Thursday, June 30, 2011

Review The Magic of Lavender by Cate Masters

Title: The Magic of Lavender (The Goddess Connection #1)
Author: Cate Masters
Source: Requested Review
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: eBook, 377 pgs
Release Date: May 22, 2011
Author Website

The Magic of Lavender Book Cover

Book One of the Goddess Connection. Every woman should embrace her inner goddess. What’s your connection?
Jocelyn Gibson forgot about the realm of magic. But it never forgot her. Gram always told her: don’t ignore your magical gifts, it will insult the family. But Joss didn’t realize her gifts included channeling the energy of powerful ley lines. Or that her family included a goddess. Family connections come in handy when the Lord of the Underworld kidnaps local vet Eric Hendricks. He’s an amazing lover, but Joss didn’t know she loved him until too late. With a little help from the Goddess Iris, Joss defends the new life she’s forged, and helps save the town of Boiling Springs from destruction. Once Eric escapes Hell, can she stop loving him to keep him safe?

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Rating -
one good howl

Sexual -

My Review:

This is the first in Masters' The Goddess Connection series. With fae, demons, goddesses, a visit to hell, a battle between the "forces of darkness and light", ordinary humans and an undeniable romance and love, this is a paranormal romance that has evil coming to the little town of Boiling Springs.

Jocelyn, a widow, buys an old B&B which unbeknownst to her lays over a ley line. When she hosts a costume Halloween debut party, both she and her aunt feel vibrations radiating up from the ground in the B&B. Her aunt warns, "The energy is palpable... But you must be careful. Others will be drawn here seeking to tap into its force too." When the fae visit the party just before Eric does and he notices them, both Joss and her aunt know he is different. When he locks eyes with Joss "heat twined through her like a wisp of smoke above smoldering embers crackling to life." Her Gran shows up to warn her she is in danger and that her father and husband's death weren't accidents, they were murdered because she is related to a goddess, and the fae are trying to protect her. She has unwittingly broken a truce between darkness and light by buying and running her B&B over the ley line and the battle is on.

Eric, a grieving widower with an veterinary practice down the road, gets caught in the crossfire. Without planning to, finds himself at Joss' party. He finds himself tantalized by her even though it has been 5 yrs since he's even talked to a woman outside of his practice. He is stunned when Joss' aunt does a tarot reading for him at the party and tells him he is about to find his "true soul mate". He can't leave the party fast enough.

Joss develops a major case of martyr syndrome - she can't give into her love and desire for Eric in order to protect him. Bah! While trying to stay away from him, they engage in some Thanksgiving nookie in kitchen, in the vet's waiting room, a few days later in an exam room in his clinic and then later in a field of lavender.

This has a very good plot and the characters are believable. The only thing that kept me from rating this 4 or 5 stars was Joss' overly drawn out, needless angst about protecting Eric. I just wanted to put my hand in the computer and shake her out of her insanity. {Grin} But this also means I was so into the story that I cared enough about the characters to be aggravated.

While this story does have some fantasy elements, I wouldn't classify it as such but I think that fantasy romance fans as well as paranormal romance fans can enjoy this.

Warning Spoiler Alert!!!!
Joss finally is able to make it so there can be a HEA ending. Joss is luckly Eric is so persistent because it could have easily turned into a tragic story.



  1. It is. And it is such a delightful book.

  2. Thanks so much for your wonderful review! I'm so glad you enjoyed it (even if you wanted to throttle Joss!) :)


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