Thursday, August 25, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: THE MAGIC OF LAVENDER by CATE MASTERS

Title:   THE MAGIC OF LAVENDER
Author:  CATE MASTERS
Publisher:  Via Amazon
Pages:  ebook 377
Acquired:  Ebook received from Author


Goodreads Description:
Book One of the Goddess Connection. Every woman should embrace her inner goddess. What’s your connection?
Jocelyn Gibson forgot about the realm of magic. But it never forgot her. Gram always told her: don’t ignore your magical gifts, it will insult the family. But Joss didn’t realize her gifts included channeling the energy of powerful ley lines. Or that her family included a goddess. Family connections come in handy when the Lord of the Underworld kidnaps local vet Eric Hendricks. He’s an amazing lover, but Joss didn’t know she loved him until too late. With a little help from the Goddess Iris, Joss defends the new life she’s forged, and helps save the town of Boiling Springs from destruction. Once Eric escapes Hell, can she stop loving him to keep him safe?


REVIEW:
I'd like to thank Cate Masters for providing me with an ebook of The Magic of Lavender for review.

The story travelled along at a nice pace - there was no rushing from one time lapse to the next.  I found the core group of characters quite enjoyable to follow - especially Joss's Aunt and Gram - who both could be quite comical at times!

Joss was of course our leading Goddess with a saddened past consisting of the death of her husband.  To add to her emotional side of life, Joss buys an old inn, meets local vet Eric and has to embrace her Goddess heritage whilst also dealing with the revelation that she is to meet her one true soulmate......which compounds the love and death of her husband - wasnt he her one true love?

Eric is the ever brooding and rather antisocial vet, whose practise is at the bottom of the Inn's property.  He was also married and his wife died. A tarot reading with Joss's aunt one evening has him also reeling with the fact the he too will meet his one true love.......

Put two and two together and you can guess who is each others one true love!!!  I guess also the rather impromptu "encounter" in the Inn's kitchen (after only a couple of brief meetings), the "encounter" in Eric's waiting room (after her dog lost his leg and had surgery!), another in the vet's exam room and then the clincher in the lavender field might have given the inevitable away!!!

For me the scene in the kitchen was just a bit too odd for me.  It didn't quite fit with the story up to that point. Yes there was chemistry between them....but there were also only a smattering of exchanged dialogue......this might have worked for me had Cate written a more sexually tensioned connection and prior interactions between Joss and Eric.

That aside, we were entertained with kidnapping, a fae war and a rather humorously sexually frustrated waitress under the influence of demon magic!!! 

ENJOY!
MARISSA

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