Strange Brew by Angela Colsin
Series: The Crucible #3
Published by Self-published on August 11th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Paranormal, Suspense
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Feeling out of touch with her magical gifts, Aislinn Carmichael is a witch seeking a means of restoring her ability to its fullest potential. Despite the warnings of family and friends, the endeavor inevitably drives her to accept the initiation trial of a witch coven called The Trine.Their test demands the capture of a supernatural creature, a task Aislinn has little doubt she can accomplish with relative ease. But of all the potentially benign creatures she could’ve snared, none other than a feral werewolf stumbles into her trap. Making matters worse is The Trine’s intentions for her dangerous captive, forcing Aislinn to release him and potentially risk retaliation.
But vengeance is the farthest thing from the werewolf’s mind.Troy Ashland is a werewolf standing at death’s door, slowly losing his humanity until there’s nothing left but savage instincts. It’s a process all werewolves face, and the only thing that can appease his restless beast is his mate. So when word arrives from an oracle saying to travel to the Southern US to find her, he’s on the next flight out.After his arrival in Arkin City, the last thing Troy expects is to be caught in a magical trap. But all is forgiven with one glimpse of his temporary jailor, who turns out to be the very woman he was searching for. Still, the task of winning her is surprisingly difficult. Not only is Aislinn inexplicably resisting their attraction, but The Trine won’t leave well enough alone …
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Strange Brew was a great story that I enjoyed very much.
Troy is a werewolf on the verge of losing his humanity, this is a curse they all face when they can’t find their mates before reaching 200 hundred years of age. He has almost given up hope when he gets word as to where his mate is… and he doesn’t waste time getting there.
Aislinn is a born witch whose magic hasn’t been quite right lately. Feeling off she is taking every opportunity that arises to help her get her powers up to what they should be. Her mother suggests a ritual for her 25th birthday, and having gotten an invite to join a coven, she accepts their initiation test intuiting something good will come out of it.
She certainly didn’t expect to entrap a werewolf, and much less for the werewolf to follow her home. That is the last thing she needs, now she doesn’t only have a coven miffed at her for refusing to join them, she also has to maintain celibacy for 2 more weeks with a giant piece of a werewolf hunk that pushes all her buttons…mostly in a good way. And that certainly puts a crimp on Troy’s plans.
Troy can’t believe his luck when the witch that catches him during the full moon is the woman he has been waiting for, for almost two centuries. Just being in her presence is slowing his feral turning, and while that won’t stop completely until they are mated, he is finally feeling some hope that he will not lose his life.
But meeting each other is the easiest part of their story, as both are facing enemies they can’t even imagine and who’ll jeopardize their bond.
While this is the third installment of the Crucible series, it was not overly hard to keep up with, there’s not a lot of world building but reading the short preface will give you the basic info you need to just go along with the story. Overly descriptive at times (I skimmed a bit, I won’t lie), Strange Brew was still a great read, filled with steam, suspense and action. And their time together is seriously hot.
Troy by nature was super possessive and I loved him, he is certainly devoted boyfriend award winning material, I wouldn’t mind one little bit being mated to someone like him.
Aislinn was my favorite kind of heroine she is a badass with some kick-assery, not just a helpless damsel in distress, and while hardheaded at times (bordering on stubborn tantrumy 3-year-old) she worked through her issues and asked for help when things became too much.
I had a great time reading it and while this can be read as a standalone I think there’s a continued story line with some of the things that happened in this book and that leave open future plot lines.
I think I’m going to get my hands on the other books in this series and I’ll be on the lookout for what comes next.
Sparkles’ Rating: 4 PNR goodness Stars.
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