Author: Jaye Wells

Volatile Bonds by Jaye Wells

Posted September 14, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | | 1 Comment

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Volatile Bonds by Jaye WellsVolatile Bonds by Jaye Wells
Series: Prospero's War #4
Published by Self Published on September 12, 2017
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 341
Format: eARC
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four-stars

When the Magic Enforcement Agency is called out to the scene of a dirty magic explosion, a body with a bullet wound is found in the smoldering ruins. As Detective Kate Prospero and her partner, Special Agent Drew Morales, hunt down the killer, they uncover evidence that a dangerous new coven may be operating in the Cauldron.

It's not long before the bodies start piling up, and the heat is on for the team to make an arrest. Solving the murders will require unraveling dangerous alliances between the city's dirty magic covens. And if they're not careful, the new complexities of Morales and Prospero's own partnership threaten to make a volatile situation downright deadly.

 

    

 

I wanted to read a book in this series in preparation for NOLA Storycon last year. I was trying to read at least something by each author. I had already read most of the Sabina Kane series, so I don’t know why I decided to read this Prospero’s War series, also. But I really enjoyed it, reading them all instead of just one. It was consistently good and I wondered if there would be more. I was lucky enough to get all the rest of the series on audio, which added to my pleasure. I was so excited when I heard about Volatile Bonds!

The world-building is rather fascinating and in urban fantasy where everything builds on the previous story, you need to start at the beginning and read them all. Plus they are all great!  There is magic of different types by different covens, produced by wizards. There is the local police department and the MEA – Magical Enforcement Agency.

Kate has a convoluted background with the covens, the mayor, and even her work at the police department. She is now a detective. She has raised her brother, Danny, since their mother died when she was a teenager and he was six. Kate has struggled with her past, her abilities with magic and raising her brother. She tries to do her best with everything and be a good person. But she’s too much fun to be perfect.

The characters are well drawn, from Kate’s co-workers, to her family and friends. They feel very real with authentic layers of vulnerabilities and flaws. The relationships develop throughout the series. Her current boss, Gardner, was pretty flat here, with not as much of a role this time. Most of the dialogue was Kate with Danny or her partner, Morales. Without the rest of the books, I would have had a harder time understanding some of the characters whose scenes were brief but important. Her new CI, Sweet Ray was a lovely addition.

With this author, I always ship the wrong guy.  But she told me – maybe not! I am hung up on the mayor, John Volos who has a small but critical part. He was Kate’s high school sweetheart which ended badly and they have not been together in any way in any book of the series. Even if they never are, I will always ship them. I enjoy the cases and the action, the character’s connections and growth. There has been little romance so far.  But I have hope now for my guy. The author tells me there are three more books planned! Woot!!

 

About Jaye Wells

Jaye Wells is a USA Today-bestselling author of urban fantasy and speculative crime fiction. Raised by booksellers, she loved reading books from a very young ago. That gateway drug eventually led to a full-blown writing addiction. When she’s not chasing the word dragon, she loves to travel, drink good bourbon and do things that scare her so she can put them in her books. Jaye lives in Texas with her husband and son.

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Audio series review: Prospero’s War by Jaye Wells

Audio series review: Prospero’s War by Jaye Wells

Posted June 25, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 6 Comments

         I got all of these books at the library as digital audiobooks except the novella which was a Kindle ebook.  I have read most of the Sabina Kane series but picked up this new to me series since she is an author who will be at NOLA Storycon. I consistently enjoy her works – the characters, the action, the plots, BUT I always fall for the WRONG guy.  It makes it hard to stay with the series.  This doesn’t happen so much with other authors but so far it has happened with both of her series.  Well, this Prospero’s War series isn’t complete, although the author is uncertain as to when more books will be available. And maybe there is hope for […]


Review: Blue-Blooded Vamp by Jaye Wells

Review: Blue-Blooded Vamp by Jaye Wells

Posted May 31, 2013 by Jennifer in Book Review | 7 Comments

  First Thought: Ass womb! The Action: The conclusion of Sabina Kane series is jam-packed with fight scenes with Sabina taking on Cain. Sabina (with the help of Team Awesome) goes through a long road and many tests to get to the final battle with Cain. She really shows her badassery on her road to hell. The Romance: After only having luke warm feelings for the romance part of the series, I am satisfied that Adam ended up being the right man for Sabina. (No the series doesn’t have a love triangle but I thought another male character was hotter for a while.) The Humor: Jaye Wells continues to bring the dark and twisted humor I’ve come to love. Gighual is the best comic relief […]


Review: Silver-Tongued Devil by Jaye Wells

Review: Silver-Tongued Devil by Jaye Wells

Posted April 28, 2013 by Jennifer in Book Review | 0 Comments

First Thought: What a ride! So many ups and downs. The Heroine: Sabina Kane is an ex-assassin. She’s half mage and half vampire which made her life growing up hell since the two races can’t stand each other. Now she has the pressure of bring the two races plus other supe together because she is The Chosen.   The Love Interest: Sabina is following in her mother’s foot steps and falling in love with a mage. But after 4 books I’m still not feeling the connection between Sabina and said mage, Adam.  Some very valid points are brought up between the two and I can’t help but think that they are good ones for keeping them apart. We’ll have to see where their relationship goes in the […]


Review: Green-Eyed Demon by Jaye Wells

Review: Green-Eyed Demon by Jaye Wells

Posted March 29, 2013 by Jennifer in Book Review | 0 Comments

  Well I’m three books deep into the Sabina Kane series and I’m still enjoying it. Wells keep delivering the snark and introducing us to more fun secondary characters. All the while showing us that a once cold heart bitch assassin and turn into a kick ass heroine. Sabina and the gang is back (minus one vanity demon) looking for Masie. The Kane family is one dysfunctional bunch. You’ve got Sabina and Masie, twin sister that are half vampire and mage. Which it really hard since the two races can’t stand each other. Then throw in their grandmother, the vampire bitch that is the head of the vampire race. Dear ol’ granny kidnapped Masie in last book, The Mage in Black. The gang lives New York City to search […]


Review: The Mage in Black by Jaye Wells

Review: The Mage in Black by Jaye Wells

Posted February 22, 2013 by Jennifer in Book Review | 3 Comments

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Review: Red-Headed Stepchild by Jaye Wells

Review: Red-Headed Stepchild by Jaye Wells

Posted January 25, 2013 by Jennifer in Book Review | 3 Comments

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