Return of the Fae by Lynn Cahoon

Return of the Fae by Lynn Cahoon
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (107 pages)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Orchid

A witch in training, a hunter on the prowl, and a world in jeopardy.
Learning the rules of being a witch takes years, but Parris McCall needs to master them in only weeks. Knowing how to wield her magic is the one thing she has to keep her grandmother safe and herself alive.
Ty Wallace is going mad with his desire for Parris, but he has to maintain an emotional distance from her. She’s a distraction in his quest to find Coven X before they grow too strong, taking The Council and everyone he knows down with it.

As Parris labors through the academy manuals, the couple takes a trip to find Ty’s mentor. He’s their only hope in helping Parris with her studies. To their dismay, the old man has disappeared. Their only clue comes from a witch banished for actions against The Council. When they return, not only do they find their own lives threatened, but casualties in the war between the covens have risen. And a new life hangs in the balance.

Bar owner Parris McCall has discovered she is a witch. Not just any witch but the only one who can keep her grandmother and herself alive. Most witches spend a lifetime learning their craft, Parris must learn how to use magic in weeks. Add to this the complication of a very desirable Ty Wallace who is trying to discover Coven X before they grow too strong and you have a mixture of magic, romance and intrigue.

Ty fights his attraction for Parris and she does the same, trying to concentrate on learning her craft from the bottom up. Every time they take a step forward, a hidden force knocks them back until they realize someone close to them is sabotaging everything they do.

Both Parris and Ty are strong characters and the plot has hidden depths which unfold like flower petals as the story progresses. Magical creatures abound throughout the tale – fairies, witches and many more beings who Parris believed were mere stories for children. Now she’s finding out they really do exist.

This is the second book of the Council Series but it stands alone well, although I am tempted to get the first book to see what happened there. I felt the strain Parris undergoes as she struggles to learn magic, knowing that failure could destroy her family. Frustration, heated emotion, humor – all these were presented to me in a way that made the story flow perfectly. I would be happy to read the rest of this series as it develops and look forward to the next book being released. In the meantime I’m off to find book one of the Council Series.

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