The Phoenix Charm
By Helen Scott Taylor
Publisher: Love Spell
Release Date: December 29, 2009
Helen Scott Taylor continues her Magic Knot Fairies series with The Phoenix Charm. Combining magic, action and romance, it's a story that will delight and enchant readers.
Cornish pisky wise woman Cordelia Tink has been left in charge of the pisky troop while the new king and queen, Niall and Rose O'Connor (hero and heroine of The Magic Knot) are out of the country. The task of recording the troop's history is her job, but she would much rather be doing something more enjoyable, like thinking about sexy and charming Michael O'Connor, Niall's twin brother. Cordelia sometimes foretells Michael's future with her divination mirror, but she doesn't always like what she sees--Michael making love to various women. The sight of Michael's body awakens Cordelia's water nymph allure, which she keeps under control with the magical Celtic symbol wards she has painted on her body. But the wards can't keep her from feeling the desire and heat she experiences when she's around Michael.
Michael is the troop's storyteller, entertaining, engaging and free from virtually all responsibility. He is the quintessential ladies' man, but there is something about Cordelia that intrigues and attracts him. Michael is in charge of watching over his twin nephews while his brother and sister-in-law are gone. When someone opens a portal between this world and the Underworld, Michael's nephew, Fin, is trapped and held hostage by minions of Gwyn ap Nudd, King of the Underworld. Michael and Cordelia must travel to the Underworld to rescue Fin. If they are to succeed, they must learn to trust each other, their companions, and themselves.
Cordelia and Michael are a dynamic hero and heroine who literally face death to rescue Fin and in turn discover a love that will save them all. Their journey is fraught with peril as they battle the darkest evil. But as their trust in one another grows, so does their love. And it's pure magic.
Cordelia rushed to Michael, pressing her palm over his heart center, willing her strength into him as he wrapped his arms around her. She inhaled the herbal, earthy tang of his skin. His lips met hers, and she kissed him with all the passion locked inside her, the allure swelling and surging like a storm within her wards, threatening to break free. She framed his face in her hands and stared into his blue eyes, darkened now with fear. “I’ll call you back, Michael.”
“Aye, lass.” He touched a finger to her lips. “I know you won’t let me down.”
I thoroughly enjoyed The Phoenix Charm, even though I did not read the first book in the series, The Magic Knot--I plan to read it immediately! Ms. Taylor has created a magical world filled with unbelievable beings that she makes you believe in. I loved Michael and Cordelia, but there are also a number of secondary characters so vivid that they simply beg for their own story to be told. Pick up a copy of The Phoenix Charm and enjoy a little magic.