My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Pocket Star
Date/Year: November 17, 2014 (originally published in 2004)
This book was provided to me through NetGalley for an honest review.
When Cole Steele, a womanizer rumored to have killed his father, meets Maia Armstrong, a veterinarian rumored to practice magic, the sizzling romance could melt all the snow on his Wyoming ranch. And when an injured horse brings them together, Cole can’t help but believe that Maia casts spells on animals—and men. What else could explain the burning passion he feels for her and the thawing of his heart just in time for Christmas?
I have been a fan of Christine Feehan since I discovered her Carpathian series years ago. I love the Drake Sisters series and her Ghostwalker series as well. All of these are heavy on the paranormal or parapsychic so I was not sure what to expect with a straight, contemporary romance . . . but it’s not.
Maia is a traveling veterinarian. She has the ability to see images from the animals around her which makes her job so much easier. However, humans don’t understand her ability and so she can never stay long in one place. And she longs for a permanent home and family.
Cole doesn’t know what home and family mean. He and his much younger brother were both emotionally and physically abused by their father. After he was killed, the brothers inherit his ranch and all his millions.
But, who murdered their father? Was it either of them? If so, it was certainly justified.
Feehan does an excellent job of showing the damage done to both men through the use of flashbacks and their reactions to things other people treat as normal.
Regardless of the title, Maia’s healing influence is not shown as a miracle, but as result of developing love.
My heart broke for both brothers and it was wonderful to see how Feehan, with Maia’s help, brought their lives around.