Review: In the Company of Witches by Joey W. Hill (Arcane Shot #2)
May 1 2012
Mass Market Paperback
Received from publisher
Yummy Man – Mikhael
Kick Ass Chick – Raina
From Goodreads –
All witch and part succubus, savvy businesswoman Raina has converted a Southern plantation house into an extremely profitable old-fashioned bordello. Because of her abilities as a witch, the demons under Raina’s protection can feed off the sexual energy of their clients without killing them—definitely a good thing for repeat business.
But when a rogue incubus shows up on Raina’s doorstep begging for asylum, the witch’s well-run business is put in jeopardy. The incubus has stolen an object of great power from Lucifer, and Underworld Dark Guardian Mikhael will do anything to get it back—even if it means incinerating the incubus on Raina’s porch to get the answers he seeks.
Not to be trifled with, Raina enters a dangerous match of wits with Mikhael to achieve their mutual goals—only to discover that the reluctant attraction between them is the most hazardous game of all…
In the Company of Witches is the second book in Joey W Hill’s Arcane Shot series. I find this series teeters between erotica and paranormal romance and it does it very well. This second book was incredibly hot, exploring how the Dom/sub relationship works on the mind of those who crave it and need it yet are afraid of it. Joey does D/s extremely well, showing the reader how such a relationship actually makes her characters stronger and more secure with themselves.
We meet Raina in the first book. She is half succubus, half witch. She is actually quite the powerful witch too. She is essentially a madam and through her business helps other succubae and incubi feed without killing. I like this part of her. Raina is there for her ‘staff’ while they go through maturation. They are like teenagers – crazy horny teenagers. How the ‘immature’ sex demons were portrayed made me giggle as it was almost cute…in a perverse sort of way. These demons had such heart too, something you don’t expect to see. And the reason they are like that is because of the care and attention Raina gives them.
I must admit that I was a little confused at the beginning of this book. You see, the heroine from the first book, Ruby, was a submissive. Raina made comments to her about how she would not submit to a man. Yet within the first ten percent of this book, she submits to Mikhael. Um…okay. Soon enough though you learn the whole story and see that Raina does crave that sort of attention from a man but her past had put a block on it in her mind. Luckily, Mikhael was able to give Raina what she needed without freaking her out…something that actually surprised me about him.
Back to book one for a moment when we meet Mikhael. There are a few different types of Doms out there. There is a more gentle variety then there is a more intense, almost violent variety and then there is everything in between. In the first book, Mikhael came across as the more aggressive type, calling Ruby names and causing intense pain as opposed to just the ‘pleasure pain’ you see in some books. I have to say I am not a fan of that sort of Dom. That is what Ruby needed at the time but I don’t like watching these men degrade a woman no matter how much she wants it. So I came into book two expecting to not love Mikhael very much. What made me most curious to read this book was that you go into it knowing that Raina is Mikhael’s HEA, knowing that ‘she would not submit’ and knowing she is a strong, hard-headed woman. I was curious to see how it would all work out. Turns out Mikhael has different sides to his dominating personality and he became exactly what Raina needed. There is real depth to his character and I ended up quite liking him. And Raina and Mikhael really did end up making a great couple.
As I mentioned earlier, I found it odd how quickly they ‘came together’ their first time but then I enjoyed watching them connect and get to know each other. Their back-stories were interesting and their dialogue was good. I may have found moments in the beginning of the book a tad slow at times but once the ‘action’ part of the story hit, it was quite the ride.
In the Company of Witches isn’t only about Raina and Mikhael and how they come together but it’s also about an incubus who stole something from the Underworld and how they must discover for whom it was stolen and why. This part of the story was very well done. On the edge of your seat reading. Mikhael is a Dark Guardian – like a sort of police for the Dark side – and it was neat seeing him in that role. Let me tell you, he is very good at it.
And totally random here but I never thought I would feel so strongly for a darn crow. Crazy bird almost had me in tears!
I said this book was hot…and I mean it. Holy jumpin’ I found myself lost between staring at the words and feeling a compulsion to close the book for a moment to wanting to re-read a scene again and again. And with lines like “Even better than the crepes”… *drinks a glass of ice cold water* Joey writes hot stuff, let me tell ya.
I don’t feel you need to read the first book in the series to get everything out of this book but book one is a good book so why not. Also, if you are curious about reading a D/s book but don’t want to jump right into an actual erotic title, this series is a perfect introduction. With strong characters, gripping and emotional story lines, it will not only introduce you to the ‘naughty’ part you are curious about but will also grip you with its solid story. After all, Joey does D/s right.
Overall, In the Company of Witches was a strong book with a fabulous ending. And that darned crow… *sigh*
Giggle worthy quotes
“Ruby described Mikhael as ‘distracting’, in a bad boy way. Actually, her exact quote was: ‘He’s the bad boy of all bad boys. Rhett Butler lumped in with Sawyer from Lost, Alex from Gray’s Anatomy – first and second season, Mickey Rourke from 9 ½ weeks, and Nicolas Cage from Valley Girl” – the best part of that 80’s movie, they both agreed. ‘Oh, and Antonio Banderas doing the tango in Take the Lead. That sexy part where you see the cross tattooed on his arm, a weird mix of the sacred and profane.’”
“’Titanic’, he said. ‘Is there any female who doesn’t like that movie?’
She tilted her head to look at him. She had a desire to caress his jaw, but she quelled it. ‘Only the ones without estrogen. Is there any male who doesn’t hate it? And why is that, by the way?’
‘It’s a chick flick on steroids.’ He made a pained expression. ‘A male watches a ninety-minute romance with a woman because he anticipates sex as payment for his attention. Ninety minutes is a fair exchange. A three-hour movie, with a tragic ending that leaves the woman sobbing, needing consolation, not sexual pleasure? That’s above and beyond the call of duty. He has to be flat-on-his-ass in love with her to put up with that shit.’”
Books in the Arcane Shot series –
Something About Witches
In the Company of Witches