by Alix Rickloff
Genres: Historical Romance, Paranormal
Cornwall, 1812 Gwenyth Killigrew, the Witch of Kerrow, has seen the tragic fate that awaits any man she's foolish enough to fall in love with. Yet she yearns for a daughter to carry on her healer's wisdom and otherworldly gifts of Sight. When Rafe Fleming, a notorious smuggler, washes ashore near her home, she thinks she's found the man to father that child. Rafe knew his time as an outlaw was coming to an end. He just hadn't realized it would be on the dangerous Cornwall coast, in the home of an alluring witch. After Gwenyth saves him, they strike a bargain: he'll give her a child, and she'll help him find a proper wife so he can reenter society and pick up the pieces of his shattered life. But the more time Rafe spends with Gwenyth—in and out of bed—the more he questions what he thinks he wants. He must choose between the wife he needs and the woman he desires...if falling for Gwenyth doesn't kill him first.
It has been a while since I have stepped back in time with a romance set during the Regency Era. Dangerous Magic was the perfect book in which to get reacquainted with the genre. This was a delightful romance, wrapped in suspense and fate.
Our protagonist Gwenyth Killigrew is a healer, a seer; a witch. She decides never to marry, after dreaming of her loves tragic fate. She will only choose a man to sire the daughter she desires. Until Rafe Fleming, a smuggler, born of London’s upper class enters her life. He carries a world of hurt and anger upon his chest. Rafe longs for revenge on those who betrayed him. He wishes for a wife he can trust and asks Gwenyth to use her sight to help him. Brought together by fate, the tale of Gwenyth and Rafe will leave you breathless. Gwenyth is a strong, beautiful woman who holds her head high and her fears too tightly. Rafe, while successful still feels the need to regain what he has lost.
The tale Rickloff creates will capture you from the first few pages and hold you until the end. Dangerous Magic was a quick read for me, the words seamlessly flew from the pages. I highly recommend this enchanting romance.