A Theft of Magic

Cara McKinnon
A Theft of Magic
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Stars and Stone Books
Release Date
October 2016
Book 2 of The Fay of Skye
Fantasy Romance, Historical Romance, Paranormal Romance, Steampunk Romance

A woman sworn to truth. A man who deals in lies. A passion lighting the way to love...or loss.

At the behest of the Duchess of Fay, Ronan McCarrick, thief, smuggler, and Irish revolutionary, travels to the Isle of Skye, the domain of Sorcha Fay. She is known as the Seeress of Skye, an elusive figure who rarely leaves the island. Ronan's arrival triggers one of her defensive spells, incinerating his clothing and everything he's carrying. Including the letter that would have told Sorcha why he has come to Skye. Despite an instant attraction to the naked and furious Irishman, Sorcha believes that Ronan is an interloper who has been attacking her wards for months. Even when part of his story is confirmed, she still mistrusts him. But when she discovers that two powerful objects are missing from the Fay vaults–someplace he couldn't have been–she'll need his help to steal them back.

If he doesn't steal her heart first.

Book Review by Dawn (reviewer)
Jan 25, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
193 people found the following review helpful
A man crosses a magical ward and loses his... clothes. Oh, and his heart.

Sorcha has been tasked with protecting items of extreme importance. To do so, she lives mostly secluded and surrounded by magical wards of protection that she must maintain. But when a man approaches her shores and trips her guard, she finds herself and her magic being tested.

Ronan was sent to retrieve a few things from the vaults that Sorcha guards. Unfortunately, when he arrives and loses his letter, Sorcha doesn't believe that he is who he says. Even though she feels inexplicably drawn to the man, she isn't sure if she should trust him.

But keeping their distance from each other is nearly impossible to do when all they can think about is the fiery chemistry between them. Soon, they give in to their impulses and develop a relationship of the intimate variety. Their happy bubble bursts when someone actually does break through Sorcha's wards and steal items from the vault.

To recover the property, Ronan and Sorcha must disguise themselves and track the thief across land and sea. With the aid of a student of magic, a duchess, and her husband, the group fight to retrieve the magical objects. Politics, schemes, and betrayal happen along the way.

This book was a pretty quick read for me. I started it in the morning and was finished by dinnertime. It never lost my interest and the main characters were easy to get used to and root for. The sex started early and got steamier as it went. This was a lust first and love later story, which I can appreciate and believe.

As for the plot, I found the magic to be mostly simple to understand. We get to see plenty of magic used so this is definitely filled with that fantasy element. I would say that it's pretty equal on magic and romance. There are a few twists that I definitely didn't see coming and even one that made me want to pull my hair out. Thankfully, I forgave the guilty party for a momentary lapse in judgement. I won't name names but he knows who he is...

In closing...
The epilogue seems to set up the couple for the next book and I am certainly interested in reading the first and future installments. Four stars!
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