I’ve been lucky to have been provided with all three books of the Cassie Scot series to read for my honest reviews. The first book was reviewed HERE last year. The following two book reviews are for books 2 & 3 of this series. Brief details about all of these books can be found below my reviews, and if you click on each title you’ll find more information should you need it.
So, in preparation for the release of book three of the Cassie Scot series, here are my reviews.
Note: You’ll need to read all three books in the correct order as one follows on from the other with few recaps. It’s a strong series though, so you should find no issues with that. 🙂
Secrets and Lies (Cassie Scot #2)
Cassie is a non-magical sheriff’s deputy from a magical family, in a magical town, and strives for independence since her family disowned her. This is difficult after relying on her family for so long and now she has to contend with her life debt to Evan, a powerful sorcerer with romantic inclinations.
Will he wait patiently for her to surrender to him, or will he insist on marriage, leaving her powerless to refuse? Powerlessness is the least attractive thing to Cassie, let’s face it! Powerless as she believes herself to be, she certainly has a power over sorcerers… an unexplainable one at that.
Things get more challenging when Evan and Cassie begin their investigation into the disappearance of two young girls. But stubborn as Cassie may be at times, she puts her issues aside when other’s need her help.
During this action packed murder mystery, things between our non-magical protagonist and her magical sorcerer love interest run hot and cold. More issues present themselves when we meet Evan’s father, because he hates Cassie’s father … Romeo and Juliet style! Indeed, we learn much more about issues raised in book one, and it’s all interesting stuff.
Magical malice abounds throughout, which I thoroughly enjoyed, but the relationship between Cassie and Evan needs to move forward for me. In fact, if I could moan about anything, it’s that. Although saying that, Amsden has certainly piled on the conflict between them, so this irritation may come stem from impatience.
Mind Games (Cassie Scot #3)
We find Cassie broken hearted, but I like the way Cassie deals with men. She can fall hard, but it will not make her brain melt into goo. She picks herself up and starts again, like most of us (after a few tears perhaps). If you want romance with lots of explicit sex, you will not find it here. But you find tension.
Cassie and Evan have history and great chemistry, but she won’t fully surrender. Partly because she is a modern, independent woman in a magical community wallowing in outdated principles, seeing women like Cassie (without magic, but who might breed magical children) as little more than possessions. And partly for many other reasons, non of which I can share without spoiling it for you.
Anyway, as a sheriff’s deputy surrounded by supernatural adversaries, she’s usually far too busy to flounder in the business of love. Typically caught up in some dangerous case or another, she is no damsel in distress either. Though she is not too proud (or stupid) to refuse a helpful hand when it’s offered.
I do so loathe so-called kickass protagonists who find insult in supportive gestures.
The villain of this story is a pastor who hates the magical community and Amsden superbly weaves many threads to bring this third installment to top place in this series for me. The writing is always good from this author, but it’s a delight to see how much better it gets with each book, as the layers pile up to reveal absorbing back story, character growth and intrigue.
*In all then, this superb series bypasses many of the urban fantasy clichés to offer a very worthy paranormal mystery for all.
*The giveaway begins on April 15, 2014 at midnight and ends on July 16, 2014 at midnight.