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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Love Spell; Original edition (February 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0505527960
  • ISBN-13: 978-0505527967
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 4.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,300,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

HE'S A BIKER WITH AN ATTITUDE

What woman wouldn't be attracted to Niall O'Connor's soft Irish brogue and dark good looks? But Rosenwyn Tremain must find her father, and she isn't going to let a sexy, stubborn Irishman and his motorcycle distract her. Rose's intuition tells her he's hiding something, a secret even the cards cannot divine. Her tarot deck always reads true, but how can one man represent both Justice and Betrayal?

SHE'S A WOMAN ON A MISSION

Magic. Niall's body tingles with it when he finds the woman snooping in his room. Rosenwyn might believe she's a no-nonsense accountant, but her essence whispers to him of ancient fairy magic that enslaves even as it seduces. Her heritage could endanger those he'd die to protect, but her powers and her passion, if properly awakened, might be the only thing that can save both their families, vanquish a fairy queen bent on revenge, and fulfill a prophecy that will bind their hearts together with... THE MAGIC KNOT

About the Author

Helen Scott Taylor's first novel, The Magic Knot, won the American Title contest in 2008, was a Golden Heart® finalist, and was chosen as one of Booklist's top ten romances of 2009. Since then, she has published other novels, novellas, and short stories in both the UK and USA. Her published works have been finalists in a number of contests including the Holt Medallion, the Lories, the Prism Contest, the Write Touch Award and the Maggies.

Helen lives in South West England near Plymouth in Devon between the windswept expanse of Dartmoor and the rocky Atlantic coast. As well as her wonderful long-suffering husband, she shares her home with two Shih Tzus and an aristocratic chocolate-shaded-silver-burmilla cat who rules the household with a velvet paw. She believes that deep within everyone there's a little magic. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


More About the Author

USA Today bestselling author, Helen Scott Taylor, had her first book released in 2009. The Magic Knot, won the American Title contest, was a Golden Heart® finalist, and was chosen as one of Booklist's top ten romances of 2009. Since then, she has published other novels, novellas, and short stories in both the UK and USA. Her published works have been finalists in a number of contests including the Holt Medallion, the Lories, the Prism Contest, the Write Touch Award and the Maggies.

Helen lives in South West England near Plymouth in Devon between the windswept expanse of Dartmoor and the rocky Atlantic coast. As well as her wonderful long-suffering husband, she shares her home with a Westie and an aristocratic chocolate-shaded-silver-burmilla cat who rules the household with a velvet paw. She believes that deep within everyone there's a little magic. www.helenscotttaylor.co.uk

Customer Reviews

I enjoyed it and look forward to reading more by her.
Brenda R. Daniels
Be prepared to fall in love with new paranormal author, Helen Scott Taylor, who will weave her magic with lovers of fantasy romance in THE MAGIC KNOT (Love Spell/Feb.
Amazon Customer
I greatly enjoyed the light mystical story line,loved the characters, it was very romantic, and a little bit of magic history!
Terri Chandler

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Helen Hancox on January 28, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It's not every day you read a book where the heroine is a rather dull-seeming accountant. Perhaps Rosenwyn Tremain is a bit dull but her life changes overnight when she finds herself driving to Cornwall to carry out an accountancy check on a pub. When she arrives at the pub she meets twin brothers Michael and Niall O'Connor and from that point on nothing is the same. She feels a strange connection to Niall but he's reserved and seems to be hiding something. Part of her reasoning to visit Cornwall is to search for her father, a man she doesn't remember; however there's more to her Dad than she can possibly imagine and meeting him starts her on a quest, along with Niall, Michael and another ususual male, to rescue a whole race of piskies and to attempt to help Niall keep his sister safe.

Rose is a good heroine, a women who's fairly down-to-earth and who is able to take rather dramatic events in her stride, but a woman who also knows to focus on people as the most important thing. Niall, however, was a rather unsatisfactory hero for me; he is a bit too moody and reserved and has a dreadful tendency to not tell Rose what's going on so she's constantly in the dark. The other characters were well described but didn't really ring entirely true for me.

The setting in Cornwall and then Ireland was interesting enough although our English/Irish protagonists slipped into using American language at times, which was rather incongruous. There were some rather dramatic plot events which I felt weren't always handled very well and the central romance didn't feel particularly romantic. However the story was interesting with good pacing and the change in setting from Cornwall to Ireland was also good.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn Gwaltney on July 5, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
On the positive side, Ms Taylor has succeeded in writing an entertaining book. The story is clever and even complex, and contains some original ideas, while still sticking fairly close to fairy legends. I cared enough about the characters and the world of The Magic Knot that I intend to read the next one. And I'm sure there will be a "next one" because this one read like the beginning of a series.

One the "con" side, I was surprised at how clunky the writing was at times and how unevenly the story unfolded. Plus I was dismayed how often the characters jumped *out* of character, delivering lines that seemed to belong to someone else. On several fronts, Ms. Taylor build drama only to let it fizzle out with little resolution and no explanations. I won't give specifics because I don't want to give spoilers, but one incident toward the end of the book that should have been a moving scene of forgiveness and redemption was totally blown off in a "wink, wink, nod, nod" moment that literally had me open mouthed with surprise...and not in a good way.

I have to admit to being surprised by the awards this book has won or been nominated for, and for all the 4 and 5 star reviews. It's not a bad book, in fact it's very entertaining. It just isn't near the best it could be, or the best of its genre. (See Patricia Briggs's Mercy Thompson series, or for grittier urban fantasy, try Jeaniene Frost or Jim Butcher.) I look forward to Ms. Taylor's writings in the hope that this promising new author will hone her craft and develop *into* a 4 and 5 star author.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By D. Merrimon Crawford VINE VOICE on March 27, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Helen Scott Taylor's debut paranormal romance THE MAGIC KNOT brings magic into play with a journey through Cornwall to Ireland, land of the mischievous piskies. A delightful fairy tale for romance lovers, THE MAGIC KNOT brings together a refreshingly original hero and heroine, an Irish biker pub owner and an accountant. Love holds the power to free or enslave. The entire romance is fantastic but the ending alone with its stunning imagery of transformation makes this romance one that will live in the imagination long after the book is read.

Despite her mother's warnings to never set foot in Cornwall, accountant Rosenwyn Tremain has little choice in her hunt to find her father. If she can only finish her job to investigate of the finances of the Elephant's Nest Public House quickly, then she will be able to leave and get on with her search. When Michael O'Connor doesn't seem to want to co-operate with the audit, his brother Niall O'Connor seems to be the only means to finish the job. When she finally catches up with the sexy buy ever so stubborn Irishman, Rose knows she should keep a professional distance, but she cannot help but take a look at the Tarot cards to get an inkling of the man behind the beautiful body and seductive accent. How can one man encompass such contradictory aspects? Does she dare trust this man whose past seems cloaked in secrets and betrayal?

Visions of his family's captivity haunt Niall O'Connor, a proud man who refuses to return to Ireland and subjugate himself to the Irish fairy queen Ciar. Suddenly Tristan, accompanied by his sidekick Nightshade, a vampiristic nightstalker, changes the terms of the deal that until now has kept his brother and sister safe.
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