Saturday, October 12, 2013

Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews

Title:  Gunmetal Magic 
Author: Ilona Andrews
My Rating: A

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Kate Daniels #5.5
Release Date: July 2012
Main Characters: Raphael and Andrea
Publisher: Ace
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
Some people have everything figured out—Andrea Nash is not one of those people. After being kicked out of the Order of the Knights of Merciful Aid, Andrea's whole existence is in shambles. All she can do is try to put herself back together, something made easier by working for Cutting Edge, a small investigative firm owned by her best friend, Kate Daniels. 

When several shapeshifters working for Raphael Medrano—the male alpha of the Clan Bouda, as well as Andrea's former lover—die unexpectedly at a dig site, Andrea is assigned to investigate…and must work with Raphael. As her search for the killer leads her into the secret underbelly of supernatural Atlanta, Andrea knows that dealing with her feelings for Raphael might have to take a back seat to saving the world…

My Review:

I expected to enjoy this book, but I don’t think I expected to be as good as it actually was. Andrea….gah, I love her character. She is so strong and this type of novel really works for her stories because being in 1st person POV, you really get in touch with her and her self-doubts and recriminations. This is a girl who has had just about everything bad possible happen to her, and while most people could use that as an excuse, she uses it as a reason to expect even more from herself.

Then there’s Raphael. If there was one complaint for me in this book, it’s that I felt like we never really got a lot of resolution from him and what happened between the two of them. That is the problem with 1st person POV…the words were there, but the depth of feeling seemed a bit lacking for him in regards to their troubles and the resolution. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the story….so much!! I just wish we could have seen more of his inner conflict about everything happening between them.

Then there is the drama in this one. I liked that side of the story and the whole side story with Andrea and the God visiting in their dreams. The scene with Raphael when he realized what was going on…LOVED! That single scene DID rock the emotion for both characters.

Sometimes when a series goes off on a tangent, it can weaken the feel of the overall story. This book did not do that and I thought it was an excellent addition. It also works perfectly well as a stand-alone novel too. I definitely give this one two thumbs up!

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