Title: Winter Court
Author: S.M. Reine
Genre: Urban fantasy/Erotica
Rating: Four stars
* * This book has explicit sexual content * *
“CEO Pierce Hardwick is testing a cure for lycanthropy. Jaycee Frost, witch and executive assistant, wants to help. But she can’t risk getting too close to her irresistible boss. Ever since that one hot night they shared in the break room—the night before Jaycee realized Pierce would be her new employer—Jaycee has been struggling with her entirely unprofessional attraction toward him.
Then Jaycee receives a magical tarot card, and the message is clear: destiny has plans for her. No matter that Jaycee only wants to achieve professional domination with Hardwick Medical Research. She’s got a bigger job.
And that job might have to do with mating to Pierce Hardwick…”
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I thought the first two books of this series were pretty erotic. Oh boy, was I wrong!
This is book three in the Tarot Witches series and follows Jaycee Frost, personal assistant to billionaire pharmacist Pierce Hardwick. She is an uptight, highly organised woman who won’t let anything stray out of place, including herself. Despite their feelings for each other, she demands professionalism from them both.
Pierce is good friends with Rage (from book two, Forbidden Witches, check the review here!) and for years has been working on a cure for lycanthropy to cure Rage’s werewolf friends. When Pierce thinks he has a cure, he and Jaycee go to Rage’s mansion to test the shot on real subjects. While there, they meet Ofelia and Leah and when Jaycee learns they are tarot witches, she chooses to keep the fact that she has received The Chariot card to herself.
When the Fang Brothers motorcycle gang (from book one, Caged Wolf, check the review here!) show up to take revenge, all their plans are decimated. Still forced to find a cure by the Fang Brothers, Jaycee eventually concedes that she must embrace being a Tarot Witch and, as such, embrace Pierce and her feelings for him.
Jaycee is a strong woman for sure but Ofelia says it best in the book when she describes Jaycee as “the worst kind of feminist.” She’s a bit judgemental and her entire life revolves around Pierce even though she is a closed book to him. It clearly comes from a place of trauma, which is revealed later, but sometimes it’s difficult not to roll your eyes at her.
By the end, though, her character developed so much that I was rooting from her whole-heartedly. She is definitely going to be an asset to the Tarot Witches’ cause!
I loved how the events of Caged Wolf and Forbidden Witches came together in this book and it made for a really action-packed read. The warnings of an impending Ragnarok from a Fae queen also sets some high expectations for book four, the last book in the series.
All the books in the series so far have been pretty erotic but things get really steamy in Winter Court when all three tarot witches get involved with each other in a ritualistic fashion. This really took me by surprise but S.M. Reine has a habit of creating very natural, very immersive sex scenes. I’m not always a fan of erotica but S.M. Reine writes them right.
Winter Court is definitely a solid four-star read!
Thanks for reading!