Wicked Deeds on a Winter's NightPaperback
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- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 384 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 198mm x 23mm | 275g
- Publication date: 28 April 2011
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1849834148
- ISBN 13: 9781849834148
- Sales rank: 61,497
Considering his history with Mariketa the Awaited, Bowen MacRieve of the Lykae clan should be pleased when dark forces unite against her. Yet when he discovers how vulnerable the beautiful, wee witch truly is, Bowen, a ruthless warrior, finds himself using all his strength and skill to keep her alive. Mari can't control the awesome power she possesses and recognizes the need for a temporary Protector - even one as cold as Bowen. Though it's rumoured that no one can touch his hardened heart, soon passion begins to burn between them. Once Bowen realizes he wants Mari for his own, will she withstand his wicked seduction - or surrender her body and her love to this fierce warrior?
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Kresley Cole has a Master's degree in English from the University of Florida and a lifelong interest in nautical literature and sailing. You can visit her website at www.kresleycole.com.
By Shayla 04 Aug 2011
Bowen, is a brooding lykae who lost his mate 180 years back when she ran away from him under the full moon, terrified of the beast within him and dies upon falling on a severed trunk. Since then, he has lived a wasted life half hoping to bring her back. So, when he's alerted by Nix the half lucid soothsayer that the Hie is the means of finding his mate, he jumps at the chance.
Mariketa the Awaited is to be the greatest witch ever for the house of witches though she still hasn't been able to tap into her powers yet. Both her parents had left her to go on some important tasks and she has been living in the coven with her guardian Eliana like her mother.
They are both competing at the Talismans Hie that occurs every 250 years but for Bowen, this competition is the means of bringing back his mate from the dead using the key prize. While hunting for a prize in a cave, he encounters Mariketa and becomes furious with her for working magic to seduce him being further enflamed by his hatred for witches. He then seals her in the cave among the other competitors, two rage demons and three fey archers but not before she managed to throw him a curse that he is to realize soon.
Mariketa could scarcely believe that Bowen had trapped her here and that she had delivered him a wicked curse. Things become worse when she gets captured by the incubis jailed there. After struggling through all contest with his unhealing mortal body and being terribly injured by Kaderin and Sebastian Wroth just two nights ago, he is at the finale; a chance to bring back Mariah, his mate. Inside the cave, he spots Sebastian here to compete in place of Kaderin. He helps Sebastian from the rock that trapped his hand in order to get him to trace to the prize across a lava pit; the only certain way to reach the prize. But Sebastian wins the finals, severing his wrist in the process leaving him trapped in the cavern of fire alone with the realization that he won't be bringing Mariah back. The witch had caused his defeat by weakening him and screwed his mind with her hexes. For that, he will meet his revenge. After two weeks of being in the cave he is rescued by Sebastian and Lachlain.
He rushes to rescue the witch upon finding out that she's a mere mortal trapped in that incubi infested cave for 3 days without food and drink but is astounded to witness her unimaginable power when she attacks him after being rescued. He forgets his intention of revenge and asks her to remove the spell she cast to make him think that she is his mate but his anger comes boiling back when she begins showing anger on him for all that he's caused her resulting in a heated exchange of words. Rydstorm, his demon friend arouses his suspicion that Mariketa may be his mate reincarnated. A mate in the enemy that wants him dead? He then decides to make it up to her and find out for certain whether she is his mate by making a deal with her to provide for her throughout the journey and in return she let him treat her as his mate. Mari becomes weary of her situation with Bowen and tells him everything from what happened at the cave, before and after being trapped to other things. As he spends time with the witch, he gets torn in between his feeling for her and Mariah. Mariketa couldn't believe Bowen had said that he would go after Mariah in future even if they were together if presented the chance.
Bowen began realizing that he may want Mariketa more than Mariah but decided it wasn't disloyalty if she was an incarnation of Mariah. When they finally began to warm up to each other, Mari is hit at the heart with a realization of Bowens uncertainty of her and his selfish ways. Before there is time to process everything, the full moon forces them apart to keep her safe from him but fate decides otherwise.... Mari is clogged with dreams she cannot understand. As they dance around the issue of whether they can be together, they spend some time together at a private island on Belize. Bowen tries to adjust to Maris magic with the exception of her working with the mirror and Mari ask him to not sound like he was going to take her away from her kind but as time goes the reality that Bowe will never get past the Witch thing' hits Mari and she decides to leave him. Bowen catches up to her and follows her on her plane intent to convince her that he will change but soon she is in the throes of death.
Bowens relief and joy of Mariketa's recovery is short lived with Mariahs return. Mariketa finally decides to find out everything the mirror has to reveal to her and steps into the portal, for a shocking discovery and the revelation of her destiny to kill an evil of unspeakable power.
Great storytelling with a strong, sexy hero and feisty and youthful heroin. Mariketas character deserves a mention for her strong personality and I found myself easily relating to her. The adventure, romance and suspense will keep you glued.