Magic of the Loch

Magic of the Loch

by Karen Michelle Nutt

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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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BN ID: 2940014874069
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication date: 08/13/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 905 KB

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Magic of the Loch 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read written by this author and it won’t be my last. Magic of the Loch was a lovely paranormal romance with a rich suspense element running through the story. In this story Michaela Grant is on her last chance holiday. Having accepted that she has a virtually untreatable brain aneurysm she just wants to enjoy herself. She soon meets Alan MacLachlin, cursed into the shape of the Loch Ness Monster, who is only given a reprieve every fifty years so that he may find his soul mate and so break the curse. Little do they know that with Alan’s emergence a dark creature, bent on revenge, has initiated a sinister plan to ruin Alan and destroy everyone he knows and loves. Despite the seriousness of Michaela’s condition the story is not a depressing one. The reality is always there and both characters acknowledge it, but at its heart the story is a romantic one and with that there is a chance for hope. I am one those people who hates a bittersweet ending or a ‘happy for now, but it’s all downhill from here’ type ending. So for those like me, let me assure you, it is a happy ending. But how it’s done is not necessarily what you begin to expect from the beginning of the book! I’m the first to admit my detective skills are subpar, but this book kept me guessing ‘whodunit’ until the end. There are so many red herrings and redirections. Just when you think you know, something happens and you dismiss that person, only to come back to them to dismiss them again. To really enjoy a book it is so important to ‘click’ with the author’s writing style and this certainly happened here. The author’s world building was good - life as we know it with just a little twist. The characters were well developed and the author managed to avoid ‘paper cut out’ syndrome that often applies to secondary and minor characters. All were fleshed out sufficiently for the story without being bogged down in too much detail. I don’t know if this is a series, but I would love to read Hyatt’s story. He deserves a HEA too. If you are looking for a light read that will also grab your attention; a book with a romance theme but also with a strong line of suspense running through it then I can highly recommend this book. For me, it was a page turner and I couldn’t put it down until the end. *Advanced Reading Copy supplied by the publisher in lieu of an honest review.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
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.
Mebuffy More than 1 year ago
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!