I received this book for free from my own shelves in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Magic in the Wind by Christine Feehan
Published by Berkley Books on September 27, 2005
Source: my own shelves
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Also by this author: Air Bound, Rocky Mountain Miracle, Power Game, Earth Bound, Spider Game, "Dark Crime", Judgment Road, Toxic Game, Vengeance Road, Fire Bound, Bound Together, Shadow Warrior, Leopard's Wrath, Wild Cat, Cat's Lair, Vendetta Road, Lethal Game, Desolation Road, Shadow Flight, Oceans of Fire, Twilight Before Christmas, Dangerous Tides
First in the Drake Sisters / Sea Haven paranormal romance series and revolving around, huh?, the Drake Sisters. The couple focus is on Sarah Drake and Damon Wilder.
Magic in the Wind can also be found in Lover Beware: “Magic in the Wind”.
Oh yeah! This story combines some of my favorite elements in a story — action, romance, paranormal, and strong women characters with that homey feel I love. That beginning sure does pull me in with the wind whispering about “Sarah”…spooky…
Feehan uses a third person global subject point-of-view from most everyone’s perspective. It’s a great way to introduce us to the sisters and the people in their lives and the town. Feehan’s tricky in this, keeping up the suspense of just what it is the sisters can do, as she drops hints throughout.
It’s interesting that the entire town knows about the abilities of the Drake sisters, and how very protective they are of the women. I want that house as well…seems that it takes care of the gardens, exterior, does housecleaning, and boils water at the drop of a hat…
There’s a lot of teasing amongst the sisters, and it’s an attractive trait that pulls Damon in. It is an insta-love, but it’s a believable state. What’s hard to process (but makes me want to preen for the women) is how badly the bad guys have underestimated their “opponents”. *Snicker*
Although I’m ticked that we don’t get to “hear” the name of the bad guy, Magic in the Wind is well written with a good pen for detail. This one’s a buy for me.
It’s not just the bad guys after Damon Wilder. Death has its own hold on the man. But all Damon truly knows is that whisper on the wind: “Sarah Drake has come home”. It’s also a breathless rumor blowing through town, intriguing enough that the reclusive Damon must know more.
But Damon has not arrived alone. A killer has tracked him to Sea Haven, and into the shadows of Drake House, where Sarah, who has her own secrets, is just a whisper away…
Sarah Drake is the oldest of the seven sisters and works as a security specialist. The rest of the sisters include Abbey, who can make people tell the truth; Joely, who is a famous singer; Libby, who is a healer working in third world countries; Kate, who is a famous author; the incredibly shy Hannah, who is a supermodel who can control the wind; and, Elle, who is the youngest, is destined to have seven daughters.
Damon Wilder, disabled after being tortured for top secrets, has retired to Sea Haven. Dan Treadway was the friend and assistant who was murdered.
Sea Haven is…
…a small coastal town in California. Jonas Harrington, who’s known the sisters since forever, is the sheriff with whom Hannah has a hate relationship — and I can’t really blame her! Jackson Deveau is his deputy. Inez Nelson owns a grocery story, a.k.a. gossip central. Donna runs the gift shop with a tendency to tease Inez. Irene has a dying son, Drew.
Old Mars is a crotchety old man rumored to make things up. Jeff Dockins was at the gas station. Trudy Garret works at the Salt Bar and Grill. Paul Bailey was rescued from a blowhole. Penny. Frank Warner is a painter. Pete Granger is Drew’s best friend. Pete’s dad may have a cardiac condition. Patsy is an older sister. Mr and Mrs Darden have a lovely garden.
The wind and Death are active participants in Magic in the Wind.
The Cover and Title
The primary colors on the cover are black and magenta with a close-up of the dark-haired Sarah in the upper left and a star-bordered magenta scarf billowing in the wind, level with the fenced-off cliff overlooking the bright blue ocean. In white is a testimonial followed by the series info to the right of Sarah’s head. An info blurb in white is just above the author’s name in a light purple as is the title below that. In between name and title is a repeat of the series info in white.
The title is a good introduction to the Drake sisters, for there is Magic in the Wind.