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Monday, November 1, 2010

The Witching Sea by L.D. Keach

The Witching Sea by L.D. Keach
Publisher: Black Lyon Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (156 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 5 books
Reviewed by Magnolia

The sea holds a secret in its depths…

Mae Bennett is haunted by nightmares of the sea and memories of its watery darkness. When her employer sends her to a nearly abandoned, storm-battered Welsh village, her senses scream against reason that her nightmares are about to come true. Even Aled, her motel’s sinister yet sexy proprietor, brings to mind danger.

And the spirit of a monster she may love.

Half-man and half-predator, Aled prowls the coastal land as easily as a shark prowls the waters. The secret of his Finfolk lineage is one Mae seems to naturally know. But can Aled convince her of her own untapped supernatural powers in time? With the crashing of each wave, the rise of dark sea god threatens to devour mankind—just as surely as a dangerous desire threatens to devour Mae and Aled.

L.D. Keach has written a magnificently paranormal, spooky, dark novel that totally enthralled me. The writing is perfect and the story so well told that I was captivated from the first page. As the story unfolded, bringing to life a world of folklore, imagination and fantasy, I felt as if I was being drawn into a world worthy of Stephen King.

As the plot and subplot develop, events unfold rapidly, as does the romance between Mae and Aled. Both of these characters have problems—Mae is in need of financial help to open her own business but her real problem is a deep fear that goes back to her childhood. Aled is attracted to Mae instantly but he thinks of himself as a monster and unworthy of Mae's love. Together they must find a way to help each other and in turn, help themselves overcome the obstacles before them.

The ending is left open to an extent so I believe there must be a sequel in the offing. At least I hope there is! Don't miss this excellent read.