Title: Wages of Sin (Cin Craven #1)
Author: Jenna Maclaine
Details: Mass Market Paperback, 352 pgs.
Published: July 29th, 2008 (first published in 2006) by St. Martins Paperbacks
isbn: 0312946163 (ISBN13: 9780312946166)
Reading Level: Adult
Dulcinea Macgregor Craven is the only child of a wealthy English viscount. She is also a natural witch, one of a long line of Macgregor witches on her mother's side. When her parents are killed in a carriage accident, Dulcie doesn't think her life can get much worse. Then an old childhood friend returns to the country a little bit differently than he left and vows that nothing will stop him from possessing her and her magic.
In a desperate attempt to save her life, Dulcie summons a trio of vampires called The Righteous to her aid. With the help of The Righteous and four human friends, Dulcie attempts to thwart her enemy's plans to capture her and use her magic for his own evil purposes.
Even as she falls in love for the first time, Dulcie realizes that she may have to make the ultimate sacrifice in order to save the world.
This was one of those books that I liked the second I started reading it. Through the entire book I kept noticing things that normally bug me, but I just liked the book so stinking much that it didn't bother me much.
I have a few series I read that are like this. That even the normally annoying things are okay in them because I just fall in love with the characters and the story line too much. I'm that way with Raven Hart's Savannah Vampires. I'm completely in love with that series and it's one of my all time favorites. And even though this is only the first book in this series I have a feeling it may end up in the same category as the Savannah Vampires.
Dulcie starts out as being the kind of girl that would scream at the sight of blood (maybe not quite, but close to it) and by the end was totally kick ass! She really grew on me as a character and I ended up loving her.
I ended up loving Michael as well. What really sold me was the description of him looking like a pirate. And then his Scottish accent. Yes, he sounds delicious, doesn't he? I felt like we didn't get to know him real well yet and I'm quite ready to purchase the second book in this series and start it right now! Unfortunately I can't do that, but I will definitely be getting it as soon as I'm able.This cover has kind of a fun or playful look to it and I think maybe it's a bit deceiving. This isn't a heavy read, but it's not exactly a fun and playful book either. However, I think Dulcie aka Cin, has a playful personality so in less dire circumstances then it could be less serious. Also, when compared to the other covers I think it does fit. She starts out as innocent and then, well, not so much. This book is a fast read. I read it on the weekend in two days when I didn't have a lot of reading time. That was a definite bonus.
This book is definitely adult. Although the more adult issues are somewhat far apart, there are a few explicit sex scenes. There are some gory scenes as well, but they aren't really that bad as far as gore goes (not a fan of the gore myself and this one wasn't at all bad).
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