Magic of the Loch by Karen Michelle Nutt

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Magic of the Loch by Karen Michelle Nutt
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary Paranormal
Length: Full Length (374 pgs)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Fern

Michaela Grant travels to Scotland for a holiday, knowing this vacation is her last. A medical condition threatens her life and any chance of a future—until she meets Alan MacLachlin, a man forced to exist between two worlds.

Alan is the legendary Loch Ness Monster. Once every fifty years he returns to human form in search of his soul mate, the one woman who can break his curse. He believes he has found forever with Michaela, but to claim it he must figure out how to save her life.

Michaela and Alan vow to take what time has to offer, but another threat looms. A sinister shape shifter with a vendetta against Alan is making Loch Ness his personal hunting ground. Now he’s threatening Michaela. Alan must discover who the shifter is and stop him before it’s too late.

Michaela Grant is enjoying the wilds of Scotland and decides to take a break from her walk near the Loch. She bumps into Alan and his brother Hyatt and is instantly attracted to them both even though Alan seems quite rough around the edges. When Hyatt invites her onto the Loch for a tour, she decides to go along with it – No Regrets is her new motto since receiving bad news on her health. The tour becomes lunch and slowly the three of them get to know each other better. The icy beginning between Alan and Michaela melts into something far more wonderful than either can believe possible, but she also finds herself charmed by Hyatt. Not everything is as it seems, however. All three of them have far more going on beyond the surface. As they each explore their initially flirtatious friendship emotions get entangled and things become complicated.

This is a truly sweeping story, filled with epic emotion and deep characters strongly connected to each other. The author has done an amazing job in bringing the main players to vivid life. Despite the magical backdrop of the Loch Ness, the tall tales surrounding it and the beauty of Scotland, it’s the characters, with issues and problems, hopes, dreams and amazing personalities that really shines through the pages. Readers who love a bit of angst, a lot of characterization and a dollop of fun mixed in with their stories will love this book. Despite the hint of magic and old-world-style storytelling I found myself drawn into the plot but particularly attached to the people and their situations.

The author has put a unique spin on the tale of the Loch Ness monster – the opening chapters explaining exactly how and why Alan and Hyatt find themselves “cursed” and bound by this magical conundrum, but enough mystery is left to weave through the entire story. Michaela is a sympathetic heroine, doing her best to live her life and enjoy herself, doing those things she thought there’d be years to do and keep positive even when life is throwing her a curve ball. While the writing, tone and plot were all really good – it was the richness of the characters and the way they instantly grabbed me and made me keep on turning the pages long past my bedtime that was really the best part of this story.

Comments

  1. You made my New Year! Thanks so much for the lovely review. I’m so thrilled you enjoyed the story.

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