“MYTH AND MAGIC,” BY MAE CLAIR
PUBLICATION: LYRICAL PRESS; JUNE 9, 2015
Veronica Kent fell in love with Caith Breckwood when they were children. As a teenager, she was certain he was the man she was destined to marry. But a traumatic event from Caith’s past led him to fear a future together. He left Veronica, hoping to save her from a terrible fate. Twelve years later, Caith, now a P.I., is hired to investigate bizarre incidents at the secluded retreat Veronica manages. Returning to his hometown, Caith is forced to face his nightmares—and his feelings for the woman he’s always loved.
THEN ONE DAY THE MONSTERS BECAME REAL.
After the callous way Caith broke her heart, Veronica isn’t thrilled to see him again. But strange occurrences have taken a dangerous toll on business at Stone Willow Lodge. Forced to work together, Veronica discovers it isn’t ghostly apparitions that frighten her, but her passion for a man she has never forgotten. Or forgiven. Can two people with a tarnished past unearth a magical future?
I’m so excited to bring you my review on Mae Clair’s “Myth and Magic!” Like her other novels, “Myth and Magic” is the perfect blend of romance, suspense, and paranormal mystery. Stone Willow Lodge is a corporate relaxation retreat in Coldcreek owned by The Breckwood family and managed by Veronica Kent. Veronica grew up as “one of the boys” with the Breckwood brothers and their friend Trask but has been secretly in love with Caith Breckwood (now Caith Lairen after changing his name) ever since she can remember. After a traumatic kidnapping, Caith was never the same and eventually left Coldcreek and also broke Veronica’s heart. When strange things begin happening at Stone Willow Lodge, two of the Breckwood brothers convince their private investigator brother Caith to return to Coldcreek with his son Derrick and try to find out who or what is behind the occurrences that are hurting business. Caith has to not only face Veronica again, but also the painful memories of what happened when he was young and the family that he left behind.
I loved Veronica and Caith in this novel, especially the chemistry between them! Veronica is strong and independent, but also still in love with Caith and still hurting about he left things between them. Caith has spent his life trying to get away from his family name and keep people at a distance after being kidnapped for his family’s money when he was a child. Caith has always loved Veronica but has never admitted it for fear of something happening to someone else that he cares about, leading her to believe he’s only wanted sex. After he returns to Coldcreek to begin his investigation, it doesn’t take long for them to struggle with hiding what they still feel for each other.
There were times while reading that I felt I had everything figured out and what was going on at the lodge, but then I would turn the page and I would realize that I was wrong. Twice I was convinced that a certain character in the book was responsible for all of the bad things happening, but both times I was wrong! This book definitely kept me guessing from the first page although some of the hints seemed sort of obvious. Besides the entertaining suspense of the novel, the theme of family and reconciliation was prominent throughout. Caith has been estranged from his family and the family business for many years and although there were several tense moments with various family members, each of theme eventually realized and understood their fault, as well as, what was needed to mend the relationships with one another.
I love and admire Mae Clair’s storytelling abilities and that was no different with “Myth and Magic.” Once again I absolutely loved one of her novels and am always pleasantly surprised at how quickly they suck me in, leaving me unable to do anything else until I’ve read the last word! For anyone that loves mystery/suspense/romance/paranormal then this is a must-read 🙂
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*Thanks to the author for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.