Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Making Magic by Donna June Cooper

Title:  Making Magic
Series:  Books of the Kindling #3
Author:  Donna June Cooper
Published:  January 20/15 by Samhain Publishing
Length:  305pgs
Format:   ecopy
Genre:  paranormal romance
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

Sticks and stones may threaten bones, but her words can conquer both body and soul.

During his law enforcement career, Sheriff Jake Moser has been called to Woodruff Mountain a few times to deal with some rather weird situations. Now, recovering from a bullet wound that should have killed him and fending off his mother’s ravings about the evil that lurks on the mountain, he’s making alternate career plans.

Just as those plans begin to take shape, someone starts kidnapping newborn babies, then returning them unharmed. To make things even more interesting, an irritating adversary from his past has returned to bedevil him in a whole new, delightful way.

After her erratic psychic gift forced her to abandon her home and a promising musical career, Thea Woodruff has spent years trying, unsuccessfully, to atone for the death of Becca Moser, Jake’s sister. Once she has mourned those she’s lost and apologized to those she’s failed, she intends to flee her mountain once again.

Jake would rather she stay to compose a new tune—with him. But their complicated harmony reveals a guilty secret that threatens not only their future, but their lives…

Warning: A temperamental flute-player returns to torment an old flame, but he has other ideas, and the music they make together is combustible—and magical.

My Review:

What a fantastic third instalment in Cooper’s series. Cooper writes with the same upbeat style that we’ve come to know her for, drawing her readers into this fantastic world of the paranormal. Vivid descriptions and an intricate narrative bring this story to life. The mix of the paranormal, music, the mountains, and real romance was simply captivating.

I really enjoy the characters that Cooper creates. Everyone is so well developed that you feel as if you’ve actually met them. The main characters’ emotions shine through, building them up for readers. I appreciate that these two are more than simply the sum of their parts, be it their humanity, magical abilities, or the innate qualities that make them who they are. Cooper has taken what makes them tick and created a couple that will leave you longing for what they have.

This is a story that those who like the paranormal are bound to enjoy. It’s a great addition to Cooper’s Books of the Kindling series.

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