Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Review & Blast: Night Magic by Kathleen Ann Gallagher

Title: Night Magic
Author: Kathleen Ann Gallagher
Genre/Age: Romance/NA
Series: Moonlight & Jasmine Series (Book One)
Publisher: Beachwalk Press
Format: ebook via Author
Rating: ✺✺✺
SynopsisKrista Winter is in need of legal counsel. Several years ago she was forced to flee her life as a teacher in New Jersey after being shunned for practicing witchcraft, and her past is about to catch up with her.

Jon Bartolo is a dedicated attorney. His days are spent helping his clients with their struggles, and his nights are spent in agony, lost in a world between life and death. His mother, who died three years ago, lurks in his house, suffering from a curse for eternity, without a final resting place.

A smoldering fire ignites between Jon and Krista almost immediately, however, he’s sure his secret would frighten any woman away. An afternoon escape brings them closer, but doubts linger between the love-struck couple.

Burning questions about how to fuse their futures together with so much of their past still clouding the future becomes a heavy burden that they’re both trying to bear on their own. It will take a touch of magic if there’s any hope in sight.
Steadying herself, Krista stared into his eyes with her heart racing. As Jon moved in again and
plunged his tongue deep into her mouth, he caressed her back, and she surrendered mercifully
to his touch. Each passion-filled kiss felt as if he was a long lost lover who had reappeared and
claimed her heart’s desire. There was no telling what might happen next. 

Her whole body relaxed as he nuzzled her ear, teasing her with playful nips at her neck. All rules had been broken, but it didn’t matter. His hard shaft rubbed up against her, and she swayed back and forth, unable to break away from temptation. Jon’s breathing sped up as his hands traveled up and down her back. She quietly moaned, lost in another world. Every movement brought her one step closer. Was she lonely enough to have sex with a man she’d just met? Each kiss weakened her guard. Maybe it was fate. 

As his hand trailed across her back, her body rocked with his. Each flicker of his tongue along the sides of her mouth was electrifying, as if he wanted to devour her, and she found herself in a trance-like state. This was what she’d been missing.

Running her hand across his firm bicep, the room spun. The warmth of his body was raising her
level of arousal. Here, in the middle of his office, she experienced a passion like no other.
Everything seemed right. Lust took control of her senses, and she let herself go with it. With
each kiss, he cradled her in his arms, his embrace warm and protective like a warrior of love.

How did this happen? Had she found the man she was destined for, or was it all a dream?

Kathleen writes contemporary and paranormal romance in her home in New Jersey, where she
lives with her husband and their two fur babies, Luc and Chaz. She spent years working as a
registered nurse in an emergency room. She is also active in Community Theater. She has
three children and three lovable grandsons. Her favorite romantic getaway is Cape May, New
Jersey. You might find Kathleen on a beach down the Jersey Shore, wearing a straw hat and
sipping on an iced tea as she plots her next romance novel.



**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for honest review.** 

Night Magic is a novella about Krista, a witch-in-hiding, who was forced to leave her beloved teaching job once her extracurricular magical activities are discovered. She moves to a new town and opens a bath-and-body store while keeping her witchy heritage hidden.

From the very first page, I got a bit of a Practical Magic vibe when reading this story. It happens to be in my top 50 favorite movies so I was pleasantly surprised to be reminded of it.

my gifs 1000 practical magic

Our leading gentleman is Jon, a lawyer with a secret of his own. His beloved mother has been cursed and her spirit is trapped in the present, unable to rest. I found this paranormal part of the story to be highly intriguing. And as far as being a match for Krista, I thought Jon was a nice guy.

My reservations with this book mostly stem from the fact that it is a novella. There was certainly enough content and depth of story to make this a full-length novel. The characters could have been better fleshed out and there was definitely room for more interaction between the leading lad and lady to make the story more believable.

The romance was obviously rushed because of the length of the book and I thought the author missed a few good opportunities to enhance the story with more magic and paranormal activity. Had the attraction between the two been a result of an unknown magical bond, or something of that nature, I might have been more understanding of the insta-love. But, alas, even though I would have preferred a novel, I will judge it as the novella that it was. And as a novella, this was very entertaining.

In closing...
Overall, this was a nice quick read. I highly encourage the author to expand on this story or write consecutive novellas to further develop the interesting world that was being built in Night Magic. 4 suns!

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