It began with a ball, and ended with a murder...

In the explosive opening novel of the Witch & Wolf series, Allison has always known the things that go bump in the night are real. She's one of them, and if anyone learns her secrets, she'll be killed--or worse. When it comes to the Inquisition, death counts as a mercy. But when she's accused for a murder she didn't commit, more than her life and reputation are at stake.
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When Allison is asked to play Cinderella-turned-Fianceé at a Halloween ball, the last thing she expected was to be accused of murder. She has to find the killer or she'll be put to death for the crimes she didn't commit. To make matters worse, the victims are all werewolves, just like her.

On the short list of potential victims, Allison has to act fast, or the killer will have one more body to add to his little black book of corpses.

There's only one problem: one of the deaths has struck a little too close to home, and should Allison's desire for self-preservation transform into a quest for vengeance, she may become the biggest threat of all to the humans she once swore to protect.

I have read this book twice now and it has not lost its magic. I offer up that the plot-mapping is well-done, the characters are well-developed, and the pacing is appropriate for each sequence. However, that loses the sense of the book and the characters. The story centers around Vicky a very special werewolf with a well-developed ability of self-preservation. The book progresses from one section of her life that appears to have been comfortable and safe to another where the book's action will take place. The book centers on this portion: Vicky on the "run" and the Inquisition out to kill her. One of my favorite things about this book was that it wasn't a regular run-of-the-mill auto-generated werewolf novel. The twists included (I will leave them out since they'd spoil the book for you) take you so far from that and into a completely different world that Blain has created for her characters. A world that lies hidden supposedly within our own. I was rooting for the main characters and even some of the ancillary ones. I'd highly recommend this novel - exceptional.
Victoria is living in Atlanta as Allison Ferdinan these days, playing at being an accountant. Too bad money couldn’t buy me a life. Of course, sometimes what you wish for actually comes true – and too often in bad, very bad, awful sorts of ways. It started out as a simple favor for a client/friend, Mark. Let’s dress up and go to a party. You can be my fiancée! Whoa. Hold the Phone! Gack. Killing Mark in Central Park really probably isn’t the best idea. But what was a really Bad Idea? Yeah. You got it. Going to a Halloween party as the fake fiancée, only to find out that your fake mother-in-law-to-be is a real witch. No, I mean it. A Real. Witch. And if you want to drop the W and add a B, well, please feel free. But the party isn’t the only thing wrong in Allison’s world. Pretty soon it seems the whole world is out to kill her. And when whoever it is that hunts her begins going after her employees, well, let’s just say that Allison/Victoria won’t let it stand. Here’s a hint. Don’t tick off an ancient werewolf. You won’t like the outcome. I loved this book so much I stayed up way too late into the early morning hours reading when I had to get up early the next morning. In fact, I liked it so much, I immediately downloaded the next one and started on it the next night.
This is Ms Blain's third book, and with it, her writing has blossomed. The control of pacing, tightly written action sequences, and jaw-dropping plot twists are a testament to the skill of the author. And an honest-to-goodness, multidimensional heroine (with a real personality, and actual hopes, fears, failings and needs, no less) is a fantastic breath of fresh air. I am a fan of the urban fantasy genre in general, but in the past, have been dismayed by the "dumbing down" that I've seen in the field. But this gives me hope. This is Charles De Lint good. Diane Duane good. Though still a bit raw and finding her voice, Ms Blain is definitely an author to watch. Yes, this world has werewolves and witches. But this is not Twilight. And thank god for that.
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