Monday, December 10, 2012

Uncertain Magic by Laura Kinsdale

There are a number of Laura Kinsdale's backlist books on sale, or perhaps it's the regular price for them. I bought two or three and just finished reading Uncertain Magic.

Blurb:  Roderica Delamore is an heiress and should be a prize catch—except for an embarrassing and magical secret. She has the ability to hear the thoughts of those around her and has never been able to trust anyone as a result. So she dedicates herself to raising her family’s prize thoroughbreds and resigns herself to a life without romance—until she meets Faelan Savigar, the Earl of Iveragh, a mysterious, roguish Irishman whose thoughts are entirely closed to her unusual perceptions and she discovers that she has finally met the man she has been waiting her whole life to discover.

He is called “the Devil Earl,” and is as enigmatic to everyone else as he turns out to be to Roderica. He is also impoverished, damned in society by dark rumor and innuendo, and, for all she knows he could be a liar, a swindler or worse but his secrets stir her and Roderica is prepared to entrust her life—and her heart—to an enchanting stranger.

I don't know that I'd call the Devil Earl 'roguish', not as that word is usually used, which implies a modicum of humor. Faelan is all angst but I found it a guilty pleasure to watch him fall under Roddy's spell.

The action moves from England to Ireland with wonderful descriptions of the Irish countryside and of the Irish revolt.

I'm not a good reviewer, but I wanted to share the pleasure this book gave me. I love an alpha male who's gentle with his woman; I love watching him fall under her spell, no matter how hard he fights it.

The only complaint I have is that the ending seemed rather abrupt. It just sort of ended; I could have used another chapter or an epilogue to settle me down

I'll still recommend this book though. I liked both the hero and heroine, I even liked the supernatural elements.



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