Magic Ember: Enchanted, Book 2

Magic Ember (Enchanted, #2)


“How to Capture Your Match” by Wendy Sparrow:
Being the demigod of pain and a bounty hunter in Vegas have made Corbin Slone very aware of one truth: they always ran. When his match, the demigoddess of healing, kissed and ran, they had a problem. Without some very close time together, they’d both die. In that respect, he had no choice but to abduct Tam for a courtship. Tam might be into Corbin, but demigods? The guy was hot, but Corbin was no mythical god, even if he kissed like one. Love might heal the pain of a demigod’s lonely existence, but was it worth the gamble?

“Destiny’s Dark Light — Part Two” by Sara Dobie Bauer:
The love story of Cyan and Liam continues. Due to the violent arrival of a dark witch in Charleston, Cyan’s powers awaken. She is the foretold white witch, fated to save the world, but her skills must be honed with the help of her powerful family. Liam fears the loss of his beloved Zoe while feeling strangely connected to Cyan. His entire life is turned upside-down when wicked witches involve him in the forthcoming War. The search for a dark witch intensifies, as do questions surrounding Liam’s past.

“This Hollow Heart” by Em Shotwell:
New Orleans witch-turned-tattoo artist, Marchland Murphey’s bad luck with men has led her to swear off love for good. When mysterious client, Chase Kimberley insists she go out with him, she says no, but soon finds herself tumbling into his bed. At first things are great, and Marchland thinks Chase could be the one to turn her bad luck around.

Until Chase’s pregnant wife shows up demanding an explanation. The women compare notes, and with the help of Marchland’s magic conspire to teach Chase a lesson he won’t soon forget.

But Magic has a mind of its own, and while Marchland struggles to deal with the consequences of a spell-gone-bad, she could miss out on the possibility of a good thing with favorite client, sweet single-dad, Samuel White.


My review:

*** I volunteered to read an advance reviewer copy of this book. ***

This was heartwarming and romantic continuation of the mystic-centric collection of novellas.  Each novella tied back to the prior release (Magic Spark: Enchanted, Book One) but can also be read as stand-alone.  (Which is most intriguing considering “Destiny’s Dark Light” is a pick-up right where it left off in the previous installment.  Kudos to the author for the amazing recap to bring the reader up to speed without missing a single plotline.)  There is a magic; there is romance; there is absolutely everything right in this compilation.

Below is the rating I give to each story and the average makes up the status of “my rating” for the entire compilation.

  • How to Capture Your Match ~ Wendy Sparrow (4.0)
  • Destiny’s Dark Light, Part Two ~ Sara Dobie Bauer (4.5)
  • This Hollow Heart ~ Em Shotwell (4.0)

My rating:  Redbreast


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Magic Spark, Enchanted: Book One

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“When Demigods Court Death” by Wendy Sparrow:
As the demigod of fertility, Aster Slone has a thriving doctor’s practice. In fact, the incidence of triplets has made it too thriving. He needs more time with his neighbor the demigoddess of death to dampen his powers. Chandra Linton being gorgeous and sweet makes his task less of a hardship. Hitting the zenith of heretofore-unknown powers without enough exposure to her match is killing Chandra. Accepting all that her crazy, but hot neighbor says is her destiny…well, it muddles her convictions, but her real concern is: does Aster want Chandra because she’s the woman he desires or because she’s Death?

“These Roots Run Deep” by Em Shotwell:
Spitfire, New Orleans weather girl, Cheyanne Murphey has everything, and that is exactly how she likes it. When she discovers evidence of her fiancé’s philandering, she refuses to let her perfectly cultivated image fall to pieces. Cheyanne has worked too hard, dragging herself up from the trailer park into New Orleans’ society, to give in without a fight…even if that means trading a year of her life in exchange for a love incantation from her ancestor’s spell book.
A skyclad, moonlit dance, a mysterious potion, and magic gone awry leave Cheyanne with a very peculiar life lesson: love can take on many forms, so be careful what you wish for.

“Destiny’s Dark Light — Part One” by Sara Dobie Bauer:
In modern day Charleston, lonely white witch Cyan Burroughs has waited her whole life to lead the battle against dark witches and eventually meet the man she is fated to love. A tragic trolley accident brings Liam Cody into her life. He is her destiny, but he’s also in love with someone else. Now, Cyan and her magic family must find the dark witch who caused the accident while Cyan fights her feelings for Liam—a charming Irishman with secrets of his own.


My review:

*** I volunteered to read an advance reviewer copy of this book. ***

This was an utterly enchanting mystic-centric collection of novellas, so I find the title aptly appropriate. (I am sure the editors and publishing-house were anxiously awaiting my approval.  HA)  And although novella in length, these stories pack a punch in tale.  There is a something to be found for everyone’s personal taste in magic.

Below is the rating I give to each story and the average makes up the status of “my rating” for the entire compilation.

  • When Demigods Court Death ~ Wendy Sparrow (4.0)
  • These Roots Run Deep ~ Em Shotwell (3.5)
  • Destiny’s Dark Light, Part One ~ Sara Dobie Bauer (4.5)

My rating:  Redbreast


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Guardian Unraveled, by Georgia Lyn Hunter

Guardian Unraveled (Fallen Guardians #3)


From the scorching pits of Tartarus, a warrior emerges with a deadly need for more than vengeance…

A loner, Dagan, lives with an inexorable thirst he’s kept hidden for eons, even from his fellow Guardians. Until he meets a beautiful, maddening human who awakens in him a hunger that shakes him to his very core, and threatens to shatter his tightly erected shields, exposing his dangerous secret. And wanting her is a path leading to destruction.

Driven to find her missing mother in a shadowy world, Shae Ion refuses to be sidetracked. When she becomes the target for a sinister force, a sinfully sexy and utterly impossible immortal abducts her, and he’ll stop at nothing to keep her safe.
Stuck in an isolated place with the reclusive Guardian who allows no one close, Shae struggles to control her new burgeoning powers, and is unprepared for the tangled emotions he stirs in her. But passion has a way of obliterating barriers.

However, the road to happiness is strewn with treachery. Nothing is sacred or safe. When a ruthless old enemy resurfaces, and comes after Shae, they are drawn into a terrifying, supernatural battle. And not even Dagan, a lethal immortal warrior who’d lay down his life for her, can save her now…  


My review:

** I volunteered to read an advance reviewer copy of this book. **

I love this series.  I do not believe I can begin to quantify exactly how much I love it.  Absolutely more than chocolate.  And caramel.  (All that buttery, creamy goodness.)  Perhaps even more than Swedish Fish.  (Okay, let’s not go completely crazy.)  Which is certainly high praise.  I geek out on most things mythology related and this twist on Gods and immortality with the addition of archangels and demons kept me enthralled with every page I read.  The larger than life and panty-evaporating Guardians certainly increase blood flow and elevate the body temperature.  I would give most anything to step into this realm full-time.  And the only reason this story did not rate a full “Knappogue Castle” on my scale was due to the fact that a few surprises and reveals were figured out by me.  A fabulous read nevertheless.

My rating:  Midleton


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Breaking Fate, by Georgia Lyn Hunter

Breaking Fate (Fallen Guardians, #2)


An immortal without a soul is bad enough. But when his only tether to remaining honorable is his addiction to bone-crushing pain, it makes Blaéz a dangerously loose cannon.

A Guardian sworn to protect mortals from supernatural evil, Blaéz straddles the edge of darkness as his needs grow. When a good deed brings him to the doorstep of a female unlike any other, one whose touch ignites emotions long lost in the hellish pits of Tartarus, he’s determined not to lose her. She belongs to him. But she’s human. Forbidden. And bringing her into his life may just destroy them both.

Darci Callahan has given up on love.
When a lethally handsome stranger suddenly appears late one night, she finds herself inexplicably drawn to the captivating man with the pale, empty eyes—a man who awakens in her a desire she never believed possible. Except Blaéz brings more than unexpected passion to her life, he brings danger.

In this treacherous new world of gods and demons, Darci soon discovers a heart-shattering truth and the twisted games the gods play. Caught in the crosshairs, she’s forced to accept that, sometimes, no matter how much you love someone, you have to love them enough to let them go…


My review:

** I volunteered to read an advance reviewer copy of this book. **

Blaéz had my heart in “Absolute Surrender” Book 1 of this Fallen Guardians series and his hold on me tightened as I read his tale.  (Apparently as I age I find I am becoming more enraptured with tortured souls.  Who knew?  LOL)  His angst and issues are fully highlighted and detailed and I loved every moment of the backstory.  The mythology aspect of gods that is woven throughout the read and the inclusion of arch-angels is just heavenly.  What a fascinating follow-up!  

My rating:  Midleton


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A Girl Named Calamity, by Danielle Lori

A Girl Named Calamity (Alyria #1)


I was a simple farm girl living in the magical land, Alyria, where men ruled and women only existed.

Call me sheltered. Call me naive. I was probably both. I never expected to be the key to Alyria’s destruction.

The journey I was on wasn’t only one to save me. But one where I had a lot of learning to do. With men. With magic. And with myself.

But I wasn’t alone. I had an escort. One I wasn’t so sure about. But one I couldn’t afford to lose and one I wasn’t so sure I could even leave.

I had many hopes. But the most important one was that my name wouldn’t become my fate.

WARNING: This novel contains blood, violence, profanity, and some sexual content.
It does end on a cliffhanger.


My review:

** I volunteered to read an advance reviewer copy of this book. **

I enjoyed this story on so many levels.  The fantasy, the magic, the non-romance romance.  Good Lord, the romance.  Aware that knowing the attraction is deadly and yet the sexual tension and lust and overall yearning was my undoing.  I got so engrossed in the story I released a verbal grunt of frustration when I realized I was at the end.  (And I usually dislike cliffhangers as “endings” but there is so much more that needs to be discovered in this story that I was oddly at peace with the ending. – After the exclamatory groan that is.  I fear my reaction had much to do with being so harshly thrown back into reality as the world I left behind was so entertaining.)  I am excited to read more about the journey and prophecy and the “what happens next” when I dive back into this world with the next in the collection.  Because there is no doubt I plan to read the rest of this series.

My rating:  Midleton


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