Dark Awakening by Patti O’Shea
By Patti O’Shea
Kimi Noguchi is a young Japanese woman who just found out that she was also a majo, a witch. She is interning at a Los Angeles advertising firm. The first thing that struck her when she started was that it was all woman; then she found out that they were all majo, and that she was one too. Now she is in training. Getting very board with the fact that all she is learning is ethics, rules, and consequences, but no actual magic usage yet. On top of all this, the man of her dreams, a demon named Nicodemus, didn’t seem to want anything to do with her. A Dark One, a Bak-Faru, comes after her. With her cousin on her honeymoon halfway around the world she has no hope but to call on Nicodemus.
Nic, or Nicodemus, is desperately in love with Kimi, knows she is his vishtau-mate, but his half-sister – Kimi’s cousin – has warned him off Kimi until she is older. Kimi after all, is just human as far as the two of them know, and Nic doesn’t have a lot of experience being careful with fragile human woman. Knowing that Kimi is his vishtau-mate, and the fact that Kimi is actively seeking his company, makes it hard on Nic’s control as their bond is trying to form, so he is trying to avoid her. When he is in San Francisco one night finishing up a drink trying not to think of Kimi, he suddenly finds himself in her front room, having been summoned. He finds out she is being attacked by the Bak-Faru, so puts himself in front of her.
Kimi learns a lot about love, men, the varying types of demons and the vishtau-mating during this book. It is a fun ride we take with these two through Crimson City. I really enjoyed Ms. O’Shea’s writing style and the way she weaves humor in with the tense situations. I look forward to reading more by this wonderful author. I give the book five stars. If you like witches, demons, and other assorted beings of the night, this book is a great addition to your library.