Plot Type: CH, SMR
Kiss at Your Own Risk (2011)
Touch if You Dare (2011)
Hold Me if You Can (2012)
Unfortunately, the deedubs are still after Natalie, so Nigel becomes her protector. Nigel is having his own problems because his artwork has turned against him. The warriors discover that Mara, Angelica's witchy assistant, has taken over the Den now that Angelica is out of commission, and Mara has decided to make amends by wiping out the warriors' bad memories and thoughts of revenge against the witches so that all that is left is the ability to fall in love—with a woman chosen by Mara. To carry out her grand plan, Mara takes control of Nigel's drawings, so every time he completes a sketch of one of his fellow escapees, that warrior is dragged back into the Den for his brainwashing, leaving him a mindless husk. To complicate matters, Mara is loading Natalie's soul with demon smut, so she is gradually becoming a demon, with all of those nasty demonic urges—not to mention the claws and fangs.
The plot follows the development of the romance between Nigel and Natalie as Nigel learns how to control his inner rage and hostility, and Natalie learns how to tap into her inner sensuality and love of life. Once again, the story goes for the preposterous over the logical every time. When Nigel loses control, huge clouds of sharp blades of all kinds burst from all parts of his body and go flying into anything or anybody that gets in the way. Natalie's demonic self is a deedub who goes nuts for poor Maggie, a Sweet who has come to work in Natalie's chocolate shop.
This book is on a par with the other two with its juxtaposition of overwrought humor and gut-wrenching violence—often emotional in nature, but also physical. One plus for this book: not as many copy proofing errors as in the first two books.
I wish that I could like this series more, but, alas, it's just not my cup of paranormal tea. If you like the frenetic humor of MaryJanice Davidson and Michele Bardsley, you might like this series, although the writing is not quite up to their standards, and the books have an annoying number of copy-proofing errors.