Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Body Magic

Title: Body Magic
Author: Poppy Dennison
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-61372-749-2
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Paranormal Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

For Rocky Harris, life in his pack is tough. He’s considered weak, meaning he’s not treated well and never has been. When he’s assigned by his alpha to update the security of the High Moon Pack, his world’s turned upside down. People are nice to him for the first time in his life. Rocky’s also exposed to different ways of thinking, forcing him to doubt his tightly-held beliefs. And he finds a man he’s attracted to—his life is in turmoil.

Cade still feels guilty over the kidnapping of the pack’s cubs and he’s determined to protect them in the future. As much as he’s attracted to Rocky, Cade doesn’t trust his motives. There’s just too much going on with Simon and Gray’s unconventional mating and some are unhappy with the alpha breaking tradition and mating with a mage. There’s a tension in the air that doesn’t have anything to do the growing attraction between Cade and Rocky. When the pack’s attacked by strange forces, it’s obvious someone’s out to hurt the people he loves and Cade will do anything to stop it.

Body Magic is the second release in Poppy Dennison’s trilogy, apply titled Triad. It takes up where Mind Magic ended, so the books should be read in order. Also be aware the publisher’s blurb didn’t mention there’s just as much time devoted to Rocky and Cade as there is to Gray and Simon (from the first book). It’s a pretty even balance, making it a two romance book.

There’s a lot going on in this entertaining book but never fear Ms. Dennison’s skillfully blended the elements into a cohesive whole. There’s Rocky. He’s caught in the middle between his old pack and the changes in his beliefs after living with the High Moon Pack. His relationship with Cade begins slowly and it’s far from smooth, but their attraction is intense and the emotions high. The descriptions of their backgrounds is nicely done and integrated well.  Then there’s Simon and Gray. Their mating has taken place and some aren’t happy because of Simon’s mage status. That means the author’s crafted the potential for a catastrophe, simmering just below the surface for much of the book—it’s nicely done.

I can’t forget all the other vivid characters and their well scripted personalities. There’s Cormac, Simon’s vampire grandfather, a cute orphaned mountain lion shifter cub they rescued, Gray’s family and many other pack members. All these people and the two romances are just part of the complicated, ongoing story I couldn’t stop reading. I can’t wait for Soul Magic, the last release in this series. If you enjoy reading paranormal books, shifters in particular, then you’ll want to give this well-written trilogy a try.

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