Series: Warlocks MacGregor #1
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Published by Entangled Covet on June 2, 2014
Reviewed by: Libbie
Multiple sex scenes
Erik MacGregor, from a clan of ancient Scottish warlocks, isn't looking for love. After centuries, it's not even a consideration...until he moves in next door to Lydia Barratt. It's clear that the shy beauty wants nothing to do with him, but he's drawn to her nonetheless and determined to win her over.
Lydia Barratt just wants to be left alone to grow flowers and make lotions in her old Victorian house. The last thing she needs is a demanding Scottish man meddling in her private life. Just because he's gorgeous and totally rocks a kilt doesn't mean she's going to fall for his seductive manner.
But Erik won't give up and just as Lydia let's her guard down, his sister decides to get involved. Her little love potion prank goes terribly wrong, making Lydia the target of his sudden embarrassingly obsessive behavior. They'll have to find a way to pull Erik out of the spell fast when it becomes clear that Lydia has more than a lovesick warlock to worry about. Evil lurks within the shadows and it plans to use Lydia, alive or dead, to take out Erik and his clan for good.
I’ll fully admit to being in a sucker-for-a-kilt stage in my reading tastes, which is why I decided to read this one just on the cover alone. Apart from issues with occasional sketchy choices with accent-writing for their Scottish burr, I was mostly satisfied on that front.
The rest of LOVE POTIONS was a little more jumbled. I’m not one to discount a good dose of kilt-lifter erotica, but there were times when it just felt like too much focus on sex for the wrong reasons. And by wrong reasons I mean insta-lust to hook the reader. I understand that shortcuts have to be taken in a shorter book, but the heroine drenching her jeans after hearing the man say hello and then nearly giving him head in the forest right after they talk for the first time because “a spell went wrong” didn’t sit well with me.
I think that’s what kept me from loving LOVE POTIONS and why it took me so long to read it. For all the fun I had with the MacGregors, and they are a fun, pranking bunch, they seem to get magic wrong quite a lot for immortal warlocks, and always for plot reasons. Then there’s Erik’s shape-shifting ability - used twice for plot and then never mentioned again. I did like Lydia, though. She’s a strong character and not about to be pushed around by the stubborn Scot, or his family.
Overall, LOVE POTIONS is a good mix of erotica, magic, and all things kilt. I might delve back into the world if Charlotte’s story is told, because I like her and I wouldn’t mind another trip down this rabbit hole.
- Love Potions