Book Review: The Solstice Heat (Magic Seasons #2) by Jacqueline Paige

Posted June 11, 2012 by Melissa in Book Review | 0 Comments

 

Title: The Solstice Heat

Author:  Jacqueline Paige
Reading level: Adult
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Size: 263 pages
Release Date: March 15th 2012
Publisher: Class Act Books
Stand Alone/Series:  Magic Seasons #2
Source: Part of Blog Tour

First Line: “Kasey checked her bag for the fourth time.”

Summary (from GoodReads):

 

Kasey is a woman that exudes energy and brightness; she is as equally passionate when angry as she is when she’s happy. The energy she carries from life comes through in all her magical workings with spells and stones, giving them great magical strength. She is a dreamer and often wishes she could re-write her own story so that she was charming and sophisticated enough to be with a certain wealthy male lawyer she wants more than anything else.

Chris is a force of strength and experience that is carefully hidden behind the easy mannerism he has adapted so carefully. There is nothing he cannot do where magic is concerned and he has tried all manner of things, whether right or wrong. His fortune has left him wanting for nothing else in life, except the one thing money can’t buy him, the woman he feels too unclean to approach.
Separated by two different life styles yet their passion and magic ignite sparks hotter than the Solstice heat.
Can they work out a way to be together as they try to stop a killer from striking again?



My Thoughts:

Jacqueline Paige delivers another solid read.  I really enjoyed this second glimpse into the octet of friends that make up the Magic Seasons series.   I love the way that Jacqueline depicts these friendships love the background story line of the mysterious killer and the way the group interacts as a whole.  I just wish that the background story had more of a focus in this novel…it almost seemed as if it were inserted at times as filler while the romance stole the show.

Kasey and Chris are the focus of this novel and we get a better glimpse into their back stories and romance that is building between them.  I will say that I felt a bit disappointed with their story arc.  I know that we met them and had some buildup in From Beltane Magic (the 1st in the series) but I still felt that there could have been a bit more buildup to the romance in this story.  It almost seemed like everything just happened a bit too quickly.

I also have to admit that I was not as thrilled with this book on the whole as I was with the 1st.  It didn’t seem well edited…there were many errors…and the writing style also seemed a bit underdeveloped.  This surprised me as I was very impressed with From Beltane Magic and actually thought Paige was on her way to a writing style very similar to that of Nora Roberts…one of my all time favorites.

In general, this book seemed to take a step backwards…which was a bit of a disappointment to me. Overall, though it isn’t completely live up to my very high expectations…it was a really enjoyable read…and I will definitely be picking up the next in the series later this year!

Was it worth my Time?

 

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