Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A Touch of Magick

Title: A Touch of Magick
Author: N.J. Walters
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
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ISBN: 978-1-60928-240-0
Genre: {M/F} Paranormal
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Rhiannon Sparks comes from a long line of powerful hereditary witches and she has trouble doing something as simple as lighting a candle unless she uses a match. To get away from her well-meaning family, she moves from California to a small coastal town in Maine, opens a small magick shop and quickly turns it into a success. Everything in her life is going well except for her love life—she doesn’t have one.

During an evening get-together with her two best friends, Ester and Maggie, she confesses to being a witch and the women cast a candle-magic spell under the full moon near Samhain. It was all supposed to be in good fun, except Rhiannon mixes up the words and asks for true love instead of a lover.

Who she gets is Deputy Ryland Stone, a sexy man who’s never allowed himself to get emotionally involved with any woman. Except when he meets Rhiannon the sparks fly – literally - and they nearly set the bedroom on fire. At least until she reveals her magical secret. Can he accept the existence of magick and Rhiannon for what she is or will Ryland walk away, leaving her heartbroken?

A Touch of Magick is the first in the new series Spells, Secrets and Seductions by author N.J. Walters. It follows the changes in the life of witch Rhiannon. She’s an interesting and likable young woman and the author did a nice job with her descriptions of the magick shop and what it sold, the vandalism problem, her friendship with Ester and Maggie, and what Rhiannon looked like. She did an equally nice job with the blistering hot passion between Rhiannon and Ryland, as well as Ryland’s difficulty accepting his lover’s magical heritage

Even though I liked Rhiannon, I still would have liked to know more about her family background aside from generalities; it would have helped to round out her personality more. Ryland is an intriguing man with a harsh family background he rarely talks about. He’s also dedicated to his job, sexy and so emotionally stunted, he doesn’t want to get involved with anyone—all he wants a little companionship and sex. I guess it’s safe to say I’m not too fond of him and aside from his physical attractiveness, I’m not certain why Rhiannon wanted him. At least by the end of the story both her and my attitude had changed.

I for one will be interested in seeing what happens to the characters in the next release. My understanding is that series is intended as a trilogy, but I could be wrong. That being the case, I’m thinking the other two books will cover Maggie and Ester. If you enjoy a touch of the paranormal, give this new series a try.

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