Loves Magic by Killarney Sheffield

Loves Magic
By: Killarney Sheffield
Publisher: Breathless Books
Published: February 26, 2014
Genre: Historical, Romance
Length: Novel
Heat Level: Sweet
Reviewer: Christie
Date: August 26, 2014


A female magician, a not so innocent black rabbit, a treasure map, a duke firm in his convictions, a band of pirates, and romance equals mayhem in the making!

Celeste Summers is a self-reliant vegetarian magician, and her sidekick is a mischievous black rabbit named Dexter. It’s the kind of mixture that can get you burned at the stake in 1820.

All Lord Devlin Rutland wants is to see Celeste taken care of as his father instructed, but wedding a girl who may not be dealing a full deck of cards is not easy.

Celeste sees opportunity to foil his plans when she comes across a map to a pirate’s treasure, but Devlin is after the same booty. Foolishly, she bargains with a stranger, finds herself double-crossed, at the mercy of pirates, and in need of Devlin's aid.

Devlin comes to the rescue, but he has an ethical dilemma. He can ensure that Celeste honors her betrothal to him, or set her free with the treasure and his heart. His only other choice is to persuade her that Love’s Magic is enough to bind them together.

Love’s Magic has Pirates, a young miss needing to be rescued. A treasure needing to be found. The high seas. A Duke coming to the rescue.

This book should have something for every reader. Unfortunately, it left me scratching my head and leaving me wanting so much more. Sheffield wrote an unidentifiable heroine who left very little to like. However, she wrote a hero whom the reader can’t help but fall for, Devlin is a heartthrob and certainly didn't deserve all the heartache Celeste put him through.

The book takes you from England to Brazil, and the mechanisms of Celeste’s were just unbelievable to this reader. And therefore turned me off the whole book.

I really wanted to like this book, but Celeste just irritated me and I think Devlin deserved so much more.

The ending has what I like to call a whiplash ending, you know it’s coming and then it’s there and the reader is like what happened? You look around and put the book down and sigh. Unsatisfied and just…whiplash ending. Abrupt and unsatisfying.

Not quite my cup of tea.  Others may enjoy it, but it was not for me.

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