"true soul mates find the magic of love as the solve a mystery in a magical world"
The fairy's Allegro and Largo are back! Just when it
looked like they would be able to return home to the
magical world of Jubilant, the duo are forced into
servitude by escaped trolls who have kidnapped Largo's
fiancÚ. This time they are looking for the Sheridan heir-a
shape shifter, who is the last of his family and would
have also been dead if not switched at birth with a
stillborn mortal child. With the magical harp getting
fixed, he is the final barrier with the ability to keep
the world safe from the sordid underworld!
However, what really has me hooked is the fact that our
hero Nolan Monroe, the Earl McFearson thinks he killed his
beloved wife Selena during what he calls a "black spell".
Because of his grief, he has been thwarting the most
unsavory of criminals, attempting to get himself killed.
Then our heroine Tessa Ballard, who is also a spy for the
British crown, steps in. He suddenly has a reason to live
because maybe he didn't kill Selena in one of his
momentary lapses of madness.
Gloria Harchar has written another fantastic book. We have
fairies, shape shifters, worlds insides worlds and magic
all put into a regency setting. The villain was a
surprise, and it actually made me cry for our heroine,
Tessa. But I think what really makes ENDANGERED BY MAGIC
for me is the fact that our leading couple really had to
embrace a foreign world (of magic) in order to solve this
mystery! Nolan actually had the ability to be a weak
character. Instead, he caught me off guard with how
complex he truly was! He is your ultimate troubled hero.
Tessa is his perfect match. Raised as a wild gypsy child
and then sent to an English school for girls, she is
strong both of will and body and determined to get to the
bottom of her best friend, Selena's, murder. The romantic
tension between the two is extraordinary, especially since
Tessa is doing her best to deny it, with some very
creative results. The only thing that really troubled me
about ENDANGERED BY MAGIC is that they fell in love so
quickly after Selena's death. After thinking about this
and learning about Selena as a woman I actually think she
would have wanted them to come together. Reading the book,
this will make more sense. But it is the chemistry between
Tessa and Nolan that makes them seem like true soul mates.
ENDANGERED BY MAGIC can totally stand alone as a novel
that I have to recommend to anyone who loves the fairy
world mixed with a historical background. I HAD to put
this book down half way through and it drove me nuts!
Gloria Harchar has a wonderful writing ability and I am
anxiously waiting for her next story!
Posted January 29, 2006
Reviewed by Cynthia Eckert
Posted January 12, 2007
Kissed, enchanted and now....endangered by magic
The denizens of the parallel world of Quelgheny are back again as pixies Allegro and Largo try to keep Jubilant, their cloud-enshrouded home, safe by making sure that love triumphs in Regency-era England. Following the same formula she used in Kissed by Magic (2004), Harchar makes love bloom between a lord and a commoner who have been forced into marriage. Lauren, the eldest daughter of a rogue and a thief, pretends to be the daughter of a long-missing lord and befriends Lady Bing. After her death, it's discovered that Lady Bing specified in her will that in order to inherit, her grandson, Grant, must marry Lauren. In need of money, the two unwillingly do so. Starting off very slowly because Harchar provides a great deal of backstory, the tale does gain speed as an entertaining, lightly sensuous read with sexy love scenes, exciting combat, and a lovingly depicted trio of sisters.