Return of the Fae by Lynn Cahoon
A witch in training, a hunter on the prowl, and a world in jeopardy.
Learning the rules of being a witch takes years, but Parris McCall needs to master them in only weeks. Knowing how to wield her magic is the one thing she has to keep her grandmother safe and herself alive.
Ty Wallace is going mad with his desire for Parris, but he has to maintain an emotional distance from her. She’s a distraction in his quest to find Coven X before they grow too strong, taking The Council and everyone he knows down with it.
As Parris labors through the academy manuals, the couple takes a trip to find Ty’s mentor. He’s their only hope in helping Parris with her studies. To their dismay, the old man has disappeared. Their only clue comes from a witch banished for actions against The Council. When they return, not only do they find their own lives threatened, but casualties in the war between the covens have risen. And a new life hangs in the balance.
A Lyrical Press Paranormal Romance
- ISBN: 9781616504731
- Genre: Fantasy / Romance / Contemporary
- Length: 34,000 words
- Ebook Page Count: 113
- Publication Date: July 1, 2013
- Available Formats: pdf, epub, mobi
- A Member of the Council, #2
Copyright 2013, Lynn Cahoon
All rights reserved, Lyrical Press, Inc.
Pushing through the heavy wooden door, he caught a whiff of her, reminding him of the first time he’d walked through The Alibi’s door and discovered one rogue witch with no clue about who she was or what she could become. The smell of chamomile, thyme, mint, and a surprising touch of vanilla, mixed with a slight scent of sulfur now meant Parris. Anytime, anywhere. Even in this dark, dive bar filled with spilled beer odors and lingering cigarette smoke. Parris, his soul mate.
The thought sent chills up his spine. He’d been struggling with the idea of Parris since they’d met. When he realized the strength of their connection, he’d been ready for the commitment. After his research uncovered she’d been born to First Bloods, both in and out of The Council, he’d questioned their union. Now that The Council had issued an edict for him to train her in her powers, he’d pushed his feelings aside. Right now they had business. Serious business that would keep her alive and her grandmother safe. Now was not the time to imagine stripping off her black cotton sundress and taking her right on the bar.
“Hey, Ty.” April waved at him from behind the bar. “You want something? Soda, beer?”
“Coffee.” He walked toward the table where Parris sat, an open book in front of her. Slipping into the chair, he frowned. “You shouldn’t be reading here.”
“A fairy told me today I needed to study harder. She said my life is in danger.” She paused as Ty’s coffee was delivered.
“Thanks.” Ty smiled at April but when he saw her face, he frowned. “You okay? You look like you haven’t slept in a week.”
“Mid-terms.” April shook her head. “Why I ever thought I could take fifteen credits and work full time, I’ll never know.”
“I should be here more, helping.” Parris touched her arm.
April put her hands on her hips. “No. You hired me to manage the bar. I just got a major promotion. You hanging here all day tells me one thing. You don’t trust me.”
“Seriously, I’m not that much of a mother hen, am I?” Parris blushed.
“Cluck, cluck. Look, I know you love this bar, but you have to let me do my job. Let me prove I can manage everything.”
“If that’s what you want.” Parris finally took a breath.
“So, you’re going to leave right after Mr. Wonderful here finishes his coffee?” She raised her eyebrows. “Maybe go have lunch together, like a date?”
“I can do better than that.” Ty asked, “When is she due back on the schedule?”
“Monday morning — day shift and payroll.” April’s attention diverted to the opening door, and she waved at the entering couple of regulars.
“You won’t see her until then,” Ty promised.
“Guys, I’m sitting right here.” Parris held up her hands in surrender. “Fine, I’m out of here unless you need me. Like today.”
“I promise I won’t call until I look everywhere for the missing boxes. I can’t believe I didn’t see the stack in the alley.”
When they were alone, Parris told Ty the highlights of her conversation with Toki. “So a fairy and a troll are guarding the house. They say someone is watching us.”
He frowned. “Another witch?”
“Toki said yes and no. What good is having a fairy attached if she can’t give you a straight answer?” Parris shut the book and finished her club soda.
“There are rules to follow.”
Return of the Fae by Lynn Cahoon
Stars: another solid four – great story that kept my interest, will go in my keepers file but a bit short for me.
- Jeannie Zelos