Great follow up in the Asheville Arcana Series

Forged in Fire (Asheville Arcana, #2)Forged in Fire by Ari McKay

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another cracking good book from Ari McKay in this Dreamspun Beyond series and the plot is still thickening with no ending yet!

Whimsy and Harlan were ridiculously cute together and I really liked the different take on Harlan’s shifter status over the other werewolves. I loved that, as a lycanthrope, he was much closer to the ones in conventional literature who turn with the full moon.

They also blew up the bedroom when they finally got it together and I loved how old fashioned Harlan was in his courting of Whimsy.

The plotting surrounding the possessed pack is moving along rapidly and there’s a new mini story ARC on this book which takes us further into the threat of demons.

I’m hoping Julian is getting his romance next and test the narrative will wrap up just what’s going on in the series overall as well as give the grumpy vampire his HEA.

I’m wondering is the guy holed up at the Carter farm might just turn out to be his mate and the solution to the demon problem!

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Lots of fun to be had in the first of this new Dreamspinner series

Out of the Ashes (Asheville Arcana #1)Out of the Ashes by Ari McKay

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was super sweet and had a lot of world building for a relatively short book.

I liked the setting, the paranormal elements were treated as just part of the world where werewolves, vampires, Fae, wizards, witches, diviners and other magic creatures lived alongside humans but separated off from them.

The threat was built up nicely, as was the sexual tension between alpha pack leader Eli and his half-elf mate Arden. Because this is a Dreamspun Beyond romance, there was just the one on page sex scene but it was worth the wait. Arden and Eli are perfect mates and blew the sheets off!

As this is an ongoing series (and I’ll be reviewing Book Two shortly as well), there was a sort of cliffhanger. The plot narrative for this book was wrapped up but the overall story arc is still be concluded and I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes next.

There’s plenty going on in Out of the Ashes and lots of potential for where the story is going next but it’s Whimsy the mage up next in Forged In Fire!

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