- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1071 KB
- Print Length: 100 pages
- Publisher: Entangled: Amara (23 July 2018)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07F67WM72
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 28 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #108,553 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Magnolia Mystic (Sentinels of Savannah Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Lisa Kessler is a Best Selling author of dark paranormal fiction. She's a two-time San Diego Book Award winner for Best Published Fantasy-Sci-fi-Horror and Best Published Romance. Her books have also won the PRISM award, the Award of Excellence, the National Excellence in Romantic Fiction Award, the Award of Merit from the Holt Medallion, and an International Digital Award for Best Paranormal.
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This romance is sweet and adventurous as Skye and Colton work through not only their emotional issues, but secrets that change Skye’s reality and a captain intent on Skye’s shop. The story is short and fast paced with lots of intrigue, sizzling chemistry and swashbuckling fun with a few surprising twists just to keep readers on their toes.
Lisa Kessler has taken what would usually be in a historical romance, sexy pirates, (oh my!), and put them in a clever paranormal romance with a few twists. The concept is fascinating and the characters are strong and charming, and I really wish this story had been a bit longer because it was quite a delightful introduction to the Sentinels of Savannah series and I am looking forward to reading Pirate’s Passion which releases in October.
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Series: Sentinels of Savannah
Designation: Book 1 of Series, Novella(App 90 pages), Can Be Read As A Standalone, NO CLiffhanger, HEA, #contemporary #urbanfantasy #romance
My Rating: Five Delightfully Entertaining Stars******
**Magnolia Mystic was originally published as part of the multiauthor Magnolias and Moonshine Series, a collection in which 20 bestselling authors united to bring readers a taste of the South and their vision of its charm, but has now been released independently as the first book in the Sentinels of Savannah Series by Lisa Kessler.
Ahoy, mateys, I be yer to parlay and tell ye how much I enjoyed Magnolia Mystic, the first swashbuckling release in Lisa Kessler's sexy new Sentinels of Savannah Series. And it's official, I'm totally hooked! Shiver me timbers, who doesn't love sexy pirates, savvy? Yeah, yeah, I know my pirate speak leaves a lot to be desired and not nearly as good as Kessler's dialogue in Magnolia Mystic but like the heroine of this story, I dreamed of being a pirate as a little girl and just couldn't pass up the opportunity to try it. I may be almost 70 years young but every time Pirates of the Carribean airs on television, I still fangirl over Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow. *swoon* And to sweeten the booty, this story takes place in Savannah, Georgia, which is located only 75 miles from my home and just happens to be one of my most favorites places in the whole world! Savannah is rich in history, culture, cuisine, commerce, and old southern charm and in my humble opinion, there's no better place to shop, dine, and explore! When I read about Kessler's new series featuring immortal pirates in Savannah, I had only one question... Where do I sign up? lol... I've been a fan of Kessler's work for several years and always enjoy her easy-to-follow style, sultry prose, handsome, growly yet charming alpha heroes, and feisty, intelligent, free-spirited heroines. I was fascinated by the concept/premise for the entire series and felt like it would be truly entertaining, and I was right. Once I started reading, I simply couldn't stop. I was completely enthralled, glued to my seat, white-knuckling my ereader with my heart fluttering wildly in my chest as the time flew as quickly as the pages! As usual, I digress but in my defense, I tend to get a little carried away when talking about books, especially the ones I really enjoy, so let me tell you why I loved Magnolia Mystic!
Magnolia Mystic is a sexy, fast-paced, well-crafted, contemporary urban/modern fantasy filled to the brim with instant attraction, fiery passion, and steamy romance skillfully combined with enough magic, mystery, intrigue, and suspense to titillate your senses, keep you on the edge of your seat, and make you beg for more. It was first published as part of the multiauthor Magnolias and Moonshine Collection but has since been released as the introduction and first book of Kessler's new Sentinels of Savannah Series. It's novella length and a relatively quick read coming in at approximately 90 pages, but it packs quite a punch. Sometimes, good things do come in smaller packages as evidenced by Kessler's skillfully crafted premise for the entire series in Magnolia Mystic. It's my understanding that each book will feature a different member of the original Sea Dog crew finding the woman who will win his heart and each can be read as a standalone, but there is an underlying interconnected conflict running throughout all the stories that will be slowly resolved as the series progresses. The narrative is beautifully written in the third person with clearly discernible his and her perspectives. The dialogue is smart, snappy, well-executed, and flows effortlessly. But the component that drew me in immediately was the intriguing cast of characters. I was immediately smitten with the swoony male protagonist, Colton Hayes, privateer quartermaster of the original Sea Dog and current Captain of the replica presently anchored in the Savannah Harbor as a tourist attraction. Yup, you can tour the ship, meet the crew wearing their pirate garb, and even take the pirate's oath! Sign me up! lol... Colton is a handsome but surly immortal hunk, but all it takes to lure this bad boy pirate out of his funk is the woman with violet eyes described in a prophecy by a seer 225 years ago, a woman who would signal both the beginning and ending of his life. After a prediction like that, I can understand Colton's reluctance to find the lass. Unfortunately, fate refuses to be denied and shows up on his ship in the form of Skye Olson, a beautiful, fiery woman with violet eyes. But Skye is more than just a pretty face - she's a psychic and owner of a piece of prime real estate on River Street, The Magnolia Mystic, a shop that has been passed down through her family of psychics for generations but is currently the target of an unscrupulous, wealthy real estate developer. But oh my, the connection between Colton and Skye is immediate, undeniable, and literally explodes from the pages. These two were perfect for each other, but it may take more than being psychic for Skye to suspend her belief in the impossible to accept the existence of an immortal pirate and allow him to win her heart. No spoilers from me but I will say this... A pirate still haunted by a decision made 225 years ago resulting in the immortality of him and his crew-check! A beautiful psychic tortured by her inability to see her own future-check! A sunken pirate ship-check! A cursed or blessed, depending on your perception, crew of 250-year-old immortal pirates-check! A missing religious artifact-check! A government agent determined to enlist a crew of pirates for his cause-check! An unknown enemy-check! Mystery, intrigue, and suspense-check! Passion, romance, and a happy for now-you bet! That and a whole lot more!
Did I like this book? No, I loved it, so much so that I raced back to pre-order the second book of the series, Pirate's Passion, releasing in October. Would I recommend it? You bet, and I am but only for adult readers since it does contain explicit language and sex. There was no swashbuckling action or adventure but hopefully, we'll see a little more danger, drama, and swashbuckling in the upcoming books of the series. There was, however, a liberal splash of light humor which added so much to the story. One instance, in particular, stood out and I'd like to share it.. This short excerpt is copyrighted by Lisa Kessler and is from the first love scene between the two protagonists: 'She rocked her hips into him and gasped. “Do you have a sleeping cabin on this boat?” His teeth brushed her ear. “Yes.” “Do you have protection?” Her question didn’t register through the haze of his hunger for her. “Cannons, a cutlass, and a few pistols.” She chuckled and kissed him again. “How about condoms?” “Oh.” He would’ve smacked his forehead but dropping her wasn’t an option.' Okay, maybe it's just me, but I cackled aloud. That's sooo cute and I loved it! Never has it been more obvious that Colton is from the 18th century and Skye is a modern woman from the 21st century. Even after almost 225 years, poor Colton was still challenged by his present-day life. My one and only complaint is I would have loved for this book to have been longer but isn't that always the case with the stories we really enjoy. If you're anything like me, you never want the really good books to end, right? lol... Will I read this author again? Absolutely, just as soon as she releases her next book. I can hardly wait for Pirate's Passion, the next book in this series! And finally, was I entertained? Completely! Fabulous entertainment and an awesome read! Well done, Lisa Kessler, well done indeed! Bring on Book 2!
The one really weird thing is the ending. It is kind of abrupt. She learns the truth, gets on board with the plan to find the missing cup, then we jump to her shop and it is over. There are a few of these in the book where you expect some build up. In the end, there should have been a little more about what she saw, then a cliffhanger into the next book, but this kind of got lost. There was more of a focus on their quick romance and not the mystery behind the missing cup or who would be next to fall in love. I think the author could have expanded a bit more so it felt less cutesy and more mysterious/suspenseful.
But Skye fell in love with pirates as a young girl so where better to fling her engagement ring away than from the deck of the Sea Dog, a tall ship with a brooding captain. So fate bring Colton and Skye together, a meeting that begins a pirate adventure for Skye, and a fateful prophecy for Colton.
This is a delightful introduction to the series. Romance is in the cards, but it will not be smooth sailing. For Colton and crew are hundreds of years old, but their immortality is ending.
Kessler has sparkling dialogue, charming pirates, and has brought together the mystical with mythical. She has caught the wonder of sailing on a tall ship, the fear of ascending rigging above the sails, with the greedy reality of the modern world. I loved it
Overall this novella simply felt like a set-up for the other books in the series rather than being a true standalone in and of itself. And although there is a HEA for the couple I'm not quite sure how I felt about it, as their relationship moved at warp speed and was so rushed that it didn't feel entirely believable to me. Still, the story wasn't terrible and the writing was pretty good. I guess I just wasn't happy with the execution, not to mention the resolution of which there is little other than the fact that they love each other. I don't think I'll be reading the other books in the series though as I have no urge to invest either my time or money.
Ages: Skye (27) Colton (Immortal, 29 in 1795)
Kindle Locations: The story itself ended at 93% and location 1061 of 1140.
Notes: Minimal typos but there was one instance where the narrative changed to first person, which was odd.
Colton has a secret, he has been alive for over two hundred years. A witch foretold that he would meet a woman with violet eyes that would be the beginning and end of his life. He had forgotten about it until he met Skye.
This is a sweet story from beginning to end. There isn't a lot of danger or adventure involved yet. But the way the book ended, adventures are on their way! This author has written about several different subjects and I have fell in love with all that I have read!
Skye and Colton sizzle immediately and the humor is wonderful.
I bought this book after seeing it advertised on a friend's Facebook wall. I was not disappointed. It was a very good read and I look forward to reading the next one when it comes out.