In high-speed, high-tech New Chicago, 2039, magic has gone viral. Lily Barnett, a brilliant but drifty artist wanders into a strange magic shop where she impulsively guzzles a love potion. Erratic and unpredictable powers awake inside her. Her houseplants turn ravenous and strings of flamingo lights spout poetry. When she paints a portrait of her perfect man, he steps free of the canvas and stalks her. Desperate, she turns to her best friend, Daniel, for help.
But Daniel has problems of his own. He’s a telepath who must shield thoughts, emotions, and desires or go mad. He wants Lily, desperately, but knows his passion will drive her away and that his friendship is of more value to her than his love.
As Lily negotiates the catastrophic blends of her fear, imagination, and chaotic magic, Daniel must fight against his own impenetrable reserve and the psychic gifts he’s always despised.
Magic and love might save them, but can they survive each other?
Sensuality Level: Sensual
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About the Author
As an artist and author, Pam lives and creates in a whimsical imagination where reality becomes what she makes of it. For a time. Settling back to earth, she finds herself in western Montana nurtured by Mother Nature’s bounty and beauty, friends, family, her husband, children, and love before she wanders back into another story to tell. Come share her world on Facebook and at www.pambmorris.blogspot.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Be prepared to fall in love. You will fall in love with Lily, the ditzy, innocent, beguiling artist; with Daniel her soulmate full of compassion, integrity and virility; with art and its power to communicate on a level beyond words. This book swept me away into a world swirling with color that conveyed the intimacy, sensuality and passion binding Lily and Daniel. I have never read a book that made me ache to be an artist! Pam B. Morris takes the reader into a sense of the depth of love beyond physical, beyond cognitive, beyond emotion, and it is a powerful voyage. The magical atmosphere lends a quirky yet ominous tone to the book that was well-balanced and often surprising. The message I got was that we have the power within us to heal, to overcome and to soar. I anxiously await Pam B. Morris’s next venture into the world of love, art and passion. (This book was a gift and I received no monetary compensation for this review.)
A Unique, Magical Must Read Romance. SMITTEN IMAGE was a magical kaleidoscope of a read. Pam B. Morris immerses the reader into a slightly future world that surrounds Lily and Daniel with wild magic, volatile lust, and an enduring love. The author’s knowledge of art and color shines through her story impeccably. The art comes alive on the page and draws you into the beautiful worlds she creates through her funny and quirky heroine, Lily. You can’t help but fall in love with Lily as she stumbles in learning how to wield and temper the new magic within her and Daniel who harbors his own maddening powers and secrets, all which threaten to keep them apart. SMITTEN IMAGE is such a creative and unique take on witchcraft, psychic powers, and magic. I highly recommend it to those looking for something a little bit different and a whole lot of awesome!
What a wonderful book, filled with magic and love! I adored Lily and her world. Pam B. Morris writes in a beautiful voice about the future several decades from now. Her world-building is first-rate, and I was there in New Chicago, gobbling up all of the details of a city born from the ashes of catastrophe. Lily is a talented painter of landscapes and portraits, but she is a conflicted young woman, filled with self-doubt about the true nature of her extraordinary abilities. Daniel, her best friend, has loved Lily for years, but he's kept his feelings to himself, because of a magical secret. Together, they discover each other in new ways, to forge a bond that cannot be broken by man - or witch. If you are enchanted by magic shops, intrigued by the world of art, and ready for a great summer romance, you will enjoy Smitten Image.
First of all, this book is out of my comfort zone, and I think it is important to challenge myself to do this once in a while. So take any comments or criticisms with that in mind. I found myself somewhat intrigued from the beginning of this futuristic romance. I honestly had no idea what to expect, but when magic first showed itself in the story, I was somewhat nonplussed. I liked the characters--Daniel and Lily--so I chose to treat this book as a fantasy and a fairy tale. In doing that, I was able to enjoy some more of this book. Portions of what I read even reminded me of the old TV show "Bewitched." I have to admit that as the book went on, I found myself somewhat turned off by two things. First of all, the magic became increasingly confusing and strange (probably because I know nothing about magic in books). Secondly, I was disturbed to read about the great emphasis that the physical part of the characters' relationship seemed to be what drove the characters to one another. I felt that the friendship they spoke about was almost nonexistent. So what did I like about the book? The art emphasis, the futuristic look at this country, and some elements of the story. I could have done without the sex scene and the profanity, but many readers will have no problem with this. The premise behind the book is absolutely fascinating, but I think it could have been a little bit edgier and a little less emphasis on magic. If you are a fan of magic and romances, I can almost guarantee you will love this book!
From page one of SMITTEN IMAGE, readers know author Pam Morris is an artist. Her descriptive words create settings and images that don’t jump off the page – instead they pull the reader into the page. You are immediately drawn into Lily’s and Daniel’s magical world where portrait subjects become alive and houseplants create fear. But, as is true for all good books, the center of this magical world is the love between Lily and Daniel. Their initial inability to make their love work actually frustrated me because I did not foresee how they could eventually have their happily ever after. Fortunately, Morris relieved my frustration, and instead I was left longing for the next book from her magical world. Well done.
Beautiful and Enchanting Lily Barnett is a brilliantly talented, but scatterbrained painter who loses her keys at least once a week. She yearns for true love and the kind of sex that makes your toes curl. Daniel Harris is a building manager with more than a few secrets hidden behind those glasses of his. He’s a clairvoyant Reader and in love with his best friend and neighbor, Lily. And when Lily enters a magic shop and guzzles a love potion without a second thought, their destinies are forever changed. The year is 2039 and the universe is teaming with mystical forces. Morris’ protagonists are as magical as the art they create and their unbridled love threatens to ruin them both. The author’s world-building is absolutely captivating and her descriptions of a future “New Chicago” are rivaled only by her exquisite depictions of color and art. Magical, paranormal, filled with beautiful imagery and enchanting parallels between art and love, Smitten Image delivers romance in spades. If you are intrigued by magic and spells, fascinated by the world of fine art, and looking for a great summer romance, you’ll love Smitten Image.