Blood and Magic 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 magick 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?
Review by Paulina Woods
Magic done in its simplest form.
This type of witch storytelling is what made me fall in love with witches. No over the top spells or incantations and no unlimited power, this is what witchcraft is all about. I was drawn in after reading the blurb and when the first pages were filled with action I had a hard time putting this one down.
Riding in a stagecoach had to be hard and tiring, ridding in a car for long periods make me itch. Abigail not only had to travel this way but she was traveling with a spoiled brat who I wanted to hang by her toenails. Such and evil child and one of the reasons I do not watch horror movies with children in them. This little girl gave me the creeps from the beginning.
At first this story is about survival, plain and simple. With so many demonic animals and turned humans coming after them it’s a wonder they even got away safely. Wraiths have always scared the shit out of me and Ann keeps it so simple I had to keep looking up to see if any were in my room. The fear Abigail and Luck felt while fighting these things transferred to me and like I said I was scared shitless. I am a glutton for punishment and so I kept reading and was so glad I did.
I liked how even in the middle of all this horror love started to bloom and it wasn’t the usual type of love for this time period. I guess after living so long the common rules of purity goes out the window. The sex was worth waiting for!
The only thing that was kind of a downer was the battle at the end. I was waiting for some huge show up and after first it looked like it was going to be but than it kinds cooled. In all seriousness I can’t complain about that because I was still entertained until the very last word.
I can go on forever about this book but that might give too much away. This is a must read!