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Almost MagicAlmost Magic by JM Kelley

*This book is part of my personal library*

When it came to Vivian Burroughs’ unique connection with nature, her grandmother always said, ‘Mediocrity may not burn as bright as a firecracker, but it seldom blows up in your face.’ But the old woman never advised her on what to do when a sexy new neighbor stokes the flames of attraction.
Jack Riley, a still-grieving widower, relocates from the big city to small-town Essex Woods with his young daughter, Elizabeth. His introduction to Vivian leaves him enchanted, but rumors regarding her abilities soon come to light. Is the local beauty a witch or merely the product of an eccentric upbringing by her mother Fred and Aunt Lil, identical twins with a penchant for mischief?
Jack is intrigued by the mystery surrounding the woman, considering the complexities of raising the precocious Elizabeth, a child with frighteningly accurate intuitiveness. As he reluctantly draws closer to Vivian, he also discovers how deep his daughter’s gifts run. Can Jack accept the truth about his own flesh and blood, as well as a second chance at love?

Vivian has always had a connection with nature and now the people of Essex Woods look to her for her herbal remedies. Even though she by most people, there are some that believe her and her family are witches. She has lived with this stigma all her life and it has affected her love life. She’s resigned herself to being alone until a handsome stranger and his daughter move in. There is something about Jack Riley and his little girl that draws her to them.

Jack is trying to do the best he can to raise his daughter when he moves them to the small town. He thinks it will be better for both of them to get away from the city and the memory of his deceased wife. Jack is suffering from insomnia and is worn out to the point that the thinks he’s seeing things when his “wife” shows up at their new house. Elizabeth has a secret of her own though that she is afraid to share with her father because she doesn’t want to worry him. Elizabeth can sense the anguish her mother is causing her dad and doesn’t know how to help him. Maybe the local herbalist can help them both.

Vivian has a huge heart, loves to help people and wants someone of her own to love. She has had trouble dating all her life due to the rumors regarding her family so she spends her time with her flowers and garden.   When a handsome stranger moves to town, she is entranced by him. She is drawn to him and his daughter and loves spending time with them. The best part is he doesn’t put any stock in the rumors, until his is affected.

Jack is searching for something, he just doesn’t know what. He moved to the quite town hoping to give them a new start but that’s hard to do when you are haunted by your deceased wife. He thinks he’s losing his mind and the only time he feels at peace is with Vivian. When he takes a leap of faith and let’s go of his preconceived notions, things begin to look up for the couple.

I love the secondary characters in the book from the nosey neighbor to Viv’s mom and aunt; they just enough humor to have you laughing out loud. The eccentric old ladies are so much fun and speak their mind no matter what. They each have their own special talents and set out on a plan that will surely get Viv and jack together, nothing can go wrong – right? The author does a good job of including the secondary characters just enough so they don’t take away from the main characters but enhance their story.

I think Jack and Viv and good together. He is lost and she is looking for acceptance; together they find what they need. He doesn’t judge her based on the rumors he’s heard, he accepts her for who she is. They are drawn to each other and enjoy each other’s company. I enjoyed how the story between them unfolded; it was full of laughter, love, heartache and tears. They didn’t instantly fall in love but had to fight for what they wanted.

I love this author; one of my all-time favorite books is Drew in Blue by her and this story was right up there. Overall I really enjoyed Jack and Viv’s story and give Almost Magic 4 Flaming Hearts. 4 Hearts

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Vampire Most WantedVampire Most Wanted (Argeneau #20) by Lynsay Sands
*A review copy of this book was received from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*

For Basha Argeneau, anything is better than facing her estranged family. Even hiding out in sweltering southern California. But when a sexy immortal in black shows up determined to bring her back to the clan, she’ll do anything to keep far, far away from the past she can’t outrun.

Marcus Notte isn’t here to play games—especially not with someone as crazy as the infamous blonde. Asked by Lucian Argeneau to bring her back for questioning, Marcus is determined to carry out Lucian’s request—no matter how the seductive little mind-reading vamp feels about it.

Basha doesn’t mind fighting fire with fire, especially with a hot immortal involved. But if he wants to take her away, he’ll have to catch her first . . .

Basha Argeneau, now known as Divine has been on the run from her family for as long as she can remember.  She is afraid that if Uncle Lucian finds her and her son Damian, he will kill them.  She has been considered a rogue for years and is always on the move.  She’s made her home with many different carnivals over the years and now her uncle’s spy has found her.  He’s sexy and she can’t seem to get him out of her head.  He represents a future she dreams about but doesn’t think she can ever have.

Marcus Notte has been going through the motions of life for a while now.  He has always been there to help watch out for friends and family but lately he doesn’t feel like he’s needed by anybody.  When he gets the request to help Lucian look for his niece, he never dreamed he would find his life mate in the process.  Things become complicated when he realizes the true identity of his life mate.

Divine/Basha has tried to live her life helping people to make up for her past.  She was abducted as a child and put through Hell.  She was badly scarred by her experiences but at least she was able to finally get away with her son.  She tried to raise him to be a good person, she just never dreamed he would turn out like his father.  With Marcus’ help, things begin to come out that make Divine question everything that she was ever told by Abaddon.  She’s sure that her Uncle Lucian will never let her or her son live so she has resigned herself to a life without her life mate, alone.

Both Marcus and Divine have spent their life always for others, never really doing or taking anything for themselves.  When they realize they are life mates, Marcus is ready to spend his life on the run if he has to.   He believes that based on circumstances that he can convince Lucian to spare her life, at least he hopes he can.

I have a love/hate relationship with these books because of the nanos they ALWAYS find their perfect mate.  It’s hard not to fall in love with the characters and root for them though.  Both Marcus and Divine have been through a lot over the years but now they have each other and a future together, they are no longer alone.

These are some of my favorite books because they packed full action, love and humor.  Some of my favorite moments are from early books in this series, like the codpiece incident.  There were several comical moments in this book too that had me laughing out loud.  Another thing I love about this series is that each book has an appearance by some of the former characters so you get an update on what is going on in their lives too.

Overall, this is one of my favorite series and I am always excited when a new book is released.  I give Vampire Most Wanted 4 Flaming Hearts.  4 Hearts

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