Friday, September 17, 2010

Earth Enchanted


Title: Earth Enchanted
Author: Brynna Curry
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Publisher URL: http://www.lyricalpress.com/
ISBN: 9781-61650-098-6
Genre: {M/F} Paranormal
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx

On her way to America to pay a visit to her brother, Ryan, writer Liv Corrigan is not focusing on her bad luck with men. She has telepathic abilities that keep the men from wanting to be with her but has finally met the one man who might be able to deal with her gift…Jack. During their evening outing, Jack senses something wrong and shields Liv from the danger. This leads to them spending more time together and her brother almost blowing a gasket because she’s staying with Jack.

Jackson Roarke is an ex-cop suffering from the loss of his wife and he spends his time writing books, trying to focus on not thinking about her. While at a book signing, he is stunned when he looks up and sees Liv, while she is asking him for an autograph. Jack finds that he wants to spend more time alone with her and asks her to do just that over coffee. One evening, Jack receives a ghostly visit from his wife, telling him that he broke his promises to her and that he was to not mourn her or stay alone. He begins to think in the direction of getting on with his life.

The title Earth Enchanted misled me and I found myself concentrating on the way the story went back and forth from the past to the present. This is the first book in the Elemental Magic series and I thought this story was quite enjoyable.

There were a few times I wanted to do bodily harm to both Jack and Ryan for their involvement in bringing harm to Liv. Jack had wallowed in misery for a year and until Liv came into his life, he seemed to need it to feed his guilt. All I can say about Ryan is that he is a basket case with his involvement in wrongdoing and should have done more to protect those he loved.

It appeared that Liv had her life planned well, except for a strong man to love her. She is a great writer of suspense and the constant mysteries she is always trying to solve I found very intriguing. I applaud her courage; to be able walk away from Jack with her heart in her hand and move on with her life.

Ms. Curry is very creative in her writing of a devious plot with a villain, murder, and a jewel thief, who I still am curious about. The historical information surrounding the necklace at the Smithsonian Institute that belonged to one of the wives of Napoleon, and the Hope diamond added a nice touch to the plot. Now having read the second book in this series already, I now have a better understanding of some of the characters.

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