Friday, January 25, 2019

The Echo Holders by Lance Hawvermale

The Echo Holders, a contemporary romantic suspense, by Lance Hawvermale, released January 2019 by The Wild Rose Press.

Set deep in the forests of Colorado, anthropologist Emily Radsco searches for runes she believes were carved into the bases of trees by ancient peoples. Her goal: save the runes, save the trees. There's only one problem: the same trees are due to be cut down and soon by a local logging operation. It is a race against time . . . and an enigmatic force of nature, logger Mason Hitapwa. Eloquent, charming, wise in the ancient lore of his native people, Mason adds a definite flair to this fast paced novel.

It will keep you on the edge of your seat as these two lovers race to save symbols and the source behind them. With laugh out loud moments infused with sensual romance, we're very glad we didn't miss this one.

On a scale of 1 to 5, The Echo Holders earns a 6

Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

His Magic Touch by Debby Grahl

. . . . The night before Jared Dupre's wedding , a specter warns him the demonic with, Adam Montief, has kidnapped his brother in a centuries-old vendetta unknown to Jared. A powerful witch himself, Jared tracks Adam from New Orleans to a remote island off the coast of Connecticut where he's given no choice. He must rescue his brother and break his engagement to Kendra O'Connell, or they both will die.
. . . . After complying, Jared engages in a sword fight and believes he has vanquished his foe, but when he returns to New Orleans, he finds evil still threatens all he loves. Kendra, not knowing why Jared broke their engagement, devastated, finds solace in another's arms.
. . . . With help from an ancestor's spirit, can Jared defeat the dark magic descending over the Big Easy while winning back the woman he loves?

Our Review:
     This contemporary fantasy set in and around the city of New Orleans is filled with witches and other unworldly things. There are several strong points to this story: the dialogue is crisp and natural among all the characters; a most intriguing setting and best of all--a cast of well-drawn characters:
          * Jared Dupre, a man among men, who doesn't hesitate to rescue his idiot brother. Again. Despite what the woman he is about to marry feels.
          * Kendra O'Connell, also a witch, with a crew of gal pals who aren't only there for comic relief, is a woman with a brain. Any man would be advised to be wary of her temper.
          * Adam Montief, a demon witch who just doesn't know when to quit and go home.

The best part of all is when Kendra and Jared work together--none of this hero saving the damsel in distress type of ending, thank you very much--to fight their battle as a team in order to attain their own happy ever after.

On a scale of 1 to 5, His Magic Touch deserves a 4.5.

Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews