Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Series: Nora Jacobs, Book 4
Genres: Paranormal, Supernatural, Shapeshifter, Vampire, Fae, Urban Fantasy, Fantasy, Polyamorous, Reverse Harem
Publication date: January 18, 2020
The man looks me over, sighs wistfully, and holds a hand over his heart. “Sing me your song, air maiden, and lay claim to my heart for all eternity.”
I suppress a smile and raise an eyebrow at him. “Really? That’s what you’re going with? A bit over-the-top, don’t you think?”
He flashes me a beautiful dimpled smile. “But you still found it charming.” (Ch. 1)
Sure it took me a couple of months to pick up the second book in the series, but as soon as I did, I’ve flown through this series. While I’m glad with the way things ended, I can’t help but wish there was more in the series. Thankfully, I know there is more in this world. I look forward to picking up The Devil to Pay when I have a moment.
As it is, the Nora Jacobs series was one that kept my attention the whole way through. While the third book, Don’t Bait Me, might have been my favourite throughout, every book was an enjoyable read. Don’t Tempt Me was a great way to finish off the series, leaving just enough loose ends to make it feel like a real world where the characters continue to get up to no good and grow as people.
I enjoyed how the series seemed to get better and better as things progressed. Nora and her reverse harem continued to grow – both in size and in confidence. Sure their enemies continued to get stronger as well, but with a little ingenuity Nora and her men are able to come out on top time and time again.
If you’re against a Mary Sue protagonist, this story might not be for you. However, if you’re interested in a fun read filled with magic and mystery, I’d seriously recommend giving this series a try. The cast is extensive, giving a wide variety of supernaturals to an Underworld that most humans don’t even know exists. We’ve got magic users and shapeshifters, the fae and mythics. Certainly a wide enough selection of magic to keep this fantasy lover happy!
I’ve got to admit, it took me longer than it probably should have to realize that Henry was the Big Bad. I knew that he wasn’t ever going to leave Nora alone from the first time he set his sights on her. He did become her stalker before her glamour was broken and her Siren magic ran true. But I expected him to be more like an annoying fly buzzing around her than an actual threat. Director West let him get away with his stalker tendencies, so why risk any serious consequences?
Of course, I forgot how insane the vampire was. The more I think about it, the more it makes sense that Henry was behind everything that Nora and her men were going through. Who else in the Underworld would know Detroit that well and have the money to fund the whole scheme? Oliver’s hacking and Illren’s darknet connections proved that there were no new players in Detroit, which should have been a glaringly obvious clue that it was Henry this whole time.
Only Henry would be insane enough to risk his entire clan, every last one of his vampires, in order to steal Nora away from her men. Only Henry would risk her sanity by trying to compel her into thinking that she loves him and that she doesn’t care about her men. Good think Nora’s a super strong shifter, as it allowed her to be able to brake the compulsions placed on her and do what needed to be done. If only I’d seen the whole Henry thing coming…
I’ll blame my adoration for the romantic relationships in the story, and Nora going evil, for my lack of Henry clues. After all, those scenes were some of my favourite to read.
Starting off the novel with Nora adding Charlie to her harem as her fae mate certainly started the novel off with a bang. I can understand why the other guys – Rook especially – weren’t happy about the suddenness of everything. Especially when Nora admitted that her Siren had taken her over and she hadn’t even meant to make the bond. She certainly didn’t know what the bond meant before Terrance had to explain it to her. Fae instincts sound like a scary thing.
It was great getting to see Nora learn how to live with mate bonds. Even more interesting to see how she managed to balance her fae bond with her werewold bond to Rook. (And, by the way, he remains my favourite in her harem. Though Illren pulls a close second.) The bonds impact Nora’s life in different ways, but I can’t imagine that her harem would’ve gotten out of their situation as unscathed as they did without them. Charlie’s bond allowed them to find Nora whereas Rook’s bond allowed her to fight Henry’s compulsion when it really mattered.
I also really enjoyed the fact that Oliver was the one that got to show Nora how it felt to be cherished. Getting her to accept that doing something sexual with someone you love isn’t scary was quite the feat, but Oliver was more than willing to tackle that challenge. The fact that he was the first man she loved, the first man she every truly trusted, made it that much easier for her to be with Oliver. I’m glad that she has someone like him in her life.
Being able to be physically intimate with the rest of her men also allowed her to get closer to Parker. Being a vampire made getting close to Parker difficult for Nora, and rightfully so with her past. Yet in this novel she was finally able to make large strides towards being okay with being intimate with him. I can only imagine how hard it was for Parker, seeing Nora get close to the other men in her life without also being able to get that close to her. Sure she enjoyed waking up in his arms, but that was because she knew she didn’t have to worry about his impulses getting the best of him when he was in that state. Seeing the trust between them grow was an amazing thing to watch.
Nora getting physical with Illren was one of the highlights of this story, to me. I have a thing for badass assassins, and Illren fits that role quite nicely. Nora’s comment about none of the guys bothering them, and Illren’s following comment that they wouldn’t dare, really made me smile. It’s probably true that the clan knew better than to barge in on Illren, but I think that was more because Nora and Illren needed the time together, not because they’d been alone for too long. Okay, maybe they’d barge in if it was anyone else because Nora had been alone with him for long enough…
I adore the fact that Illren pushes Nora where the others coddle her. He made it clear that she was capable of looking after herself by gifting her his weapon’s belt and making it clear that with a bit of training she’d be able to carry much more. Even when they got together physically, he took charge and gently pushed her further. Of course he’d have pulled back if she asked him to – he always did – but he knew Nora’s boundaries better than she seemed to at times, pushing just as far as he knew she could go. She needed someone to push her, and I’m glad that it ended up being Illren.
Then, of course, there’s the men in her harem that Nora herself isn’t physically intimate with. The fact that her Siren was able to allow Charlie to get with Ren, though only Ren, showed that she was happy as long as her men were happy. Sure she could still be a jealous and possessive bitch at times, but it was okay if the two wanted to be together. They are both, after all, her men.
Then we have Enzo, the sweetest Shaman in the world who only wishes for the kind of family that Nora and her clan has. It was a really sweet moment when Nora asked him to be a part of their clan. He didn’t want to put too much stock in her offer, thinking that she wasn’t serious since they weren’t physically intimate with each other, but when he realized she meant it he was the happiest Shaman in Detroit. He’s certainly proved his loyalty enough to be considered family.
Wulf was a bit of a surprise addition to the clan, to me. Don’t get me wrong, I know that him and Nora consider each other family. He is, after all, Rook’s brother. But I was more surprised that he was willing to join the clan after being a lone wolf for so long. He downright refused to join his old pack again every time he was asked to. But it makes sense that he’d want to officially be a part of the clan. Keeping his own place was pretty smart of him, I must admit. I, too, would not want to be able to hear my sibling and their significant other getting it on. Plus he does have that great pool in his warehouse.
As always, Terrance was an amazing father figure. Not only to Nora, but to everyone in the clan. I loved seeing him go full rage mode when Rook and Wulf were injured. Okay, I didn’t love that they got injured, but the protectiveness was sweet to see. Terrance is a person who’s willing to do anything for those he loves, and as the head of this misfit clan he’s certainly got his work cut out for him.
Nora claiming Nick as hers – and him claiming her as his – was a great show of the commitment they have for each other as partners. Sure they’re friends, and sure Nora was extremely pissed off at him when she found out about her past, but she didn’t let that get in the way of what they had together. Nick wouldn’t let it get in the middle. The Underworld needed her too much – he needed her to balance his impulsiveness too much.
Even at the end when Nora was so clearly going dark, Nick was there for her. Along with Sapphire, Kat, and Aziel, Nick did everything in his power to keep the sweet young lady that he was still getting to know. Nora’s Siren might have enjoyed feeding on the essence of others, but being gifted with pure light essence was something that even her darkness was unprepared for. I’m glad that Henry’s spell didn’t work. While the blood of the mythics was given freely, it was done so under duress. It was much nicer to see the good guys team up together to keep Nora from going dark forever.
Plus it didn’t hurt to see Nora’s Siren take down the male vampires under Henry.
As I said before, I can’t help but wish there was more to this story. I’ve grow attached to these characters and am interested to know how the clan with grow and strengthen. Plus, even though Terrance said that the fae can only have one mate, I’m really interested in the idea of Nora’s Siren magic allowing her to be mated to all of her guys one way or another. I’ll probably be thinking about that idea for the next little while.
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