Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Heat of the Moment - Lori Handeland

Heat of the Moment
Lori Handeland
St. Martin's Paperbacks, Jun 30 2015, $7.99
ISBN: 9781250020130

In Three Harbors, Wisconsin, veterinarian Becca Carstairs fears she is losing her mind when she begins telepathically hearing animals “talking” to her.  Perhaps even more frightening is Becca’s unwanted attraction to wounded warrior Owen McAlister; as he broke her heart when he left town a decade ago.

Owen knows he hurt Becca badly ten years ago, but though he wants to reconcile, he focuses on recovering from his Afghan war wounds with the help of his BFF Reggie the bomb detection K9.  However, Owen is stunned when he and Reggie enter his house to find dead animals in what looks like ritual mutilations.  Meanwhile Prudence the wolf saves Becca’s life from a deadly assault.  While she has no idea why someone wants her dead; supported by their four-legged companions Becca and Owen investigate.

The second Sisters of the Craft romantic urban fantasy (see In The Air Tonight) is an exhilarating coming of witch age paranormal thriller; as the two human and three animal (to include Grenade the kitty) leads come together in an overall exciting paranormal.  Though appearances by the stars of previous series will please the author’s fans and hint at wider implications in the Handeland world; they add little to the good (women learning their DNA contain previously dormant witchcraft, and the loyal men and animals dedicated to keep them safe) and evil (hunters and probably much worse) plot. 

Harriet Klausner

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