Enforcement Agent Mikal Knight is a warlock on a mission. Having finally scored a transfer to Washington, D.C., he’s now at liberty to pursue the object of his desires—his baby sister’s best friend. But first, he has a vigilante to track down and a mysterious matchmaking service to investigate. Sent on an undercover operation, he resigns himself to a pointless 1-Night Stand on New Year’s Eve. As luck would have it, his mystery date’s identity might let him kill several birds with one stone.
Fireworks at Midnight by Tara Quan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is the third entry in the ‘Witch’s Night Out’ series, and the formula is familiar (get it? Witch – Familiar? Okay, groan already).
The great thing is that this familiarity in no way dampens the enjoyment to be had from each of these feisty novellas. The writing is excellent, and the characters are clearly portrayed and individual. What I’m really loving is the way that each instalment further develops the world, building on what’s been established in previous ones, like ripples expanding in water.
This story revolves around Dulcina Gato, who has appeared as an ‘off stage’ character in the first two books. The wrinkle this time is that ‘Sweets’, as she’s known, has the power of precognition. It’s on a really short time scale, so if she’s to alter the events she foresees, she has to act swiftly, while simultaneously making sure no one realises what she’s doing, if she’s to stay off the Council’s radar.
So it’s unfortunate that the brother of her house mate and business partner just happens to be a Council Enforcement warlock. And that Sweets has had the hots for him forever.
Cue another clueless couple gifted a one night stand from the mysterious Madame Eve, and the New Year’s Eve firework display is as spectacular inside Mikal Knight’s car as out.
Have to say I did raise an eyebrow at the naming of our hero, and wondered if his car might enter the conversation at some point, but perhaps it was too busy averting its sensors from events unfolding within…
Find my reviews of books 1 and 2 here:
*groan*… just kidding. My initial idea for the series titles was “Oddly Familiar” 😛
Thanks for hosting me again. I’m glad you enjoyed the book!
LOL, I can see why 😉
Keep ’em coming.
And after reading your review, I searched Mikal Knight. Once Google suggested Michael Knight, I discovered I’d made an accidental Knight Rider reference….
It’s an age thing – I grew up with Michael Knight as one of my heroes, so although the spelling of Mikal was different, it still sounded the same.
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