"A spell gone terribly wrong"
Jasmina's mother is a kleptomaniac and has stolen a
necklace from the duchess. In order to spare her family's
good name, Jasmina conjures an illusion of herself to fool
her parents that she is soundly sleeping at home while she
breaks into the duke's mansion to return the trinket.
Unknown to Jasmina, the necklace is one of Merlin's Relics
that has enhanced her magic and given her illusion back
home a life of her own, who has gone out to live it up.
Sterling Thorn, a shape-shifter, has come to the ton to
find his missing sister, but finds Jasmina's double
instead. He falls instantly for her bold, outlandish
behavior until she too disappears on him. When he spots the
real Jasmina, he believe he, at least, has found the woman
he lost and promptly kisses her. A resounding slap puts him
to rights while she explains the situation.
Desperate to find both his sister and Jasmina's clone,
Sterling works with Jasmina who is determined to reverse
the spell and make her troublesome double disappear. Not
exactly the outcome Sterling has in mind.
Sterling's confusion about his growing attraction to
Jasmina as her prim and proper persona slips to reveal an
adventurous capable woman, and his conflicted feelings for
her clone is a treat to watch develop; as is Jasmina's own
perception of herself while she sees her double do things
more fully without the restrictions of the ton. Add to that
a cast of secondary characters who are hilarious scene-
stealers in a conspiratorial aunt who covers up for Jasmina
and throws the conventions of society to the winds, and two
amorous gnomes who follow Jasmina around for no better
purpose than to watch and enjoy the trouble she gets
Double Enchantment is a wonderfully fun romance
where magic is a part of everyday life in the Regency era.
The triangle between Sterling, Jasmina, and her clone is
crafted in a pleasing way with each woman being well suited
for him in a different manner. Kathryne Kennedy's 'Relics
of Merlin' world is an enjoyable place to spend some
quality time. Just keep an eye out for gnomes.
Reviewed by Clover Autrey
Posted August 4, 2008