Reviewed by Ami
Title: Veiled Menace
Author: Deborah Blake
Series: Veiled Magic #2
Heroine: Donata Santori
Genre: M/F Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
Length: 285 Pages
Release Date: April 18, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Since Witches came out of the broom-closet in the early 21st century, they have worked alongside humans as police officers, healers, stock traders, and more. But they aren’t the only paranormal entities in our world…
Witch and police officer Donata Santori is no stranger to magical mayhem, but lately her life has been unexpectedly charmed. Her job as a Ghost Yanker now includes the occasional paranormal investigation, and she’s advancing her magical abilities with the help of an ancestor’s treasured spell book. And while both of her former love interests—reclusive half-Dragon art forger Peter Casaventi and disgraced Shapechanger Magnus Torvald—are nowhere to be found, she’s not averse to being wined and dined by wealthy businessman Anton Eastman.
But Eastman isn’t what he seems, and what he wants from Donata is far more than she’s willing to give. When a mysterious relic, the Pentacle Pentimento, resurfaces, along with Peter’s Dragon father and a shocking Santori family secret, Donata must fight to save herself, her friends, and just maybe the fate of the world from a magic as old as it is dangerous…
Review: “Veiled Menace” is a follow-up to Deborah Blake’s “Veiled Magic” where Donata discovered a rare Pentacle Pentimento painting that can reveal the identity of the lost sixth paranormal races. In this book, Donata finds out more about the sixth race and what her Santori bloodline’s role is in the disappearance.
While I liked the progress about the lost race – and learning how they disappeared, why they disappeared, and what the future might hold among the paranormal entities and humans overall – I was frustrated over Donata’s drama with the men in her life, either present or off screen, which took too much page time and distracted from the story (and Donata herself) and what I would like to think of as the main arc.
I like romance in urban fantasy, but to me, this felt more like the heroine paid more attention to the men – and I didn’t think any of them were worthy enough – rather than the problem looming over the sixth race as well as honing her magic talent. It was like Donata was being ruled by her heart rather than her head, which was too bad because I thought she could be very good in her job.
All of Donata’s pouting and whining on why Peter and Magnus were missing (and not contacting her) and later with Donata dismissing her friend’s concern over the new boyfriend, Anton, made me want to put her aside and knocked some sense into her head. It wasn’t what I wanted to read from the sequel; so while it was good, I wasn’t completely satisfied.
Overall Impression: It was good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*