cami's afraid that she will be more of a hindrance than a help for her coven when the time comes to fight. It's too bad that now is the time for fate to bring her lost love back into her life.

Dante isn't taking another chance of Cami getting away from him. She might have fled once and left his heart shattered but she won't get away this time. She's meant to be his and he knows she believes that, too. Even the threat of their worst enemy won't remove him from Cami's side. And no matter what he has to do, he will rid her of the cursed mark so they can be together again.

But the mark isn't the only thing standing between them. Their painful past isn't possible to forget. Cami owes Dante an explanation. And though he might be willing to forgive her, their future is still uncertain when an army of evil is trying to unleash their fury on the world. It will take the entire coven to bring them down and restore peace. Only then can Cami and Dante find their forever.

This is the final book of the series. So far, we've met witches, hunters, fae, jinni, and lots of nasty supernatural creatures that roam the world. The couples from the first three books are back to help our new pair in the fight. It was nice to get a peek at how the others are now. Like a big, crazy, paranormal family reunion.

There are some uninvited creatures that make an appearance, too. The Caoranach was a twisted character who would pop up out of nowhere but did offer some insight into Cami's past. There is also a good dose of magic used in this book, including a graveyard conversation with a ghost. I especially liked the visit to the Otherworld. It was colorful and imaginary. I think the paranormal element was nicely done once again. 

The romance was my favorite part, however. Dante and his sarcastic self is back. He was a character I grew to like in the previous book and I had a feeling we would see more of him. I was glad to be right about that. His humor really added a nice touch to the otherwise mostly dark and suspenseful storyline. He was a hoot.

Cami wasn't quite as strong of a heroine as Alanna was for me, but I still really liked her. This is a second chance love story and that's a favorite theme of mine. I thoroughly enjoyed the love scenes as I always do. I think it's something special when an author can do both romance and paranormal so well. It's a nice balance between the two and I highly recommend this series to anyone who is a fan of either or both.

In closing...
This chapter might be over but I wonder if we'll see more stories from this same world in the future. Four suns!

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