Lily Yu, a touch sensitive and FBI Agent in the magical crimes division, and her fiance Rule Turner, a prince of the werewolves, are dealing with family conflicts over their impending wedding. Lily's family would have preferred a Chinese husband, while Rule's werewolf clan would have preferred no marriage at all. While planning the wedding, they are also working on planning a baby shower for their friends Cynna and Cullen, who we've met in previous books. Cynna is a finder and former agent with Lily; she's now married to Cullen, a werewolf sorcerer, and training to be Rhej (ie, spiritual leader) of the Nokolai werewolf clan.
Lily is happy with the turnout at the baby party, however is worried because she sees someone suspicious who shouldn't be there. Just as she informs Benedict, head of Nokolai's security, cries ring out and Cullen is found gravely injured with a knife wound through his heart. Some sort of magic is preventing him from healing. He's rushed to the hospital, while Lily starts to interview suspects and work the case. Some sort of magic user tried to murder Cullen, since he was able to muddle witnesses' minds and left blood magic in Cullen's heart. When the sheriff shows up at the scene, Lily recognizes her old boyfriend Cody from five years ago. Lily takes the lead in the case, and he helps interview suspects.
Rule has gone to the hospital with Cynna and they are worried about Cullen. He pulls through, but they think another attempt might be made on his life and the evil magic is still there. Rule and Lily visit Sam, the large black dragon who saved them from Dis in an earlier book, to see if he has ideas how to remove the magic. Meanwhile, Lily is also concerned over her grandmother who has left home without warning. Lily is surprised to run into Li Qinn her grandmother's partner at Sam's lair. Apparently, her grandmother sent Li Qinn there for protection. Lily discovers some big surprises in her conversation with Sam, both about herself and the enemy that they are facing. A long ago enemy of her grandmother's has teamed up with a sorcerer. With many twists and turns, Lily, Rule, her Grandmother, Sam and even the Nokolai get involved in the battle against the enemy. The last 1/3 had some surprises that made the story interesting! I was on the edge of my seat!
Eileen Wilks does a great job at combining the paranormal with crime mystery/suspense. Her World of Lupi series is highly original, with likable characters and interesting storylines. I like the way she pulls in the social and family conflicts, as well as mixes magic with traditional crime solving. Overall, I really enjoyed the book. I knock back a star because it was a little slow at times, however it picked up and the last 1/3 was great. I also would have liked to see more interactions between Lily and Rule. I think Wilks' books would appeal to fans of urban fantasy and paranormal romance primarily, but also to fans of murder/crime mysteries.
This series needs to be read in order:
1: Tempting Danger
2: Mortal Danger
3: Blood Lines
4: Night Season
5: Mortal Sins
6: Blood Magic
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