Series: Maggie's Grove, #4
Published by Carina Press on June 22, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Romantic
Pages: 217 pages
Sexual Content: graphic sex scenes
Reviewed by: Kristina
Fire elemental Mollie Ferguson is on the wrong side of a group of enraged shifter wolves. She's been secretly investigating a plot that could destroy the small-town supernatural haven of Maggie's Grove. But when a beloved pack member is killed, everyone thinks she's the murderer. In desperation, she turns to the one person who will help her—the true mate she rejected. His presence rekindles an old, irresistible desire, and makes her wish she'd chosen differently.
Without Mollie as his lover, the dryad Greer Berkley is dying, the leaves of his birch turning to autumn shades. But he will not allow himself to fade until he has ensured Mollie's safety. All know Greer as a healer, but few know the true depth of his power as a defender.
Greer and Mollie must complete her investigation and clear her name before the pack demands vengeance. And if they are to know each other's touch at last, the only chance is now, before it's too late for Greer.
I decided to review SONG OF MIDNIGHT EMBERS due to the mention of dryads and elementals in the description. I don't think I've read urban fantasy or paranormal romance involving dryads as central characters. I was fascinated by the mythology and magic of the dryads in this book. I had some trouble wrapping my head around the concept of traveling through the trees and dryads entering their trees but besides that it was really cool to explore a new paranormal creature. At times Greer seemed to come act sort of like a werewolf would with some growls and odd behaviors that I'd associated with shifters but in the end put that down to reading too many books with werewolves in them.
The plot revolving around attacks on various magical inhabitants of Maggie's Grove was really well done and filled with twists and suspense. It's a murder mystery in a small town but with people who have incredibly amazing and varied powers that make the solving of such murders all the more messy and complicated. The plot carries over from book to book and did make figuring out character relationships and minor plot point a touch confusing but it in no way hampered my enjoyment of the book. I will definitely have to go back to the previous books to better understand things and of course read more about some of the very interesting side characters and their mixed paranormal relationships.
Greer and Mollie's relationship is filled with hilarious banter and communication issues that could have been resolved with people simply talking to eachother. The central plot could have been resolved a lot quicker with some talking as well but then there would be no book... I liked seeing Greer and Mollie finally work through their both their communication problems and their insecurities about eachother. They both seemed like fun people and worked really well together so I was rooting for them which is a generally good thing to be doing for a central couple in a romance.
1. Blood of the Maple
2. Thorne of Oak
3. Of Shadows and Ash