Uncertain Magic by Laura Kinsale has been on my recommendation list for a long time coz of the psychic heroines subject matter. Add to that a historical romance too, I thought this will be a straight-up 5 star read for me.
Roddy, short for Roderica has accepted her life as it is, with her powers to read minds, finding a husband to love is impossible so her dreams of a happy home with children remain an unfulfilled fantasy. In walks Faelan Savigar, the man known as the Devil Earl whose mind is totally shut off from Roddy and there’s no way she is not gonna use all her wiles to strike a deal and get married in spite of the rumors including the murder of his own father that swirl about him.
The story starts with promise, the marriage of convenience has its sweet moments and once they return to Faelan’s gothic dilapidated home in Ivergah, the atmosphere changes to spooky with more paranormal elements coming into play. However, the plot was dragging in pace after they reach Ireland as the author weaves the Irish rebellion and the Redcoats turning up and destroying everything they had rebuilt so far into the story and the steamy sex help only so much as the misunderstandings and miscommunication between them goes on and on without any in-depth opening up. The ending was also disappointing. Faelan’s brooding darkness and doubts of sanity could have been explored more thoroughly as that by itself was good potential for suspense but again, there’s a bit of fantasy, there’s the psychic ability, there’s the Irish uprising, there’s the gothic mansion, there are the missing days for both hero and heroine, there’s the brother who is hell-bent on taking his sister home come what may, there are petty jealousies, the ingredients list is quite long for this soup even though Laura Kinsale does make it work excellently in parts.
3.5 stars for the engaging plot.
UNCERTAIN MAGIC by New York Times bestselling author Laura Kinsale
Roderica Delamore is an heiress and should be a prize catch—except for an embarrassing and magical secret. She has the ability to hear the thoughts of those around her and has never been able to trust anyone as a result. So she dedicates herself to raising her family’s prize thoroughbreds and resigns herself to a life without romance—until she meets Faelan Savigar, the Earl of Iveragh, a mysterious, roguish Irishman whose thoughts are entirely closed to her unusual perceptions and she discovers that she has finally met the man she has been waiting her whole life to discover.
He is called “the Devil Earl,” and is as enigmatic to everyone else as he turns out to be to Roderica. He is also impoverished, damned in society by dark rumor and innuendo, and, for all she knows he could be a liar, a swindler or worse but his secrets stir her and Roderica is prepared to entrust her life—and her heart—to an enchanting stranger.
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