His Magic Touch by Debby Grahl

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  • The night before Jared Dupre's wedding, a specter warns him the demonic witch, Adam Montief, has kidnapped his brother in a centuries-old vendetta unknown to Jared. A powerful witch himself, Jared tracks Adam from New Orleans to a remote island off the coast of Connecticut, where he's given no choice. He must rescue his brother and break his engagement to Kendra O'Connell, or they both die. After complying, Jared engages in a sword fight and believes he has vanquished his foe, but when he returns to New Orleans, he finds evil still threatens all he loves. Kendra, not knowing why Jared broke their engagement, devastated, finds solace in another's arms. With help from an ancestor's spirit, can Jared defeat the dark magic descending over the Big Easy while winning back the woman he loves?

    Rating: Spicy
    Page Count: 340
    Word Count: 84250  
    978-1-5092-2340-4 Paperback
    978-1-5092-2341-1 Digital

    Excerpt

    Angelique Montief flicked her wrist and set the bamboo ceiling fan spinning. Kneeling on a woven mat with sweat coating her body, she lifted a small wooden brass-bound casket from the bottom of a large trunk, inserted a gold key, and opened the lid. Inside two objects lay wrapped in thick cloth. She carefully unwrapped the smaller bundle to reveal a pentagonal mirror, a gift handed down to her by her grandmother, its ancient oak frame carved with tiny pentacles. She glanced over her shoulder at her locked bedroom door, then stared into the mirror and whispered, “Show him to me.”

    When the glass remained blank, fear clutched at her chest. Again, she said the words, and the image of a plantation house engulfed in flames appeared. “No, please, he can’t be dead.” Tears blurred her vision. The fiery image changed to reveal a human form lying beneath flowering bougainvillea.

    Hope rising, Angelique peered closer.

    “Show me his face.”

    She saw his indigo blue eyes blink open.

    “I’m coming, my love.”

    He couldn’t hear her, but she hoped that in his heart he knew she would find a way to get to him.

    As the smoke in the room thickened, she knew her time was running out. She rewrapped the mirror and placed it into the smaller casket among cloth bags of herbs and potion-filled vials. Relocking the lid, she hung the key on a chain around her neck, dropped a jeweled dagger into her pocket, and tucked the casket under her arm.

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02/18/2019

An Intriguing Web of Mystery, Adventure & Love

Debby Grahl spins an intriguing web of mystery, adventure and love in her novel, His Magic Touch.
Jared Dupre is one tough character risking his upcoming marriage with his soon-to-be bride, Kendra, to save his brother Philippe from ruthless Adam Montief. Recuperating for five weeks from a battle that nearly kills Jared, he returns, realizing Kendra has moved onto a new love, Thaddeus. Jared knows instantly that Thaddeus is Adam (who Jared thought he had killed during his last fight). But Kendra and her tight girlfriends refuse to believe Jared is capable of being anything but a loser.
I enjoyed the fast action in the story and the mystery of Angelique’s past. Jared leads the story as a fearless, strong hero and rational thinker. Discovering the jeweled sword hidden from Angelique’s past, he takes on Adam. Kendra and her girlfriends bring humor to the story with their childish conversations, angry over Jared jilting Kendra at the altar.
The book captivated me from the beginning with the constant action. The characters were realistic, even in the paranormal world. Dialogue was easy to read and the story was well written, with great descriptions of New Orleans and Black Island. Debby Grahl is one superb romance novelist.
I received an ARC of this book. My review is voluntary and freely given.

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