Magic is a drug. It'll cost more than you can pay. . .
When a rare Blue Moon upsets the magical balance in the city, Detective Kate Prospero and her Magic Enforcement colleagues pitch in to help Babylon PD keep the peace. Between potions going haywire and emotions running high, every cop in the city is on edge. But the moon's impact is especially strong for Kate, who's wrestling with guilt over her use of illegal magic.
When a rogue wizard steals dangerous potions from a local coven, Kate's team must find the thief's hideout before the vengeful coven catches him. But the investigation uncovers the rogue's dangerous plot to unleash chaotic magic on the city. Once the Blue Moon rises no-one's secrets will be safe. Not even Kate's.
The second Prospero's War magical investigation (after Dirty Magic) showcases Wells's skill with character development. When high-profile covens in Babylon are robbed of dangerous illegal potions, Det. Kate Prospero and the Magic Enforcement Agency taskforce are pulled in to investigate. Kate has her personal battles to fight, hiding her recent slip into illegal magic use as well as surviving the chaos that comes from the magic-enhancing blue moon. The search for the thief forces Kate to come to terms with her own troublesome past before her secrets emerge and possibly destroy her relationships with her partner, her best friend, and her brother. The tension remains high as the story shifts easily among the magical and mundane politics of the investigation, the ongoing work to control the city during the blue moon, and Kate's miserable guilt. H LickKylie ScottSt. Martin's, trade paper (304p) Scott's first Stage Dive contemporary is a delightful romantic romp. Evelyn Thomas is anticipating a carefully constructed career and life. A weekend birthday bash in Vegas is intended to be a passing indulgence, not a world-shattering event. But then there is David Farris, an uncompromising musician with the good looks and raw charisma his job demands. Can a night that begins with too much tequila and ends with a diamond ring and an Elvis impersonator as officiant really lead to a lasting relationship? This funny rock-and-roll fantasy delivers both sweet romance and steamy passion. Scott wholeheartedly develops hilarious and endearing characters in a love letter to guitar gods and the women who adore them. This whirlwind of excitement is expertly punctuated with moments of tenderness and heartache. The contrasts and conflicts of the glamorous Los Angeles fame culture and the private difficulties of the real world blend effortlessly into a satisfying resolution.
Yes! This is what I want. Police in a world that uses potions (magicly made).
*I read this book for my own enjoyment.
Halloween's in two weeks. The full blue moon is the double full moon this month and has people acting all sorts of crazy. The police have their hands full so MEA, Kate's team, is helping to subdue events. Then things take a turn for a scary future. Aphrodite Johnson has one of her Houses of Worship robbed, $50,000 of powerful sex magic potions stolen. The hint of the Raven, new thief in town, they are looking for comes from Kate's Uncle Abe. The big show from this new threat is planned to happen on Halloween when the blue moon is at it's fullest.
No more introduction. We know Kate and her close friends, or those that she doesn't consider friends, well and get right into work. Yes! This is what I want. Jaye does remind us of events in the previous book as the story goes because those events affect current places of the characters mentally and physically, but we are fully focused here in this book.
I feel for Kate in this book. She's working hard to keep her family and dear friends safe along with keeping her big secret from them all. The guilt over the secret has her feeling worse and worse with everything that happens, and seeing John Volos getting all the admiration and love from her littler brother... which is part of her secret. It's eating Kate from the inside out. It seems like no matter how hard she tries, everything just keeps piling on.
This is what I wanted! Kate's anxiety and internal stress is growing and I can feel it. It's terrible to watch life as people react to what you did, but they don't know it was you. The good and the bad that resonate from it, the love and hate that's felt.
Kate and her friends. Her relationship with her brother Danny is cracking. Danny's upset with her not being around like she use to be, but there's more to it too. Pen knows something is up with Kate, she's been drinking more and gets a feel for something else. John Volos... oh he's a slippery slope for Kate. She hates him, yet there's something else. I guess that first love never really leaves, but you know it's not a good relationship. John's not as prominent in this book but he's here, a shadow in Kate's life and mind. Is he holding the secret over Kate's head? Will he act against her uncle? Or will John get in more trouble? Only time will tell. Then there's Morales. I really enjoy him and Kate together. They have an easy banter and sixth sense as partners when it comes to work. They trust each other and know how to work together.
Kate feels the temptation to read potion signatures and cook. This is the withdrawal from cooking in the first book. Just that one time has a pull on her. And she likes it. Kate fights herself and pulls through, but she'll realize that magic is a part of her. She has to figure out how to handle that. For me, I loved this part of the book. Kate faces her demons in magic and who she is. This makes Kate stronger to me.
Another demon Kate faces is her uncle. I love seeing her go toe to toe with the man verbally. I just hope she can stay ahead of him because there is a lot of work to do in order to not fall under his thumb.
We learn more about Adepts. We know they aren't suppose to be affected by potions. But in this book we see it happen. The double blue moon causes the immunity usually seen to not be as strong, and Adepts are struck with the same results as humans.
Yes! This is what I want. Police in a world that uses potions (magic-ly made). I am once again taken with how closely related the magical potions run to drugs in our world. The magical potions gives the story an urban fantasy feel but it could very easily be replaced with drugs from our world. The world is a bit grittier here too. A feel I really enjoy.