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Sapphire Nights by Patricia Rice

Sapphire Nights (Crystal Magic Book 1)Sapphire Nights by Patricia Rice

Barbara’s rating: 4 of 5 stars

Series: Crystal Magic #1
Publication Date: 3/27/18

The writing is excellent with well-developed characters, a tight, well-written story, a complex and interesting mystery and a lovely romance. The mystery will keep you guessing right up until the end – it is filled with plots and sub-plots and so many twists and turns.

Samantha (Sam) Moon arrives in the small mountain town of Hillvale, California without an actual memory of who she is, where she comes from – nothing – it is all a total blank. The only reason she has any idea of her name is that she found it written on something in her car – well – she thinks it is her car – after all, she was driving it. How did she get here – there is an address programmed on the GPS – did she program it? Why is she here? She’s been in a bit of a befuddled state, but her mind is finally clearing a bit – at least she can think – but she still has absolutely no idea who she is or why she is in this place.

Hillvale is a mysterious, very small town populated with what the locals call Lucys and Nulls. The Nulls are pretty much just what the name says – plain, ordinary, logical with no belief in anything that is magical or mystical. The Lucys seem – and many actually are – looney. They often talk in jibberish and never, ever get directly to the point and say what they actually mean. They have various talents – some assist restless spirits to the other side, some tell futures by reading tarot cards, some create spells and sculptures that protect people and spaces – well, you name it and there is someone with that talent. Many of the people are hold-overs from the old hippie commune days. Days that are better forgotten, but can’t be. They were days filled with drugs, betrayals, fraud, and evil.

Chen Ling Walker is more than he seems. He’s the county deputy assigned to patrol and police the Hillvale area – but – that isn’t all he is. He’s here on a mission – he intends to find out what happened to his father when he was in this area nearly 20 years ago. Walker is sure his father was murdered here, but his body has never been found. Walker fully intends to find out what happened, but the locals are tight-lipped and will not speak to anyone – especially an outsider. Walker is still trying to recover from the murder/suicide of his wife and son, so he has taken a sabbatical from his job as CEO of his own company. He had to get away – and this is the perfect thing for him to do.

The descriptions are so vivid that you can feel the evil surrounding you. Your heartbeat will speed up and you can only wonder who or what is causing all of that evil. More and more is revealed as Sam remembers who she is and how she got here. Then, she learns more about her family background and her ties to this place. She is in danger here – the evil is stalking her.

Can she and Walker save her from that evil? Can they solve the mystery behind the disappearance of Walker’s father? Can two people from such different worlds find love and happiness? Well – you’ll just have to read the story to find out!

Now, I will say that I’d have liked MORE at the ending – an epilogue – an additional chapter – something. Perhaps we’ll learn more in additional books in the series, but I’d have liked to see how/if Sam and Walker work things out in this book.  Will they end up living in his town or hers?  Will they be together at all?

The book is interesting and filled with lovely, quirky characters that you’ll quickly come to like. I think it might be fun to live in a town like Hillvale.

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Books Releasing 06/27/17

Several great books we’ve reviewed are releasing today, so we thought we’d share a recap of those with you! Here is a quick list of the books releasing today:

Courting the Corporal
No Perfect Magic
Three Weeks With a Princess
Murder on Black Swan Lane
Duke with Benefits
The Highland Commander

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Courting the Corporal by Heather McCorkle

Link to Review: https://flippinpages.blog/2017/05/10/courting-the-corporal-by-heather-mccorkle/


No Perfect Magic: Unexpected Magic Book Five

 

No Perfect Magic: Unexpected Magic Book Five by Patricia Rice

Link to Review: https://flippinpages.blog/2017/06/12/no-perfect-magic-by-patricia-rice/


Three Weeks with a Princess (The Improper Princesses, #2)

 

Three Weeks with a Princess by Vanessa Kelly

Link to Review: https://flippinpages.blog/2017/05/23/three-weeks-with-a-princess-by-vanessa-kelly/


Murder on Black Swan Lane (Quill Mystery, #1)

 

Murder on Black Swan Lane by Andrea Penrose

Link to Review: https://flippinpages.blog/2017/05/20/murder-on-black-swan-lane-by-andrea-penrose/


Duke with Benefits (Studies in Scandal #2)

 

Duke with Benefits by Manda Collins

Link to Review: https://flippinpages.blog/2017/04/21/duke-with-benefits-by-manda-collins/


The Highland Commander (Lords of the Highlands #2)The Highland Commander by Amy Jarecki

Link to Review: https://flippinpages.blog/2017/05/19/the-highland-commander-by-amy-jarecki/

No Perfect Magic By Patricia Rice

No Perfect Magic: Unexpected Magic Book FiveNo Perfect Magic: Unexpected Magic Book Five by Patricia Rice

Barbara Rogers rating: 4 of 5 stars

Series: Unexpected Magic #6
Publication Date: June 27, 2017

Delightfully entertaining and witty with a perfect hero and heroine. Any book that has a beginning paragraph like “Dead meat, lemme, lemme, oh no, heel! Yummy bite, wiggle, flower lady now, please. . .” just has to be a delightful read!

I have loved the entire Unexpected Magic series. Each hero and heroine are perfectly matched to compliment the others ‘powers’. This is another match-up of an Ives male and a Malcom female, so you know sparks fly. It is part of a series but could be read as a stand-alone book. However, I would strongly suggest reading the entire series from beginning to end because it is wonderfully delightful and the characters are so very interesting.

Lady Aurelia is the daughter of a duke. She lives in pampered luxury with lots of love and every material want or desire completely fulfilled. Yet, she is a prisoner in all that luxury. No, she isn’t a physical prisoner but is imprisoned none-the-less. Aurelia has ultra-sensitive hearing and sounds from everywhere bombard her so much that she cannot focus or even carry on a normal conversation. Aurelia stays at their country estate because she cannot tolerate all of the cacophony in London.

William Ives-Madden is the bastard son of a marquess and half-brother to the current marquess. William is quiet, very quiet. He seldom speaks and spends all of his time with the dogs that he trains for others. His dream is to purchase his own property where he could train the dogs rather than traveling all over the country to do it. He also has the lady he plans to marry all picked out. His life is all planned out and set and he’ll have enough money saved to buy the property he wants within the next year. William not only trains the dogs, he ‘communes’ with them. He can read their thoughts and send them commands with his thoughts.

William is training a dog for Aurelia’s father at their country estate when Aurelia comes running out to him just at dusk. She is very upset and says she hears a child crying in great distress and they must hurry to find her. Will hears nothing, but since Aurelia is so distressed, he decides to help her conduct the search. Will sees this as an excellent opportunity to work Argyle (the duke’s dog) further. At first, Argyle cannot pick up the sounds either, but finally, between Argyle and Aurelia, they find a badly injured little girl and her also badly injured pet.

That is how the mystery began – and quite a mystery it is. The search for the little girl is hindered by the fact that she is deaf and mute and very, very frightened. You’ll love the search for her family and what happened to them. It is filled with twists and turns and leaves you guessing right up to the very end!

During the course of their investigations, Aurelia discovers that William has a dampening effect on all of the noise that tortures her life. When Will is around, she can actually focus and carry on a conversation. Will admires Aurelia but knows that there is no chance of him ever being able to marry the daughter of a powerful duke. It would also require him to live in London, which he hates and there wouldn’t be a place to train his dogs. So, what is a girl and guy who have complimentary ‘gifts’ to do? Read the book and you’ll see.

A delightful read that I’m sure you’ll enjoy!

“I requested and received this book at no cost to me and volunteered to read it; my review is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher.”

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Chemistry Of Magic – Patricia Rice

Chemistry of Magic: Unexpected Magic Book FiveChemistry of Magic: Unexpected Magic Book Five by Patricia Rice

Barbara’s  rating: 4 of 5 stars

Series: Unexpected Magic – Book 5
Publication Date: April 25, 2017

I am a fan of the Unexpected Magic series and love the idea that two families – the Malcom’s and the Ives’ – who have long been enemies, keep meeting and falling in love with each other. Somehow those magical Malcom women keep taming those brash and boisterous Ives men!!

Don’t think that the ‘magical’ means that some witch is going around waving a wand and casting spells because that isn’t the case. These women are all warm, caring and deeply committed to the betterment of mankind and they use the ‘special’ talents they are born with to help with that. Some have the gift of healing, others of soothing troubled souls, etc.

We have met Emilia, the heroine, in previous books. She has the gift of healing, but she is afraid to use it because she almost died when she was young. She used her healing power to cure her baby sister and expended too much of herself in doing so. This book deals with her overcoming her fear and beginning to learn to use her gift.

Dare is neither a Malcolm nor an Ives, so that is a bit different for the series. However, he is the perfect mate for Emilia. You see – he’s at death’s door from consumption.

Emilia and Dare are two very different people who come together for one set of reasons and find love. They both learn and grow into people we could all admire.

Will (one of the Ives brothers) appears several times in this book just so we learn more about him and begin looking forward to his story in the next book. It will be really interesting to see who his perfectly ‘magical’ mate will be!

** I received an eARC of this book from the author in return for my honest review **

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