Title: Witch Interrupted (Pack and Coven #2)
Author: Jody Wallace
Category: Paranormal romance
Published: February 24, 2014 from Carina Press
Two decades ago, assassin Katherine Zhang faked her death to escape the Keepers, a secret council of witches who use magic to kill those who pose a threat to their kind. Once a powerful Keeper, she lives a solitary—but peaceful—life as a tattoo artist. Until a strange, handsome lone wolf named Marcus Delgado walks into her shop.
Marcus has his own reasons to hate the Keepers. A scientist who sacrificed himself to test the fragile boundaries between witch and wolf, he believes there’s a way to harness the combustible power between the two species. If he succeeds, he’ll be protected from the Keepers, but he needs a willing partner—and the delicious Katie just might be the perfect test subject.
Katie knows working with a wolf, an adversary she’s undeniably attracted to, is a dangerous proposition…no matter how tempting she finds Marcus’s proposal. But when a common enemy from their past threatens them both, working together might be the only option.
I was looking a fun, sexy paranormal romance. I thought Witch Interrupted was going to fit the bill and did at first. Katherine is a great character. She’s a witch in hiding, but seems content with who she is now. Marcus is a werewolf/scientist and at first I though he was sexy, but he turned a little creepy, at least for me. I read about half of the book before I quit. I had debated keep going, but I was discussing my issues with the book with David and he said to “just quit,” and I decided he was probably right. I wasn’t enjoying it, so why continue?
I like steamy sex scenes, and I expected them here. The two certainly had enough sparks, and the first few scenes fit the bill. However, the second full-fledged sex scene went too far with the smacking/restraining for me. That “fine line between pain and pleasure” just doesn’t work for me. Pain is pain, and not something I enjoy reading. I wasn’t aware the book was going to turn in that direction beforehand.
My second complaint is that Marcus basically kidnaps Katie – literally throws her over his shoulder and forces her to go with him, then more or less blackmails her into having sex with him. Luckily, she finds him so overwhelmingly desirable, it doesn’t seem so bad. 🙁 And they do have a common enemy. I hate when women fall in love with the guy who kidnaps them or stalks them or threatens them.
Third, Marcus is a scientist, at least tries to be a scientist first and foremost. He blows hot and cold. Sometimes sex is an experiment where he needs to right down every detail, just too clinical. Of course, then he gets carried away, but gets mad if Katie does something without telling him.
Fourth, and this one is not really the book’s fault, but it was still an issue I had – I didn’t quite understand the world. Witches and werewolves are somehow the same but a witch can “devolve” into a werewolf, apparently by having sex with one. They both have magic, but different types. And there’s something about each person’s “lattice,” the magical paths inside them. This is the second book in the series and I had the feeling that I might have understood better how the world worked, who the “Keepers” were, why Katie and Marcus were in danger.
The writing was good; the characters were well-developed; it was a unique take on witches and werewolves; it just wasn’t for me.
Pack and Coven Series
- Pack and Coven
- Witch Interrupted