- 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: 128 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,941,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Magic Knot Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 2009
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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.
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Rose shows up in Cornwall, as an everyday accountant, not realizing she has set in motion a show down with her evil Druid father.
The story is well crafted and interesting, if not always well executed. The push/pull of the romance between Rose and Niall unfolds nicely. The author tires to write an Irish lilt into the words, but I found it distracting and it drew my focus from the story.
It was an enjoyable read and I will likely read more by this author.
Anyone who knows anything about the fairy queen knows she is powerful and treacherous and you must watch every word around her. Whenever the guys in this book tried to warn the heroine about the fairy queen she just rolled her eyes like a teenager. When they warned her to be quiet in dangerous situations she kept talking and questioning them. She deserved the pain she got for her arrogance and stupidity. With her total arrogance and disreguard for her protectors' good advice she should have not have escaped the fairy realm. Luckily (?) the fairy queen Ciar (What is this name and how do you pronounce it?) was not very powerful or impressive so even a moron had a chance to escape her.
Our heroine was told she could release her pixie half either through sex or extreme pain. The sex doesn't work despite the realization that the hero and heroine love each other and are meant to be together. Then the heroine is nearly buned to death but the pain doesn't release her pixie powers either. This leaves sex with a third character as the only chance to release her powers and save her. Tacky and inconsistent. Why didn't the pain work? What is wrong with monogamy? Not exciting enough?
In the end both our hero and heroine suffer from random bouts of stupidity. I believe this was an effort to create drama. It merely served to tediously draw things out and make the characters annoying. Like the girl in a movie who can't run away without tripping or the man who tries to outrun a pursuing car instead of ducking to the side where the car can't follow. Please create a real obstacle to overcome not a pathetic weakness in the hero or heroine.
The secondary characters were better. I look forward to Michael and Nightshade's books. Hopefully they won't suddenly suffer random stupidity in their own books. They didn't in this one.
I loved Rose! Her voice of human reason amidst all the outlandish faery customs was funny and relatable. But what I liked most about her was that despite being the voice of reason, she wasn't entirely a wet blanket. I love characters that are aware of how bizarre their circumstances are, but don't lose their sense of wonder either. I laughed out loud when she said she took a class on dealing with difficult people and wanted to use those skills to deal with a murderous faery queen.
The plot and lore was good. I've been doing research on Irish mythology, and I was pleased to recognize certain terms/mythical creatures in the novel. The conflict was so high stakes too, it definitely kept me reading.
So if the protagonist, the plot, and the magic were great, why 3 stars? Niall.
I recognize that my thoughts on Niall are subjective. Some people may read this book and walk away feeling like Niall was a total hunk. That's fine. But I do want to explain why I didn't like him or the romance that blossomed between him and Rose.
Niall is a broody, secretive love interest who constantly lies to Rose "for her own good." His entire character is built on the fact that he can't comfortably trust other people. If his development led to him learning to trust others thanks to Rose, I wouldn't be so annoyed. But Niall lashes out and lies to Rose even after they've gotten together, usually because he 1) is irritated that Rose doesn't trust him about something or 2) he is trying to abuse Rose's trust to keep her in the dark about something important. Rose does get angry at him for this, and Niall does sometimes voice some regret for his actions, but his behavior is always forgiven with a reference to weird "male logic."
To be clear, if trust wasn't such a big theme for this book and the romance, I wouldn't place so much weight in it. But the issue of trust is woven so deeply into the plot and characters, I feel like Niall's lack of development in this area really undermines the romance.
All of the characters were well developed and done very smoothly while the story unfolded and pulled the reader further into their lives. The story resolutions were fairly obvious but the reader would be terribly disappointed if situations had played out differently.
The book was a heart-warning story, a quick read, and painted beautifully well-defined pictures in my mind as I read along.