Verdict: 5 Stars
With just the right mix of paranormal oddities, romance, and a smidge of explicit fun, Bennett’s series seems to wrap up with this installment, Banishing the Dark. With Arcadia on a hunt for her evil parents and planning for an epic showdown with the momster who created her, the spells are flying and her relationships with those around her are courting danger.
One of the really fun aspects of this entire series has been the fact that–okay, if the witchcraft and all of that were removed–this could be any family with too many skeletons to keep contained in one closet. Cady gets to the bottom of one secret, only to find three more waiting to take its place. The dynamics could be any extended family’s, this one just happens to have the ability to summon energy from the moon to create devilish beings.
It was refreshing to see a romance title that doesn’t have to rely on the pure smut to sell copies. Sure, it’s in there, but it’s a very natural side plot to the story rather than an all out 50 Shades romp a minute. Bennett relies instead on her powers of storytelling and her own writing ability to lure readers in with a roller coaster ride of suspense and intrigue. Couple that with a supernatural cast of characters who shocks and surprises at every turn, and it’s easy to forget that this one’s a romance.
Banishing the Dark will be available on May 27. Four previous titles in the Arcadia Bell series are available now.