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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on August 1, 2021
Middle of the road for me this one, it got more interesting more towards the end. It could also use a little more world building. Herne, Angel, and Ember are the mains. Ember is a mixed light and dark fae and wanted by neither court, and Angel is her best friend and human. The book starts with Ember on a job, she's a bounty hunter I think. Ember finishes the job, has a quick meet with her ex, and a few scenes later, she's in a park looking for DJ. DJ is Angel's little brother who didn't make it home as expected and Ember retraces his steps to see if she can figure out where he is and hopes the 10 year old is safe. She finds DJ, kills some light fae, rescues DJ with the help of a white stag, and takes DJ home only to realize she forgot to retrieve DJ's wallet with ID and address on it. Just so happens the two fae killed had a third partner who was absent while the fighting broke out. With the fae knowing where Angel lives, she and DJ go to Ember's house for the night for their safety.
Herne shows up, the white stag in person form. Convinces both women to join the White Stag, a very small group that works too keep peace between the light and dark fae by cleaning up behind them basically and preventing devastating plots that would destroy the world. As part of this deal, both women are protected from retaliation by the fae, but DJ who is a wolf shifter, is sent to live with others of his kind for his safety. We get Ember and Angel as members and solving a crime in this one. Some interest from Herne when it comes to Ember which she reciprocates, and it's mostly done.
Too much is convenient, Angel lets get brother go with a stranger, Ember and Angel accept their roles with the White Stag quickly and without much fuss, and it's just not something I want to continue.