Type: Urban Fantasy
My Copy: Sent
MAGICAL TRICKS. DEMONIC TREATS.
After narrowly escaping her fate as a sacrificial scapegoat, Arcadia Bell is back to normal. Or at least as ordinary as life can be for a renegade magician and owner of a tiki bar that caters to Earthbound demons. She’s gearing up for the busiest day of the year—Halloween—when a vengeful kidnapper paralyzes the community. The influential head of the local Hellfire Club taps Cady to track down the fiendish bogeyman, and now that she’s dating red-hot Lon Butler, the Club’s wayward son, she can hardly say no.
Cady and Lon untangle a gruesome thirty-year trail of clues that points to danger for the club members’ children. But locating the person behind the terror will require some metaphysical help from Cady’s loyal bar patrons as well as her potent new Moonchild powers—and she’d better figure it out before the final victim disappears and her own darkest secret becomes her biggest enemy.
After finishing up book one of this series, Kindling The Moon, I immediately went right into Summoning The Night that takes place merely weeks after the first book ends. Cady is back to running her bar and with Halloween quickly approaching, she and the co-owner Kar Yee are cooking up promotional plans for their demon patrons. She’s just starting to get back into a routine when she is summoned, along with her boyfriend Lon, to the leader of his secret society club, Hellfire. Seems a 30 year old unsolved kidnapping case has reignited with the recent disappearance of magical demon teenagers. With her new found Moon Child abilities that she doesn’t quite trust, the leader of Hellfire tasks her and Lon with unraveling the mystery of the disappearances 30 years ago along with these new ones who also threaten Lon’s own teenage son, Jupe. They know that whoever is behind the kidnappings must have had help from the other realms but they have no idea where to start to track down someone who is proficient at hiding in plain sight. While low ranking, human looking demons reside on earth alongside their unsuspecting counterparts, other realms hold the demons who can essentially bring the world to its knees and Cady knows all about that since she had recently summoned the demon who her parents used to kill leaders of rival occults.
Lon is the only one who knows the real Arcadia and the leader of the Hellfire club is starting to get suspicious of her background. She’s managed to hide her true identity for years but with the her recent near sacrificing at the hands of her own parents, it’s starting to get difficult. He uses what knowledge he does have as a sort of blackmail to get her assistance. I’ve been on the fence about him for awhile. He seems genuine in his concern for the children but he isn’t above using blackmail to achieve his goals, which makes him a wildcard and a constant thorn in Cady and Lon’s side.
Once again, as with book one, the continued world building is supreme. Bennett knows how to entice a reader and paint a picture of the world she envisions with ease. With the appearance of Hajo (a death dowser) readers are given a kind of protagonist who wants to get in Cady’s pants something fierce. He does begrudgingly help Cady and Lon but only after securing something he wants for himself. His presence adds a creep factor that helps move the story line along and gives Lon something to continually grumble about while they try to track down the person responsible for the kidnappings of the past and present.
I think what I love most about these books is the communication between the characters. Right before reading this one I had read a contemporary romance where the characters didn’t talk to each other, they ASSUMED, which of course lead to some nasty repercussions. The characters in Bennett’s series actually talk through their problems. Imagine that, they act like the adults that they are. Seriously, it’s a breath of fresh air. Lon and Cady, though there is quite an age difference, navigate the relationship waters very well. They are continuing to grow as individuals which only makes their relationship stronger. Cady isn’t used to having someone to lean on and she struggles a bit as Lon’s son Jupe grows more attached to her. It’s a foreign feeling to belong but one she’s becoming accustomed to.
While I really loved this book, I have a feeling that something huge is on the horizon for Cady, Lon and even Jupe. As this book ends Cady owes some pretty hefty favors to several people for helping solve the kidnapping case and the leader of the Hellfire club eludes to knowing more about her than he is letting on. It’s just a sense that something is a bit…off. I can only hope that whatever is brewing, Cady will be able to fight it with the help of those she trusts. I also hope that we get to see more of her new found abilities and what she is truly capable of.
Summoning The Night is chock full of action, suspense, a few hot sex scenes and a wisecracking teenage boy who will warm your heart. I am obsessed with this series and I can’t wait to see how Bennett ups the stakes in book three! Bennett knows how to engage a reader and I know you won’t regret picking up this series!
I give Summing The Night by Jenn Bennett 4.50 stars!