|Title: Entice Me at Twilight
Series: The Doomsday Brethren #4
Cover Art: Juliana Kolesova
Genre: paranormal romanceMass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Date Published: October 26, 2010
In national bestselling author Shayla Black’s electrifying new novel, the Doomsday Brethren fight their mortal enemy for the newest weapon in a bloody magical war: the one woman a warrior shouldn’t claim . . . yet can’t resist.
Dangerously handsome Simon Northam, Duke of Hurstgrove, and his uptight brother Mason are hardly close, but crashing Mason’s wedding and stealing his fiancee further aggravate their sibling rivalry. Duke’s family has no notion he’s a wizard, so how can he explain that magickind’s fate lies with the beautiful, tenacious bride he longs to seduce? Felicia is an Untouchable, a rare human whose presence disables magic—even the impenetrable forces surrounding Morganna le Fay’s tomb. The evil witch’s malicious powers could propel nefarious wizard Mathias to ultimate world domination . . . if he can resurrect her. To conceal herself, Felicia must succumb to her smoldering desire for Duke, but he risks binding his life—and sanity— to a lover whose loyalties are forever torn. He faces a choice: betray his brother for ultimate survival . . . or lose the woman who tempts him beyond control.
While the quick snap of love at first sight is a common occurrence in paranormal romances, falling in “trust” usually takes the span of an entire book or series. I would have guessed that a heroine with the magical ability to sense lies would have a fast track through the trust building process, but ENTICE ME AT TWILIGHT proved me wrong.
On the day of her wedding, Felica’s truth-sense helps her quickly accept that her life is in danger and that her future brother-in-law is not quite human, but no magic will make her believe that love can last forever. Throughout ENTICE ME AT TWILIGHT there are hints that events in Felicia’s past make her frightened of falling in love and opening up to another person. These hints were never sufficient for me to feel invested in her motivations, and I often lost patience with her behavior.
Luckily, this frustrating heroine had a stellar supporting cast, and a pretty great hero. I loved that when Felicia’s magical power is revealed to the Doomsday Brethren, the cohort of wizards fighting on the side of good, Simon’s only response is to be more careful in choosing his words (making him the only man on earth who would think having a soul-mate who can detect lies isn’t a big deal). It was also interesting seeing how Simon, who holds the human title “Duke of Hurstgrove” and often goes by “Duke”, balances a life or death war with life in the public eye. I can’t imagine celebrities like Paris Hilton or Colin Farrell having a secret, wizardly identity underneath the constant public scrutiny, and Simon certainly struggles with just that task.
While ENTICE ME AT TWILIGHT was an easy book to pick up and jump into, I found I was most interested in subplots rather than Felicia and Simon themselves. It is apparent from back-story provided in ENTICE ME AT TWILIGHT that there are some great relationships and uncommon plot gambits in this series’ prior books. I plan on picking up books one through three and a half for my TBR pile, and will be in a hurry to buy any future book that will tell me more about the chief wizard’s disappearing soul-mate or Shock, a complex mind-reader who can’t seem to decide which side of the war he is on.
While I enjoyed the tantalizing (and damaged) future heroes in the background, I was never particularly engaged by Felicia and Simon themselves. Both of the main characters made decisions I found frustrating, and that decreased my enjoyment of their particular plot line. To someone familiar with the series (and perhaps invested in Simon from previous books), this book could be much more satisfying. As for me, while my appetite has been whetted for more of the Doomsday Brethren, the main event in ENTICE ME AT TWILIGHT just didn’t click.
Sexual Content: References to sex, sex scenes, and a mutual masturbation scene.
1) Tempt Me with Darkness
1.5) Fated (free novella available at Shayla Black’s website)
2) Seduce Me in Shadow
3) Possess Me at Midnight
3.5) Mated in HAUNTED BY YOUR TOUCH
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