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Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz
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Feb 01, 2013

really liked it
bookshelves: action-thriller-suspense, family, magick, paranormal, romance

It starts out as three witches who are forbidden to use their powers: Joanna Beauchamp, the mother, Ingrid, the elder sister, and Freya, the younger. The father is missing/estranged, and brother who's incarcerated somewhere.

Freya is engaged to Bran Gardiner, wealthy international philanthropist, when at their engagement party, his brother Killian appears. Freya is irresistibly drawn to Killian, so much so that they sneak off to the bathroom and boink like rabbits then and there.

I know for some readers, that's a deal-breaker right there, but if you keep reading, you'll find there's a very good reason for it.

The women all begin breaking the prohibition on using magic - just in tiny ways. Freya uses her gift/magic to make magic cocktails to help people find love. Ingrid, a librarian, magically removes a blockage from the body of her desperate-to-conceive co-worker. Joanna... well, Joanna brings back someone from the dead, technically not such a little thing.

While originally people are grateful, when bad things start happening in the town, people turn up dead, and others go missing, and there's some bizarre environmental catastrophe happening, it's possible that it'll be Salem all over again.

There's elements of Norse mythology, and some vampires and zombies make a brief appearance. Chapters alternate from the POV of each woman. There aren't many sex scenes, but those there are, are sizzling and explicit. There seemed to be a few loose ends left, but it's the first in a series, and it's NOT a cliffhanger. I liked it a lot and look forward to reading the rest.

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