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Laced with Magic (Sugar Maple #2)

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  1,148 ratings  ·  140 reviews
From "a master storyteller"(Booklist (starred review) comes more magic, knitting, and love in the delightful follow-up to Casting Spells.

Knit shop owner and sorcerer's daughter Chloe Hobbs felt the Fates finally got it right when she met Luke MacKenzie. And no one could have convinced her otherwise-including the trolls, selkies, or spirits who also call Sugar Maple, Vermo
Paperback, 342 pages
Published August 4th 2009 by Berkley (first published August 2009)
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Fiction is about making up a story but far too many spectacular, spooky titles, fizzle into debunked endings. Barbara Bretton has the gumption to bring on the paranormal! She is enormously funny but in no way that dims the vibrant ambiance of magic. At last, here is a superbly-written cast of characters that deals daily with the unseen realm. I enjoy the concepts of series in the vein of Madelyn Alt and Mary Stanton but mystical content was sparse. Barbara rewards our craving for etherealness. I ...more
I love that Chloe embraces both sides of her background in this book, she is both human and a sorceress. She’s still learning her powers which provide some laugh out loud moments, like when Luke ends up the size of a Ken doll. Luke is amazing to me, willing to stand beside Chloe in the face of things he can’t even begin to understand. That’s true love. In a romance, the hero and heroine are most important to me, and I adore these two.

Their relationship does have some rough spots, which is to be
This was a good follow-up to Casting Spells. I enjoy it when authors use the same setting/town and characters to write multiple books and as always, Barbara Bretton is a master storyteller. The plot was good, but I felt like it was the same thing over and over again. Chloe must choose between between humans and magick creatures and the townspeople all distrust Luke. Sometimes that aspect felt a little slow. I also thought the townspeople were extra mean and nasty this time. They put so much pres ...more
This is the sequel to CASTING SPELLS and has three point-of-view characters, all of them still sounding so similar I had to page back on occasion to see who was talking.

I liked the characters and the magic, but knitting had even less to do with the magic in this book, even though two of the point-of-view characters were knitters.

While some of the conflict in the story was satisfactorily resolved, the ending was a bit of a cliff-hanger, so there will need to be a follow-up. I hope the author figu
Although Bretton's wit is just as apparent in this novel as it was in Casting Spells, she handles the delicate subject of a child's death with care and sensitivity. Anyone who has gone through anything similar will recognize this.

For the knitters and crocheters there is a special treat, a collection of knitting tips and a scarf crochet pattern for the beginning level. I might give that one a try.

And finally, in an author's note, Barbara Bretton pays tribute to her mother, the wonderful lady she

This is the 2nd story from the Magical town of Sugar Maple. A town where all the inhabitants are supernatural. The woman who is the mayor is our heroine Chloe, half human half witch. It is her powers that have to protect the town from discovery, or a dangerous fae. Chloe runs a shop that is famous in the knitting community. She gives lessons and sells everything any knitter could want.
Luke is Chloe's human lover, sent to the town a few months before by the state capital to be the town's acting
There were many things I didn't like about this book compared to the first one. I'm not thrilled when books switch point-of-view from one character to the next. Especially, when this happens more than once in a chapter. This book was even worse than the first one because this time, the author added a third point-of-view. Half the time, I couldn't remember who's thoughts I was reading. Also, this book is basically a continuation of the first book. There's not much new in the plot. And lastly, whe ...more
3.5 stars, good and despite it having been several years since I read the first one I didn't feel terribly lost. My only complaint is that we were left with a pretty decent cliff hanger.
Maria Carmo
The continuation of the Sugar Maple saga with its peculiar but delightful characters and a lot of magic to lighten up every page...

Maria Carmo

Lisbon 21st Augusr 2012.
Eliza Leone
Dramatic and witty, but still as kooky as every.
4 star story

Series: Yes, book 2 of "Sugar Maple"
Characters: Luke and Chloe
Setting: Sugar Maple, Vermont
Sexual Themes: a few scenes of light description

Recommendation: A fanciful, light read, perfect for the supernatural lover and the knitter. This is not a difficult read, the romance is filled with tension and conflict and the story will captivate you with all the town's wit and splendor.

Sugar Maple is a small town in Vermont based off of Salem MA,
Maria Elmvang
A 3.5 star review - rounded down.

About half way through the book it looked as if I would end up giving it two stars at best. A horrible disappointment after I had enjoyed the first book so much. But fortunately Barbara Bretton managed to redeem herself in the second half, and in the end she regained my trust and at least almost lived up to my expectations. So after thinking I might not finish the book at all, I now find myself considering continuing with the series after all.

But the first half w
LACED WITH MAGIC by Barbara Bretton was a beautifully light tale of magic and romance. I’m not sure what I was expecting when I picked up LACED WITH MAGIC, but this book exceeded that. The story was fantastic, the suspense full and captivating, and to top it all off the romance was completely delicious. If you’re looking for a good Romance with a nice touch of magic, LACED WITH MAGIC is it.

Readers were first introduced to Chloe, part sorceress and knit shop owner, in Bretton’s first book, Castin

Chloe has found her Prince Charming in Luke. She believes that they will grow old together, living happily ever after. But when his ex-wife, Karen, shows up and announces that Luke had a daughter, Steffie, who died, Chloe is literally thrown for a loop. How could Luke not tell her about this? After all, she confided in him that she's a witch in training and lives in a town full of non-humans.

Circumstances beyond anyone's control keep Karen in town and in Chloe's house. As the two women get to kn
Right from the very beginning, this book grabbed me and kept my attention throughout the whole story. I didn't know this was a sequel to a book called Casting Spells (although I will now be searching for a copy!). I loved the way the story was written. I found myself flying through the was written almost as if being told by a friend.

I really liked the characters. I could totally understand how Chloe was unsure of "the ex" but still wanted to fight on her behalf. And as much as I wante
As with the first book, the only thing that really annoys me about Laced with Magic is the attitude shared by Chloe and the citizens of Sugar Maple that Chloe is somehow obligated to stay in the town, protect the town, get together with an appropriate man (i.e. magical and preferably of their choosing), and have babies. They all act like she owes them. Yes, they raised her when her parents died, but they didn't do it for her own sake; they did it to keep their precious town protected. Even her s ...more
This review was originally posted on my review blog : Falling Off The Shelf (3.5 Rating)

Chloe Hobbs is a sorceress-in-training, as well as the owner of a extremely popular knit shop called Sticks and Strings. As a knit shop owner, Chloe has it made. She has an unlimited supply of yarn that never tangles and a huge fan club. If life were this easy, I think we would all be especially greatful. Outside of the knit shop, Chloe has a whole new set of problems. She's just getting used to having a huma
Synopsis from the back cover:

Ever have the feeling that the fates finally got it right? That’s how I felt when I met Luke MacKenzie. And no one could have convinced me otherwise—not the trolls, selkies, or spirits who also call Sugar Maple, Vermont, home. But since I live in a town that thrives on secrets, why am I surprised that the man I love has a few of his own? Because out of nowhere his ex-wife has suddenly shown up, claiming to see the spirit of their daughter, Steffie—a daughter I knew
Apesar da história de Chloe me ter contentado desde o inicio, não me entusiasmei particularmente com a sua paixão e talento no tricô.
A este aspecto soma-se o facto da escrita de Barbara Bretton ser um pouco infantil, o que resulta numa linguagem para jovens, mas um conteúdo para adultos. Claro que este conteúdo a que me refiro não se limita apenas à temática das lãs e outros tecidos, mas também a uma cena mais intima no segundo volume ou aos acontecimentos no geral da vida da personagem principa
Originally posted on Joyfully Reviewed:

Things are finally going right for Chloe Hobbs. Her latent sorceress powers have finally kicked in, she saved her town from being pulled beyond the mist, she banished the power-hungry Fae leader, Isadora, and best of all, she’s in love with Luke Mackenzie, the town’s chief of police and only resident full-blooded human. But Chloe’s bubble of happiness is popped when Luke’s ex-wife, Karen, shows up in Sugar Maple, cla
Tempo de Ler
Sugar Maple...uma vila habituada pelos descendentes dos seres oprimidos que fugiram de Salem durante os Julgamentos das Bruxas: vampiros, fadas, selkies, duendes, trolls, lobisomens, feiticeiras...e Chloe.
Mas desta vez, Chloe já não está sozinha, em «Feitiços de Amor» Chloe apaixonou-se, e foi correspondida a 100%, pelo novo polícia da vila, Luke, que optou por ficar em Sugar Maple, de livre e espontânea vontade, mesmo tendo conhecimento dos seus estranhos habitantes...claro que na altura ele nã
Laura de Leon
I read this book without reading the first book in the series, and now I regret it. The author did a very good job of filling the reader in on everything that happened, so now I'm torn. On the one hand, I enjoyed this book so much that I'd like to go see what happened before. On the other hand, I feel like I already know what is going to happen.

This was a really fun read. I don't have a lot of experience with paranormal romances-- the only ones that I've read before are by Nora Roberts, because
Ashley (yAdult Review)
Originally posted at Nose in a Book

We meet Chloe once again. Chloe still lives in Sugar Maple, Vermont, with her boyfriend Luke, whose contract is up soon which leads Chloe to wonder if he is going to stay or if he is going to move back to the big city. Another problem, magic is running amok in town. If that isn’t bad enough, Luke’s ex-wife comes into town with some secrets of her own. And these secrets are a doozey.

This book is an excellent second book in the series. It does not hit the sophomo
Book two in the Sugar Maple series is very good. The way the story is continued is really well done and makes sense with the original story and characters, but with a new story line and different challenges for Chloe and Luke to face.

Chloe's magic has finally come in, and she has won Luke, so she figures it's only a matter of time until the required daughter comes along to fulfill the prophecy and keep the town where it is.

But, of course, that would be too simple! Instead, the ex-wife Luke never
I like this series a lot. It is a quick read but with a lot of action and a good storyline. Chloe Hobbs is a sorceress in Sugar Maple, Vermont. She is just beginning to find out about her powers and how to use them. She is in love with Luke MacKenzie the temporary chief of police but when his ex-wife comes to town, Chloe needs to use all of her powers to help Luke and to keep Sugar Maple alive and well and away from the evil clutches of the banished Fae leader Isadora.
This was the follow-up book to Casting Spells and it was definitely a page-turner as it approached the end.
Luke and Chloe are seemingly happy in Sugar Maple until the night when Isadora (banished at the end of the last book) reappears at a town meeting. As they uncover the wounded, the citizens find Karen Mackenzie, Luke's ex-wife is in town. She is claiming that their dead daughter Steffie is making contact with her and told her to contact Luke. Chloe is thrown into a tailspin because she did n
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Think the slightly darker version of the first one yet still light enough to read.

Luke and Chloe are starting to make some headway into their relationship. They live together, sleep together and seem to fit in every way. Except that they don't really know each other that well, so it's a small surprise when Luke's ex-wife lands on their front door with a story about the dead-daughter reaching out to her.

That makes for a compelling twist.

Everyone's lives are thrown for a loop, Chloe, Luke, Karen a
Este livro é o 2º da saga passada em Sugar Maple e que tem como protagonista a feiticeira-em-inicio-de-carreira Chloe. Neste livro o seu amor por um 100% humano(Luke) é posto à prova quando a má da fita, a fada Isadora, aprisiona a alma da filha de Luke, que faleceu devido a uma distração deste.A ex-mulher de Luke também está metida ao barulho e no meio disto tudo confesso que gostei mais do 1º livro. Tinha mais sentido de humor, que neste 2º volume está mais apagado e a temática de usar a alma ...more
I really dislike it when an author ends a book with a huge
cliffhanger. I mean huge.
I had already decided I wasn't going to read any more of this
series when this non-ending was thrown in front of me.
I may not read any more just out of sheer annoyance.
Tal como o primeiro desta saga, este livro é muito interessante e dá-nos vontade de ler e de saber mais e como a história vai terminar. A escrita da autora é muito leve e fácil de ler e as personagens mantém o seu interesse relativamente à primeira parte do livro.

No entanto, em termos de trama, esta não me pareceu tão bem conseguida como a primeira, arrasta-se muito e não me deixou em pulgas para ler mais como no primeiro. A faceta de humor que eu consegui encontrar no primeiro pareceu-me comple
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