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Thursday, October 8, 2009

A Witch’s Beauty by Joey W. Hill

A Witch’s Beauty by Joey W. Hill
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Genre: Action/Adventure, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full (237 pages)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Spanking, Toys
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Review by: Tiger Lily

The follow-up to A Mermaid's Kiss-from a national bestselling author who "stands out in a genre known for its out-of-the-ordinary love play."(The Romance Studio)

Mina is the daughter of an unholy union-a mermaid taken by one of the malevolent Dark Ones. While helping to rescue Prime Legion Commander Jonah, she exposed herself as a potentially dangerous weapon, susceptible to the darkness in her own blood. Now, for the general good, Jonah has angels watching over her...

Though Mina is resistant to being protected, her attitude begins to change when David, the human-born angel, is awarded the duty. Looking into his eyes, she can sense that he too knows what it means to fight the darkness within. But-as their passion threatens to take over-will it lead them to Heaven or Hell?

Beauty and acceptance are all around, but it takes a special trust, a special love to bring it forth.

Ms. Hill writes an entire complex world within a few pages and draws the reader in from the first word. A Witch’s Beauty is one of those novels that stays with you far beyond the last page. You want to see these characters come together for a greater good, but you also want to see them fight beyond their differences and find the love that will bind them together. While this story may not be for the reader seeking a breezy, fun novel, you won’t want to miss it either.

I love a hero that is willing to go the distance for his girl, no matter how hard she pushes him away, or how drastic the tasks become. It doesn’t hurt that David is an angel and darned sexy to boot. When he sets his mind on Mina, the seawitch, he doesn’t rest until he proves how deep his devotion truly is. AS for Mina, she’s not conventionally pretty on the inside or out. She’s been through hell and isn’t afraid to tell anyone how she feels. I liked her bluntness and her ability to keep David on his toes, but I loved that he saw past her protective coating of attitude to the scared, scarred little girl inside. The blossoming of the relationship made for truly moving reading. I couldn’t put this novel down.

The plot, though complex, drives the story and keeps the reader glued to his or her seat. Even the antagonist, a character of pure evil, grabs the reader’s attention and even made me sort of like him.

The love scenes are fantastic and full of passion. As far as she pushes him away, he pushes equally hard to gain her trust. He helps her through her fears without her realizing. The act of sex during flight was erotic and memorable.

If you want a novel that will make you think and keep you riveted until the end, then you want to read A Witch’s Beauty. I give this work 4 ½ cherries.

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