MAGICAL TRICKS. DEMONIC TREATS.
After narrowly escaping her fate as a sacrificial scapegoat, Arcadia Bell is back to normal. Or at least as ordinary as life can be for a renegade magician and owner of a tiki bar that caters to Earthbound demons. She’s gearing up for the busiest day of the year—Halloween—when a vengeful kidnapper paralyzes the community.
The influential head of the local Hellfire Club taps Cady to track down the fiendish bogeyman, and now that she’s dating red-hot Lon Butler, the Club’s wayward son, she can hardly say no. Cady and Lon untangle a gruesome thirty-year trail of clues that points to danger for the club members’ children. But locating the person behind the terror will require some metaphysical help from Cady’s loyal bar patrons as well as her potent new Moonchild powers—and she’d better figure it out before the final victim disappears and her own darkest secret becomes her biggest enemy.
I loved it! There I said it, this is another series which is going on my auto buy list. As you know I got the first one at AAD and reviewed it a few weeks ago, I then went out straight away and bought the next one and now I have read that and I am waiting for the next one!! AAARGH!!! But a good argh!
So why did I like it, same reason as last time, good plot and great characters!
The story still revolves around Cady Bell, she is still the moonchild and still the owner of a tiki bar, she is now dating Lon and their relationship has developed to the point that they have swapped keys. She is now an integral part of Lon's life and the life of his son Jupe. Jupe is great and probably one of most likeable teenage characters I have come across, yes he is loud, yes he has a huge pile of unwashed laundry in his room and yes he probably smells like a teenage boy. But he is so completely loveable, in his mind Cady is family and it gives way for some real sniffly moments!
Cady is great and has developed since the last book, considering what happened to her I am guessing that the character needed to and this is a fabulous thing because it doesn't happen often enough for me, or when it does it's not pulled off... but it is here. Cady is still a fabulous character but now she is just a bit more mature, a little more grown up.... and dating an older man. This sometimes does impact on her and she has the occasional epiphany because of it, but she is adjusting really well to life with a ready made family. That just makes me love her more!
Lon is still sexy and piratical! ARRRR! Actually he is way more than that, he is a really rounded character, a well adjusted man, a father with his feet firmly planted. He just happens to be a demon. A sexy demon with special powers. I love Lon!
The plot is sophisticated and full of twists and turns which keep you guessing, each time you think you have cottoned onto it the thread shoots off and drags you in a different direction. A supernatural roller coaster with magic knobs on! OK that sounds rude, magic bells... you get my drift!
A great summer read, add it to your TBR pile, I give Summoning the Night 4.5 frillies out of 5. Pack it with your sun lotion, stretch back, relax and be transported.