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Magic of the Loch by Karen Michelle Nutt

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  • Michaela Grant travels to Scotland for a holiday, knowing this vacation is her last. A medical condition threatens her life and any chance of a future—until she meets Alan MacLachlin, a man forced to exist between two worlds.

    Alan is the legendary Loch Ness Monster. Once every fifty years he returns to human form in search of his soul mate, the one woman who can break his curse. He believes he has found forever with Michaela, but to claim it he must figure out how to save her life.

    Michaela and Alan vow to take what time has to offer, but another threat looms. A sinister shape shifter with a vendetta against Alan is making Loch Ness his personal hunting ground. Now he's threatening Michaela. Alan must discover who the shifter is and stop him before it's too late.

    Rated: Spicy
    Page Count: 372
    Word Count: 98481
    978-1-61217-293-4 Digital
    978-1-61217-292-7 Paperback

    Excerpt:

    His touch felt so good, warm and gentle for such a large man. She found herself leaning into his palm. Kiss me. The thought whispered in her mind, but he somehow knew what she craved.

    He took her mug from her hand and placed it on the table next to his as he leaned forward, his lips hovering over hers. “Just a taste. Aye?” His seductive whisper stroked over her mouth with the effect of a soft kiss. His hand slipped to the nape of her neck, drawing her closer as he deepened the caress.

    Heat spread through her, warming her from the inside out. He tasted of the sea, whiskey and sweet temptation. The more she indulged, the more she wanted. The thick beat of awareness ran through her blood, making her heart beat faster. Her hands cupped his face. His five o’clock shadow barely prickled her palm.

    The kiss ended if only to take a breath, but he didn’t move away. His lips still hovered near hers as if to reclaim them again.

    “I knew you’d be a good kisser.” Her voice a hoarse whisper, laced her words like an invitation for more.

    His lips slid into a seductive curve. “Did ye now?”

    She nodded her head, still a little breathless.

    “This was a mistake, ye know.”

    “It was?” She tried to move away, but he held her still.

    “Shush. I only meant it was a mistake on my part to indulge with a promise of only one taste. I want so much more.” His mouth covered hers again, taking her under his spell.

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07/21/2012

Review

Nutt pens a story that will leave you breathless with "Magic of the Loch." Alan and his brother, Hyatt, are cursed to haunt Loch Ness as preternatural creatures throughout time. Can love break the curse?

The story opens with a fast paced prologue that explains the curse Alan and Hyatt fall under. The curse can only be broken when the men find their soul mates. Fast forward to modern day Scotland. Michaela Grant suffers from an aneurysm. She travels to Loch Ness for a great adventure before her inevitable death. When she meets Alan, the sparks fly.

Unfortunately, there's another shifter who has claimed the land of the Loch. When the deaths start to add up, the sheriff's suspicion falls upon Alan and Hyatt. Alan is determined to protect Michaela, convinced she's his soul mate, but she has a mind of her own. Has Alan finally found the love of a lifetime only to have it brutally ripped away from him?
Nutt's writing is crisp and easy to read, engaging the reader from the get go. She uses a good economy of words to paint a vivid picture of the Loch. Alan and Hyatt's accents add an extra layer of authenticity to the Scottish setting. As a reader, I thought I was a patron of the Fiddler's Luck bar watching the story unfold before my eyes.

The best part of the story is the rich characterization. Alan is a noble soul, strong in his convictions and loyal to the bone. Michaela is spunky and forthright. She doesn't quite understand the attraction she has for Alan, but accepts it. Nutt's story focuses on the man, who is the creature, an aspect of paranormal stories that deeply resonates with me as a reader.

The loves scenes are sensual, embodying the attraction and intense feelings Alan and Michaela share. "The Magic of the Loch" will wrap the reader in its spell on the first page and won't let go until the end.

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