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House of Shadows (Enchantment in Crimson) Paperback – June 29, 2004
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Rowan is a witch with incredible powers, telekinesis and mind reading being only two of them. When her boyfriend walks into the bar and accuses her of using him for sex, he is far from wrong. He doesn't know it, but she's got to recharge her powers somehow. After they fight, he admits to cheating on Rowan and walks out, leaving her angry and confused. In some ways she is pleased he is out of her life for good, but annoyed at having to go through the whole dating process again. Still, not being one to mope around, she continues working in the booth telling fortunes by tarot card. When her best friend walks in proclaiming she has just met Mr Right, the cute gothic hunk at the bar, named Rick, things turn awkward. How can Rowan warn her that the successful architect is really a hungry vampire not to be trusted, when he looks so damn sexy and is actually making eyes at her?
To add to Rowan's problems, a sorcerer with two shadows and an evil aura swans into the bar and starts up a conversation with the vampire, Rick. Slightly amused she watches the hunter become the hunted, as the sorcerer feeds off the vampire's powers. However, when she consults the tarot for guidance, she is forewarned of the impenitent destruction of the whole club - unless she does something to stop the sorcerer, they will all die. And if that doesn't kill her, Rick's unwelcome, undead houseguest, Klaus, just might!
Once again, Morgan Hawke has cast her magic, producing a fabulous tale of witches, sorcerers, zombies and vampires that will keep you spellbound to the very end. Bind this with the author's impeccable subject knowledge and natural flair for capturing the mood, and you have an all-star cast just bursting to reveal their supernatural secrets.Read more ›
Overall a plot that falls just short of excellent. One of the strong points is that the main villain appears to be a sociopath rather than a traditional villain. He has a bunch of people killed by monsters because it is a convenient means to his goal. There are other players here that are running both the main villain and the ancient vampire but we never see their masters or their masters goals. The structure is well done as everything isn't laid out in detail--just like real life, there are always answers missing.
The characters are compelling and very well drawn.
What saves this book from 5 stars is persistent editorial and factual errors. Rowan's first awakening of her powers with her first sexual encounter is very rough (her powers depend on sex). There are other spots including guns and inconsistencies. If these were absent I would rate this as outstanding.
Still an excellent read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book was a quick and enjoyable read. The heat level on the book was just right and I cannot wait for the sequel.Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
I really liked this book, it was really good. It catches your interest fast and it's hard to put down. I love this author, all her books a great. Read morePublished on May 23, 2013 by K Stevens
I have been waiting for part 2 to come out with no such luck. This was one of the first books I read from this author. Read morePublished on March 12, 2011 by Jerri
I normally love all of Hawke's novels. She is buy far one of the most talented erotica writers I have read, but this novel was absolutely painful to get through. Read morePublished on March 3, 2011 by Avid Romance Reader
this book made absolutely no sense. the hero was a wuss and the heroine was a nympho. i got a sample and it started out well. then it went terribly wrong. Read morePublished on July 15, 2009 by Kathy Jackson
Surprisingly entertaining. Not the best book I've read, but hardly the worst either.Published on February 16, 2007 by Maki
Rowan is a so-called witch with a bad itch that needs scratching preferably by Rick. But hey, why stop there? The plot is incomplete. The bad guys aren't really bad guys. Read morePublished on August 6, 2006 by K.B.
Ms. Hawke creates an interesting 'live' vampire here, but he is the only good thing about this book. The author's use of descriptors [spec. Read morePublished on November 10, 2005 by Holly Lewis