Monday, April 23, 2012

Review: Summoning the Night by Jenn Bennett

Summoning the Night (Arcadia Bell #2) by Jenn Bennett
Synopsis (Goodreads):
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.
My Thoughts: Jenn Bennett has done it again. She wrapped me up in Cady's world and made me love it even more than I thought I could. I was madly in love with book 1, you know. Seriously. Madly in love. I wanted a Lon of my very own. I wanted to be a fly in the wall when Jupe walked into any room. I was cheering as Cady came into her own. And book 2? Oh, it's made me fall in love with all those guys even harder. I'm just tickled pink to be back in their world - eating their food, playing with their hedgehog, and watching the mayhem and magic fly!

One of the things I adore is Cady and Lon's relationship. They seem so damn right together. Now if I'm being honest, Lon is just fantastic all on his own. He's hot, he's a great dad, and he has that strong, silent vibe going for him. Plus, he can do that whole transmutation thing and grow horns and stuff. That might not be everyone's idea of a good time, but I just find the whole Lon package to be incredibly sexy. Like I said, I'd totally take a Lon of my own. No questions asked.

Meanwhile, Cady is still dealing with the emotional fallout of having her parents try to sacrifice her for their own twisted needs. She has a few trust issues and she's vaguely worried about the age difference between her and Lon but I still got the feeling that she's in it for the long haul. I think one of her biggest obstacles has been the idea that she has someone to rely on. She can lean on Lon. Jupe expects her to be there if he needs her. With the way her parents abandoned her in her teens, this isn't something she's used to.

The mystery was well plotted, the bad guy was a first class jerk, and Jupe was just downright awesome. I found myself sympathizing with the demons who were summoned more than I thought I would (I mean, what a drag to be yanked out of your realm whenever some yahoo with the summoning mojo gets the urge) and I am incredibly curious where Cady's Moonchild powers will take her.

Cady, Lon, and Jupe are my new favorite crime fighting, magic wielding, Earthbound/Moonchild family unit. More, please.

Books in this series
1. Kindling the Moon
2. Summoning the Night - Paperback | Kindle

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Summoning the Night was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

16 comments:

  1. *falls in a puddle of exhaustion* Damn this day! It has interfered with my stalking responsibilities.

    I don't even have anything coherent to say about this review.

    *slinks off in shame*

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    1. Come back after you've rested. You can't allow your stalking to slack just because you're busy with this "work" stuff. (PS: This series is very good and I like it a super lot)

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    2. I read and reviewed this book for Smash. I remember liking it, but being slightly creeped out by the age difference between Lon and Cady, even though I liked them and their relationship. I wonder if I'd like this one more.

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    3. What's the age difference?

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    4. The age difference didn't bother me. I just love the way the two of them are around one another. It's so ... sweet.

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    5. Yeah. Part of my problem was that I did the math. If I hadn't, I might have been okay.

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    6. Seventeen is a lot. I think at a certain level of adulthood, it stops mattering so much. At least, as long as I don't start musing on the whole when she was just born, he was seventeen... Or is it the other way around?

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    7. He's older. But he treats her so well. I just want to smoosh them together and huggle them to pieces.

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    8. Okay. *steals the hedgehog while you're smooshing*

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  2. Omigod! I so want a hedgehog of my own. I read a book once that had a baby hedgehog in it, and I fell in love. Of course, in my imagination, they are fluffy, furry little balls of fluff. I have very little idea what they actually look like.

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    1. I saw a picture of a baby hedgehog once and it was SO CUTE! But I can't describe it. Sorry.

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  3. This is one of those series I want to try. I admit with UF that I am still not an all-out lover but if written right they can totally kick *ss!

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    1. I was very, very surprised at how much I loved the first book. It has non-stop action with this really great romance and it just flat out works.

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  4. What the crap? horns...sacrifice...I'm thinking that I need to find out what this is all about. The 1st is going on my wish list.

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    1. I really really *really* liked the first book. It's full of all kinds of awesome. Go. GO!

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