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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Wicked Magic by Laney Stryker

Wicked Magic by Laney Stryker
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (36 pgs)
Other: M/F, Anal Play
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Exotic dancer by night and struggling law student by day, Kacy Bonds thinks one night with a wizard is all she needs. But sexy Nash has a secret. Will the shocking truth destroy their wicked magic?

When a reader is in the mood for gritty descriptions and hard edged romance but is short on time then this book balances both to good effect.

Ms. Stryker had a tough job trying to imbue her characters with enough sympathetic angst in order to get readers to connect with the hero and heroine. The author succeeded in presenting me with a viable reason for Kacy to have the job that she does and why she reacted when the hero, Nash, did something unexpected.

Kacy is a woman who has goals in life and is realistic about the things she has to do to get there. She has lines she won’t cross and is picky about who she crosses them with. The heroine also doesn’t play games; if she needs sex, she goes and gets it, if she likes a man, she’ll pursue him. Ms. Stryker gave Kacy a personality that is sensitive and cynical, hopeful yet pragmatic and very in touch with herself. She doesn’t want sympathy from a man, she wants acceptance of the person she has become. She literally doesn’t pull her punches either.

My funny bone was tickled with the introduction of the hero, Nash Reed. His title alone had me cracking a grin. I enjoy watching a man who tries to play it straight and loses to the lust scrambling his brains. I am not convinced that he would have capitulated quite so quickly or easily but I also understand that a short story venue is hard to work within and things have to move at a quick pace. What I liked about Nash was his refusal to go any faster than he wanted to go. That made for some really hot scenes that were well written and delicious. Sure, it drove Kacy crazy, but that was the point. Nash had something to prove and I enjoyed every moment of it.

Like I said in the beginning, the story is rife with gritty words in both description and dialogue and if readers are uncomfortable with their frequent use they might want to skip them. But by no means skip the story itself because it has a certain sexy charm and it’s a fun read. It’s told from the point of view of the heroine so a reader gets to know her pretty well. Nash is still a mystery but he shared enough with Kacy for readers to understand he’s a forever kind of guy, with perks.

Wicked Magic should appeal to readers who enjoy erotic romances flavored with explicit dialogue, and actions that get the heart pumping and the imagination primed for a quick but satisfying romance. I enjoyed watching the sexual dance between Kacy and Nash and I was entertained. I’m glad I read it.

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