Book: Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night [Immortals After Dark #4]
Author: Kresley Cole
Review: Werewolf Bowen is competing in the Hie, planning to win so he can bring his mate back to life (she was killed about two hundred years ago running away from him during a full moon). He has mourned Mariah for years and has never looked twice at another, until he meets Marieka, a witch and fellow competitor. After a steamy encounter in a tomb, Bowen is convinced she has cast a spell that makes him believe she is his mate. Males are only granted one mate in a lifetime and he cannot reconcile his feelings. Meanwhile, Marieka is not sure if she did or did not cast a love spell on him. As the Hie concludes, additional adventures take place.
This was a fun read! There was real tension between the main characters (Bowe trapped Marieka at one point, while she tried to kill him) and both characters had strong personalities and were interesting. I liked the "is she really my mate or did she cast a spell on me" theme as well as Bowe's brutal honesty when asked about what he would do about Mariah (his old flame). His ability to constantly put his foot in his mouth was humorous at times. Marieka, for her part, was a 23 year old who was always worried about being second choice and I felt her reactions to situations were pretty honest and real (well-as real as a witch and werewolf could be!). Cole also included an actually evil character in this book which was a nice because it seems that she introduces a lot of new characters, and all of them are 'good.'
I really enjoyed this one, it was so much better than the previous one. I'll read a few more in the series.