Witches like Ruby and Courtney can take care of themselves. So when Courtney is murdered, Ruby’s world crashes to a halt. The only thing keeping her grounded is the return of Courtney’s brother, Cooper. He seeks revenge, but Ruby wants to help other witches stay alive. To do that, she’ll have to reunite with her old coven’s High Priest, who also happens to be her cheating ex-boyfriend.
If that wasn’t awkward enough, when the killer gets too close, Cooper temporarily moves into Ruby’s place while a police officer tails her every move. Cooper’s presence distracts Ruby as they fight their desire against their need to stay safe. Then Courtney begins to haunt Ruby’s dreams and secrets are spilled, things from Cooper’s past that could get them both killed. The killer continues to stalk Ruby and the more she discovers, the more she fears she won’t be able to keep her heart in her chest.
It’s official… Liz Long is now on my short list of authors to watch. Her characters are smart (except when they’re doing something incredibly stupid or dangerous.) The mystery and danger kept me on the edge of my seat and the interactions between the characters as well as the dialogue was realistic and natural. Witch Hearts covered some seriously dark ground, but there were still some bright spots that lightened things up just enough to keep readers from being emotionally buried in the macabre.
The premise was pretty gruesome and the fact that one of the victims was close to both Cooper and Ruby kept things on a really personal level. That was taken up a notch when Ruby became an obvious target.
I really liked Ruby, but she wasn’t perfect. She had her faults and made some really poor decisions, just like any human… talented witch or not. She did some borderline stupid stuff, but that ‘stuff’ was laced with good intentions. For the most part. Throw in a helpful ghost, a long-time mutual crush and an extremely jealous ex-boyfriend and … yeah, things got intense.
There were some serious twists, serious misplaced guilt and more than one mystery begging to be solved. Readers weren’t left hanging at the end though, which is a good thing. However, I wouldn’t object to reading more about these characters. I’m not sure what Liz Long has planned, but I can definitely see Ruby and friends have more than one adventure in their future.