by Ann Gimpel
Magic didn’t just find Luke Caulfield. It chased him down, bludgeoned him, and has been dogging him ever since. Some lessons are harder than others. Luke survives by embracing danger and upping the ante to give it one better. An enforcer for the Coven, a large, established group of witches, his latest assignment is playing bodyguard to the daughter of Coven leaders.
Abigail Ruskin is chaperoning a spoiled twelve-year-old from New York to her parents’ home in Utah Territory when Luke gets on their stagecoach in Colorado. A powerful witch herself, Abigail senses Luke’s magic, but he’s so overwhelmingly male, she shies away from contact. Stuck between the petulant child and Luke’s raw sexual energy, Abigail can’t wait for the trip to end.
Wraiths, wolves, and humans with dark magic attack. Unpleasant truths surface about the child and Abigail’s well-ordered world crashes around her. Luke’s so attracted to Abigail, she’s almost all he can think about, but he’s leery too. In over his head, he summons enforcer backup. Will they help him save the woman he’s falling in love with, or demand her immediate execution?
Luke lost his parents many years ago to a Wraith. Until that time, he had sworn off learning magic. But using magic helped him to kill the Wraith. From that point forward, he learned everything there was to know about magic, later becoming a Coven Enforcer.
Abigail is a witch that also worked for the Coven. She agreed to chaperone Carolyn, the young daughter of the Coven’s top leaders on a move to Utah. Luke joined them halfway through the journey. Unaware that he is a secret Enforcer, Abigail doesn't trust him, and the feeling is mutual.
It doesn't take long to discover that Carolyn is not as she seems. With Wraith, mad wolves, and rogue humans constantly attacking them, will they be able to work together to survive? And will Luke and Abigail conquer their feelings for each other?
I felt like there should have been more back-story to Abigail. You learn why Luke is as he is, but Abigail is just thrown in there as is. I did like the story and the characters. It’s just that I didn't feel connected enough, except with Luke. I also wanted to know more about his fellow Enforcers, and their stories. And the same goes with the Wraith, wolves, and rogue humans. There is no reason or explanation, just that they are. I think the book should have given more on that.
**The above opinions are 100% my own, whether I purchased the book or it was given to me.
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About the Author
Ann Gimpel is a clinical psychologist, with a Jungian bent. She's also a mountaineer and vagabond at heart. A lifelong aficionado of the unusual, she began writing speculative fiction a few years back. Since then her short fiction has appeared in a number of webzines, magazines, and anthologies. Her paranormal romance and urban fantasy novels are widely available in e-format and print. When she's not writing, she's skiing, hiking, or climbing with her husband and three wolf hybrids.
For a complete list of Ann's short stories, novellas, and novels go to her website at www.anngimpel.com and click the link on the home page.
New releases include:
Earth's Blood, Post-apocalyptic urban fantasy
Witch's Bounty, Dark paranormal romance
Blood and Magic, Dark paranormal romance with a steampunk twist
Forever and a Day, James Bond shifter style paranormal romance
Witch's Bane, Dark paranormal romance