Review: Lure of the Wicked by Karina Cooper

6 Jul

Lure of the Wicked by Karina Cooper
HarperCollins (June 2011)
Mass Market: $7.99; e-book: $6.99
ISBN: 9780062046901

Favorite Lines: “He kissed her like a man drowning, in desperate need of air. He feasted on the full, lush curve of her lips as if he starved. He wasn’t rough, he didn’t force her, but, God, he didn’t have to.” (p. 110, e-galley)

Naomi West was plucked from one prison and placed undercover in another: the gilded cage that is Timeless, New Seattle’s premier spa and resort, where owner Phinneas Clarke—the most seductive man Naomi has ever met—may be hiding a killer. She’s an agent of the Holy Order, trained to hunt the guilty and render justice. But while she’s tracking down a rogue agent on a killing spree, Phin is determined to uncover her most damning—and dangerous—secrets. Whatever the cost.

Lure of the Wicked is book two in Karina Cooper’s Dark Mission series. It takes place in a world where witchcraft is feared. I read the short novella Before the Witches which set up the world, but I missed the first book in the series Blood of the Wicked. I was able to read Lure of the Wicked as a stand alone.

Lure of the Wicked is a dark, paranormal romance that confronts the demons which torment one character and fills the empty void inside another character. One of the things I enjoyed most about the book was the role reversal between the hero and heroine. Usually we have the super alpha hero and the woman who is hiding secrets. Not so in this book. Phin is no wimp, but Naomi could kick his ass if she wanted. There are other obvious role reversals, but I don’t want to spoil the story and will leave those for you to figure out.

The setting is pretty narrow; the majority of the book is set inside the luxurious spa. There are moments away, but those are few and far between. It’s a sexy book filled with a stubborn heroine who isn’t afraid to get a little bloody and a laid back, rich hero who quietly saves the lives of people condemned as witches. The two are drastically different, but if anything can overcome the lies told and lives lost it’s love.

What I didn’t like: I wasn’t impressed with the magical aspect of the story; it was glossed over to the point of almost being irrelevant.

Read it or Skip it: I didn’t adore the book, however it was a nice distraction from life. It was entertaining and had excellent sex scenes. I don’t regret reading it, but I’m not sure that I’m hooked into the world. As with most series the third book will make or break my interest. If you don’t mind books where the heroine takes the lead check it out.



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