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Passionate Investigations by Elizabeth Lapthorne
Series: Urban Seductions #11
Published by Ellora's Cave Genres: Urban Fantasy
Zahra Gower is a witch that, unlike her father and sister, is not intrigued by the politics and all that is involved with the Magical Council. As a matter of fact, Zahra does her best to avoid all of that, except when she has to attend parties her father and sister have. During one of these parties, Zahra finally comes to terms with an attraction toward a witch who teamed up with her sister when needed, but was much more freelance than any of the Magical Council investigators.
Rob Padden enjoyed his life and his job until it was all ripped away from him by false accusations that lead to him being put to trial. Now, Rob works as an investigator, but for no one near the high level Magical Council. Rob is amazed when Zahra’s sister calls him to request his help and to say she now knows that she was wrong in her accusations. However, before Rob and Tanya can meet, she is killed. Now, Rob must risk the rejection that Zahra might give him to see if he can find the evidence that will finally clear his name.
Zahra is in shock after the sudden death of her sister, but the shock becomes anger when she learns that Tanya might have been killed. Zahra not only accepts Rob’s apology, but she also teams up with him to find out what her sister learned and who was behind her death. The hunt quickly becomes dangerous as someone really doesn’t want Rob’s name cleared or the truth to come out about Tanya’s death. The attraction between Rob and Zahra also flares up again as they team up to follow the clues to a killer. Yet, another act of betrayal puts Zahra and all she loves in danger, and this life-loving witch must figure out how to stall a killer until help arrives, and only the trust and love of Rob is keeping her going.
An attraction that was never given the chance to live is given another chance as two witches follow the clues to a killer in Passionate Investigations. Rob and Zahra are racing against time to discover just who framed Rob and killed Zahra’s sister. Along the way, the very attraction that first brought them together just might be the very thing to save them. Betrayals and rot are what I see Zahra and Rob uncover along the way. I enjoyed watching as they decided who to trust and who might be the one betraying Zahra’s family. I loved that in the end it wasn’t the investigators or the enforcers who brought down the killer, but a nature-loving and fun-loving witch with a really strong will. Passionate Investigations is a light-hearted romp with touches of suspense and danger to keep the story intriguing until the last page.