Oct 19, 2012

DeeJay Reviews: Luca's Magic Embrace by @KymGrosso

Luca's Magic Embrace by Kym Grosso

Publication Date: October 18, 2012
Series: Immortals of New Orleans #2
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Author for review
DeeJay's Rating: 3/5 STARS

An erotic paranormal romance…

Sexy vampire, Luca Macquarie doesn’t do love; especially not with humans. Yet, ever since he rescued Samantha Irving, he can’t deny the enigmatic attraction he’s developed for the alluring mortal woman. Concerned for her safety, he’s determined to bring Samantha back to her coven. His mission is to go find the novice witch and bring her home, nothing more, nothing less; falling for her is not supposed to be part of the plan.

Samantha doesn’t want to be a witch, yet that’s exactly what she is. After failing to elicit her magic, she escapes to the mountains in an attempt to resume a semblance of her previous human life. When an arsonist torches her cabin, Samantha’s worst fears are realized. Aware that her life is on the line, she reluctantly agrees to return to New Orleans with Luca.

In the Big Easy, Samantha and Luca embark on a spellbinding journey, searching for a mystical amulet that promises to release her obligation from an ancient, lethal vampire who’s been threatening her life. With cryptic clues and clandestine allies, will Luca and Samantha destroy the dangerous amulet before others acquire it, setting forth a chain of catastrophic consequences? And will Luca give into his erotic desire for the witch who magically captures heart?

I liked Luca from Kade’s Dark Embrace. I thought it was pretty awesome that there was a vampire who was not turned on by humans at all. I appreciated the fact that he was cold and offish (just like vampires used to be before we all fell in love with them) and I was pretty excited to hear his book would be next.

Too bad cold, offish Luca is not the Luca I got in Luca’s Magic Embrace. Instead, I got sensitive, ‘I care about your feelings’ Luca. I’m cool with him having a softer side, except I felt that’s all I got. I’m sorry. Vamps aren’t soft, nor are they sweet. If they are, you got lucky. I felt Samantha (the witch/love interest) was able to win Luca over way too easily and she didn’t even really do anything to win his heart except exist. That didn’t really work for me since in KDE, Luca was dead set against falling in love with any humans.

However, I liked Luca and Samantha together even though I felt their romance was kind of formal and cheesy. They were still cute and I had a good time reading about their encounters. This book was definitely more racy than KDE at times, but I was perfectly okay with that. Tristan added his own wolfy-spice to the novel and readers are introduced to a new character, Leopold! Definitely want to see more of him.

Overall, it was a nice read. I will more than likely finish the series because I really want to know what happens to all of the characters. And as a last thought, the cover to LME is HOT. Totally feeling it.

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