Hunted by Rebecca Zanetti
Moira Dunne is a witch--the quantum physics kind. Time and space are her playthings. Which might explain why her one-night stand from a hundred years ago has turned up to "claim" her--and request her family's assistance with the war he's brewing. But the more she learns about Connlan Kayrs, the more she comes to think this is normal behavior for him...
When Conn and Moira tumbled on the moonlit grass, Conn hadn't meant to mark her as his mate for all time. She was only twenty! But it wasn't easy to wait for her. It was even harder to forget her. So when he finally returns for his wicked-hot witch, he's ready to let the sparks fly. Even if he burns up in flames...
Why did I wait so long to read this book??? (And yes, I know I say that a lot...the consequences of starting so many different series while finishing very few and also of me being a chicken who always fears that later books won't match up to the wonderfulness of the first one or two I read...often the stakes get a lot higher in book three and I am a wuss who fears that the world will get too dark or things will fall apart or take a turn I don't like or...or...or.) This book was fantastic...maybe even better than the first two. I didn't realize that I had accidentally skipped over a between the numbers novella but will be going back to rectify that as soon as it comes in at the library. Wow...so much happened in this book. I'll do my best to give a coherent overview without spoiling things so bear with me.
Moira and Conn mated a century prior to this book beginning but with Moira being the Seventh (the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter) she needed time to grow into her powers so Conn signed an actual treaty promising to back off for a century. When they meet up again, Moira soon learns that she wasn't the only one learning--Conn has lots of new tricks under his belt as well. While Moira will eventually be expected to take a seat with the Coven Nine, the witch equivalent of a ruling council, she is trying her best to avoid that as she enjoys her job as an enforcer and enjoys her freedom even more.
Conn wants Moira to come back with him to his family's stronghold so she will be protected. He is worried that the Coven may be trying to part ways with the Realm...if they side with the other demons it could go poorly for all involved. He is also trying to deal with attacks from a variety of other sources while keeping his ever-expanding family safe. Thank goodness he excels at multitasking! However, Moira does not make things easy as she is equally passionate about keeping her fellow witches safe which is getting increasingly difficult as someone has figured out how to use a portal to teleport witches agains their will and has been targeting members of the Coven Nine. To add extra stress, it looks as if a hidden weapon that can be used against witches has been discovered and might once again be used to weaken them.
With the race to cure the mysterious virus that strikes mates still raging on and the factions involved splintering in more and more directions, things are looking bleak for a happy, peaceful future but there are bright spots as well. Cara is close to giving birth, Moira and Conn find that their mating has made them both stronger, and while enemies are ever near, the Karys clan and their allies are still holding strong. Now I have to work the courage up to see what happens in book four...things are heating up and getting ever more complicated. I worry about a dark turn before things get better and yet I know once I start, my eyes will be glued to the pages until I finish the very last one.