THE MAGIC OF LAVENDER
Goddess Connection, Book 1
Dark Paranormal Romance
Rating: 3 Cups
Jocelyn “Joss” Gibson is a widow who has recently bought an old Victorian house in Boiled Springs to turn into a B&B, the Lavender Hill Inn. To carry on with her life, she has tried to forget about magic, but it cannot be ignored any longer, forcing her to acknowledge what she has been denying for years or risk losing everything she holds dear.
Eric Hendricks is a local vet of Boiling Springs and a widower. He feels an immediate connection and unexplainable attraction to Joss when he meets her, making him think about giving up his five years of celibacy and loneliness.
Unbeknownst to either, external forces are at work to separate them and take control of the inn, on one of the strongest ley lines, and of a key to great power. Joss has unknowingly broken an ages-old truce when she buys the inn. Now the Lord of the Underworld and the Goddess Iris of the Rainbow (her ancestor) draw the battle lines, with Eric caught in the middle. After Eric is kidnapped, Joss realizes her love for him. To get him back from the underworld, Joss makes use of her Goddess family connections and her power of channeling energy from the ley lines to defeat evil. Finally, Eric is free. A new truce is set in place. Then Joss has to make the difficult choice of keeping Eric safe or accepting him as her mate. Which will she choose?
I feel this book could have been so much more than what it is. Everything is there only told in such a way it leaves me baffled. I would have loved if Ms. Masters had told a bit more about family history and the reasons behind the deaths in Joss’s family in a less haphazard way. The sudden introduction of gods and goddesses, underworld, the war etc, are done too swiftly for me to catch. The only part I can keep up with is Eric courting Joss. They are the most endearing, frustrating and delightful part. And how can I forget Taz, Joss’s adorable dog? I can very much relate to her feelings regarding him being hurt. I can even understand Eric’s turmoil and his actions, but Joss is a complex character, more so later than in the beginning, and not quite as well developed as the other characters. Overall, it is a good read. I hope to read the next book in the series, and that it fulfills all the potential I saw in this.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More