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Book Review: The Connelly Curse (Celtic Witches #2) – A Wickedly Wonderful Story

The Connelly Curse – (Celtic Witches #2)

By Lily Velez

At the end of the first book in this series, Scarlet unwittingly released scores of the damned into the world. Her magic was new and she did not know the power or the magnitude that her actions would rain down on the world. But she has help fighting them, so she is not alone. The Connelly boys are right there with her, some more reluctantly than others. Jack has strong feelings for her, which Scarlet fully reciprocates. The other three Connelly boys are not quite as enthusiastic about Scarlet’s newfound role in their lives, but she helped save their mother, so they will always be grateful for her help.

When Scarlet’s father starts acting strangle, Jack realizes that he has a demon inhabiting his body. Scarlet will do anything to save her father, even if that means entering the Otherworld to fight demons more powerful than she could imagine. Jack and Scarlet set out on a mission to save her father and most likely the world.

Adding to the small job of saving mankind, the budding relationship between Scarlet and Jack begins to bloom. Like any relationship, it has its ups and downs, but considering the world as we know it might end if they don’t work together, it makes the stakes so much higher than your average lover’s spat.

Once again Ms. Velez has delivered a solid plot with multidimensional characters. While Scarlet and Jack are saving humanity, Rory, Connor and Lucas are becoming more complex. Their magic is developing and they are finding out they can solve problems without Jack, who usually comes to their rescue.

This is the second book in the Celtic Witch Series. It is also the second book I have read by Ms. Velez. The third book in this series will be released in late 2019. You could read this book as a one off novel because the previous book is referenced enough to understand what is happening. But I suggest reading The Connelly Curse first because it is a must read for Urban Fantasy fans. And more importantly, you will want to know the story and characters from the beginning.

DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy for free from Author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Copyright © 2019 Laura Hartman.

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Book Review: The Mark on Eve – History and Mystery in a Perfect Package

The Mark on Eve  The Mark on Eve

By Joel Fox

280 pages

Fox  begins The Mark on Eve in New York City 1835. Eve Hale (one of the many names she goes by throughout her life) scoffs at P.T. Barnum’s 161 year-old-woman. It takes one to know one and Eve knows a charlatan when she sees one. Born in the early 1700’s, Eve was cursed by a spell when she tangled with a local witch, Eve was left to wander the earth until the end of time or break the curse by kissing her dead lover on the lips, whichever comes first.

The next chapter is set in modern times. There is a woman running for president and Eve is the first to support her. She has seen women become more powerful over the years and is doing everything she can to get her candidate elected. That literally translates to taking a bullet for her.

Without thinking, Eve jumps in front of the candidate when she sees a would be assassin take aim. Eve is hurt, but miraculously survives a wound that would have killed any other person.  The candidate feels indebted to Eve,  and makes her a part of the political machine rolling towards the White House.

With the national exposure of this incident comes the press. In particular Tom Evanger. Eve Skeller is a mystery to him. She doesn’t want any press for saving the person most likely to be the next President of the United States. What intrigues Evanger even more is he cannot find a record of Eve anywhere other than the fact that she owns a production company that focuses on historical movies. No birth certificate, marriage or divorce information or even a driver’s license can be found in Eve’s name.

His persistence forces Eve to face the demons of her past that are rushing towards her as Evanger begins looking under every stone to uncover her secret. If he keeps digging, he might just bury them both.

Expertly weaving between the past and the present, Fox fills in all of Eve’s years and past personas until they collide in present day California. I love the way he lets the reader know where Eve is with section headings such as “Washington, D.C., 1867”. The chapters are short within the sections, making the reader keep turning pages to see where Eve will take us next.

Watching Eve morph into each different setting she has to adapt to is really interesting. She keeps some of her basic traits, but must change and grow with the times to fit it. As she leaves friends and lovers behind when age catches up with them, she begins closing emotions deep inside herself to avoid the pain. It is very interesting watching her interact with Evanger. He is a man that interests her and frightens her at that same time.

History buffs, mystery fans and anyone who loves to get lost in an intriguing tale will love this book. Fox deftly changes settings and locations, pulling the reader along for a fabulously interesting ride. Any author that can combine pirates, lost love, witches, a woman that cannot die and a few other twists and turns that I’ll let you find on your own is a master.

Fox has written two other books that I will be adding to my queue, FDR’s Treasure and Lincoln’s Hand. Both are from his Zane Rigby Murder Mystery Series.

DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy that I can keep for consideration in preparing to write this content. I was not expected to return this item after my review.

Copyright © 2015 Laura Hartman

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