Title: Summer Court
Author: S.M. Reine
Genre: Urban fantasy/Erotica
Rating: Three stars
* * This book has explicit sexual content * *
“Half a year ago, Samita Madin shared one steamy night with a friend – what she thought would be just a fling with that firefighter her mom didn’t like. But she couldn’t stop thinking about Slater Reinhard in the weeks that followed. Especially once she realized she’d gotten pregnant from their tryst.
Samita had every intent of staying in Toronto, keeping the baby a secret from Slater. But then demons attacked North America in a massive catastrophe known as the Breaking, which let Hell pour onto Earth. Separated from her family, and injured in a collapsing building, she has no choice but to let Slater protect her – and their unborn baby – from the preternatural onslaught.
But now Slater’s one of the preternaturals. He’s been bitten by a werewolf since the last time they saw each other. He’s changing from a hero firefighter into a monster with urges that he can’t control.
A lot of those urges have to do with Samita.
He only needs one glance from Samita to vow he’ll get her and their baby through the end of the world. And Slater has every intent of claiming Samita as his mate.”
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This book had me a little torn. I’m a big S.M. Reine fan but Summer Court was an odd duck, for a book.
The end conflict and the apocalypse-style dystopia was amazing, especially because at the time the book is written, it’s totally normal. Everybody is used to the fact that the world is ending and is just trying to get by. Apart from the tarot witches, who have all gathered together to try and contact God.
Hell has opened up in the USA and demons and other unworldly things are a scourge upon the earth now. The one thing the tarot witches can agree on is that God is angry and punishing the world for defying him. Although we never find out exactly what it is that he’s mad about.
I didn’t not enjoy this book, it was great to read the conclusion to the journey of the tarot witches. But there were a few things that had me scratching my head along the way. Without any spoilers, the fae realm makes an appearance in this book and it’s a bit abrupt. Although Jaycee and Ofelia have a meeting with a fae queen in Winter Court, it’s still a bit of a shock. Plus, the explanation of the fae realm which really sets up the entire conclusion of the series is a little rushed.
The fate of the tarot witches by the end is left a bit of a mystery. We learn what happens to Leah and Samita but the ultimate fates of Ofelia and Jaycee are barely mentioned. It’s a bit of an anti-climax to invest in the characters in the first couple of books just for them to all but disappear without a trace at the end.
Samita as a character was interesting but she came across cold and at times a bit two-dimensional. I love that she used to be a racer and it’s tragic that her addiction to speed contributed to the injury that leaves her paralysed throughout the book. But her love for Slater and sometimes even her unborn child is a bit vacant.
Like the preceding books in the series (Caged Wolf, Forbidden Witches and Winter Court), Summer Court has a lot of erotica. But I think Summer Court takes the prize for the most erotica in the whole series. The big tarot witch orgy was a bit over the top for me but that’s just my personal opinion. Be prepared for a lot of sex with all combination of genders.
All in all, I did enjoy this book but I was left trying to make sense of an obscure ending and wondering what happened to many of the characters. It wasn’t always easy to pick this book up to read and definitely wasn’t as much of a page-turner as the first three books. I think this was because Samita was a difficult character to get behind even with an intriguing back story.
I’m not necessarily disappointed but if there was ever another book that tied up all the loose ends in this one, I’d happily read it!
If you’d like to check out Summer Court, it’s available free right now on Amazon. I have no idea if the Tarot Witches series is now perma-freebie but the whole series has been free for a while now – get the whole thing free right here if this series looks like your cup of tea!
Thanks for reading!