Book Review: ‘The Libertine’ by Saskia Walker

Title: The Libertine (Taskill Witches Book 2)

Published: 19th January 2018

Author: Saskia Walker

Twitter: @saskiawalker

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/104558.Saskia_Walker

 

Synopsis:

THE LIBERTINE.

St Andrews, Scotland: 1715. His witchcraft could save her from ruin, or guide her swiftly to it…

Lennox Taskill is a rogue, a seducer, and a powerful witch. He has seen his kind scorned and persecuted, and hunts endlessly for his sisters, Jessie and Maisie. His only other loyalty is to his coven, who he wants to take north to safety in the highlands, as soon as he reunites with his sisters. Lennox’s disdain for humanity is sealed by the searing memory of his mother burning at the stake. So when the wife of a wealthy local landlord comes seeking his help through magic, the beguiling Chloris Keavey presents Lennox with his greatest opportunity for distraction…and revenge.

Chloris is in danger of being turned out by her heartless husband because she hasn’t provided him an heir. She vows to find a way through witchcraft, but soon surrenders to Lennox’s seductive magic in more ways than one. Her desire for Lennox overwhelms her, and her fragile heart is at risk. But with a witch hunt brewing, Lennox and Chloris are soon risking everything for their forbidden nights of ecstasy…and to protect the secret that could cost them their lives. This is a paranormal, historical, erotic romance novel set in Scotland.

Please note: This is an adult title featuring explicit language and scenarios appropriate to the historical setting. Previously published with a different cover.

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2019 Bookworm Challenge – A book about witches.

Chloris Keavey is in trouble and she fears the only way out of it, or rather to solve her problem, is to go an unconventional route in the way of seeing a witch. She needs to become pregnant or she fears her husband will cast her out for not giving him what he wants. It also soon becomes clear that her life might depend on it – scars tell a torrid story of her married life. She needs help with her fertility, and after talking to a maid in her cousin Tamhas’s household while she’s there, she heads out to contact a supposed witches coven. She hopes to find a mature woman leader who can help her, with herbs or perhaps a spell with being desperate, but finds herself in front of a dangerously handsome man instead. His features alone give her a clear impression that the rumours of witches carnal desire nature, due to practicing their craft, being very much true. The heat coming off both of them with barely a word spoken is nothing compare to the spark she feels when he touches her bare hand.

Lennox is a seducer to the max and is intrigued by Chloris right from the start. He doesn’t think for a moment that she’s barren, more so that it’s her husband. If she comes back to him, after her feeling a small measure of his power, it might intrigue him enough to want to help. Women come to him often to lie on their backs freely but Chloris would be very different. One touch of her hand and he knows he can trust her. In his eyes she’s a woman who hasn’t yet been truly awoken to her sensual nature. Something he wants to help with.

Lennox has two goals in life, to find his lost sisters Jessie and Maisie and to help his people that are being persecuted by validating them. It seems that when he fails to move forward on either front his boredom kicks in, which can lead him into trouble. Chloris seems to be a good distraction. He might want to help her out in a small way to start but longs to seduce her much more.

Seems Lennox and Tamhas have a bit of old tension between them. I feel, at first, that he kind of wanted to help Chloris – mainly by seducing her – so that it would get back to Tamhas. But he should be careful as Tamhas is just looking for a reason to cry ‘witch’ with anyone associated with Lennox. Right from the start you get the vibe that Tamhas can’t be trusted. Something Chloris takes too long to see. She was always just a pawn to be used when he couldn’t get what he wanted from her. Lennox must be wary to protect the people in his coven, and soon Chloris too.

There are fun times to be had at the market. When chaos distracts others she feels stillness at her back knowing Lennox is there. He say’s he’ll do the ritual to help her so needs to come to the house in the dead of night, but only if she gives him a sign she wants him to. Seems she can still feel his touch on her hand from the night before. Perhaps it’s his way to infuse heated passion into her from a distance? It all seems to lead to the first ritual. Magic and passion infused as one. Well that’s one way to get heated and feel the touch of magic caress your skin. Well magic and Lennox that is. The ritual is the first of many; well that’s what Lennox is hoping for. He asks her to meet him the morning after in the woods just as the light is forming so that nature’s magic is at its highest point. This soon leads to fun times in the forest when he starts to awaken her true self fully with the feel of magic, and Lennox, all around her. He is definitely a master seducer and Chloris is in his sights to surrender to him.

It might start out as a magical ritual but it soon turns into a passionate love affair – very spicy between them. Feelings are soon creeping in too. Can Lennox see what she really means to him to save her from the path she is on? He is always the saviour it seems. Well he tries to be anyway. He has his coven he protects, kin but not family. He will always be looking for his sisters to bring them home. Now he has Chloris and as the connection between them builds so does the risk of discovery. He needs to protect her from dangers closer to home. People are hunting witches, Tamhas at the lead of that one. Can he out run them?

Fun witchy goings on with the Taskill family and Lennox sure has some power behind him. Don’t get in his way when someone he loves is in danger. A family is slowly coming together, new non-magical partners too, but one still left to find. Let’s see what it takes to find her so they can all be safe in the Highlands. Loved the ending, it really picked up then. Shows how everything was meant to follow a certain path to finding what, or rather who, he has been searching for. Things happen for a reason so they all need to listen more to what their magic is telling them. Hopefully it will help guide them all home.

4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

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