NOTE: This review is for a book with mature content and sexy times!
Summoning the Night by Jenn Bennett is the second book in the Arcadia Bell series. The story follows Arcadia, a young, talented magician, as she and her boyfriend Lon work to hunt down a local murderer. This mystery villain has been abducting children to facilitate a demonic ritual and Lon’s son Jupe is a prime candidate for the snatcher.
A Note to Halloween Lovers: This story takes place in October during the weeks leading up to the 31st. There are mummy-shaped tiki mugs, Halloween carnivals, and creepy, mystery abductions. It’s a really fun Halloweeny read and I’m looking forward to going through it again come autumn.
The thing I appreciated most about this novel was the pace. The first in series, Kindling the Moon, started out very slow, but this one definitely did not. We jump right in with Jupe and Arcadia, and the story continues to ebb and flow in a way that kept me from putting down the book.
The story was very heavy on plot and action, and light on romance (and sexy times). Cady and Lon were pretty well established in Kindling the Moon so there wasn’t much rehashing of that here. They worked together well and it was obvious how much they care for each other and for Jupe. Speaking of Jupe, he is still a central character, and quite possibly my favorite. I loved his growing bond with Arcadia and reading about him developing his knack – the special ability inherited from his Earthbound Demonic ancestors.
Lon’s mustache does show up again in all its glory with a grand total of 5 explicit appearances. I’m sure this is a plus for some, but it still really wasn’t my thing, especially when it “tickled the sensitive skin behind my ear…”
Of course, there is also a lot of Arcadia’s badassery. She is slowly coming into her Moonchild abilities but there are some growing pains. I’m excited to find out the extent of her powers throughout the rest of the series. That being said, she is still figuring out her place in the world. After spending so many years in hiding, she still struggles with old fears.
I was fed up with feeling hunted, threatened and living in the shadows. I was not about to be bullied by a man who thought he coud slap his dick on the table and hold my life by his bony fingers.
The one thing that kept this from getting a higher rating from me was the fact that Arcadia’s gumption petered out toward the end of the story. She still did everything in her power to protect Lon and Jupe, but she seemed unable to just help herself. I have a feeling this is all part of the grand plan of character development and story arcs, but it still prevented me from enjoying the story more.
The next in series is Binding the Shadows, with a short novella sandwiched in: Leashing the Tempest. We’ll see what is in store for Cady, Lon, and Jupe. No doubt there is a lot more suspense (and mustache) to come!