Series: Books of the Kindling, #1
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Cover Designer: Kanaxa
A malignant secret could turn her mountain sanctuary into their tomb.
DEA agent Nick McKenzie is sure magic exists—a dangerous drug called Smoky Mountain Magic that’s wreaking havoc on the streets of Atlanta. He’s also sure that locating and eliminating the source could mean his death.
When he arrives undercover on Woodruff Mountain, the beautiful owner’s anxious attempts to scare him off tell him something’s afoot, and it’s not her secret patch of a rare, ancient species of ginseng.
As her dream of seeking medicinal plants in the Amazon fades into the distance, Grace Woodruff struggles to come to terms with an inherited magical gift she didn’t want, and searches desperately for the meaning behind her late grandfather’s final, cryptic message.
The last thing she needs underfoot is a handsome, enigmatic writer recovering from a recent illness. Until an accidental touch unleashes a stunning mystical force and Grace senses the wrath of a malicious blight at the heart of the mountain. Now she must choose between her need to hide her gift from the world…and her desire to save Nick’s life.
Warning: This book contains a fiery redhead whose magic cannot be contained and a handsome DEA agent whose final case might give him a second chance at life.
A small cast of characters made it easy to get familiar with the world and invested in their fates. I really liked Nick and Grace and their interactions were believable and well written.The real gem is Jamie- as a spare character she was well Developed and the little bit of social commentary was completely relevant and necessary- its sometimes easier to be a smart boy than a smart girl.
The novel was also wonderfully descriptive re: nature scenes without getting too bogged with excessive or unnecessary details. Also I loved that the author didn’t put too much slang/dialect for the mountain folk.
Without giving any spoilers, I can tell you that the real antagonist was a major surprise.
In conclusion, I would give the novel 5 stars, would recommend, and would read again.
When she’s not being dragged down the sidewalk by her Jack Russell (if you know Jacks, you understand), Donna June Cooper is belly dancing (shiny!), reading (three books at once), writing (of course!) or complaining about the heat (no matter the temperature). A child of the Appalachians who was transplanted to Texas by her Italian husband, Donna returns to her mountain roots as often as possible, and takes her readers with her in her Books of the Kindling.