I received this book for free from . This review is voluntary. My opinion is not influenced in any way.More Than Magic on February 4, 2014
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A malignant secret could turn her mountain sanctuary into their tomb.
DEA agent Nick McKenzie is sure magic exists—a dangerous drug called Smoky Mountain Magic that’s wreaking havoc on the streets of Atlanta. He’s also sure that locating and eliminating the source could mean his death.
When he arrives undercover on Woodruff Mountain, the beautiful owner’s anxious attempts to scare him off tell him something’s afoot, and it’s not her secret patch of a rare, ancient species of ginseng.
As her dream of seeking medicinal plants in the Amazon fades into the distance, Grace Woodruff struggles to come to terms with an inherited magical gift she didn’t want, and searches desperately for the meaning behind her late grandfather’s final, cryptic message.
The last thing she needs underfoot is a handsome, enigmatic writer recovering from a recent illness. Until an accidental touch unleashes a stunning mystical force and Grace senses the wrath of a malicious blight at the heart of the mountain. Now she must choose between her need to hide her gift from the world…and her desire to save Nick’s life.
Warning: This book contains a fiery redhead whose magic cannot be contained and a handsome DEA agent whose final case might give him a second chance at life.
More Than Magic by Donna June Cooper is the first in the Books of the Kindling series. This book totally surprised me and I enjoyed it even more than I thought I would. The author has taken a great story on its own and weaved magic into it to make it even more amazing. I really loved Grace. She is strong, more powerful than she knows, and super smart, but she is instantly likable and real. Grace is easy to relate to. She has lost her Pops, the patriarch of her family. She is struggling to deal with that and the magic teeming within her.
The magic in this story was very believable and fit in with the story seamlessly. Many of the characters have their own unique abilities and the author does an excellent job of telling a fresh, new magical story. I found myself turning my Kindle pages faster and faster as the action (and romance!) heated up. I loved the family and the sense of home in this story. The mountain folklore and stories of old magic were simply delightful. I really liked that the setting of this story came alive as another character. The romance was quick but still seemed natural.
I finished this book with a smile on my face and wanting to instantly dive into book two. More Than Magic by Donna June Cooper will satisfy anyone looking for magic, science, romance and even a little mystery.