Blurb: We’re the D’Artigo sisters: sexy, savvy operatives for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. But being half-human, half-Fae means our supernatural talents always go haywire at the wrong time. My sister Camille is a wicked good witch who attracts men like honey attracts flies. Menolly’s a vampire who’s still getting the hang of being undead. And me? I’m Delilah, a werecat who’s been marked by the Autumn Lord as one of his Death Maidens. And wouldn’t you know it, Karvanak–the demon general who stole the third Spirit Seal–is back. And this time, he’s out for blood…
The Hags of Fate enjoy seeing me squirm. First, my boyfriend, Chase, mutters another woman’s name in his sleep. Then I discover the Autumn Lord has a very special plan for me. But things go from bad to deadly when Karvanak–the Rāksasa–returns. In order to get his greedy hands on both the fourth Spirit Seal and his former associate, Vanzir, he kidnaps Chase. Now, we have to find a way to rescue the man I love without risking the safety of both Otherworld and Earth…
Review: I finally had to drop my rating for one of the books in this series because all the things that bothered me in the first few books are still there and absolutely aren’t improving. Mainly, the utter lack of ability to connect to the characters with regards to their romantic relationships.
It just isn’t all that entertaining to read a story that is supposed to have a romantic aspect to it and have that romance entail the main connection not only cheat, but lie about it completely, then admit that he just felt like it (and for no other reason than that he is a pig), then have the woman pretty much shrug and say “Okay, I forgive you”. No matter if the “culture” is all about open relationships.
I have no problems what-so-ever with stories about poly or multi-partner relationships. I don’t even have problems with stories about casual relationships. But I’m just not buying the openness that is supposed to be a part of the fae culture that the main characters are from. Not the way it is being written. It just does not come of as genuine. I haven’t felt it in the other stories, but this one was the absolute worst. Openness does not equate a lack of respect for the parties involved in the relationship and that that lack of respect is okay.
Really, the whole relationship part of this book kind of killed what I liked about the rest of it because it was just so incredibly off for me I couldn’t get past it. Honestly, it was enough that I really should probably even give it a lower review than I did.
I don’t know if I will bother with any of the other books in the series if this is what I have to look forward to. Yes, I want to read about all the mystical parts of the story as well, but if I dislike so much of the rest of the book, then it becomes a chore rather than a pleasure to read.