Series: Philadelphia Coven Chronicles #4
Published by Loose ID on July 4th, 2017
Genres: Adult, Fantasy & Magic, Occult & Supernatural, Paranormal Romance, Romantic, Supernatural, Urban Fantasy
Sexual Content: Explicit sex scenes.
Reviewed by: Kim
The Philadelphia Coven has thwarted the Order of the Serpent’s every attempt to destroy their city only to draw out the scariest nightmare from the Otherworld, the Caoranach. One of the Coven’s own, Cami Akiyama, has already met this creature—the very monster who tortured her, branding her with a mark. Given Cami’s history with the big bad, the Coven leader assigns her a bodyguard, none other than the gorgeous and lethal necromancer, Dante Martinez, the ex-boyfriend she disappeared on years ago. One conversation confirms the spark between them never died, and based on the way Dante flirts, he won’t allow that flame to extinguish out without a fight.
No one has ever compared to Dante and the incendiary passion he inspired in her, but the Caoranach broke her—Cami’s too damaged for any sort of relationship. Not like that stops him. If anything, he fights harder for the memories of a love that kept her sane on the bleakest nights. And despite every effort to distance, she finds herself falling for him all over again. Except the Caoranach isn’t finished with her—the branded mark holds the secret to the city’s destruction or salvation, and Cami stands in the center of the storm.
WAKING FOR WINTER is a ton of mixed-mythological fun, with heroes you can really care about and a city worth defending. From fairy-folk to necromancers, with a pass by every sort of witch imaginable, there is a lot of magic being thrown around Philadelphia.
It’s refreshing to follow characters who actually fall asleep after a harrowing trial, instead of falling in bed with each other before the fires are even out. I guess there is a certain dramatic appeal to a couple banging to get the adrenalyn out of their system after a big fight, but I appreciate the minor realism of crashing on a couch for a few hours when you’ve just come back from another realm where you were fighting for your life.
The multiple different settings makes it feel longer than it is - in a good way. Unlike books that drag on, the timing in WAKING FOR WINTER is really spot on and each locale feels necessary and interesting. Whether they are in an impossible Otherworld forest or in the rough streets of an inner city neighbourhood, each setting has enough description to get you there and on with the action.
This book is a fun look at what makes a person. Can a mother’s love make up for being what many call a monster? Can a man from a rough neighbourhood full of violence and drugs ever be able to care for a city and for a woman who might be the only one to save him? WAKING FOR WINTER is a satisfying end to the PHILADELPHIA COVEN CHRONICLES. These are going into the “to re-read” pile.Series Titles:
- Hunting For Spring
- Scrying for Summer
- Rising for Autumn - 4/5