Thursday, October 22

@GoddessFish Review: Myth and Magic by Mae Clair


Myth and Magic

Mae Clair

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Date of Publication: June 9, 2015
Number of pages: 244




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As children, they played games of myth and magic…

Veronica Kent fell in love with Caith Breckwood when they were children. As a teenager, she was certain he was the man she was destined to marry. But a traumatic event from Caith's past led him to fear a future together. He left Veronica, hoping to save her from a terrible fate. Twelve years later, Caith, now a P.I., is hired to investigate bizarre incidents at the secluded retreat Veronica manages. Returning to his hometown, Caith is forced to face his nightmares—and his feelings for the woman he’s always loved.

Then one day, the monsters became real.

After the callous way Caith broke her heart, Veronica isn’t thrilled to see him again. But strange occurrences have taken a dangerous toll on business at Stone Willow Lodge. Forced to work together, Veronica discovers it isn’t ghostly apparitions that frighten her, but her passion for a man she has never forgotten. Or forgiven. Can two people with a tarnished past unearth a magical future?
Excerpt: 
“Caith?” she echoed dumbly.

“Mind lowering the light?”

Veronica dropped the beam to the floor where it bounced off faded denim and brown work boots. She had a vague sense of his height, pinned between him and the shelving unit. He held a flashlight in his hand, smaller than hers, something that would easily fit into his pocket. Sidestepping, she swept her own light to both corners making sure there were no other surprises. “What are you doing in the basement?”

“I came in through the storm doors a while ago.”

“They weren’t locked?”

“Not when I got here.”

She frowned, disturbed by the idea of Caith snooping around without her knowledge. “You could have saved me three years of gray hair by coming through the front door like everyone else.”

“Sorry.”

She doubted he was.

Now that her eyes had adjusted, she could see him better. Wiry and lanky as a youth, he’d developed the muscle and definition that comes with maturity. Tall, broad of shoulder, and narrow through the hips, he carried a trim, athletic physique. His hair was shorter, black as the raven he’d been named for, and tapered against his neck in a becoming cut. Piercing blue eyes held her gaze, causing her heart to hammer faster. The good-looking boy she remembered had grown into a thoroughly handsome man.

He frowned. “What are you doing in the basement in the dark?”

“The light doesn’t work.”

“I figured that out.”

Heat flushed her face. “So that private investigator’s license is good for something after all?”

Caith chuckled softly. “Maybe we should start over.”

Veronica opened her mouth to snap a reply. Before she could formulate a single pointed word, a shrill scream jarred her to the bone. She felt the blood drain from her face as the horrified shriek shuddered into silence, then started again, climbing in volume.

“Alma!” she cried.

Of one accord, she and Caith bolted for the stairs.

Review: 

Okay, so I normally try to stay as far as I can away from spoilering a book; unless its something big that happens in the first couple chapters. But I really feel that this is something that needs to be said. I saw this book cover, read the title and then the blurb and thought Paranormal Romance. Bring it On! Um, yeah, not so much. This is a Romantic Suspense; especially as there is no real paranormal activity. That's right, those "ghostly apparitions" in the blurb will all be explained away. I'm still a bit perturbed that it wasn't the genre I thought it was.

Having said that, it was an excellent Romantic Suspense. I remember thinking at about the 53% mark that I totally knew who the bad guy was. Yeah, not so much. The author managed to completely twist things just enough that I was caught as shocked as Caith and Ron (Veronica) were. And didn't that cause my mouth to drop open in shock and awe! It is rare that I am completely blindsided by an author's tricksy clues and red herrings. Although I shouldn't be surprised, it's words like Myth, Magic, and Monsters that led to my mistaken identity of the book's genre. So of course she managed to slide the bad guys right by me, like a magician setting up the big finale. Hmmpf.

Needless to say, if you are a fan of really good Romantic Suspense novels, you should check this one out. I enjoyed the interactions between the characters and it had a nice mix of action and dialogue. The plot kept a nice pace, moving me inextricably along it's path of duplicity to the wrong conclusions. (Tricksy author!) I gave this book 4 stars and am adding the author as one to watch for.

Thank you to Netgalley, Kensington and Goddess Fish for the opportunity to read and review the book.

Giveaway: 

Author Bio:
Mae Clair opened a Pandora’s Box of characters when she was a child and never looked back. Her father, an artist who tinkered with writing, encouraged her to create make-believe worlds by spinning tales of far-off places on summer nights beneath the stars.

Mae loves creating character-driven fiction in settings that vary from contemporary to mythical. Wherever her pen takes her, she flavors her stories with mystery and romance. Married to her high school sweetheart, she lives in Pennsylvania and is passionate about cryptozoology, old photographs, a good Maine lobster tail and cats.

Discover more about Mae on her website and blog at MaeClair.net

To connect with the author online:

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21 comments:

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    1. Readers -- remember, too, Myth and Magic is on sale through 11.4 for $.99 thru all booksellers in celebration of Halloween :)

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  2. Mae, I love most of the same things you do, especially cats and lobster tails. I also love romantic suspense novels. You spell your name, the same way my dear grandma did. I still miss her. She was a first grade teacher, and she taught us all about loving books.

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    1. Hi, Misty. I positively adore cats and I'll never pass up a good lobster tail :) That is so sweet about your grandma and her love for books. My parents gave me my love of books. My mother's middle name was Mae which is how I acquired mine. Neither of my parents are living any more, but I like to think they're watching from above as I continue my writer's journey. They were my biggest fans. Like you with your grandma, I miss them terribly, but love the special memories I have. Thanks for commenting!

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  3. I would love to win this! Thanks for the chance. Love romantic suspense.

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    1. Hi, Becky. If you love romantic suspense, I think you will enjoy Myth and Magic. It's on sale right now for $.99 across all booksellers. It's also got a strong Halloween theme, so it's a fun read for this time of year! Thanks for checking it out!

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  4. Thanks so much for hosting me today and for the lovely review. I'm delighted you enjoyed Myth and Magic. I really enjoy weaving twists and turns among my romance plots and mysteries :)

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  5. Great post! I can't wait to read your book! I was in Maine a couple of weeks ago and I was amazed all over again by the beauty! Happy writing!

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    1. Hi, Betty. Thanks for your interest in Myth and Magic. So delighted to hear you're looking forward to reading it. :)

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  6. I liked the review, thank you.

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  7. I have my fingers and toes crossed. The first story I buy will be Myth and Magic. Great review and I am a huge fan of romantic suspense. I love when the author is a bit tricky. Keeps me on my toes and I am glad it did you. Myth and Magic was published on my birthday, so I know it's all good. LOL What a wonderful cover. I love it. How much input did you have in creating it, Mae?

    sherry @ fundinmental

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    1. Hi, Sherry. It's wonderful to know you're looking forward to the read (and how cool that it was published on your birthday!). Myth and Magic is on sale through 11.4 for $.99 thru all booksellers in celebration of Halloween :)

      As for the cover, I was able to suggest the look I wanted....which was a brooding all home evoking a sinister/mysterious atmosphere. I think Kensington Publishing did a fabulous job with it. Glad you like it!

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  8. Sounds like a good book. I love cats, too, and have five. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    1. Hi, Michelle. I positively ADORE cats. I'm presently without a feline companion after losing Onyx (my black cat) 3 years ago. I really miss having a kitty around and hope to get one soon. Thanks for checking out Myth and Magic.

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  9. Great read, enjoyed your review, thanks for sharing!

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  10. Huh *tilts head* I thought Paranormal Romance too. Glad it worked out for you though!!

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    1. Well thank goodness I wasn't the only one!! I kept waiting for the paranormal to kick it, lol and it just never showed up.

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  11. Oh the bait and switch with genre would annoy me. I totally thought paranormal horror kinda mix. Glad it was still a good read despite the switch up that jolted ya.

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    1. See, that's why I am making sure to let others know what to expect. Really should have had a genre label on it though.

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