Double Enchantment (Love Spell Paranormal Romance) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Sep 2008
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Instead of asking for help, Jasmine thinks she can fix it all by herself only to get into more trouble. When her Aunt Henrietta and Jasmine finally cook up a story that reflects the problem they go to the Hall Of Mages and ask the person with the strongest magic to help them. The King listens to their story when Sterling walks in and sees Jasmine, thinking it is Jaz.
Jasmine is on the receiving end of a soul-scorching kiss and when she finally gets her bearings back she smacks Sterling straight across the face. This is where their story begins...
Double Enchantment casts its spell over me and I was utterly willing to be captured by the magic, the world and its characters! When I read Enchanting The Lady last year I could only hope that Kathryne Kennedy would deliver again. Upon reading the second installment in the Relics Of Merlin series I was once more lured back to a highly imaginative world. I got all that I expected and more!
The first pages transported me to a London where magic is only fit for those of nobility and royalty. It is with their magical abilities the nobles present their calling card and it's a true feast to read about when described by Kathryne Kennedy. From gardens to houses, horses and even clothing, it all can be bathed in magic to enhance one's appearance.Read more ›
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Lady Jasmina Karlyle has enough troubles already. Her mother, Lucy, has a tendency to "borrow" items from her fellow society matrons, which Jasmina has to return without being caught. If her mother's habit were known, their family reputation would be in ruins. Now, the latest borrowed treasure, Duchess of Hagersham's brooch turns out to be one of the Relics of Merlin! Suddenly, a minor spell has gone wry and Jasmina finds out she has released a twin of herself, Jaz, who has none of her morals.
Sir Sterling Thorn is one of the shape shifting baronets charged by Prince Albert to hunt down and destroy all of the Relics of Merlin which can cause immense destruction in the wrong hands. Imagine his surprise when he meets the lovely Jaz at a ball, who reeks of Relic-magic and has made her attraction for Sterling quite obvious. Then when e meets up with her again later, she has no clue who he is and is scandalized by Sterling's attentions.
Now Jasmina and Sterling are working together to find the Relic and track down Jasmina's wayward other half. Their responsibility is complicated by Sterling's drive to find his missing sister, Angel, believed dead by all in his family besides Sterling. Complications arise when Sterling's stallion self claims Jasmina as its mate and the wayward couple finds it harder to resist magnetic pull between them. Then there is the mysterious Brotherhood that appears to be connected to the missing Relic, Angel's disappearance, and a greater plot that could destroy London as they know it. Is it any wonder vexing gnomes Nuisance and Trouble are attracted to Jasmina's predicament?
Kathryne Kennedy continues her magical Relics of Merlin series with Double Enchantment, our second visit to this fantasy London. Here, social status is determined by magical ability and the types of magic used. Once again, I found myself drawn into this beautiful world where nothing is as it seems and everywhere we turn we find more elaborate illusions. We also spent more time in the dark underworld or magic than in Enchanting the Lady, and we learn all manner of details about the seedy underbelly of magical London.
Sterling is on a mission. His number one priority is finding his missing sister whom he is convinced is still alive somewhere. He's none too thrilled about being tasked by Prince Albert to help Jasmina until he is promised whatever he needs to continue the search for Angel. When Sterling sees his Jaz and recognizes her as the beautiful young woman he married the night before, his protestations cease. He is intrigued by Jasmina, especially when she behaves so differently, so coldly, compared to the day before. While he starts out being wildly attracted to "evil" twin Jaz, the more he gets to know the far more subdued and moral Jasmina, the more he finds himself drawn to her until he realizes she is truly the woman meant for him.
Jasmina has always been the proper young miss, resigned to a life without marriage in order to take care of her parents. After all, if she were to leave, who would protect the family from the shame bound to come about when her mother's habit is exposed? She is an intriguing character, all innocence and proper in the daytime, but at night she's become quite skilled at braking in to people's homes to return stolen goods. In here eyes, all is black or white, there is no gray. However, meeting Sterling and discovering her wild twin exists turns Jasmina's world upside down and she finds herself questioning much of what she's always believed.
I loved the mystery story woven throughout the book as to what is happening in the shape shifter community and why they are disappearing. This adds to the already captivating story. We also meet the shady Brotherhood in Double Enchantment and they have grand plans. I expect we haven't seen the last of them and they'll pop up in future books as well.
Double Enchantment by Kathryne Kennedy is double the enjoyment for her Relics of Merlin series. We have the obvious of doubles Jasmina and Jaz, then there is double the trouble when we meet garden gnomes Nuisance and Trouble. After all, everyone knows gnomes are attracted to, as well as creators of, havoc and excitement so once they meet Jasmina, they can't stay away since she's up to her ears in adventure. These mischief makers are so much fun and they liven things up and add comic relief every single time they put in an appearance. Then we have the added bonus of two romances in one. Jasmina's beloved Aunt Ettie has always been there for her and the lively spinster gets a little adventure and love of her own.
I couldn't put Double Enchantment down! My only complaint is that now I have to wait so long for book three!
© Kelley A. Hartsell, August 2008. All rights reserved.
Rating: 5 Enchantments
Let's meet Lord Sterling a young man with the world on his shoulders. He has always been the outcast in his family never seeming to belong anywhere. Then tragedy strikes in the disappearance of his young sister and he must use all of his powers and resources to find her. Then the unexpected occurs he finds love in the most unusual of places.
Let's meet Lady Jasmina a young girl that has always looked after her family and will do anything to protect them. One night she has to go as usual to clean up after her mother's mishaps and cast a spell that has the most unusual of results and her life is turned upside down.
This is the story of two young people living in a world of magic in a Victorian setting. But with all the caste systems of our old world. The Barons like Lord Sterling at the bottom and Lady Jasmina in the middle. This is a tale of magic and betrayal, a story that will prove love is the most powerful of all magic. Sterling must find his missing sister and Jasmina must find the person that is impersonating her or is it just a part of the spell that went wrong? But first they must find out the truth before it is too late for them and the ones they love. For there is an evil that wants to take over the land and none will be safe.
I really loved this story. I feel in love with the characters as their stories unfolded. The quandary that Sterling was in was hilarious and sad at the same time. And Jasmina's reaction to it was priceless. I love the way Ms Kennedy always keeps you guessing about what will happen next. And as usual she does not disappoint. Her characters are compelling and keep you glued to your seat and you do not want to put the story down. Her characters pull you into to a varied range of emotions. Ms Kennedy makes you love the ones you are supposed to and hate the ones that make you want to scratch their eyes out. I cannot wait for the next installment in the wonderful series of magic and mayhem and I hope it never ends. I recommend Ms Kennedy's works to all the lovers of Gothic and Victorian romance. You will not be disappointed.
Kathryne Kennedy has been writing romances for a number of years.
The second book in The Relics of Merlin series, Kathryne Kennedy's DOUBLE ENCHANTMENT combines humor and emotion in an extraordinary tale of paranormal magic and adventure in a heartwarming fairy tale romance set in the Victorian era in a society governed by class codes built on magical standing as well as economic resources. As the scandals and danger mount, Kathryne Kennedy peers into the heart of her characters as they struggle to conduct themselves with honor while remaining true to themselves. The magical romance between Jasmina and Sterling steals the heart, page by page with each moment and revelation until the final delightful page. DOUBLE ENCHANTMENT speaks to both the little girl and the woman within ---- and brightens the mood with smile after smile! Each and every detail is exquisite. With each page, each revelation enchants the reader more and more until one realizes one is totally submerged into the world of her characters. Just when I thought I had reached the height of delight possible, Kathryne Kennedy introduces two new characters. How I adored the gnomes!!!!
Kathryne Kennedy is quite simply one of the hottest new sensations in the romance genre and DOUBLE ENCHANTMENT is on my top ten list of books read this year. Her particular blend of all that is best in romance will delight a wide range of romance readers with its cross appeal across the breadth of romance subgenres from paranormal to historical romance. From magical details, to fairy tale-like psychological richness, from tender hearts that enchant readers to humorous mischief and suspenseful fantasy adventure in a historical, magical setting, Kathryne Kennedy creates a unique exquisite flavor that makes her romance a pure delight page after page, book after book. Light-hearted, sweet and tender, DOUBLE ENCHANTMENT has just the right measure of suspenseful plot details and emotional richness to make this romance unforgettable.