There's danger in the beauty...
Two years, six months, and twenty-five days. That's how long it had been since I'd seen my winged hero— not that I'd been counting. I'd suffered through years of counseling just to convince my friends and family that I wasn't crazy and knew he didn't exist.
But he did. And I was done waiting.
Days after college graduation I headed back down to New Orleans to retrace my steps and find Owen again only to find my life was about to get even crazier... thanks to the most beautiful and dangerous of all paranormal creatures, the Allures.
First, thank you to Inkslinger PR and Alyssa Rose Ivy for providing me with an ARC to read in return for an honest review. I can say I loved it! The characters and the story are great!!
**Small spoiler alert**
Daisy.. Daisy… Daisy… the poor girl is a few fries short of a happy meal it seems. Or so the people around her think. When she came back from New Orleans two and a half years ago she didn't think her life would turn out this way. Her mom is making her see a shrink, she has to hide what really happened and why it happened from everyone and the one man she wants the most she has no clue who he is other than his name. Owen. Daisy comes up with this elaborate plan to go back to New Orleans and start looking for answers, only problem is.. she doesn’t know where to start. Going to New Orleans under the pretense of getting an internship with a newspaper she heads off for a trip that may just lead her to her hero she lost many years ago.
When Daisy arrives in New Orleans so many things start to run through her head. Some good, some bad. And some… just kind of out there. The plan is to retrace her steps. Can’t be that hard, right? Wrong. Thanks to her magical voodoo visit the last time she was here she has a tendency to draw attention to herself from some men and woman. And as she walks along the streets to start her search that is just what happens. She starts at the photography gallery she had come to the last time. Harold was not there, seems he disappeared right after she was here last time. But the kid that was there was attracted and then got clingy. As usual. It was her Seductions Kiss. The treacherous magic that made her uneasy. She got away from the man -Evan- by agreeing to meet him later at some place for a drink. Even though she had no intention of going there. And she went back on her search. At the Voodoo shop it was the same thing. Kalisa was no longer there and the new shops owner hadn’t heard of her. So she was back to square one.
Going into the bar she had agreed to meet Evan at she moved to the bar and left him a note with the bartender. She couldn't do this.. but he popped up and she was stuck. She tried to get away from him but he was relentless. It wasn't until she met Violet that things changed and went a little more to the crazy side. Violet, Hugh and Roland all stared at her like she was something shiny. But she agreed to sit and have a drink with them. They were the three weird but there was more to them than appeared at first. Making the choice -of her own free will- to leave with them so they could talk in a safe place Daisy isn’t quite sure what’s going on but hopefully it will get her answers.. she needs to find Owen and fast. She is only here -for now- for two days. Times running out fast. As the night passes she learns more and more about the three strangers but as she learns of them she wants to know more. So much about them has her puzzled. That only gets stronger when they seem to be attaching themselves to her.
Things inside of Daisy's head start to get to her. What are these guys up to? What's with the push to have her with them? It gets to a point of craziness when Daisy shows up for her interview and is given the job almost before her ass hits the chair. Seems Violet had been playing the ladies happiness up. Making it so Daisy for the job but not how she wanted to. That night she was to meet her friend Andrew from the online paranormal site she's been visiting for years. It was her place of splice when she went back home and wanted more information on Owen and what he was. Of course the crazy trio had to show up and tag along. It was like she needed a supervisor. Maybe they didn't trust her or they were worried she'd run off? (Laughs) Clingy they are.
But... There is a good point of the night. She gets to meet Andrew face to face with an added bonus... Levi is there. As in the King. Though his voice holds a warning when he greets her. What's that for? Again, there is something she's not getting. After a few minutes of them talking Violet comes up and says it's time to go. It's not really a request. She's all but drug out and shoved into a car that Violet 'commandeers' from some man and they literally speed out of town. They've got a friend that can find Owen. But there will be a stop they need to make before they get to California. The trip was long but she was no worse for wear after it. When they arrived at their friends house in Arizona Daisy was introduced to Louie. Eccentric as he was she was reluctant to speak to him alone but she did. There was something off about him but then again they were all a few fries short of a happy meal. Though the part of her that wanted to listen to him and find out about them was overwhelmed by the fact that she wanted to find Owen.
Louie sent them off but they were to return after they found Owen. Something was off but then they were all a bit cray cray so it wasn’t -that- off. So they headed back to the interstate and were off to California. When they arrive at the wrought iron fence -yet again- Daisy has to wonder what it is with these people and these damn fences. (I had the same thought.) When they arrive at the front of the house Daisy is out of the car in no time. Not waiting on the others and is greeted by Cade. The King of California who comes out to greet her. Then something miraculous happens. Or it could just be damn good timing but Hailey, Owen’s sister steps out of the house. As soon as she sees Daisy and they speak a moment she knows who she is. “Halloween girl”. Not a nickname many would have but hey it meant Owen had talked about her, that was something, right? Good news is.. Hailey knows where Owen is, she was just there with him.
Cade -being the gentleman he is and all- offers them use of his private jet but he is coming with them. So Daisy, Hailey, Cade and the three Allures pile in this jet and high tail it to Colorado where Owen is. Without warning, might I add. So when Owen is awoken by noises, voices from outside he gets a bit pissy until he realizes what is going on. Daisy is there. And he quickly makes his way to her and after a few minutes of chatting with the others he whisks her away. They have both been miserable for the last 2 and a half years and the bond that they felt that night is still there. The next morning it was as if they hadn’t been apart. Both wanting to fall asleep and wake up in each others arms. As they spend the day together there is a plan in motion for a date night. Thanks to Cade and Hailey he is able to set it up. Just the way it should be. Dinner and a movie.
But, as usual, the Allures have bad timing. Violet interrupts their movie saying they have to go. They need to get back to Louie’s. Seems Kalisa has been found. The Allures, Daisy and Owen fly to Louie's and when they get there things get… a wee bit crazy. Or crazier if you will. Seems they think Daisy is changing more into an Allure. But it can’t be stopped. But neither Owen or Daisy are taking that for an answer. There is no way she wants to be an Allure. She wants Owen and a life together whatever that may be more. So now the race is on to find a way to stop this or to make it all go away.
I loved this installment of this series. And don’t worry I left a lot out.. (snickers) There were a few points within that (for me) moved a little slow but in the end the story and the characters made it all worth while. The world that Alyssa has envisioned is so different than any others I have seen before. (Well read, you know what I mean) That in itself made it a spectacular read. And I love Daisy. She is a bad-ass in a little package. And Owen, well her Adonis is the only man she has eyes for. I can’t wait to see how this goes next. I am all but bouncing in my seat here. (happy sigh)