Social worker Max Maitland is trained to help people, not leave them vulnerable to evil. His unexpected and unwanted legacy bestows upon him a spirit beast—a cougar—to help protect him and his sister. Bound to his sister by their legacy, Max is frustrated at the prospect of sacrificing his own goals and dreams like his bachelor uncle.
Robin Chandler’s reputation as a mural artist allows her temporary escape from her native Sedona, Arizona, away from the ex-fiancé who cheated on her and where she suffered the horror of a cougar attack. After four months on the road, she’s ready to return to the desert landscape close to her heart, but meeting Max Maitland is a potent diversion. When Max tells her his sister is fighting evil spirits, Robin questions her choices. This otherwise irresistible guy can’t really believe in the “woo-woo” can he?
Max and his sister lure the demon to the metaphysical vortexes around Sedona, the perfect trap to end the demon’s power. Cornered, the demon strikes back by taking Robin hostage and demonstrating the magic she doesn’t believe in. Robin’s only chance at survival is to rely on the prowling cougar that Max commands, but that might be one risk she isn’t willing to take.
About the Author
Karla Brandenburg is the author of contemporary romance, including her award-winning paranormal MIST series. First published in 2002, she is a member of the Romance Writers of America. Raised on the gothic romances of Victoria Holt and the horror of Stephen King, she is an avid reader. Karla is a card-carrying cookie-holic, enjoys baking and travel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Kundigerin, book 3 in the series, continues the story of our favorite baker, Marissa (Maitland) Harper and her brother, Max, who is a Huter de s Geheimnisses (keeper of secrets). We meet a few (not too many) friends, all brought together because of their abilities. When one friend is revealed to be evil, he is destroyed and killed. But by whom or what was this evil demon? Neither Marissa or new friend, Giselle (also a Kundigerin-one who knows/sees psychic signatures left by events) can get a reading on this new apparition. Was it his long lost brother or is this a new entity to the powers they have inherited? I was, once again, immersed in the story. The plotlines are easy to follow. She has created characters and physical descriptions eloquently, without overwhelming the reader. This is my favorite of the series thus far because by this time I am totally involved with the characters. AND this book is far from my regular genre.
In Rising Mist, the author wraps up the trilogy that began with Mist on the Meadow. This time it's Max's story. Brandenburg does a good job and dealing with Max's conflict—does he follow his career dreams or follow his sister and her group of demon slayers? None of them asked for their "gift" but they have to learn to accept their hidden talents. In Max's case, it's more difficult, because the woman who's destined to be his soul mate doesn't possess these powers—nor does she want anything to do with them. The writing is clean, the story is easy to follow, and readers should enjoy the rich Sedona setting. I received an advance reader copy of this book with a request for an honest review.