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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Witch One? by Erin Sinclair

Witch One? by Erin Sinclair
Publisher: Devine Destinies
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short (88 pages)
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 3.5 Books
Reviewed by Poinsettia

Cassandra Blanchard has it all, looks, breeding, education, successful career, beautiful home, magical powers and the hottest English teacher on the East Coast. Her life cannot be any more perfect than the night her love proposes to her under a full moon, a bonfire, and the entire small town of wonderful neighbors and friends cheering the happy couple on when she accepts Ethan McBride's offer of marriage.

After a blissful evening together, she awakens to find her very perturbed mother reminding her of one small problem--she has forgotten she is already engaged to another, an old family friend who journeys to the States to claim his wayward betrothed.

Which one will Cassandra choose--the golden prince or the darkly handsome knight who casts his charismatic spell?

Cassandra’s simple life is about to get a whole lot more complicated.

Cassandra’s life is perfect. She loves living in a small town working as an art teacher, but most of all she loves Ethan. When he finally proposes, she couldn’t be more thrilled. However, her happiness is short lived. Cassandra’s mother pays an unexpected visit and reminds her that she’s already engaged.

Cassandra is shocked. She’d forgotten long ago about her adolescent romance with Armand. Cassandra’s family supports her decision to marry Ethan, but getting out of her engagement isn’t that simple. She’ll need to get Armand and his family to agree to break the engagement as well. Even if they agree, they still need to get permission from the goddess, the one who blessed their betrothal in the first place. Cassandra has a decision to make. Honor her promise or follow her heart.

As a heroine, Cassandra is definitely likable. I can perfectly picture the quirky witch turned art teacher dancing around her classroom at the end of the school day. She’s certainly a free spirit who lives in the moment, which makes it a little easier to believe that she’d honestly forget that she’d been betrothed to someone when she was a teenager. Still, it is a little hard to believe that something that important could completely slip her mind.

I would have liked the men in the story to be a bit more compelling. Ethan is a very nice man and he’s clearly devoted to Cassandra, but as I read the story, that’s about all I learned about him. Armand’s character is the typical playboy, a womanizer not remotely interested in marriage, let alone marriage to a woman who is practically a stranger to him now.

I also felt the conflict of the story was not as strong as it could have been, and was too easily resolved.

Despite these issues, Cassandra's character is so much fun, it makes the story enjoyable. The fact is, I did enjoy reading Witch One?. It is a sweet short story that can be read in one sitting. I recommend it to any fan of romance and happy endings.