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More Than Magick Paperback – 1 Feb 2005
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Magick Men - A Shot of Magick By Rhyannon Byrd Lachlan McKendrick possesses a renowned sexual prowess impressive among even his own kind. But when the Scottish Warlock's family elders decide it's high time he stop sowing wild oats-and begin planting a few-Lach gets a load of magic like none he's ever known. A curse is placed upon his head, one that has some rather surprising effects on his legendary sex life. The only solution is to find his bith-bhuan gra-his soul mate. And to make matters worse, he's become obsessed with a feisty American. It's bad enough that Lach cannot get the blasted woman out of his mind-but she's mortal to boot! And he doesn't do mortals. At least he never has before, but the Scottish stud soon discovers that Evan Hayes has a magic that's all her own-a woman's power to go after what she wants. Together they must challenge the formidable curse to discover that everlasting love can be found under the most magical of circumstances. Once Upon A Midnight Blue By Shiloh Walker Once upon a time.after years of loyal service to his King, Aric, Master of Arms, was left to die after the Great Battle. Mortally wounded, he stumbles to a witch's cabin where he happens upon a mystical blue light. And a magical Black Elf. The Black Elf and Aric are about to claim vengeance on the King of Edouine for his treachery. And the handsome Master of Arms is finally ready to lay claim to the Princess Amery, whom he has wanted for years. Spell of the Chameleon By Titania Ladley It's time to reverse the spell. Mia Foxe, High Priestess of the Chameleon Coven, isn't sure why, but there's an urgency suddenly within her. Going on instinct, she returns to the old ghost town of Perish, Massachusetts. She must release the handsome former Perish cleric from the spell of solitary confinement she'd cast upon him over three hundred years ago during the infamous days of The Salem Witch Trials. But when she arrives, she discovers he's a changed man full of anger, resentment and pent-up sexual frustration. And suddenly, she finds herself warring with the devil himself! Abraham Warwick has had centuries to simmer and stew over Mia Foxe's wrath-and plenty of time to crave revenge and her luscious body. But now that she's returned, he's taking control of his life-and the witch. Stripping her of her powers, he plans a sweet, torturous retribution that no amount of magic can dispel!
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Magick Men: A Shot Of Magick by Rhyannon Byrd
Lachlan McKendrick is furious when the governing High Council of Magicks (made up of his five interfering uncles) decides to put a stop to his wild oats sowing and ensure he settles down with a wife to father the next generation of Magicks (magic users|). They do this by placing a curse upon Lach, ensuring any woman he sleeps with, excluding his "bith-bhuan gra" (his soul mate) will turn into an animal. Whilst Lach is deeply drawn to American waitress Evan, he is unsure how his curse would affect a mortal and indecisive whether a relationship with a none Witch could work.
This is a great story of magic users living in the modern world and unfortunately the sequel "A Bite of Magick" is currently unvailable in print.
Once Upon A Midnight Blue by Shiloh Walker
Aric is found as a child, and having only half a caste mark, many are left in doubt over his status in society. Attaining the position of Master of Arms, Aric is responsible for his King's victory over an invading army. When Aric saves the life of a smoke elf, the magical creature offers him one wish as reward. By wishing for a quick and final victory for his men he denies himself his true desire, Princess Amery, the royal heir whom he has secretly loved for many years. However Aric's loyal service is rewarded with betrayal after he is abandoned by the King when injured. Barely alive, Aric enters the home of a witch to whom he becomes bound in service to. When she orders him down a well to retrieve a blue light, his life is changed forever. This blue light is the alternative form of Blue, an immensely powerful demi-elf who was captured by the witch whilst searching for his master, the one person he will bind himself to for eternity and grant any desire. Aric is no other than his master, and using his vast powers Blue is determined to act out Aric's revenge against the King and Pincess Amery.
This is probably the best story I have read by Shiloh Walker, reminding me strongly of the Grimms Brother stories of childhood. This story was hot and easily my favourite within this anthology.
Spell of Chameleon by Titania Ladley
High Priestess of the Chameleon Coven, Mia Foxe is drawn back to the town of Perish and the man she cursed over three hundred years ago. Clergyman Abe is somewhat peeved by his curse (a result of his attempt to burn Mia for witchcraft) and is intent on revenge when she returns. Stealing her "trifed" her source of power, Abe now faces a magic user without protection, a chameleon witch who requires sexual release once a day to recharge her powers. Tied to a bed, Mia finds herself completely at Abe's mercy, facing a frustration which has boiled for three hundred years.
Ladley's offering was my least favourite story and certainly not equal to her only EC full length novel currently in print, the fabulous "Jennie in a Bottle".
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Lachlan McKendrick is a Warlock, and currently living his own personal hell. His meddling uncles have cursed him. He can only achieve orgasm with a woman, and if she is not his soul mate, she is turned into a real-life animal. Now his dreams are filled with Evan, the lovely mortal who works at the Wicked Brew. Lachlan doesn't do mortals. Drawn to her despite himself, Lachlan doggedly fights destiny with his every panting breath.
Evan has been watching the magnificent, brawny man for weeks. She feels the intense attraction and wonders at Lachlan's resolve to avoid it. But she is no weak-minded woman to run away from his glares and growls. After all, there is something special about that Magick Man, and she is determined to have him for her own.
Once Upon A Midnight Blue by Shiloh Walker
Aric, Master of Arms, has fought hard for King Alhdeade during the long years of war. In a callous act of betrayal, the king leaves Aric to die. Fueled by the need for revenge, Aric with the help of his fae companion, Blue, steals away the Princesse Amery for nights of passion.
Princesse Amery, step-daughter to the king, is in an untenable situation. With the king ready to force her to marry him, Amery is determined that he not have a virgin bride. Having mourned Aric when she thought him dead, Amery is jubilant and radiant during her nights spent with the handsome warrior.
Blue is unwavering in his belief that Aric and Amery belong together. He sets a plan in motion that he hopes will set past sufferings right, and forge a future for the two young lovers.
Spell Of The Chameleon by Titania Ladley
Three hundred years ago, Mia Foxe cast a spell on the town cleric, Abraham
Warwick. He has remained in solitary existence these past centuries, and for some unknown reason, Mia is drawn back to the ghost town to set him free.
Abraham has plans of his own. After three hundred years without the sight,
scent or touch of another human being, he's stored up many fantasies of revenge to enact upon Mia's form. She's denied him human companionship for far too long, and Abraham is determined that she now pay him back - with interest.
I am, admittedly, not a fan of anthologies. Most authors can't quite get that emotional connection I require in a story for my own personal enjoyment. That being said, I was drawn to purchase More Than Magick because, as many are aware, I'm an avid fan of Rhyannon Byrd. I must say she delivered in spades! This introduction to the McKendrick family of Witches and Warlocks is, quite simply, a decadent delight. In Magick Men: A Shot Of Magick, Lachlan is fierce and arrogant, and his words alone made me melt into a drooling puddle. Evan is strong-willed, yet demure. They are a great combination that left me hungering for more!
Once Upon A Midnight Blue is furiously fast-paced. There was so much
information packed into a short story, that I felt it would do better as a full length book. I am a bit disappointed in Amery's childish poutiness toward the end of the book, I feel it doesn't fit well with her character. Beyond that, the pages are filled with steamy ménage scenes that will make many readers quite breathless.
Titania Ladey's quick fantasy story Spell Of The Chameleon is, for the most part, too implausible for me. I find it rather unbelievable that after being in solitude for three hundred years, Abraham is at first hating Mia, then quickly desiring her, then abruptly loving her. That is too far beyond my scope of believable fantasy. Other than that, if you
don't mind your stories missing the emotional connection though packed with sex, this book is for you.
All in all, I loved Ms. Byrd's story, enjoyed Ms. Walker's and would have passed on Ms. Ladey's. More Than Magick is worth the money for the first story alone. However, if you don't want to pay full price for this anthology on written page, and enjoy reading ebooks, simply purchase and download the individual books from Ellora's Cave. You will find them under each author's name.
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Magick Men: A Shot at Magick --
Lachlan McKendrick -- Scottish Warlock extraordinaire -- needs a woman, but not just any woman. Lachlan needs his soul mate, or else the spell that the High Council of Magicks has cast upon him will prevent him from ever having sex with a woman again! Unless, of course, he doesn't mind if she turns into an animal at the crucial moment ... Yes, a real, furry animal. You see, the Council is trying to encourage him to settle down and sire little Lachlans (or Lachlanettes). But Lachlan only has ... eyes ... for one woman -- Evan, the shapely American barista at the coffeeshop down the street. Unfortunately, Evan is a mortal woman, not a Witch, and Lachlan just can't bring himself to expose her to the danger of sex with him. Of course, Evan has other ideas...
This is one of the Ellora's Cave Quickies at a short 45 pages. It is rated E-rotic, and certainly lives up to its billing! For a short story, there is a lot of action. The sex scenes are very hot, with both hero and heroine enjoying each encounter thoroughly. While I thought it was a fun read, I have to admit that I thought the crude language a bit overdone. I don't mind "dirty talk" when it takes place in the midst of sex, but it seemed like every other word in the entire story was Anglo-Saxon. If you are sensitive to strong language, you might want to avoid this one.