Vicious Circle by Linda Robertson
Released: June 2009
Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy
Rated: 4 out of 5
My Cover Blurb: "A Supernatural Emotional Rollercoster, with Oreos on Top"
My Summary: Persephone 'Seph' Alcmedi is just your average witch, she owns her own home, which she now shares with her Nana, and makes her money writing a newspaper column about the supernatural world. In this book the general public are aware of the supernatural. She also makes a little money on the side kenneling werewolves on the full moon in her old cellar. Seph's good friend who is also a werewolf is murdered and a fellow witch pays Seph to take out the so called murderer. It's not like Seph is a killer for hire but she feels it's her duty to stop the murderer from getting away with it. Since the police don't care much when it's a werewolf that get's killed, they aren't well liked by the public. She asks her friends Theo and Johnny, also weres, to help out. Theo runs a background check service and looks into the murderer's background for Seph. Theo almost gets killed looking into the murderer's past and Johnny, Seph, Nana and other were friends need to get to the bottom of the murder and Theo's "accident" and find a way out of the mess fast, without anymore deaths.
-I loved Persephone, she was an awesome heroine. She knew when to fight and when not to fight. She was strong and soft at the same time and she was one bad ass witch.
-Johnny was also excellent, he was bad ass too, but he could also cook and was in a band. I wasn't a huge fan of his look, covered in tattoos, piercings, and long hair, some of that is great, but it was too much for me. He also had to make more dirty innuendos than was necessary. Again some is great, but it was bordering on too much. But I'm glad Persephone didn't just give in to his charms right away, she stood up to him and only slowly let him into her life.
-The plot was good, there were parts I totally didn't expect which was good.
-Definitely ended well enough that I will pick up the sequel.
-This book is classified as Adult, but other than the innuendos and some kissing the sexual content was minimal. Which is exactly what I like in my books, enough to get the imagination going, but the book isn't centered around getting the heroine into bed.
-There was one story thread I didn't think was necessary, Persephone's relationship with her old high school friend, with all the supernatural action that was going on in the book it seemed weird that the heroine would go rushing off to hang out with a friend she hasn't seen in years. I understood why the author put it in but I felt it caused the story to drag a little. Which is the only reason this book is getting a 4 rating instead of a 5.
- I wasn't the hugest fan of Persephone's Nana. She got a little annoying, but she did seem to get less annoying near the end of the book.
This book gets a 4 out of 5
The Persephone Alcmedi Series
Book 1: Vicious Circle
Book 2: Hallowed Circle
Book 3: Fatal Circle
Book 4: Arcane Circle (Dec 2010)