Wizards of Venus Book 1: Magic Touch by Dakota Trace
Publisher: eXcessica Publishing
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (292 pgs)
Other: M/F, Light BDSM
Rating: 5 Cherries
Reviewed by Holly
Welcome to the World of Venus. Unlike many had believed, it's not an inhabitable place, but one which simply has cloaked its people from outsider presence. In a world of magic and warriors, High Prince Randall deCarthwright and his two best friends, his cousin, Jonathan deCarthwright, and the daughter of his dad's advisor, Grace Anne O'Connor, grew up.
Rand, the crown prince, soon to take over the reins from his retiring father; Gracie, who longs to follow her dad's footsteps; and Jonathan, a powerful vindexicis warrior who has become the head of security for the royal family - all think they are on their set courses, until a prophesy shatters their belief.
Gracie was aware of the prophesy but with time and distance from her chosen mate, her belief in it is broken. She becomes livid when she finds out her father and the King of Venus have arranged her marriage to Rand. She's shocked to find out Rand wants the marriage to take place. Against the advice of his sentient power, Ruzac, Rand's given Gracie the time she's needed to grow up before claiming her. Now, with the time at hand, the mezlcar, their intense mating ritual, begins to burn as an unseen force plots against them, and Rand is torn between mating with or protecting his chosen.
Join the wild ride as Rand attempts to convince Gracie of their right to be together, all while trying to defeat the bad guys with a bit of help from his friends - a spunky offworlder, and two unpredictable sentient beings.
Dakota Trace has created an enchanting world, inhabited by strong and powerful characters. Gracie is a delight-a strong and powerful witch who wants to be taken seriously. She truly believes she is not Rand’s true Chosen, because so much has been kept from her over the years. She is determined to be taken seriously for her strength, power and intelligence, not just because of a prophecy made when she was young child.
Rand has known for a long time that Gracie was his one true love and mate, but left her alone for ten years, trying to protect her. It doesn’t help that their sentient powers want them together, so that they can reunite. When Venusians die, their spirits pass into an unborn child, to bring wisdom and knowledge to the one they inhabit. In this case Rand’s "spirit", Ruzak, and Gracie’s "spirit", Zara, were mates in a previous life and want to be reunited through the union of Gracie and Rand. The supporting characters all play important roles in this as well. Gracie’s twin sister Patience, while having no magic, is a strong warrior in her own right. Jonathan, Gracie and Rand’s best friend, is a strong warrior, as well.
Watching these four learn what it takes to survive the takeover attempt, and watching Rand slowly discover what Gracie needs from him are both marvelously written. I loved that Gracie didn’t just sit back and accept her “fate” but made Rand work so very hard for her.
I recommend this to everyone who believes that love will find a way to win in the end, but who want the journey to be thrilling and even a bit dangerous before the happy ever after.