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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Bewitched Cowboy by Tess Quinn

The Bewitched Cowboy by Tess Quinn
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short (99 pages)
Heat: Hot
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

The last thing Matt expected his twin to tell him was that he had to marry the woman of his parents’ choice or suffer the loss of his powers.

Destiny, a PhD and successful parapsychology writer, certainly did not expect her mother to tell her that she would die if she didn’t get married to a man chosen for her in infancy.

The collision of two hardheaded, anti-marriage witches makes Destiny and Matt’s first encounter explosive. Now they have to figure out a way to get along for the two weeks they can’t be separated without doing the one thing that could change their fate forever…falling in love.

The Bewitched Cowboy is about a man fighting tooth and drawl against meeting and greeting his destiny especially when he thinks he’s emotionally beyond repair. It’s that fragile heart hidden in a buff, tough and running scared man that intrigued me.

In this story, destiny isn’t just a word, it’s real magic – powerful and inescapable. So what if Matt, the hero, doesn’t remember squat about his diaper years. Something happened back then that made the people in charge make a decision he now has no control over, is in fact expected to accept and even embrace.

For a strong character such as Matt, it’s raising every possible red flag. In the end, the only acceptable option he has is the white flag of surrender. It’s his journey of fighting it, exploring it and facing a tragic and sad truth which frees him to believe in the wisdom of his elders and the power of true love.

Matt’s destiny is, well, Destiny. She’s a very accomplished, citified and classy woman. She is much more irritated than Matt about the arrangement. I mean, she has a life, an important one. She wants to get back to it as soon as possible so she thinks it’s a zoom in, get ‘er done and leave job. A hassle but short term, right? So very wrong. First is the chemistry between her and Matt. Let’s talk off the charts sizzle and burn. Even when they go at it like verbal prize fighters there’s that thrum of sensual tension just under the surface. Then the heart gets involved. Matt is not the dumb cowboy she thought he was. Or shallow.

Each step of their association ropes them both in with ties they can’t deny, though their trying sure made for page flipping reading.

One of the main conflicts is the resolution of an old pain that lances Matt’s heart and prevents him from being open to what Destiny means to him. It’s that dream walk part that had me crying. It hit such a melancholy chord inside me, I was blubbering. It was sweet, poignant and sad. Can a sad point be a high point in a story? I felt it was an emotionally condensed and well-written passage that touched me and made me see Matt as a wonderful and awesome husband for Destiny. After that scene, I also thought he had it in him to be a great dad someday too. Meaning, the relationship in the story between Matt and Destiny worked because I can envision them being happy and going that route. True romance.

The other conflict revolves around Destiny and her perception of love and the toll it can take on a family and it’s not at all Pollyanna-ish. Sometimes confrontation is good.

The Bewitched Cowboy is sensual, magical and presents a reader with two feisty lovers who eventually realize that not only can they not shake destiny, they don’t want to. Someone knew what was best after all; Matt and Destiny reap the rewards and anyone who reads this story will too.

1 comment:

Kelly McCrady said...

Great enthusiastic review! I agree, this story is fun to read. The magic system the author invented ties these separate people securely together--whether they want it to or not! A fine short story, over before you know it, or want it to be.