I'm a huge fan of the Kate Daniel's series of books - the humour of Kate's thoughts and her interactions with Curran et al always makes me snigger, and this was mostly missing in this book, because Gunmetal Magic is about Andrea and the various life choices she needs to make, with Kate only making an odd appearance.
From the end of the previous book in the series (Magic Slays), and the hype, I had expected there to be much more regarding Raphael's competition in the love stakes - Roman. But there wasn't and in fact he makes 3 appearances in total, and none of them really noteworthy, even the "love scene" was just a few lines long. In Magic Slays Roman had shown quite a quirky personality, someone willing to fight for the lady of his choice. This book we got a wet rag in the love department (ripped body but still a wet rag!), so I was terribly disappointed with how both he and their relationship progressed in the book. Don't get me wrong, I knew who she was going to choose, but still I was expecting there to be more suspense regarding it, rather than blatantly obvious all the way through.
Having said that, the book is a good read. the Ilona Andrews pairing pulling their skills together to create completely different personalities to write about - unlike other book series by different authors where all the stories and characters feel the same, just the names are changed. As I like Andrea, it was great to see her point of view on the world and her friends, plus it was fun to see more of Ascanio and see his character develop further.
The saving grace for me was the mini story at the end - Magic Gifts - I know some fans got to read this some time ago on Ilona Andrews' website so for them its nothing new, but for those who missed it (like me) it was a wonderful bonus and a glimpse of Kate, Curran and the crew. Even better reading it straight after reading Gunmetal Magic, there are various parts in both stories where the two books coincide, so seeing the conversation from both sides (something Ilona Andrews always does well - fans will know of the Curran Points of View and this has that feel about it) is great.
Overall, it is a really good read, but doesn't have that "I cannot sleep until I finish the book" feel about it I got from all the other Kate Daniels books, although I still read it fairly quickly (2 days to read instead of 1!).