Cara is a descendant of the witch and fills her days with food with her Irish-themed catering business. Her nights are another matter; they are full of erotic dreams of a mysterious lover, or nightmares with mutilated bodies. So this wasn’t the best time for her Nana to tell her she is coming into her power.
Of the original four immortals, Vincent is the only one left and to stop his own long life from fading he needs another witch to kill. Seth was meant to protect the witch’s descendants from a distance, but with Cara he can’t stay away. He has to make a choice to love Cara, or avenge the original death and possibly die himself. Cara has the fight of her life on when one man comes to kill her, and another to love her.
Hidden Mortality by Maggie Mundy was a captivating and mesmerizing paranormal thriller. The book opens with young witch, Rosie, being murdered in a sadistic, ritualistic killing by a group of men in Bath in the year of 1849. They believe that her death will give them immortality. At her death, she appears to the man she loves, Seth. She gives him immortality to avenge her death and protect her descendants as she knows the madman who masterminded her death will not stop with her. He will have to continue killing to keep his immortal body. As the hundreds of years pass, her killer is still killing innocent women, and Seth is trying to determine who he is and kill him. Throughout the years, he has watched over Rosie’s descendants with an objective state of mind. However, that changes when he sees Cara. She awakens feelings that he has never had before. But, as danger creeps closer to Cara, will Seth be able keep his wits about him and keep her safe?
The suspense and pacing of the story kept me interested throughout the book. Maggie Mundy does a great job with giving the reader just enough romance and suspense to keep them enthralled throughout the entire book. The romance between Cara and Seth builds slowly even though I could feel the sexual chemistry between the two jumping off of the pages. The two were also very realistic characters even though one is immortal. Cara has had some romantic issues in the past that really affect her ability to trust men. Seth also brings a great deal of baggage to the relationship as he has lost two women he loved in the past, not to mention he is immortal. There is also a whole cast of secondary characters that bring great things to the book.
I thought the book was a fantastic paranormal romance/suspense. One of my favorite things about the book was Mundy’s descriptive writing. She engaged all the senses throughout the book. Cara is a chef, and I could smell and taste the food she prepared for her clients. In every scene she wrote, whether it was the horrible scene at the beginning of book with Rosie’s death or the scenes between Cara and her grandmother, I felt like I was there in every one of them. The only thing I wish had been different was that the end seemed to be a tad rushed, but it by no means ruined the book for me. For all of you who hate cliffhangers, there isn’t one. I thought there would be, but there wasn’t. If you like paranormal romance, suspense, with a bit of history thrown in, then you should give this one a try! I look forward to reading more from Maggie Mundy in the future.
**ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review**