As an urban fantasy fae-world epic, this is a quenching victory. But outside of the narrow confines of MacKayla's first-person POV, it's also a bit limited. The narration is long-winded and the romance is non-existent. I repeat. This is not a romance. MacKayla's male counterpart, Barrons, is cold, dizzying, and standoffish, and since you don't get to experience his viewpoint, you don't get to know him at all.MacKayla, on the other hand, is an in-your-face exhale of nerve and verve. While you might grow weary of her garrulous internal monologue, you'll be immediately charmed by her actions as you free fall into another world. The scenes involving the life-sucking Unseelie creatures and the forgotten neighborhood are nothing short of magical. The best part? When confronted with these otherworld nightmares, she doesn't cry in her Jimmy Choos and wait for a man to save her. She has no man. Just a dead sister, a cyptic voicemail, and a mission that might echo the pedestrian theme: Save the World. So, while this is not a romance, it's a tale of heroes: MacKayla and Barrons bonded together by a common goal. It's this very volatile alliance that sinks in teeth and holds you to the pages. Is Barrons who he says he is? Can he be trusted? And romance addicts will be panting to know: Will something carnal and earthly ignite between them? How long will Ms Moning make you wait for it? You'll pick up the next book to find out.