Thursday, December 1, 2016

Review: Forever Charmed by Dawn Chartier

Title: Forever Charmed
Author: Dawn Chartier
Genre/Age: Paranormal Romance/Adult
Series: Vieux Carre Witch Sisters Series (Book Three)
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Format: ebook via NetGalley
Rating: ✺✺✺✺.5
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SynopsisRose Morgeaux is a healer, not a killer, so training to fight is the last thing she wants to do. And if going against everything she believes in isn’t bad enough, she has to do it with the eyes of the dark and handsome Callahan McCray on her back.

Cal’s seen the work of Warlocks firsthand when one killed his brother a year ago, so Rose’s hybrid heritage is all the reason he needs to stay away. Teaching her to throw a knife was not on his agenda, but neither was falling for her.

When Rose begins to pay a heavy price for her passions, Cal’s love must be enough to save her from herself and keep her from following in her grandfather’s dark footsteps.


**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for honest review.**
Something "witchy" this way comes...

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I just love reading about witches, warlocks, or just any kind of sorcery, really. There is something fantastic about a world of possibilities that magic can provide. This story took me by surprise a little with the warlocks being 'evil' when the witches were not. It was definitely a unique angle that I slurped down like witches brew!

I know I should have started this series from the beginning (this is book number three) but my enjoyment wasn't hindered, at all, by the absence of the first two books. The author did a great job of giving a little backstory, here and there, to keep me up to speed.

Rose has a gift for healing. What she doesn't do well is hand-to-hand combat or fighting of any kind, actually. She was made to save lives, not take them. Yet, her safety is at risk because warlocks have the ability to drain her of her magic and soul. And so Rose finds herself training to protect other witches and herself. It's just so hard to focus when her trainer is such a delicious distraction.

Callahan would much rather be hunting warlocks than failing to teach a witch how to defend herself. He can also think of a few naughty things he'd like to do with the woman who he absolutely should not be thinking this way about. Not only is a relationship with a woman a bad idea because of his skeletons, but one with Rose is worse. She is half-warlock, someone he can't fathom becoming attached to.

Unfortunately for the both of them, the Fates have other plans. The couple will need to rely on each other in order to stop witch-slaying warlocks and solve the multiple mysteries surrounding them. Sparks will fly and heads will roll as Rose and Cal fight to save themselves, and each other.

This book hooked me from the first chapter. The chemistry between Callahan and Rose was quick to simmer and just got hotter from there. I liked that the passion between them happened early but the romance was slow to brew. I can appreciate a lust-first sort of romance, versus an insta-love one.

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The only reason I took away a half-sun is because the couple kept too many secrets from each other, even after they began to develop a partnership. For such a good story, I hated seeing it bogged down by forced conflict stemming from unnecessary secrecy. I never did a full eye-roll but came close. Thankfully, there was plenty of humor and romance to keep me engaged. I couldn't put it down.

In closing...
A supernatural romance that put me under its spell! I am definitely interested in reading prior and subsequent books of this series. 4.5 suns!