Magic of the Lochby Karen Michelle Nutt
Alan is the legendary Loch Ness Monster. Once every fifty years he returns to human form in search of his soul mate, the one woman who
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Michaela Grant travels to Scotland for a holiday, knowing this vacation is her last. A medical condition threatens her life and any chance of a future--until she meets Alan MacLachlin, a man forced to exist between two worlds.
Alan is the legendary Loch Ness Monster. Once every fifty years he returns to human form in search of his soul mate, the one woman who can break his curse. He believes he has found forever with Michaela, but to claim it he must figure out how to save her life.
Michaela and Alan vow to take what time has to offer, but another threat looms. A sinister shape shifter with a vendetta against Alan is making Loch Ness his personal hunting ground. Now he's threatening Michaela. Alan must discover who the shifter is and stop him before it's too late.
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Reviewed by: Crystal Book provided by: Publisher Review originally posted at Romancing the Book Magic Of The Loch is a great magical paranormal read based on the Loch Ness Monster myth. I would love to go to Scotland. I just can’t imagine what I would do if I came face to face with Nessie. For this reason, I admired Michaela. She knew she was going to die and lived every day like it was her last and loved like there was no tomorrow. I could just feel the magic as I was reading . I love when an author writes a wonderful paranormal shapeshifter book. I didn’t put this book down and read all night long. I was so immersed in the mystery of the Loch Ness Monster and wanted to find out all that I could. The magic between Alan and Michaela is so powerful that all they have to do is touch and they can feel it. While I was reading, I was so hoping they could find a way to save Michaela. I have always dreamed about going to Scotland and reading this book has only brought me closer to making a commitment to visit there. I could just imagine what everything looked like as the author gave such vivid descriptions. I could actually smell the water, hear the air, and feel the sun’s warmth on my face. This story was a great adventure and I hated to see it end.
First thing I have to point out is the speech. The author keeps up with that Scottish brogue throughout the book, and I can totally hear Sean Connery's voice speaking. It's pretty awesome. It's such a simple thing, but it totally got me. Another fairly simple thing is the way the magic worked. Shape shifters didn't need to strip down to shift, and when they came out of the water and shifted back to human, they'd be bone dry and clothed. So cool. I really liked Alan and Hyatt's outlook on their lives as Loch Ness Monsters. Hyatt actually kind of likes being what he is, loves the water. Alan yearns for his soul mate which would break his curse, but he too loves the water. Hyatt likes to flirt with the humans, but Alan is the one that has truly had lives during his years on land, and when he finds Michaela, he doesn't plan on letting her go. I also liked Michaela's desire to live what's left of her life rather than risk ending up on life support with no quality of life. Under the circumstances, I'd choose the same path. There's a cruel and mysterious villain. We don't find out who he is until just before the final showdown, and the author plays up all the suspects very well throughout, just ratcheting up the intrigue. Now, let it be said that I actually liked the book. A lot even. However, there were a few things that bugged me. For one, I'm a smut addict, so while the sex scenes were sensual, they were a little short lived and chaste for my personal tastes, leaving me slightly disappointed. Beyond that, I think Alan brought on some of his troubles with Michaela by severely procrastinating having the "what I am" talk. Finally, the biggest problem I had was that I sometimes felt like the story was dragging on a bit. Don't get me wrong, I like that the heroes weren't always on the right track with solving the big mystery, but it still just lagged a bit after a while. The longer the story went on, the more predictable it became, however the final showdown was anything but anticlimactic. The book had a great ending, and a grand finale that I really enjoyed. An interesting story with compelling characters and a sweet, slow-building love, Magic of the Loch is a fun mystery that will leave you with a smile on your face. Recommended!