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Saturday 24 October 2015

✍ Myth and Magic - Mae Clair

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Published by Lyrical Press
Number of pages: 247
My rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ I liked it a lot 
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Myth and Magic
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"Love and danger intertwine


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.


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?"

"Myth and Magic"  is a stand-alone romantic suspense and mystery by Mae Clair. Do not be fooled by the title, this is not a fantasy novel. Also be warned that there is a strong romantic element, with non-graphic but passionate sex scenes.

The story line is complex. The investigation of mysterious seemingly supernatural happenings is the initial premise, however the focus swiftly shifts to the effects of post traumatic stress disorder in a teenager and the way they shaped his relationships and his life. Family life, personal relationships, insecurities, beliefs and greed are all explored.

The third person narrative switches between the points of view of the two main protagonists, Ron (Veronica) and Caith (Caithelden) Breckwood. Italicised flashback sections are also used very effectively to reveal Caith's past.

The writing style is evocative, with smells, colours and moods, yet not overly descriptive. The characters are vivid and well developed, and so is each aspect of the storyline; romance, mystery and intrigue are a constant and all is fully explained and resolved in the end.

On a few occasions I found the narration a little repetitive, and I felt that some trimming could have been beneficial.

Overall, this was an engaging, intelligent and entertaining read, and I would not hesitate to read further works by Mae Clair.

[ARC received via Netgalley]

About the Author

Mae Clair opened a Pandora’s Box of characters when she was a child and never looked back. Her father, an artist who tinkered with writing, encouraged her to create make-believe worlds by spinning tales of far-off places on summer nights beneath the stars.

Mae loves creating character-driven fiction in settings that vary from contemporary to mythical. Wherever her pen takes her, she flavours her stories with mystery and romance.

Married to her high school sweetheart, she lives in Pennsylvania and is passionate about cryptozoology, old photographs, a good Maine lobster tail and cats.
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