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Friday, February 25, 2011

Chance’s Game by Eve Langlais

Chance’s Game by Eve Langlais
Publisher: Champagne Books
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (192 Pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Holly

Breanna is a rare sort of shapeshifter even for a world where magic is rampant. Rare enough that she catches the attention of the God of Chance who sends her on a quest to free magic. Simple you say? Not for this girl who has to keep avoiding the men who would claim her, while getting to know a twin she never knew she had. And then to make things even more fun, Chance throws in a super sexy wizard to go on the quest with her.

Magic, danger, meddlesome gods and romance await, and when their quest is done, the world as we know it, will never be the same again.

I love stories of mischievous Higher Powers, who like to meddle and play with mortals, like this one with a very bored God of Chance.

He might be bored, but he also realizes that the spell holding the Realm and The Other Side apart is starting to go wrong. So he decides to play a game with his sister, Aphrodite, or Mindy as she has decided to call herself now, and when these two play together it means headaches for mortals -- two specific ones in this case.

Mindy’s goal is to make them fall in love, while Chance needs them to find the box holding the spell cast so long ago, a spell that is turning dark, and sucking the souls of magic folk to power itself.

Breanna is an independent young woman, determined not to ever let a man control her. She is a shape shifter, but one of the most unusual, as she can become almost anything she want to. This makes her a rare commodity, and she has to evade her less than welcome suitors. Breanna intrigues Terrence, but since he is of the same mind to never marry, he finds her most captivating.

When the God of Chance throws his dice, these two are charged with saving magic in both worlds, and stopping the useless deaths of magic folk all along the barrier. When their lives keep intersecting, they finally agree that they must journey together to stop this evil once and for all. Can a wizard and a shape shifter meet the challenge? Will time together soften both of their hearts, with Mindy’s help, of course? Will all of the coincidences be explained, and happy ever after win out?

Much of this story was lighthearted fun, especially the interaction between the main characters. I enjoyed the inner debates Breanna has, trying to convince herself she isn’t attracted to Terrence while growing to admire him more as they travel together on their quest. I found the attempts by her would-be suitors to be wonderful comic relief through most of the book, and the lengths one goes to try and wed Breanna turns dangerous.

Breanna is an independent woman at a time when women are not usually so bold and forthright. She has a sharp wit and an equally sharp tongue, causing many of her own problems. She is also strong and crafty, and once she realizes the stakes of the quest, she lets nothing stop her. I enjoyed watching her slowly fall under the wizard’s charm-without a bit of magic used.

Terrence is just as determined as Breanna to stay away from marriage, although he does find her a challenge, and wants to break through her wall. He is tall, blond and gorgeous, and content to let his brother be the married one. But, like Breanna, when he knows the true nature of the quest Chance has set them on, he refuses to fail. I loved watching him with Devon, the gay unicorn; that really made me giggle.

I believe this is a second book in a series, and I do wish I would have read the first book, because it gives background to some of the secondary characters in this one, like Breanna’s long lost twin sister she never knew about, and Terrence’s brother Sinclair.

But this can be enjoyed on its own merit, and I recommend this for those who want more magic in their romance. Do they save the Realm, remove the boundary and have a happy ever after of their own? You will want to read this one to find out.