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The Salem Wildlife Sanctuary is Gwen Taylor's life work. Her Irish Gypsy heritage provides a hidden talent she uses to help the creatures under her care. But even her magical skills can't help new rescues in dire need of veterinary care. The opportunity of signing on as the vet for Gwen's sanctuary dropped into Brock Scutter's lap after he expanded his practice to include wildlife. The personal attraction he and Gwen experience is undeniable the more their professional and personal lives collide. Touring the only "non-haunted" house in Salem they both feel a spark of magic. A trip to his family's cabin uncovers a heritage he didn't know existed. If they want a future together, it means facing the consequences of awakening hidden Gypsy magic and a race against the clock to correct past wrongs.
“Of course that was before you realized the hidden Gypsy magic in your family’s cabin in Puffin Cove.” Her friend, Pepper’s laughter wafted in the night breeze until they were almost out of sight.
Gwen sat down on the porch and pulled him down beside her. “You okay with the events of the past few days?” She twisted around so her eyes met his. Misfit trotted up the steps and circled twice before settling next to her.
“Yeah, not anywhere near the shock at Pepper’s cabin over the holidays. Speaking of holidays…”
She glanced over at him perplexed. “Holidays are nearly four months away. Don’t you think we have enough other things going on without considering the holidays?” Holding up her fingers, she began to tick off the loose ends to date. “Ghost Beth and her family, authentication of the paper for the Witch House, poachers outcome, moving into your house, the painting, turtles, owl— “
“And the list goes on.” He interrupted chuckling. “Not those holidays, the end of summer celebration and gala. How about I take you on a real date?”
“So all our outings up until now were pretend dates?” She crossed her arms over her chest and stuck her lip out in a pout.
Laughing he shook his head. “I mean one that doesn’t include injured animals, poachers, bewitched time-travel paintings, Gypsy magic cabins, or whatever else we’ve encountered in the past few months. A date like most couples enjoy.”
“What fun is that?” She deliberately ran the tip of her tongue around her moist lips knowing her actions would get his attention. Still holding the pout he’d termed cute on other occasions.
With his fingertip, he tilted her chin up, brushed his lips over hers.
3 out of 5 (good)
According to Goodreads, Hidden Gypsy Magic is the third book in the Witch's Journey series and is a connection between the author's Lobster Cove series and this one. This made for some confusion as characters and events were mentioned that I had no prior knowledge of.
Brock and Gwen both have Hidden Gypsy Magic (hence the title) but this story takes you along as they find out just how that affects Brock. Gwen already knows about hers and uses it most days at the Sanctuary. Brock is in for some surprises when he takes Gwen to his family cabin and also when he buys a home in Salem.
This was an interesting story with a good twist regarding the Salem Witch Trials. I loved how the painting featured and changed in the story. This is a fast-paced story with a lot going on - from poachers to heiresses who want our main male - so you need to pay attention to exactly what is going on and when.
Steamy in some places but not so it overtakes the story, this was a read that I enjoyed and can recommend.
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *
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Tena Stetler is a paranormal romance and cozy mystery author with an over-active imagination. She wrote her first vampire romance as a tween, to the chagrin of her mother and the delight of her friends. With the Rocky Mountains outside her window, Tena sits at her computer surrounded by a wide array of paranormal creatures telling her their tales.
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