Monday, December 17, 2012

Review: Leashing the Tempest by Jenn Bennett

Leashing the Tempest (Arcadia Bell #2.5) by Jenn Bennett
Synopsis (Goodreads):
Dating a demon, defeating evil, running a tiki bar: Arcadia Bell is a great occult mage in many respects. But then there’s the challenge of her boyfriend’s precocious teenage son…

Arcadia "Cady" Bell may have saved the Hellfire Club’s children from a local bogeyman, but she and her Earthbound demon boyfriend, Lon Butler, now face a more disturbing problem: his teenage son’s new demonic abilities. Jupe Butler can persuade you to do anything—or so he thinks. To test the limits of his newfound power, Cady invites the co-owner of Tambuku Tiki Lounge to be the teen’s guinea pig during an afternoon boat cruise. But when an angry storm whips the Pacific into a frenzy and Jupe puts them all in serious danger, will Cady's magick trump a teenager’s excess confidence?
My Thoughts: I think the biggest draw for me with this series is the relationships between the various main characters. Cady and Lon are... I don't know how to put it. I love the way they sink into one another and happily lean on the strengths of the other in a crisis. Lon rocks the father thing with Jupe. I honestly adore their dynamic and the resigned acceptance Lon has for Jupe's antics. Cady has the protective, growly mama bear thing for Jupe, but in a cool way. She treats him like he's hers and she'll do anything she can to keep him safe. Those three are like a complex, tangled knot - bound up, tied together, linked by threads only they can follow - and it makes me absolutely giddy to be in their world again.

This time around, the three of them pull Kar Yee, Cady's best friend and business partner, into their orbit and let her experience some of the dangerous joy that comes with hanging out with a mage, a demon, and a teenage boy who doesn't quite have a handle on his knack. Not going to lie, the Kar Yee/Jupe interactions were weirdly hilarious. I love that she can make him fall all over himself verbally with a few well placed endearments.

I can't get enough of these guys and their crazy shenanigans. It you've been following the series, this is a great look at a not-so-ordinary day in the life of Cady and her guys. If you haven't read any of the books yet, get thee hence and START READING! Jupe will charm your right out of your pants if you give him half a chance. No joke.

Books in this series
1. Kindling the Moon
2. Summoning the Night
2.5 Leashing the Tempest - Kindle
3. Binding the Shadows
4. Crossing the Aether

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Leashing the Tempest was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.