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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The Craft of the Wise 3: Rule of Three by Dee Carney

The Craft of the Wise 3: Rule of Three by Dee Carney
Publisher: Phaze Books
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short (54 pages)
Other: Ménage, M/F/M
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Review by Holly

Plus-sized Liana Everton has convinced the witch’s coven to allow her to sneak into the demon realm, whatever it’ll take to help bring the witches the edge they need. Foremost on the agenda is gaining back the missing Book of Shadows. For one of the coven’s strongest witches, that shouldn’t be too hard.

On top of that, twin werewolves Jarod and Ronan Dakota are coming along to protect her back so getting in and out should be a breeze. If she just stays focused on her mission, she won’t have to acknowledge the attraction she feels for the brothers and try to to pick one over the other.

Only Jarod and Ronan have no intention of making her choose. Where one werewolf is nice, two are so much better.

Liana Everton is one of the strongest witches in the coven. She is trying to convince the leaders to allow her to travel to the demon realm, to find the Book of Shadows that was stolen from Ava, the princess, and granddaughter of the high priestess Mayda, to aid them in the battle ahead, and give them the edge they so sorely need. She feels she should go, because it was Ava’s cousin Dina who stole the book, and Dina has joined the demons in the battle between good and evil. Ava is too important to the cause to be risked, and Liana is the most powerful after Ava. Once the decision is made to allow Liana to go, twin werewolves Jarod and Ronan Dakota are chosen to accompany her on the crossover as bodyguards.

Liana knows she needs to focus on the task ahead, because it will be dangerous to become distracted in the demon realm. She also doesn’t want to think about the twins, as she is attracted to them, and doesn’t want to choose between them. What she doesn’t realize is that the choice is out of her hands: she will be theirs-both of theirs. The seer of the coven reminds her of the magical Rule of Three. The trip to the demon realm is reasonably uneventful, and they do locate the Book of Shadows. They aren’t able to take possession of it, due to a few dozen demons coming at them, but they return to the coven to make plans. There are some twists and surprises, and a visit from Dina doesn’t turn out the way it was intended.

Dee Carney has given us a very enjoyable third installment in her Craft of the Wise Series. I love her sense of humor, and I thank her on behalf of all of the readers of romance who are less than perfect. Liana is a plus sized heroine, and makes few apologies for it. And the fact that she decides to go in spite of the “yellow streak that ran all the way down her back” is just great. This is not a brave and invincible heroine, but one who knows she must do what is needed in spite of her fears. And once the twins claim Liana, the heat kicks up to blazing hot. I wouldn’t mind a set of werewolf twins in my bed, either.

I loved this book, and can’t wait for the next installment to see whose story is told next.

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