Review: Edge of Dreams by Diana Pharaoh Francis

Publication Date: 4/30/2015
Series: The Diamond City Magic Series #2
Rating: 4 Stars

Official Blurb:

The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
And a pound of flesh.

Magical tracking expert Riley Hollis is on a mission to save five teenagers lost inside a mountain. But nothing is what it seems, and soon Riley finds herself bruised, bloodied, and embroiled in a battle to bring down a sadistic criminal dealing in human souls and the darkest of magics.

Her only hope may be to swallow her pride and ask for help from her not-quite-ex-boyfriend and his notorious brother—Tyet criminal boss, Gregg Touray. Even that may not be enough to protect her. Something has gone very wrong in the trace dimension and in Riley’s head.

If she doesn’t figure out how to handle the past, the present, the trace, and the bad guys, the road to hell is going to look like a great alternative.

Edge of Dreams is the 2nd book in the wildly acclaimed Diamond City Magic series.  Taking up shortly after the end of Trace of Magic, Riley has found herself in a pretty horrific situation. She’s trapped between a rock and hard place in more ways than one. Her selfless acts of kindness lead her into a pit of hell that she may not escape unchanged. She needs help and she really doesn’t want to call the one person who can help her, Price. He may be the brother to the devil of the underworld in Diamond City, but she needs him.  Will she and her heart survive the call?

Edge of Dreams is a fast paced thrilling story with the perfect balance of romance and sexual tension thrown in the mix. Riley is a cautious person and trusts no one, not even the man who claims to hold her heart. Despite her untrusting nature, she is the type of person to throw themselves into oncoming traffic to save a loved one. Unfortunately, this time that personality trait lands her in some serious hot water. The one downside for me in this story was Riley’s lack of character development and how easy she goes against the safeguards she put up. I wish Riley would have had more a badass bite to her than a wilting flower/injury prone nature. That being said, I really enjoyed the book.  The plot clipped along at a great pace and the story was never boring. I loved seeing Greg Tourey’s scenes with Riley in this book. You got a feeling that Riley was the fly resting on the petals Greg’s Venus fly trap waiting to see if he would release or devour her. Magic book fans will love this book. 


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