by Kathleen Ann Gallagher
The beautiful but lonely owner of a bath and body shop, Krista Winter is in need of legal counsel. Her past is about to catch up with her. She was forced to flee from her life as a teacher in New Jersey after being shunned for being a witch.
Life is not the same for Jon Bartolo. He’s a dedicated lawyer, living in the town of Conway, New Hampshire. His days are spent helping his clients with their struggles and his nights are spent in agony, lost in a world between life and death.
His mother, who died three years ago, lurks in his house, suffering from a curse for eternity, without a resting place.
A smoldering fire between Jon and Krista ignites almost immediately, however, he’s sure his secret would frighten a woman away. An afternoon escape brings them closer, but doubts linger between the love-struck couple.
How will Jon’s mother find eternal rest so he can move on with his life? Is he bound to a life of hell on earth?
Will Krista fit into his world when he learns about her past? Could she be hiding a bigger secret? Is it possible for them to open their hearts to love? Could a touch of Night Magic be just what this couple needs?
Steadying herself, she stood back and stared into his eyes. As Jon moved in again and plunged his tongue deep into her mouth, he lightly brushed his hand across the back of her hair, and she surrendered to his touch. It was as if a long lost lover had reappeared and claimed her heart’s desire. There was no telling what might happen next. Her whole body relaxed as he nuzzled her ear, teasing her with playful nips at her neck. All rules had been broken, but it didn’t matter. His hard shaft rubbed up against her stomach, and she swayed back and forth, unable to break away from temptation. His breathing sped up and his strong arms were tight around her back. She quietly moaned, lost in another world. Every movement brought her one step closer. Am I that lonely? I’m about to have sex with a man I just met. As his hand trailed across her back, her body rocked with his.
Each touch was electrifying, as if he wanted to devour her, and she found herself in a trance-like state. Is this what I’ve been missing? Running her hand across his firm bicep, she felt woozy. The warmth of his body was raising her level of arousal. Here in the middle of his office, she experienced a passion like no other. Everything seemed right. Lust took control of her senses and she let herself go with it. With each kiss he cradled her in his arms, his embrace warm and protective like a warrior of love. How did this happen? Had she found the man she was destined for or was it all a dream?
For such a short story it packed a lot of punch. I love stories about witches. It’s a PNR subject that I don’t see a lot of anymore. Witches are interesting to read about. Ms. Gallagher has done her research. What got me though was how Krista could see Jon’s mom. I didn’t understand that part at first but when I finally did…brilliant.
Krista is a great PNR heroine. While strong she is still nursing a shattered heart at being left at the altar and then basically ran out-of-town because of her douche ex. And then when she finally feels like she has settled into her new life, Paul comes back to stir up memories that she would soon forget. With the help of a lawyer in town, she comes face to face with no only her past life but her future as well.
Jon is an interesting character to read. Having been raised by a witch mother, he is all too familiar with covens, the Book of Shadows and the ancient curse that has been put upon his mother. I really felt for him because he has sacrificed his own life to finally being able to help his mother cross over.
There is much going on with Krista and Jon that at times, I needed to catch my breath. The flow of the book is great and the pacing is top notch. Yes, there is a bit of instalove between them but somehow they both knew when they met it was forever. Plus there is one scene with Jon and his mother that ties it all together.
I truly did love this story. It was fast paced but the depth of characterization, witches and yes, skin products…I’m sold. Now, I need to find a shop that sells homemade soaps and lotions. My skin is craving shea butter now. 🙂
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Kathleen lives in New Jersey with her husband and their two dogs. She’s a registered nurse who works in an emergency room. Writing has been her passion since she was a young girl. Contemporary and paranormal romance are her favorites. She has three adult children and three lovable grandsons. Her favorite romantic getaway is Cape May, New Jersey. You might find Kathleen on the beach down The Jersey Shore, wearing a straw hat, sipping on an iced tea, dreaming up her next romance novel.
Kathleen will be awarding a $25 Amazon GC, eBook copy of NIGHT MAGIC and a tote bag (US ONLY) to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.