Monday, March 22, 2010
by Marissa Doyle
Penelope (Pen) Leland has come to Ireland to study magic and to prove to herself that she is as good a witch as her twin sister, Persy. When the dashing Niall Keating begins to pay her court, however, she can't help but be distracted from her studies.
Little does Pen know, Niall is acting upon orders from his sorceress mother. And although it starts as a sham, Niall actually falls deeply in love with Pen, and she with him. But even if he halts his mother's evil plan, will Pen be able to forgive him from trying to seduce her into a plot? And what of Pen's magic, which seems increasingly powerful?
I really enjoyed this second book in the Leland Sisters series. I had loved Persy as a narrator in the first, but found myself drawn even deeper into the story with Pen narrating this time. Her social naivete coupled with her magical knowledge made for many interesting situations.
I loved the "earthiness" of the female goddess' magic and the Irish setting. I will caution Librarians that this book was more sexually explicit than the first. It wasn't horrific, but it is very clear that Niall needs Pen to lose her virginity so that she cannot complete his mother's spell and he attempts to seduce it out of her - though in a very nice way since he plans to marry her.
All in all, a fabulous read and I really, really hope for a third book in this series!