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Book Review: ‘Sorceress’ by Saskia Walker

Title: Sorceress

Published: 30th June 2012

Author: Saskia Walker

Twitter: @saskiawalker

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

 

Synopsis:

Their love affair is forbidden, dangerous, and unstoppable.

The Empress Elishiba has vowed to protect her people, even if it means marrying an enemy. But when the mysterious man known as Amshazar arrives as a spokesman for her future husband, her passion is ignited. Amshazar is an attractive and powerful man who is rumored to be a sorcerer, and he is allied to her enemy. Consorting with him would be disastrous. Why then does she let him arouse her and distract her from her goal?

Amshazar is a gifted magi and an envoy of the gods. Lusting after the Empress Elishiba wasn’t part of his plan, and yet he cannot resist. Their connection is vital, their desire undeniable—but their forbidden affair soon captures them in a web of danger, a web where magic and romance weave their own vibrant and inexorable threads. As the enemy seeks to destroy Elishiba and all she stands for, Amshazar must fulfill his duty and empower her as a powerful Sorceress, whatever the cost.

 

Review:

Intriguing read right from the start with many twists and turns to keep you hooked until the end. Seems Aleem and Karseedia are two very different lands run in two very different ways. One run for the love of its people where an Empress would do whatever it takes to keep peace and the other by fear. The Aleemite way of life focuses on all things pleasure, you should know all about it, no matter your status. Karseedia, however, is a treacherous country ruled by an evil hand hiding not so far in the background. I know which one I would rather be in.

Empress Elishiba of Aleem vows to protect her people no matter what but she is about to be pushed to her limits when she embarks on a mission with a neighboring enemy land. If a deal for a treaty fails then it seems the only way to ensure peace is to link them by marriage, hers to Emperor Hanrah of Karseedia. She knows her goal and can’t afford to be distracted from her path but the moment she meets the mysterious Amshazar that idea gets thrown right out the window. He is rumored to be a sorcerer and allied to her enemy but that doesn’t stop her lust from igniting the moment they meet. The pull it seems can’t be ignored but following it could lead them both down a disastrous path. Dark forces are at every turn to do evils bidding so she has to careful of whom to trust. New friends could be foe but to trust in herself is key. Her heart will always lead her down the correct path, even if it’s breaking at the same time.

Amshazar is a magi who is called upon by the Gods – specifically Credan and Sevita – to deliver a message to the exotic lands to help prevent a war. He needs to help one and guide another to get the peace the Gods are after. Something Hurda the God of war isn’t too keen on after his meddling got them to that stage in the first place. He first befriends Hanrah and soon is a trusted part of his life, so much so that he is sent as a spokesman with the group that goes to collect and escort Elishiba back to Karseedia. She is the one he must guide for the sake of all buts it hard to do after passions collide from the moment their eyes lock. Its like something sparks to life inside her. Her own magic seems to sense his and its with his presence and guidance that she can pull it to the surface when needed most. The moment they kiss all else fades away and it’s just them in a bubble of passion. She longs for him and he craves for her. He has a job to do, one she is a part of, but he can’t tell her it all yet for fear of scaring her. Falling for her and her passionate ways wasn’t part of his plan but fate it seems has other ideas.

Poor old Hanrah, he is very much under his mother Mehtap’s rule. He must strive to over throw her to become the man he is meant to be. His loyalty seems to be to his lover Kazeen but he needs to think of all his people before his mother ruins their land for good with war. Sibias is a creepy guy who you get a bad feeling about right from the start. He is Mehtap’s puppet, one that likes to delve into the dark magic to do her bidding it seems. All you are hoping is that they get their comeuppance.

Elishiba is not alone on her journey, she may have Amshazar for now but also brings her closest friends and consorts which gives the story more depth. Xerxes is her loyal warrior and leader of the Immortals, friend and past lover, well who wouldn’t want someone like that watching your back. Her handmaids, twins Elra and Amra brought a bit of humour, loved their scenes. Yoshi her Seeress loves to speak in riddles and her ‘gift’ from Mehtap turned loyal friend Kerr was sweet – someone the twins very much hope to share. Love the way they try to entice him to their side. Believe me it doesn’t take much for him to be in ore of them and the way of life in Aleem. A much better place to be than Karseedia it seems. A power play coming from all sides has started and it soon becomes a road trip built on a dark web of mystery. A fun paranormal fantasy erotic historical read to get stuck into.

4 out of 5 stars

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

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Author Interview: ‘The Ugly Teapot’ by Fred Holmes

About the Book:

Fourteen-year-old Hannah Bradbury loved her father so much that she worried about him constantly. After all, he was a photographer who traveled to the most dangerous places in the world. To allay her fears, each time he came home he brought her silly gifts, each one with supposed magical powers: the Seal of Solomon, the Ring of Gyges, even Aladdin’s Lamp. It was that lamp that Hannah found most unbelievable, for it looked like an ugly teapot. Nevertheless, her father assured her it was real, and made her promise to save her three wishes for something very special. Then . . . six months later . . . the unthinkable happened. Her father was killed while on assignment to Baghdad. And so on the day of his funeral Hannah did something she never thought she would ever do. She took out that teapot and gave it a rub . . .

What people are saying:

“Thank you. Thank you. Thank you for writing this book. It is BRILLIANT!” –Writers Digest

“The plot twist at the end took the book from a fun enjoyable read to a timeless novel of family and loss.” –Sarah Curtis @ BooksBeforeBandaids

“This book made me laugh;then it made me cry. (And that takes TALENT because this is a middle grade book and I’m 22…) Really though, go read this book! It’s an easy 5 stars!” –Rachel @nevertoomanybooks.wordpress.com

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Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

I’ve been writing since I could hold a pen. Way back in elementary school (and I do mean WAY back in elementary school when they used stone tablets) my parents bought me a DIY printer’s kit and I turned out my own neighborhood newspaper. Then, like everyone else, I wrote stories in school. However, when I left school I wasn’t interested in being a writer. I wanted to be a director of television and films. I started out in TV commercials and documentaries, travelling all over the world for a few years, then directed two feature films starring Lou Diamond Phillips, one for Miramax and one for Lionsgate; then I directed a Bollywood feature film shot on location in India that starred two huge Bollywood stars, one of whom had won the Indian version of an Academy Award.

During this time I also directed a lot—and I do mean a LOT! —of American television. Most of these shows were in the area of children’s television. According to IMDB, I’ve directed north of 250 episodes of TV, and along the way I’ve won quite a few awards, including three CINE Golden Eagles and two Emmys. But I was often disappointed with some of the scripts I was being asked to direct, so one day I decided to start writing my own scripts. Over time this led me into the more lucrative area of writing spec screenplays for feature films.

One of those spec scripts was called FIREFLIES and my agent shopped it all over Hollywood. It was very well received and several high profile producers optioned it, including my friend Jerry Molen. Jerry had won the Academy Award for producing SCHINDLER’S LIST and was known for producing big-budgeted blockbusters (HOOK, MINORITY REPORT, TWISTER, etc.). Unfortunately, FIREFLIES was a sweet, small-budgeted film, so he was never able to get it off the ground. Then a friend of mine at Disney read it, loved it, and suggested I turn it into a novel. I’d always been intrigued by the idea of writing a novel, but I never thought I could. Why? Well, the best analogy I can give you comes from some of my actor friends. A lot of them will tell you, “I’m only acting in television and films to make money. My goal is to be a star on Broadway where the real actors are.” And that, in a convoluted way, was my attitude about writing for television—the “real” writers were writing novels—and I was only writing screenplays and teleplays.

At the time, however, I was working in South Africa a lot and those seventeen hour plane rides to Cape Town gave me ample time to fuss around with the idea of writing a novel. I soon came to a discouraging conclusion: all of my work in television and film was irrelevant. It didn’t matter one bit. Okay, maybe it did matter one bit—writing so much television had taught me what a good story looked like, sounded like, tasted like (they taste like chicken and go really well with some fava beans and a nice Chianti), but I still had to learn how to translate that knowledge into writing prose. And there is a difference between writing prose and writing screenplays. Oh yeah, trust me on this. There’s a huge difference.

In order to educate myself, I began by reading a lot of books on the process, and I spoke with my friends who were novelists. I also read a lot of children’s fiction. I’ve always loved children’s literature, plus I’ve been fortunate to work on television shows that starred children. All of this helped. It also helped that screenplays and novels do share a common rule: “Show not tell”. Unfortunately, they’re also completely different in that novels are meant to be read and screenplays are meant to be filmed. Yeah, I know, duh…but what this means is that you only write down in a screenplay what the audience will see and/or hear. You do not dig into the characters’ psyche—that’s for the actors to portray, and the director to cover visually—and they both get really upset with you if you mess with their territory!

So in order to write THE UGLY TEAPOT, I had to learn how to write fiction. This was a challenge for someone who had never taken a writing course. What I did have, fortunately, was a lot of experience telling stories. So to make a long story only slightly shorter…I wrote copious drafts, ripped out more hair than I could afford to rip out, started over more times than I care to admit, but now, finally, have a story I’m very proud of.

A final postscript: There is a joke in Hollywood that if you ask an actor a question, he will give you his credits. This must also be true of writers.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

If I had my druthers, I would write wearing a swimsuit and sandals in a bungalow on a beach somewhere…preferably Hawaii. Then again I probably wouldn’t get any work done. So I write in my office without any distractions, pretty much seven days a week, for about eight hours a day. I do take breaks now and then to go direct something, but even then I’m writing in hotel rooms and on planes.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

The short answer is my imagination. The idea for THE UGLY TEAPOT came from real life. My brother died of cancer at a very young age and his death had a devastating impact on me. At the time, I decided to funnel my grief into a screenplay (FIREFLIES), but I didn’t want to write a sad, depressing ode to my brother. He wouldn’t have liked that. So I wrote an action/adventure film filled with magic and humor. When FIREFLIES metamorphosed into THE UGLY TEAPOT, I stayed true to my original story, but tried to make TEAPOT more “novel-like”. This required, for one thing, expanding my story. FIREFLIES was 110 pages long (normal for most screenplays, but too short for a middle-grade novel), so expanding it allowed me to flesh out my characters and situations. This was fun and intimidating at the same time, but I was helped along by the fact that I had kept most of my notes on character and plot from the original screenplay, and I had tons of material I’d been forced to cut from the screenplay in order to get it down to length.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

I’m a plantser by nature—in other words I plan my stories somewhat, but still write by the seat of my pants. I love the spontaneity of this approach, but before I start I do know the beginning, middle, and end of my story, plus most of my plot points.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

At the moment I’m writing middle grade to young adult fantasy. I love this genre because I’m really a kid at heart, plus I have had the privilege of working with a lot of kids in my target age range during my career. I do, however, have a couple of adult thrillers that I would like to get to one of these days.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

Dream cast? I would love to see Natalie Portman in the lead role when she was fourteen. The father I would love to see Harrison Ford play, and the mother, Sandra Bullock, both when they were the appropriate age. You did say dream cast!

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors.

I read voraciously and eclectically. I have so many favorite authors it would be impossible to pick just one, but I will say that I’m a huge fan of Neil Gaiman, Patrick Rothfuss, Ray Bradbury, George R. R. Martin, J K Rowling, Stephen King, Ken Follet, Orson Scott Card, Stephanie Meyer, and Terry Pratchett, along with a whole long list of others.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

I just finished re-reading EQUAL RITES by Terry Pratchett. It is absolutely hilarious, brilliantly written, and a whole lot of fun to read. As a writer, it also teaches me a lot about the shorthand you can employ in good writing.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

My favourite book of all time is Ray Bradbury’s DANDELION WINE. Why I connect with that book so viscerally, I have no idea. It is about a time in which I did not live and a place I’ve never been, and yet I absolutely adore it. A big reason why is Ray’s use of language. His writing is about as close to poetry as one can get. As a side note: Years ago, before Ray died, he was working with my friend, Jerry Molen, on the movie version of THE MARTIAN CHRONOCLES for Universal. When I told Jerry what a huge fan I was of DANDELION WINE, he got Ray to autograph a copy for me; and on the inside of the cover, Ray drew a picture of a dandelion and wrote, “Fred, this dandelion is for you!” It remains one of my most prized possessions.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

First, write the absolute best book you can write. Next, make sure it is professionally edited, etc. Then finally, decide what release route is best for your novel. If it’s a children’s book, you might want to seriously consider getting an agent and a publisher. But whatever you decide to do, resolve to be in this business for the long haul. Do something every day toward meeting your goal of writing the best novel possible, and never, ever give up. The only people who fail are those who accept failure as an option. And know this: You have my very best wishes. Oh yes, if I had Aladdin’s Lamp, I would give you all three of my wishes. Why? Because you are attempting something good and noble and honorable. You are writing something that future generations will grow up reading. You are making the world a better place.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

Fred Holmes Productions – www.flholmes.com

Amazon author page – www.amazon.com/author/fredholmes

Facebook Fan Page – www.facebook.com/fredholmesproductions

Goodreads Author Page – www.goodreads.com/author/show/15140923.Fred_Holmes

Twitter – @FLouisHolmes

Google+ – plus.google.com/u/0/108412608382221209520

YouTube Channel – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_BXJ0hdYWCCuLsdPBjO0Dg

About the Author:

THE UGLY TEAPOT is Fred Holmes’s first fiction novel, having previously ghost written a non-fiction book, LETTERS FROM DAD. He is known primarily as a writer and director of films and television, working primarily in family films and children’s television. His work can be seen on Mary Lou Retton’s FLIP FLOP SHOP, BARNEY & FRIENDS, WISHBONE, HORSELAND, IN SEARCH OF THE HEROES, and many other shows, for which he has won two Emmys and three CINE Golden Eagles, among numerous other awards. He has also directed three feature films, including DAKOTA, starring Lou Diamond Phillips, distributed by Miramax, and HEART LAND, a Bollywood feature film shot on location in India. He lives with his wife and son in the southwest United States, and can be found online at http://www.flholmes.com

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Blog Tour and Review: ‘Be Careful What You Witch For’ by Thomas Hoobler

 
 
Title: Be Careful What You Witch For 
Author: Thomas Hoobler 
 
 
 
  
  
 
 
Magic is a tricky thing. Especially when it comes from an ancient book of spells that jumps off a shelf into Olivia’s hands. Bad news for the popular girls in her new school who don’t like Olivia. But hey–now she can get the attention of her crush who’s more interested in comic book superheroes. And when she finds out her aunt is a witch, she imagines all her problems are solved. Unfortunately, not quite–what she conjures up is trouble. And the only one who can help her is an 800-year-old woman.
My Review

Well this goes down as another book to mark off my own 2016 Bookworm Bingo Challenge board – A book with magic. I was almost tempted to mark it off as ‘A book that made you laugh out loud’ as there are quite a few funny moments throughout but decided to just stick with the magic part. I am loving the cover of this one as well – very well designed.

Olivia’s parents are famous actors and after its decided that she can’t come along with them for their latest film together she has been given choice about whether to go skiing or not. Olivia has no intention of going skiing but feels like she could get away with asking for anything as her parents look like they are worried she would be upset about not coming with them. Inside Olivia is jumping around like crazy as she hates all the attention she gets when out with her mother. Her decision is to stay with her Aunt Tilda in New York. Even her parents telling her that she will have to go to school there isn’t enough to change her mind. By using her aunt’s surname she wants to go somewhere where no one knows who she is and just be a normal kid for once. Little does she know that this trip is going to turn out as far from ‘normal’ as you can get.

Olivia’s aunt isn’t quite as she seems and soon Olivia is starting to question what is really going on in her house. She always seems to know just what Olivia is thinking – hard to keep a secret in this house – and she has strange naked gatherings in her garden. There’s Julius the cat who likes nothing more than to stare at and torment her. Although her aunt just insists he is curious and to think of him as nothing more than her pesky little brother. Then there is the strange old book of spells that seemed to just jump out into her hand that has her intrigued, even though its been giving her weird dreams. Her aunt’s friend Eva is just as strange with her funny quirks and sweet tasting tea. When she gets Olivia to hold a crystal ball and think of her crush Alex, he appears in it and seems to hear her. A connection is formed and soon Alex becomes Olivia’s sidekick in figuring out how to decipher and use the book – this is where all the fun begins.

Witches and magic are real and from the moment Olivia gets the book everything changes. Something seems to have awoken in her and what starts out as just a little fun with getting back at a mean girl turns into a whole lot of chaos when people start turning fury. Olivia is soon going to learn that there are some spells you just don’t mess with.

Magic, mayhem and a schoolgirl crush all mixed together to make one funny read. I got a bit of a ‘Mean Girls’ vibe throughout this book with how Olivia and the other characters interacted with each other which I liked – made it that much more funny to read. Alex was a bit dim in places but in such a sweet way that you couldn’t hold it against him. All he wanted to do was help Olivia, which she is grateful for. It was left at a point where another book could easily follow on from this one. It would be interesting to see what other antics Olivia could get up to while Tilda and Eva start up her training.

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4 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from Be My Book Boyfriend for my honest review

 
 
AMAZON: UK / US
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thomas Hoobler has written nearly 100 books with his wife Dorothy, and some more by himself. The Hooblers are the co-authors of the Samurai Detective Series, which tells the adventures of a boy in 18th century Japan who helps his samurai father solve mysteries. The third book in the series, IN DARKNESS, DEATH, won an Edgar as the Best YA mystery of 2004. The Washington Post also chose the book as one of the Best Children’s books of that year. Tom won $500,000 on the quiz show WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE, making it easier for the Hooblers to follow their career. They have written history for children, young adults, and adults.
 
  
 
 

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Book Review: ‘Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic’ by Meghan Ciana Doidge

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Title: Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic (Dowser Series Book 1)

Published: 9th January 2014

Publisher: Old Man in the CrossWalk Productions

Author: Meghan Ciana Doidge

Facebook: www.facebook.com/MeghanCianaDoidge

Twitter: @mcdoidge

Synopsis:

If you’d asked me a week ago, I would have told you that the best cupcakes were dark chocolate with chocolate cream cheese icing, that dancing in a crowd of magic wielders — the Adept — was better than sex, and that my life was peaceful and uneventful. Just the way I liked it. That’s what twenty-three years in the magical backwater of Vancouver will get you — a completely skewed sense of reality. Because when the dead werewolves started showing up, it all unraveled … except for the cupcake part. That’s a universal truth.

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This 68,000 word urban fantasy is the first book of the Dowser Series by author Meghan Ciana Doidge.

Review:

All my favourite paranormal creatures thrown together with cupcakes – what fun to be had! Goes down as another off my 2015 Reading Challenge – A book with magic. This one definitely has its fair share of magic.

Intricate story involving a lot of characters that all seem to radiate towards Jade. She draws people to her no matter who or ‘what’ they are. This story is about her finding herself, and trying to not always hide behind her grandmother and mother.

Jade knows about magic but has always thought that she didn’t carry much within her. They only thing she thinks she can do is make amazing cupcakes (with quite interesting names!) and draw magic to her, or more to the point magical beings. When they are around she can almost feed off their energy, which makes her feel alive. Her life has always been about following the rules (unlike her wayward sister) but when a vampire turns up at her cupcake shop they seem to get thrown out the window. He brings with him his own troubles. When he insists that he is there to see if she is the one that has something to do with the recent bought of murders she can’t help but think that she has stepped into the twilight zone. This is a story that consists of a very interesting mix of witches, werewolves and a vampire. Put them all together with some murders thrown into the mix to solve and you have yourself a party.

You are practically begging Jade to get with at least one of the hotties that have crossed her path though throughout the book (my monies on the vampire later in the series). There are some very fine specimens to choose from – even if they might scare her a little at first. You have a vampire, werewolf, werecat or the human lawyer to choose from. So tell me, who would you think is the most tempting or scary?

Some parts of the story are a bit predicable and the ending is seen a mile off but I was still drawn into the world that has been created. I am intrigued to see how Jade will grow into a much more confident and assertive woman now she knows that truth about who she is and what she is really capable of.

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4 out of 5 stars

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Book Review: ‘Wrecked’ by Franca Storm

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Title: Wrecked (Fractured Magic)

Published: 8th September 2015

Author: Franca Storm

Facebook: www.facebook.com/francastormauthor

Twitter: @FrancaStorm

Synopsis:

She’s supposed to be a mission—just the next sacrificial lamb in his century-long quest to rid himself of his duty. But when love takes hold, things are never simple….

All-powerful warlock, Finn Holt, is determined to succeed this time with the fifth Fated—the girl chosen to power his world and open the gate back home. After a century of failure, he believes River is finally one strong enough to allow him to fulfil his duty. But the price could be her life. And, this time, everything is different. For one thing, her power is immeasurable. The most shocking thing of all, though? She’s under his skin. Finn is a master of control, but as much as he tries to shake his growing feelings and desire for her, he can’t. Some inexplicable force won’t allow it. But is Finn prepared to give up the freedom he’s wanted for so long, for a love he never saw coming?

River Slater is sick of wasting away her life in a boring, dead-end town. The moment Finn walks into her grandmother’s occult store, all that changes. Before she knows it, she’s caught up in a world she’d never believed existed: a world of magic and danger. But, most of all, she’s caught up in Finn. Her attraction to him is unlike anything she’s ever felt for any man before. Intense. Passionate. Overwhelming. But she quickly learns that there’s more to Finn’s intentions than meets the eye. Can she truly trust him, or will the man who’s stolen her heart, end up betraying her in the most tragic way?

Review:

OMG I absolutely loved this book! A book full of all things magical – witches, warlocks, sorcerers, and vampire’s – make this one fun filled read. Once I had started I could not put it down – hooked from page one!

River is such a strong willed person who does what she says and doesn’t hold back. She has been passing the time in her hometown working at her grandmother’s occult shop – which she thinks is all just a fad. She doesn’t believe in magic, spells or anything paranormal (or know that she is in fact a sorceress) but that all changes the moment Finn walks into the shop. The first time River sees Finn all she can think about is that he is one muscled piece of all round goodness and when he turns round to shut the door she almost loses focus when confronted with the model worthy sculpted butt he has. But that’s nothing to what he makes her feel in his presence when he slowly stalks towards her. When he starts to talk she all but gets hypnotized by his sexy voice and dream worthy eyes. From the moment he walks in she is drawn to him she just doesn’t realise the journey that is about to start from the moment he walks out.

The only thing Finn is thinking about when he is confronted with River is that she is the next Fated. Someone who was born with one sole purpose, to cast a powerful spell to help fuel the magic of Finn’s home world. Every twenty-five years a reading spell is cast for him to be able to find the next Fated. For over a century Finn and his brother Ivan (a nasty piece of work just like their father Marcus who you are not sorry in the slightest about what happens to them throughout) have been honour bound in finding and using these women. Their power is the only thing that fuels their old world and the only way that the gate will open to be able to send them home after being banished. Only problem is that none of the previous women have been strong enough to it and the price paid has been their life.

Finn and Ivan are both warlocks of the dark arts but Finn took on more of his mothers teachings so can master the light aswell – which comes in handy. You can see the good in him from the start, you can tell that what he has to do is taking its toll on him and every time it happens he loses a little more of himself to guilt to what happens to the witches. He has learnt over the years to keep his fears and emotions very close to his chest and was fine with this until he meets River. Finn knows straight away that River is different, her power reading is off the charts, but the thing is that she knows nothing of magic or of what she really is. He is going to have to teach her about magic before getting her to do the spell, only problem is that the more time he spends with her the less he cares about the spell and the more he wants to claim her for his own.

Finn has to draw River to him, he never wants to just take the next Fated but make it seem like it was their choice to come to him and except their fate. This is the first moment where Finn can see just how much of an affect that River is having on him. He is meant to be in control of a dream he pulls her in to. To put the message in her mind to come to him but the moment she is there she takes control and when he asks what she wants and she says him he loses it. He has never felt his kind of connection to someone before and doesn’t know how to handle it.

From the moment that Finn and River get pulled together in a world turning to chaos around them you can feel the pull they have for one another. It’s a force that neither can really explain and a chemistry that becomes infectious. River has had her fare share of goes in the sack but nothing compares to when Finn touches her. Their magic comes alive and sort of has a mind of its own knowing how to please the other without even really thinking about it. River has one hell of a magically charged orgasm and is hoping they have many more. If only she can get through the barrier that Finn has put up around him to keep all his emotions so close to his chest. It’s a relationship of trust and only when they both feel it completely will they be able to take on the battle ahead and finally be free. But with Finn keeping what has happened to the Fated in the past from her and the constant threat of danger around every corner you just don’t know where they are going to be headed.

A story that flows seamlessly from one scene to the next and the more danger that they get into the more intriguing the book becomes – you are just compelled to keep reading to find out what could possibly happen next. You are constantly saying ‘No don’t let that happen’, ‘Please let them find a way out’, ‘OMG what else can they go through!’ and ‘Really need them to get together now before my kindle bursts into flames from the sexual tension’. The essence of who the characters are and what they go through is what helps build the foundation for such a great story. You can sense that River is going to be very powerful but she has no idea how to control it yet and that’s where Finn steps in. They are stronger together as a couple than they are apart, merging powers as one unit taking on the whole world – so world watch out because they are coming. Ends up being the ultimate fight between good and evil, the light and the dark. You are routing for them all the way, desperately wanting them the get their happy ending. A good helping of magic, fantasy, danger, erotic sex to keep you hooked from the start. Definitely a book worth checking out – first book I have read by France Storm but it won’t be my last.

Side note: Now Vince is a fabulous character, a vampire/warlock who starts off as a little bad (when you find out the reason why you can understand a bit more) and then comes out good. There could be another book in this as I think his past and future would make for a very interesting read.

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5 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from Give Me Books for my honest review

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