Welcome all! This week’s book in our Kate Daniels Read-along is the 4th book in the series – Magic Bleeds. This is a pivotal book as well as a game-changer in the series where Kate faces her past and confronts her past in so many ways. There is also some major changes in her personal and working life.
Kate Daniels keeps the peace in Atlanta for the Order, humans caught between the vampire controlling People led by her biological father and best kept secret, Roland, and the shape-shifter Pack, led by her mate-to-be Curran, the Lord of the Beasts. But her look-alike aunt Erra, Babylon’s god of chaos and terror, has come to town controlling seven naked warriors: Deluge (flood water), Tremor (earth quake), Gale (hurricane wind), Torch (fire inferno), Venom (disease poison), Beast (animal monster), and Darkness (overpowering dread).
E – Following the fiasco of the Midnight Games, you would think things would calm down for Kate and the Pack and they did for a little while. Until Kate’s family decided to pay a little visit… This story marked another significant turning point because both Kate and Curran had to make some choices. Kate has to make some decisions about who has her loyalty, and what does that really entail? Curran also has to decide what he and The Pack are going to do regarding a threat that has a significant impact on shape-shifters themselves. I really enjoyed reading Magic Bleeds not just because of the glimpse into Kate’s heritage, the introduction of a new character who I hope will reappear because I have questions, and some interesting Pack developments. Once again I loved Kate’s interaction with the variety of side characters as well as their internal interaction. While Andrews resolved some of the issues that have existed since the start of the series because of the choices made by the several characters some other situations have arisen which provide a great launching point for a shift in direction.
Has – I totally agree this is the book that changes so many things, as well as other elements come to a head for Kate who comes face to face with a member of her family. I also loved the introduction of Grendel, Kate’s trusted attack poodle, who not only provides comic relief but at the same time is one fierce dog you don’t want to mess with. But overall this is the book which makes every shipping heart on cloud nine for Curran and Kate which started off on a promised date that was thwarted. Yet when they finally got together it was so fun and exciting to see them succumbing to their feelings. I literally squeeed out loud they acknowledged their feelings and I loved that Kate took that brave step in opening up. It made her vulnerable but at the same time she realised she had a family and friends of her own making and despite her past cropping up to haunt her, she refused to back down and run away. It showed how much she has developed from that loner in the beginning of the series and I think this makes her stronger in a lot of ways.
MinnChica: This is the book where Kate and Curran finally get naked together, and I was so excited! With the mini-cliffhanger of Curran ordering his naked dinner, I couldn’t wait to see what would unravel relationship wise for these two. Although things didn’t work out as planned, once they finally get down and dirty, it was hot and well worth the wait. For me, the development with Kate’s family took a bit of a backseat to the romance, and I was totally okay with that. However, it didn’t change the fact that I still loved and adored learning more about Kate’s background and all that she has to look forward to with her father.
E – Once again there were several great scenes to choose from. With the help of my family we decided to go with a humorous instead of bloody scene. Enjoy!
The phone rang. It was probably Christy. I picked it up. “Kate Daniels.”
“I’m in lockup in Milton County Jail,” Andrea said. “Come get me.”
“…Miss Nash got up to go to the bathroom and get some drinks. When Miss Nash came back, she found a young female talking to her significant other.” His eyes sparkled a little. He pretended to check his report. “Apparently, the inter-loping female was scantily clad.”
He must’ve waiting years to use that in a report. “Go on..”
“According to the hotel staff, the poor man did try to discourage the femme fatale the best he could, but she was either dense or really hoped to take him for a ride. Having met her, I’d say both.”
I sighed. I knew where this was going.
“When Miss Nash approached, her fella informed the scantily clad female that Miss Nash and he were together. He said the female appraised Miss Nash as ‘cute.’ ”
I put my head down and pumped it on the table a couple of time.
The two furry caterpillars Beau used as his eyebrows crept up. “Do you need a minute?”
“No, I’ll be alright. Sorry”
“It seems that the young woman made some indelicate suggestion of a threesome. Nobody is quite sure what happened next, but everybody agrees it was damn fast. When I got there, Miss Nash was standing by the hot tub in a small bikini, pointing the business end of a SIG-Sauer P-226 at her fella and concerned members of the hotel staff, while dunking the scantily clad female’s head under the water and asking, ‘Who’s diving for clams now, bitch?’ “
My pain must’ve reflected on my face because Beau reached into his desk drawer and handed me a small bottle of aspirin. I popped two tablets into my mouth and swallowed, grimacing against the bitterness. “Then what?”
“Well, Miss Nash and I had a conversation. I bet that she wouldn’t shoot a badge and I won that bet. She had no ID on her – it was a very small bikini – so we invited her, her fella, and the aggrieved party to be our guests in this lovely jailhouse. Spending the night with us calmed her down.”
Oh, boy. “She had no ID, but she had a gun?”
“Brought it in a towel, from what I understand.”
Why wasn’t I surprised? “She’s a knight.”
Has – Like E there are so many fun and great scenes in this book that I had trouble finding just one, although while I think the tea scene with Kate’s family member is one of my all time favourite scenes in the series. I think I am going for the scene that leads up to the huge chapter between Curran and Kate when they finally face off with their feelings – and Saiman is a total idiot but the lead up was truly memorable.
‘THIRTY MINUTES LATER WE SCREECHED TO A halt before my apartment building. I jumped out into the snow, Slayer in hand. Saiman lunged into the driver’s seat. The wheels spun, spraying snowflakes. I jumped back. The car reversed, rolling over the spot where my feet were half a second earlier, and sped into the night.
He almost ran me over. Coward. Let’s have a partnership, Kate. I offer honesty, Kate. I don’t have to outrun the Beast Lord I just pissed off, Kate. I only have to outrun you and hit you with my car as I hightail it out of here.
The dogs down the street exploded with frantic barking. Speak of the devil . . .
I needed to attract His Majesty’s attention and take this off the street. In the open, he could take a running start and bulldoze over me. In my apartment, he’d have a harder time maneuvering and I’d have the home turf advantage.
I hiked up my dress and ran into the building, taking the stairs two at a time. It took me three precious seconds to get the door open. I burst inside, dropped the sword, ran to the living room window, and slid it open. A thick grate of steel and silver bars guarded my window. I grabbed the two handles and twisted. The lock snapped open. The grate swung to the left and I saw him, a nightmarish beast charging up the roofs across the street, like a demon caught between the black sky and the white snow.
He saw me and changed direction in midleap. That’s right. Come let me kiss you with my fist, baby.
I backed away from the window. Shoes. I had spiked heels on. I pulled them off and tossed them into the hallway. If I had to kick him, the heel would go right into the body like a knife. It would hurt, but not enough to stop him, and I’d have a hell of a time getting free.
Curran dropped off the roof and dashed across the street to my building. I backed away, giving myself room to kick. My heart hammered. My mouth went completely dry.
A second passed.
Come on. Come on.
A clawed half-paw gouged the windowsill. Curran lunged through the window.
He was huge, neither a man, nor a lion. Curran’s usual warrior form stood upright. This creature moved on all fours. Enormous, bulging with muscle under a gray pelt striped with whip marks of darker gray, six hundred pounds at least. His head was lion, his eyes were human, and his fangs were monster.
So that’s what the Beast Lord with no brakes looked like.’
MinnChica: Ok, well since Has left you all hanging, I might just have to finish off that scene, at the good bits….
He leaned his head to me, his neck so close to my lips, I felt the heat coming off his skin. His breath was warm against my ear. His voice was a ragged snarl. “I miss you.”
This wasn’t happening.
“I worry about you.” He dipped his head and looked into my eyes. “I worry something stupid will happen and I won’t be there and you’ll be gone. I worry we won’t ever get a chance and it’s driving me out of my skull.”
No, no, no, no….
We started at each other. The tiny space between us felt too hot. Muscles bulged on his naked frame. He looked feral.
Mad gold eyes stared into mine. “Do you miss me, Kate?”
I closed my eyes, trying to shut him out. I could lie and then we’d be back to square one. Nothing would be resoled. I’d still be alone, hating him and wanting him.
He grabbed my shoulders and shook me once. “Do you miss me?”
I took the plunge. “Yes.”
He kissed me. The taste of him was like an explosion of color in a gray room. It was a fierce, possessive kiss and I melted into it. His tongue brushed mine, eager and hot. I licked at it, tasting him again. My arms slid around his beck.
He growled, pulling me to him, and kissed my lips, my cheeks, my neck…. “Don’t make me leave.”
Not a chance. I gulped to catch my breath. “If you leave, how will I strangle you?”
PS: Hot wall sex ensues….
– Magic Bleeds heralds new changes and a different direction for Kate and other characters. What do you think about the new direction especially for Andrea and Kate who both faced consequences in their choices in the book?
– What do you think of Ted’s real agenda – do you think he is hiding something and what are the Knights of the Order are up to?
– Kate and Curran got busy, were you satisfied with the sexy parts after the build up to it?
– What did you think of Erra and the things she told Kate about her father?