A Kiss Before Doomsday (Dru Jasper)
by Laurence MacNaughton
Edited by Rene Sears
Cover Artist: Design: Nicole Sommer-Lecht; Illustration - Shutterstock
Review by Gayle Surrette
Pyr Trade Paperback / eBook ISBN/ITEM#: 9781633882676
Date: 11 July 2017 List Price $18.00 / $9.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
The book starts shortly after the events of It Happened One Doomsday, Dru is short of money, her store is trashed, and she's desperate to find Greyson or even his car, Hellbringer. However, she still has her employee Opal who would like to get paid, a Rane who's often more trouble than assistance, an admirer of Opal's who offers to help, and a walk-in who turns out to be an ex-boyfriend and customer who seems to want to get back together. Adding spice is that it seems doomsday might still be an upcoming event.
Meanwhile, Greyson manages to get out of the netherworld, find his car, and get back to our reality. He's desperate to get back to Dru, as she's been able to keep him linked to his humanity, but he's afraid that he'll pull her into even more danger. Once he sees the state of her store, he's determined to keep her safe by staying away from her.
When Rane's ex-boyfriend Salem, one of the most powerful sorcerers Dru knows, shows up near death, Dru needs to find a cure and fast. Salem believes the 5th Seal has been broken and doomsday is now back in play, but he refuses to offer any other information.
Dru uses crystals and while the supernatural community knows to come to her when they need help, they also don't respect her abilities or believe she's of any use to them. She's dismissed and under-appreciated. So, having succeeded in their first adventure, Dru and her friends set out to find out what's happening, what the supernatural community knows about it, and how can they help.
If you've read It Happened One Doomsday, you probably have a pretty good idea what is going to happen. They'll be unprepared, in the middle of the trouble, and scrambling to stay alive long enough to do something, anything, to save the world whether they believe they can or not.
The plot moves at breakneck speed. The characters are quirky, witty, and as normal as the people you meet on the street each day with their own weaknesses and strengths--in other words very believable. Even the evil people believe they are doing what's right, which makes them even more dangerous. There's romance, danger, comedy, misadventures, and enough action to satisfy an adrenaline junkie.
You don't need to have read the previous book to enjoy this one but it will help you understand the character interactions and background a bit better. So, jump in and enjoy the ride, or stop to read book one first. There are bound to be more in this series as there are a few more seals to be broken ... arenít there?