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Monday, February 27, 2012

Brightwater Blood by Shona Husk

Brightwater Blood by Shona Husk
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (77 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Iris

To survive, they’ll have to think outside the circle.

Were-lion Lachlan Garvey is closing in on the Brightwater women, the last of a Shamanic line that the Council wants eradicated for their murderous use of magic. One minute he’s in his animal form, examining a dead body in a patch of charred grass. The next, he wakes up human—naked, shot and lying in a circle of his own blood.

Dayna Brightwater is sure the man she’s bound with a blood spell is the one who just murdered her twin sister. Yet even if she did have the stomach for revenge killing, she doesn’t have the power. But what to do with him now? If she lets him go, he’ll kill her, too.

Trapped in the path of a deadly magical fire, Lachlan has to think fast—and talk faster—to convince the beautiful Shaman he’s innocent. As the roaring flames creep closer, Dayna must choose. Trust Lachlan and use magic to save them both…or flee. And live with the knowledge she caused his death, proving that no Brightwater is capable of love.

Witches, shifters, and imminent disaster . . . oh my! This short story is lacking nothing. Despite the length, the reader is treated to suspense, danger, backstory and a little “sizzle” (having the hero naked for most of the story doesn’t hurt, either!).

While trying to make decisions that affect both herself and Lachlan (our hero), Dayna finds herself reading her mother's and recently deceased sister’s journals and performing magic she does not think herself capable of. All the while, the reader is able to feel the impending doom and increasing urgency of the fire about to descend upon them.

The plot is well-crafted, the characters human, yet magical. The paranormal aspects of their beings do not overtake the plot. The suspense and drama are not over-done. The romance between Dayna and Lachlan is almost an afterthought as the fire and their actions with regards to that are most important. But you don’t miss the physical romance.

Even if you are not familiar with paranormal romances, this is a book you will want to read. Grab an hour or so, and enjoy yourself!