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Friday, September 9, 2011

Magical Lover by Karilyn Bentley

Magical Lover by Karilyn Bentley
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (280 pgs)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 4.5 books
Reviewed by Aloe

In a world where men can become dragons, Thoren is one of the most powerful. As a shape-shifting Draconi, Thoren wants nothing more than to continue searching for Halfling children and returning them to Draconia. The last thing he wants or needs is a mate—until he meets Keara, an outcast unaware of the power that lies within her.

Keara doesn't know what to make of Thoren or of the magic he practices. She learned early to keep her magic hidden—her witchy red hair and green eyes are burden enough. When Thoren offers his hand in place of a forced marriage with Lord Simon, Keara jumps at the chance to leave her town behind. But she fears Thoren will shun her when he discovers the truth about her abilities.

Can Thoren convince Keara she is his lifemate, or will her secret talent be the wedge that drives them apart?

No matter how you feel about, there is one basic rule to follow with dragons: Don’t piss them off.

This author whisks you away into a magical world where dragons, magic and love all mix. I got caught up in her story and read it non-stop until I finished it. Ms. Bentley’s characters are strong and will defend to the death those they love.

Keara is an orphan who works with herbs and has taken in Jamie, a young boy who was also an orphan. When the local lord decides he wants her for his own, she has no power to refuse. Then this tall dark stranger shows up, claims her as his own and marries her. They don’t even manage to get out of town before the lord shows up with his men and surrounds her house. He still wants her. But Thoren isn’t about to let anyone else have her…

The author throws in a rogue dragon to go with the evil lord, adds a bit of warfare along with budding love, then mixes in dragon heritage to give you a really fast action story that stands up well. It was really a pleasure to read this story, and I bet there will be a sequel. There are too many questions left unanswered to suit me. I want to hear more about the dragons!

I found this was a well paced, fun story to read. Thoren rejects Keara because she’s not his match. Then he finds out she is, but he can never get her alone to tell her. His frustration screams off the pages as you read the story. I have to admit, though, I thought it served him right.

Why don’t you get a copy of this book and take a ride with a dragon, too? You won’t regret it.