Series: Cassie Scot #3
Publisher: Twilight Times Books
Date Published: June 15th 2014
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Urban Fantasy
Source: Provided as part of book tour
Description: Beware your heart and soul… Evan broke Cassie’s heart two months ago, and she still doesn’t know why. She throws herself into family, friends and her new job at the sheriff’s department, but nothing helps. The only thing that finally allows her heal and move on is the love of a new man, mind mage Matthew Blair. Cassie finds him…irresistible. Matthew may also be the only one who can help keep the non-magical residents of Eagle Rock from going crazy over the murder of a beloved pastor’s wife. It looks like a sorcerer is to blame, but while Cassie tries to figure out who, others take matters into their own hands. With tensions running so hot, a single spark might set Eagle Rock ablaze.
Mind Games is the third installment of the Cassie Scot series. If you’ve been following my reviews, you’ll know how much I enjoyed the first two books. I can’t say this third one was the same, though I did like it, it was a little more police procedural than the urban fantasy I enjoy. Honestly, about the first half was mostly detective stuff, and about half way through we get the awesome elements of Cassie’s life and all the magical stuff she needs to deal with and overcome. I love that stuff. I’m not as thrilled about the detailed detective stuff. So that is why this book isn’t rated as high for me as the earlier books.
Let’s talk characters. Evan – I just don’t know what to make of him. I loved him in the previous books, but now knowing the secret, that he had nothing to do with even though he benefited from it, he isn’t as much of a hero to me anymore. Yes giving up what he has would be painful to him, but if he loves Cassie, isn’t it the right thing to do? Would that gesture of selflessness win her over? I hope he gets that through his head in the next book. I really liked Matthew because I believed and trusted him. I thought he was the real deal with how open and honest he was with Cassie about his magic. Of course, things aren’t always as they seem in novels like this, but I wanted him to be. Then there’s Wesley, Cassie’s new partner at work. I liked him, I thought he was taking his crazy position rather well. Of course, again, things aren’t what they seem, and we get to learn some interesting secrets later, but I really liked that story line. I thought it was quite clever and it served a good purpose.
All in all, another great installment of the Cassie Scot series, even though I was a bit bored in the earlier parts of the book.
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