Motor City Mage

Motor City Mage

by Cindy Spencer Pape

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Motor City Mage by Cindy Spencer Pape

As a cop who keeps paranormals in line, Des has a hard time trusting them. So why does he want the beautiful werewolf Lana more than his next breath? She's mouthy, flamboyant and distractingly sexy—not the type of woman for a reserved mage like him. Lana admires Des, but she can't be with someone who won't take her seriously, no matter how much she'd love to rip off his dress shirt.

When a dangerous new drug shows up in Detroit, Des must locate the source, and Lana is determined to help. But their plan goes awry, trapping them in a demon dimension. To return home, Lana and Des must flee through a series of unpredictable alternate realities, fighting enemies while trying to shut down the drug trade. But if they're going to survive, they'll have to rely on each other, even though getting closer will add fuel to a fire that's already burning out of control...

68,000 words

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426893384
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 03/12/2012
Series: Urban Arcana , #4
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 714,832
File size: 1 MB

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"Nielsen just captured another Vatsu demon. It suicided under questioning."

"Not again." Desmond Sutton winced at the fury in his boss's tone. "We still have no idea how to get them back to their home plane?"

"Not unless we find that portal." James Brewer, director of the Detroit branch of the Wyndewin League, grumbled.

"I'm working on it." Des had been, with the help of a few friends.

"You're not hanging out with those bloody elves or wolves again, are you? Any information we gather from those sources can't possibly be trusted."

Des paused to lean against a bus-stop bench and rubbed his eyes. "Since one of the elves is my brother-in-law, it's kind of hard not to see him. But no, I'm working this on my own." It was a lie, but Des was tired of being chewed out for consorting with other species.

"I'm warning you again, Sutton. Steer clear. You've had one major screw up in your career. Make sure you don't have another."

Well, isn't that just great? He was supposed to avoid his sister now? Not happening.

Shoving his phone in his pocket, Des looked around him at the young, carefree students rushing to and fro on campus. They were all blissfully unaware that their city was full of demons, not to mention elves, wizards, witches and werewolves.

Des wished he was so lucky, but Fate could be a vicious goddess sometimes. Knowing things that other people didn't was supposed to be a gift. For the most part it was Des's personal curse. People always said, "Knowledge is power." No. It was more like a rash—something itchy and uncomfortable one couldn't quite ignore, no matter how hard one tried. There was a reason so many of the world's great minds had been alcoholic, depressive, heroin addicts or suicidal. While normal people got to trip through their lives in blissful ignorance, others, like Des, were excruciatingly aware of exactly how screwed up the world really was. Seeing too much, knowing too much might have been far more tolerable through a haze of anesthesia.

Reality, such as it was, stank. His city was in crisis, his world might well be on the brink of disaster. And his personal life? What personal life? He hadn't had so much as a date in over a year, as his sister constantly reminded him.

He glared down at the sidewalk, absently booting a crushed coffee cup out of his way, before his conscience kicked in and he picked up the offending garbage, depositing it in a trash can half a block down the street. He pulled the collar of his trench coat tighter around his neck, warding off the cold November breeze and the light flurry of snow. For about the hundredth time that week, he considered the possibility of chucking it all and taking off to some island in the Caribbean. He could spend the rest of his days reading Tarot cards for tourists, soak his liver with rum and fry his skin with all-natural ultraviolet radiation.

It was tempting. Could he pull it off? For another few hundred yards, he pondered.

Not a chance. No matter how hard he tried to talk himself into it, quitting still wasn't going to work. His superiors and his own intuition agreed that both his duty and his destiny lay here in Detroit. The demon troubles were far from over.

Despite the widespread belief that demons had something to do with religion, the truth was, they were just beings from different planes of existence. Some were helpless, others benign. Some though, came through to Earth to cause trouble with a capital T. As a Wyndewin wizard, Des was destined to be caught squarely in the middle of whatever disaster went down.

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Motor City Mage 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Speak to a great oak in a commanding voice of ancient language. The tree molds itself imto a two story tree house with no rungs or ladders. He flys up to the door.
Candace724 More than 1 year ago
I loved it!
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rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 Stars I enjoyed it. But would like better if I had read other books before. It does stand alone. Also was lot of sex scenes in it. Motor City might be the start and the end of this book but in between goes to many worlds or dimensions each different. Desmond Sutton is a mage and belongs to the Wyndewin League. The league fight the supernatauls that harm humans. He has been trying to stop demon drug that harms humans. His boss James Brewer told him to stop associating with the other species. That now would even be his sister who is marrying into them. In other cases he has worked with elves and werewolfs and got the job done. Lana Novak a were wolf that is part of the pack he worked with before. Lana is a part of a band and helps runs her family bar, also is finshing her masters. Lana just invited him to his sister's wedding shower and tomorrows Thanksgiving dinner. They end up sleeping together at the start. she is with him and a demon named Vin go down to Salt mine under detroit to blow the gate to other dimensions when thinks go wrong and they get trapped on the wrong side. They meet a lot of different species on thier way to finding home. One of the messages of the book is working together can make things easier for all. No matter what color or race. I was given this ebook to read in exchange of honest review from Netgalley. 03/12/2012 PUB Carina Press
Kayla_Tocco More than 1 year ago
Lana and Des clearly have some history, that starting the series with book four, I missed out on, but it's okay I was able to follow along quite nicely. As a new reader coming into the series in book four, I didn't have a hard time following along with the story because the author tries to fill you in. My problem with it was that at times the author gave so much information regarding all the past characters that I really thought I was missing something and found myself having a hard time following who was who with it, which I'm sure, is the opposite of the author's intent. I think it would have been easier to follow if I was given tiny tidbits to get me through. That being said, I was still able to read the story fine. I felt as though the relationship between Lana and Des progressed waaaay too fast. Now this may be in part (I'm thinking it's probably so, but am not sure) due to the fact that the tension in their relationship probably started in earlier books in the series so me, coming into this series in book four, missed out on all the "foreplay" so to speak. Which the sexual tension leading up to the first sexual encounter between hero and heroine, is one of my favorite parts to read in a romance novel, so I found it to be a bit disappointing. It just felt like one minute they're bickering and the next they're going at it on her couch. Speaking of foreplay...all of the love scenes severely lacked it and as such, for me, the love scenes fell kind of flat. His manly parts are out and inside her before he even puts his mouth to her breasts half the time and that's really the extent of the love scenes. They're too short and lacking in heat for my taste. I'm all for reading a quickie in a story, but not every time they have sex. It needs to be mixed up etc. The characters both Lana, Des, and their whole slew of friends and family, are very fun and I'm intrigued enough to pick up the first three books to see the other's relationships unfold, just so I can revisit these characters. The one thing that bothered me character wise was Lana's attempts at movie humor. I just felt like her jokes fell flat to me and taking those bits out wouldn't have changed the way I see Lana one way or the other. It's like they were added in as an afterthought. I love that both Lana and Des complement each other in their roles, taking turns being alpha/submissive to satisfy both their needs for control and I love Des' anger every time Lana tries to take things into her own hands to protect him. It shows just how much he cares for her and doesn't want her to get hurt. I'd like to take a moment and applaud the author on her world building. The worlds are so detail oriented without info dumping, she weaves the descriptions into the story effortlessly and makes me wish their was such a world like this and at the very least, makes me want to revisit this world she created over and over again. Finally, I absolutely LOVED the ending. Even though I hadn't read the earlier books, it was really awesome to be able to see both Des and Lana, as well as their loved ones from previous books, finally get their happily ever after in full. It was cute, sweet, and touching. I very much look forward to reading more of Ms. Pape's work.