Magick & Moonlight

Marie Lavender
Magick & Moonlight
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Publisher
Solstice Shadows Publishing
Release Date
March 2014
Series
Book 1 of Magick Series
Genre
Contemporary Romance, Fantasy Romance

SUMMARY
Messing with free will is always a bad idea…

Ethan Hamilton moves to a lazy little town in Oregon, hoping to escape his demons. But, instead he discovers a woman dancing nude in the moonlight. This woman who claims she is a witch dazzles him with her sensual presence. He thinks she's crazy, but what if she's not?

Jessie Anderson has been taught that her kind hides who they really are. And she has a problem on her hands. Someone knows her secret and she has to do all she can to protect herself. What other choice does she have? Jessie casts a love spell on a good man, a man with whom she can't fight her attraction. The spell doesn't work quite as planned – she ends up falling for Ethan.

To top it off, Ethan's treatment of her, his "love", is so addictive. Deep down, she knows the spell will wear off, and yet his feelings seem genuine. It's just a spell…right?

Book Review by Betty Fokker (author,reviewer)
Jun 17, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
132 people found the following review helpful
MAGICK AND MOONLIGHT is a short story, but it manages to get a whole lot of character development into a few thousand words. Character development in such a short arc is laudable. It is also well written with a smooth narrative flow, which is also very commendable.

Then why, if it was so well written, did I give it 3 stars rather than 4 or 5?

Frankly, I disliked the female protagonist. I disliked her so much that the HEA didn't feel "good" to me. I wanted someone more worthy of the hero.

***some spoilers below, so you may want to stop here.***

Jessie was, in my opinion, repellent. First, although she was proclaimed to be secretive about her religion, she had all the discretion of a neon sign. Secondly, she seriously violated the ethics of her religion (I am good friends with several Wiccans so I was a little more aware of the backdrop than the target reader perhaps). We aren't talking a little slip here. We are talking a big ass no-no. Thirdly, she knew she was violating a major tenet of her religion but she did it anyway for a very (to me) implausible reason. If she was going to crap all over Ethan's free will, she could have used a memory spell. Or better yet, put a protection spell around her camp fire so Ethan didn't catch her dancing in the moonlight in the first place. If she had the kind of magickal abilities that the story makes clear she possesses, why do such a bad deed when she could have picked the lesser of two evils or avoided the evil altogether? Finally, she used a compelled man for sex. Compulsion is not voluntary. It is, ergo, not consent. No matter how hot Ethan found her, he did not consent to sex with her of his own free will. That's rape. Orgasm does not negate rape. Not since the '80s have I read a romance where the protagonist falls in love with the person who violated them.

Ethan deserved better.

Nevertheless, it should be noted that this short has high ratings on its Amazon reviews, therefore Jessie obviously does not eat up the nerves of many other readers. I can see why. While I give this 3 stars because I hated elements of the plot, the writing on its own was worthy of 4 stars.
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