A MAGIC REDEMPTION
by Tena Stetler
Synn, a demon, carries extraordinary magic and power, but there is more within her than she dreams. Kidnapped as a child, her captors murdered her family and forced her into training as a warrior assassin. When an assignment goes horribly wrong, she finds herself at the mercy of the friends and family of her intended target. Offering valuable information in exchange for protection, she gains her freedom, but it is not without its challenges.
Gavin Shaughnessy is the publican at his family’s Irish pub. He is certain Synn is meant to be his and isn’t bothered by her past. He must find a way to convince her, their future together is stronger than the dark memories that haunt her dreams.
When her past comes calling for revenge, will their love survive the raging inferno she brings down upon them? Or will the searing path of destruction destroy all they hold dear?
Time seemed to go on forever as she slowed and walked backward for a while, her foot steps in the sand filling with water as she traveled along the shoreline, as if nature erased her intrusion. She turned around and continued her trek. Unaware of how long or how far she\’d walked, the sudden outline of a figure, cloaked in the fog, jogging toward her caused panic to set in. Her heart pounded rapidly in her chest, she swallowed hard, adrenalin pumping through her veins as flight or fight response kicked in. Digging her good foot into the sand she prepared to attempt a sprint…to where. Where the hell am I? A quick glance around, she spied a light from a familiar building far off on the bluffs as the figure burst from the fog. A tall, wide-shouldered male with long muscular legs came closer. She froze.
Once lithe, strong and agile in her former life, a boss’s retaliation had taken a toll on her body. Now tired her gait was uneven and unsteady, even a slow sprint would likely end with her face planted in the sand.
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Going into this book, I didn’t realize it was actually fifth in a series. Despite this, I didn’t really feel confused about what went on before. There is enough backstory to get the gist without being overbearing. It seems to be done like I’ve seen a lot of romance series, a different book for each couple, and it was nice to see the couples who had their HEAs in previous books as characters here.
This is definitely a good read for paranormal romance fans. There’s a healthy dose of magic, and some characters from myth make an appearance. I particularly liked that this seemed to combine the fae, a witchy angle, and demons. Lots going on here, and there’s something to satisfy every paranormal leaning. Speaking of satisfaction, those wanting some hot make out (and more) scenes will find that here, too.
Synn is an interesting character. I got a sense for all the trauma she’d gone through in her life but wasn’t hit up-side the head with it, which was nice. While her backstory made sense, her character arc felt a little unfinished to me. She starts the book closed off and ends the book more open. At least, I gather that’s what was supposed to happen, but I didn’t really feel like she’d changed all that much from beginning to end. Her transformations felt more told than shown to me.
Opposite Synn, we have Gavin, a sexy Scotsman alpha male, who is protective of Synn but not so overly protective that Synn spends a large chunk of the book telling him she can walk on her own. This made for a nice balance between the characters. There’s a lot of history between Gavin, Synn, and Gavin’s family. It was all interesting stuff, but I didn’t feel like some of it was explored as much as it could have been. Maybe I would have had to read previous books to get a true handle on everything, but Gavin felt kind of one-dimensional in terms of the romance. He’d already made up his mind that Synn was the one, which just left Synn to go back-and-forth about whether Gavin was something she wanted in her life. As a result, their romance felt a bit underdeveloped.
The paranormal side of things was also interesting. The big bad demon that Synn used to work for wants revenge on her, and there are some neat dream sequences regarding that. Like the romance, though, it felt like there could have been more. There’s no real deadline for the paranormal conflict to come to a head, which gave the plotline a “waiting for something to happen” feel. When the big conflict did come about, it felt too quick. I had to reread that part to make sure I hadn’t missed something.
There were a lot of fun scenes in this book that I enjoyed. There are some girls’ nights out, where Synn does some nice character development. We really got to know the female side of the clan here. Gavin and Synn also do some touristy things in Scotland, which was cute. Oh, and I couldn’t possibly end this review without mentioning the impossibly adorable puppy, Storm. Storm was an excellent animal buddy for Synn and really did enhance the story.
All in all, this is a fun read with some serious content. As I said, it’s perfect for paranormal romance lovers, especially those wanting an exotic location, some tight girl-bonding scenes, and a solid dose of heat. Overall, I enjoyed the story.
Tena Stetler is a best-selling author of award winning paranormal romance. She has an over-active imagination, which led to writing her first vampire romance as a tween to the chagrin of her mother and delight of her friends. After many years as a paralegal, then an IT Manager, she decided to live out her dream of pursuing a publishing career. With the Rocky Mountains outside her window, she sits at her computer surrounded by a wide array of witches, shapeshifters, demons, faeries, and gryphons, with a Navy SEAL or two mixed in telling their tales. Her books tell stories of magical kick-ass women and mystical alpha males that dare to love them. Travel, adventure and a bit of mystery flourish in her books along with a few companion animals to round out the tales.
Colorado is home; shared with her husband of many moons, a brilliant Chow Chow, a spoiled parrot and a forty-five-year-old box turtle. When she’s not writing, her time is spent kayaking, camping, hiking, biking or just relaxing in the great Colorado outdoors. During the winter you can find her curled up in front of a crackling fire with a good book, a mug of hot chocolate and a big bowl of popcorn.
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