Note: This is a review of an adult book. Please, do not read either the review or the book reviewed unless you are an adult.
SUMMARY: Bowen MacRieve of the Lycae clan lost the one woman meant for him long ago. Cold and guilt-ridden, he alienates himself from everyone. Mariketa the Awaited is the most powerful witch in the history, but she cannot control her magic. Stil mortal, she joins the Talisman’s Hie to prove herself.
Bowen hates witches. Mariketa does not trust the Lycae.
As Mariketa’s spell costs Bowen the only chance to recover his mate and his trap almost costs Mariketa her life, they unwillingly join their paths. But in the world of immortals, nothing is as it seems when a dark force sets at work and soon something bigger than them is at stake. Will they be able to overcome their differences and defeat the enemy in time to find their happiness?
It is kind of unfair that this series is mainly known as adult romance, because there is so much more to it than that. In the fourth book, Cole continues to unveil more of her unique paranormal world, adding to it still new layers.
Whereas the love story between Bowen and Mariketa seemingly follows pretty much the classic pattern, it offers some refreshing surprises. Besides, their relationship develops slowly and the reasons for their feelings and actions are credible and well presented.
The charm of Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night is in details. Thus, the reader learns a few new things about its world and creatures. Cole is a good describer and she makes everything fit together very well.
To me, reading this series is beginning to feel like revisiting old friends as characters from the previous instalments recur. Lachlain and Emma reappear, ever so pleasant to read about them, and we also get a glimpse of Sebastian Wroth, who really grew on me. Then there is Nix, a somewhat psychotic Valkyrie soothsayer who is never wrong and is so much fun, so I would like to see more of her.
All in all, this book is a gripping mixture of familiar and unknown, with a few steamy scenes. The outline is well executed and the book reads smoothly and fast. In addition, Cole introduces some new minor characters whom I am already looking forward to reading about in the following books in the series.
RECOMMENDATION: If you can get past some sexually explicit scenes and language, Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night is a book with an intriguing paranormal world and characters.