A Witch's Beauty (Mermaid Series #2)

A Witch's Beauty (Mermaid Series #2)

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by Joey W. Hill
     
 

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The follow-up to A Mermaid's Kiss-from a national bestselling author who "stands out in a genre known for its out-of-the-ordinary love play."(The Romance Studio)

Mina is the daughter of an unholy union-a mermaid taken by one of the malevolent Dark Ones. While helping to rescue Prime Legion Commander Jonah, she exposed herself as a potentially

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Overview

The follow-up to A Mermaid's Kiss-from a national bestselling author who "stands out in a genre known for its out-of-the-ordinary love play."(The Romance Studio)

Mina is the daughter of an unholy union-a mermaid taken by one of the malevolent Dark Ones. While helping to rescue Prime Legion Commander Jonah, she exposed herself as a potentially dangerous weapon, susceptible to the darkness in her own blood. Now, for the general good, Jonah has angels watching over her...

Though Mina is resistant to being protected, her attitude begins to change when David, the human-born angel, is awarded the duty. Looking into his eyes, she can sense that he too knows what it means to fight the darkness within. But-as their passion threatens to take over-will it lead them to Heaven or Hell?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425225677
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/06/2009
Series:
Mermaid Series, #2
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
683,014
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Joey W. Hill's Ellora's Cave titles have garnered her the Dreams Realms Award for Fantasy and the EPPIE award for erotic romance. She was nominated for the CAPA and the PEARL, and won the Grand Prize in the annual short story contest sponsored by Romance & Beyond Magazine.

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A Witch's Beauty (Mermaid Series #2) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Mistress_RoseMR More than 1 year ago
Mina and David are an amazing combination..beauty and monstrousness, strength and weakness, good and evil...it's all here. Mina is one of the most fascinating characters I have ever met. Her physical manifestation of the struggle between good and evil (half of her body is physical perfection, the other half grotesque) is a poignant symbol of her inner struggle to control her Dark One blood. I usually have trouble with irritating heroines. It's a fine line for an author to create a character who is willful and prickly, while still maintaining some likability. Mina is an incredibly well developed character and her emotional journey in this story is utterly satisfying. Although David is a wonderful character in his own right, this is Mina's story all the way. Hill's expertise as a story-teller is never more apparent than in the chapters leading up to the climatic battle scene with the Dark Ones. Boy, does she know how to build up the sickening anticipation of what was going to befall poor David (and Mina) in the Dark One's World. I am ashamed to admit that I snuck at look at the final pages of the book to reassure myself before tackling those chapters...the awful apprehension was almost to much to bear! (I can't remember feeling that much anxiety since reading Stephen King's The Shining). Anyway, of course Hill takes her characters to Hell and back. If I had to pick one word to describe this book and Hill's writing it would be...powerful. Wow. I am officially a Joey Hill addict (that's the sound of Amazon's CEO cackling with glee). Grade: A+
MrsR1 More than 1 year ago
David and Mina are the very definition of "soul mates" and after reading this book you can't help but believe they exist.
SpideyGirl More than 1 year ago
Really good series. Romantic, sensual and Hill has a way of tying in so many human personal issues into the stories in thought provoking ways.
jupiterlee79 More than 1 year ago
I LOVE THIS BOOK! THE FIRST ONE WAS GOOD. I WASN'T A BIG FAN BUT I LIKE HER WRITING SO I DECIDED TO VENTURE TO THE NEXT BOOK. OH MY GOSH! I'M SO GLAD I DID BECAUSE THIS STORY WAS THE BEST! THE ENDING WAS BEAUTIFUL AND SAD AND... YOU JUST HAVE TO READ IT TO FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF! I'M NOT A BIG FAN OF HER VAMPIRE NOVELS BECAUSE THEY'RE CRUEL AND WEIRD BUT THESE ANGELS AND MERMAID NOVELS ARE SO TOUCHING! THE NEXT ONE (A MERMAID'S RANSOM) IS JUST AS GOOD BUT NOT AS GREAT AS THIS ONE, THOUGH. I'M IN LOVE WITH DAVID... ^_^
harstan More than 1 year ago
Mina knows being a half-breed leaves her looking from the outside as neither her mother¿s race of Mermaids nor her father¿s Dark Ones trust her. She remains an unholy abomination although she risked her life to save that of Prime Legion Commander for the Goddess, Jonah the Angel (see A MERMAID¿S KISS). Her reward is further distrust and suspicion from Jonah and his angelic horde as she displayed Dark One power.

Whereas Marcellas wants her caged as Dark One¿s are always evil, Jonah assigns angels to keep an eye on Mina, who detests the surveillance even if the Prime Legion Commander insists it is for her safety as well as theirs. However, her prime guard is David, a former human turned angel, who like Mina struggles with controlling the dark side that flows within his blood. As they fall in love, no one knows whether their passion will ignite the dark or light of their respective natures or burn out either or both of their souls.

The latest erotic Joey W. Hill fantasy is an excellent addition to a great saga. A WITCH¿S BEAUTY is a direct sequel to the fabulous A MERMAID¿S KISS with Mina in spite of her heroism even more of a pariah to the angels. David is a fascinating lead protagonist as he believes he sees the goodness in his beloved¿s soul while everyone else assumes his human origins tainted his perceptions with rose colored glasses. As the eternal war continues with no end in sight, a flicker of hope arises with love, trust, and a new generation. Ms. Hill is one of the best fantasists on the market today as her battle of heaven and earth excels with every entry.

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I laughed, I cried and I fell in love. Such a great series
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Doris_Gomez More than 1 year ago
Both protagonists in Joey W. Hill's, A Witch's Beauty, are in desperate need of transformation. There is Mina, the sea witch, half breed product of a mermaid mother raped by a Dark One. A half of Mina's body is perfect in its beauty, the other half is pitted with scars from a horrible and unjust childhood punishment. the dual aspects of her physical appearance match the constant struggle between her good and evil impulses, the legacy of her parentage. Then there's, David, a warrior angel in the service of the goddess. Oddly enough, he too is in terrible need of redemption from heavy scars upon his soul. It takes a very talented writer to help this unlikely pair find transcendent love in each other's arms, through trials, missteps, struggles, tragedies and sensual passion. With heartache and laughter, Ms Hill creates the compelling love story that is evident in this abbreviated scene. "I'm not something you can fix, David," [Mina] said. . . . "I'm part chaos and Dark Magic. . . . What do you think your Legion would do if it knew? You think if I have the capacity to shed tears or feel a woman's desire, . . . it will outweigh. . . . thought[s] of slitting Anna's throat, letting her blood flow. . . ? . . . . Don't ever patronize me," she said low. "It's dangerous and stupid." "I get it," [David] said, his voice stern and ruthless . . . . Suddenly Mina was in the air, . . . [S]he flipped and flailed through the air, her joints popping, muscles straining. She refused to scream. . . ."Got you." . . . . He took them back to the ground, cradling her in his arms. . . . "Perhaps we both underestimate each other. . . . It won't change how much I want you. Love you." How these two unusual characters battle the Dark Ones, their own personal scars and demons and even death, is a tale worth reading. I personally have read it four times, seeing in it an allegory of how women manage their good and bad selves as they move toward self love and acceptance. This is an all-purpose, can't miss romance, deep and wide enough to enjoy getting lost in again and again.
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