Title: Motor City Witch
Author: Cindy Spencer Pape
Publisher: Carina Press
Buy Link: Buy Motor City Witch Here!
Rating: You Gotta Read
Reviewed by: Mickey
Once upon a time, Elise Sutton had been a powerful witch and paranormal enforcer.
Once she'd been madly in love with Fae lord Aidan Greene. But when Aidan had considered his duties more important than their relationship, the love affair ended badly. Shortly after, while on the hunt for a rogue demon, Elise was brutalized and almost killed. Months later she gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. To protect her child - and her heart - Elise decided to live a nonmagical life. Until she meets Aidan again, and he assumes Dina is his daughter. When Dina is kidnapped by a racial purity movement, Elise turns to Aidan for help. The icy façade she had built around herself shatters at Aidan's touch. Together they have to hunt through the human and faery worlds to find Dina and to discover whether or not they have any kind of chance at a happily ever after.
I have to confess, I had a lot of fun with Motor City Witch; there is something about this novel that kept me from putting it down. That one thing, or person is definitely little Dina. It takes a smart author to incorporate a child into her novel without having that character take over the story and run with it, and in this instance Cindy Spencer Pape's instincts are genius. Perhaps that is because Dina is not just a secondary character, Ms. Pape has her hovering somewhere between, where she remains a force that cannot be ignored: sweet, charming and irrepressible. While her parents, Aidan and Elise, are the main characters the same could be said of them in some ways: their story is also sweet and charming and a force to be reckoned with.
There seem to be plots, subplots and sub, subplots running throughout this book, yet romance remains the primary focus throughout the novel. Could that excitement and fast pace be what kept me so enthralled, and reading steadily until the very end? Or was it the fascinating characters, both major and secondary that held my interest? Maybe still it was the juxtaposition of genres, the fantasy, romance, action, and mystery all combined that kept the story so compelling. I know the love-scenes had me coming back for more, without a doubt. Somehow over the course of time, the nature of Elise and Aidan's relationship rises above sweet and charming into steamy and carnal with magical ease. What can I say, I was simply be-spelled! Add this one to my keeper pile, I'll be reading it again several times in the near future.