When a rare Blue Moon upsets the magical balance in the city, Detective Kate Prospero and her Magical Enforcement colleagues pitch in to help Babylon PD keep the peace. Between potions going haywire and everyone’s emotions running high, every cop in the city is on edge. But the moon’s impact is especially strong for Kate who’s wrestling with guilt over falling off the magic wagon.
After a rogue wizard steals dangerous potions from the local covens, Kate worries their suspect is building a dirty magic bomb. Her team must find the anarchist rogue before the covens catch him, and make sure they defuse the bomb before the Blue Moon deadline. Failure is never an option, but success will require Kate to come clean about her secrets.
So poor Kate is in it up to her neck – secrets, lies, John Volo and Uncle Abe, not to mention the events of the first book threatening to drag her under. Her promotion to a member of the MEA taskforce is taking its toll on her both personally and professionally. However, she is trying so hard to make it work and to stay away from magic that my heart goes out to her at every turn. With the Blue Moon bearing down on them, Babylon is going crazy and she seems to be just one step behind all the time. Danny, Pen, Baba all think they know what is best for her but do they, especially when she doesn’t know what that is herself.
The task force members continue to grow on me and I especially love Drew Morales, he is so deadpan and sarcastic. I also love that while there is flirting and heat between Kate and Morales, it’s on a very slow burn and was not a central crux for either Dirty Magic nor this book. What is developing is trust, understanding and barriers dropping which actually seems more intimate.
Parts of the book are pretty heart-wrenching, with Kate’s best friend Pen breaking down and barriers developing between them. There are also some very funny moments as well, which balances the book out brilliantly.
The pace is much more even in this second book, now we know how the world works and Kate’s place in it. The action is pretty full on with the plot being tied to the arrival of the full moon and the threat that is bound up with it.
Some more interesting characters were introduced here – the most notable being Aphrodite, what a perfect creation, I loved reading the scenes with her/him in it. I also just realised I forgot to mention Mary and Little Man in the last review but I shall mention them now, as they continued to entertain and become a part of the story. Again, a brilliant creation that I have come to love (even given the creepiness factor!).
I really loved the ending and the things Kate has come to realise, and I applaud Jaye Wells for her handling of the issues surrounding it. I don’t think it will be a smooth run for Kate still but it’s a good start, if a little bitter-sweet.
A clever and gripping second book in this series and I can’t wait for the third!