Sunday, June 26, 2011

The Lost Enchantress by Patricia Coughlin


Long ago Eve Lockhart discovered that the ancient magic that was her birthright could cost her everything. So she vowed to create a normal life and was convinced she'd succeeded-until a long-lost family talisman resurfaces. A prize beyond price, the hourglass pendant ignites the fevered interest of mysterious forces who'll risk anything to possess it-forces that include one very seductive man...

The priceless pendant isn't the only thing Gabriel Hazard wants from Eve. For nearly two centuries he's searched for the hidden magic that can break a spell and grant him the one thing he craves. But he isn't alone in wanting the pendant-or Eve's magic.

Now Eve has no choice but to break her long-ago vow and claim her power, her dream of everlasting love-and her destiny.

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The Lost Enchantress

Eve was raised as an enchantress (not a witch... Obviously there is a difference, as the prologe of the book will inform you!), but has turned her back on her family's "gifts" because she wants to be normal. Enters Mr. Tall-Dark-Handsome, who just happens to be cursed in the weirdest way. If at first you think he is a vampire: try, try again. Together they have to fight an evil that has been having a good nap.

It was nice that she didn't make this another vampire book, instead found an interesting way to work the curse. I can't let on too much, because it would be a spoiler, and I do try to avoid spoilers. I think the roles of aunt, grandma and niece/great-granddaughter were fleshed out well, and all the characters were very easy to like.  It just would have been better if there was more substance to the story and less fluff.

As a whole it was a decent book. I will say it was not a "deep read", no having to really think while reading. There are a few cliches: staring across a crowded room for an "enchanted evening"; only taking 2 or 3 days before they both desperately have to have sex; happily-ever-after.

If you are looking for a light read for the summer, this would be a good book to give it a try.


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