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Review: Laced With Magic by Barbara Bretton

Laced with Magic My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read this book without reading the first book in the series, and now I regret it–not because I had any trouble with this book.  I didn’t. The author did a very good job of filling the reader in on everything that happened before.

Now I’m torn! On the one hand, I enjoyed this book so much that I’d like to read everything related to it. On the other hand, I feel like I already know about most of the events in the previous book.

From Barbara Bretton’s website:

Knit shop owner and sorcerer’s daughter Chloe Hobbs felt the Fates finally got it right when she met Luke MacKenzie. And no one could have convinced her otherwise—including the trolls, selkies, or spirits who also call Sugar Maple, Vermont, home. But then out of nowhere Luke’s ex-wife suddenly shows up, claiming to see the spirit of their daughter, Steffie—a daughter Chloe knows nothing about.

Steffie’s spirit is being held hostage by a certain Fae leader. And if Chloe weaves a spell to free her spirit, her nemesis will also be free—free to destroy her yarn shop and all of Sugar Maple. But if she doesn’t, Steffie won’t be the only one spending eternity in hell. Chloe’ll be joining her, cursed with a broken heart.

This was a really fun read. I don’t have a lot of experience with paranormal romances– the only ones that I’ve read before are by Nora Roberts, who has written a little of every sort of romance, I think.   (Well, and then I’ve read Twilight…)

I think Laced With Magic is on the less edgy side of the paranormal genre, in some ways it is as much a supernatural cozy mystery as a romance. Only the fact that we know very early on who is the troublemaker keeps me from wanting to cast it that way. Yes, the book focuses on the relationship between Chloe and Luke, but their relationship feeds the plot, rather than the other way around.

I think a strength of this book is in the world it sets up– I enjoyed the details, from the yarn store to the vampires that have given up the old ways.

I enjoyed the characters (including the cat!). The plot was interesting. I liked how the chapters skipped back and forth between Chloe (lead character, sorceress), Luke (love interest, human) and Karen (Luke’s ex-wife, human, drawn into the story by a series of phone calls from their dead daughter).

I’ll be checking out more of Barbara Bretton’s books.   Since there are quite a few that sound interesting, I’ll probably try something other than the first book of this series, which I now wish I’d read before reading this one.

Barbara Bretton has the other tour stops on her website. I’ll particularly point out Booking with Bingo since she’s hosting  giveaway of the book and a tote bag with a surprise in it!

Thank you to Barbara Bretton and Pump Up Your Book Promotion for sending me this book and allowing me to participate in this blog tour.

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Posted by on August 26, 2009 in books, reviews, tour

 

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The Friday 56

From Storytime With Tonya and Friends:

Rules:
* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of this blog.
* Post a link along with your post back to this blog.
* Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

Laced with MagicOnce again,the nearest book is the one I’m currently reading, Laced with Magic by Barbara Bretton.  The audiobook I’m listening to is actually closer, but we won’t go there!

I drummed the steering wheel with my thumbs. She watched as a small blue light flickered to life behind the front window, then grew into obvious flame the color of a cartoon version of a Caribbean sea.

The blue light is a way of passing messages– and quite a few (intended and unintended) are communicated with that flare.

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2009 in books, meme

 

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