Reigning Magicks by Candace Osmond & JJ King

“magic is neither black nor white, but full of color and purpose. It is up to use that purpose wisely.”

Reigning Magicks

by Candace Osmond & JJ King

Book 1 in the Witch In Time series

Goodreads Rating: 4.73 Stars

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

Plot:

She’ll Reign Over His Heart…In This Time or Another
After decades of war, two hostile druid factions come close to a peace treaty that could save hundreds of lives. All they need is the hand of Princess Ashlynn to seal the deal, but the stubborn and powerful daughter of Clann Kavanagh’s High Priestess will have nothing of it.

Desperate to change her fate, Ashlynn ventures into the forbidden forest in search of an ancient spell. When the old magic goes awry, the princess finds herself thrown into the future and stranded in an unknown land.

With the help of a handsome and powerful Romani sorcerer, Ashlynn searches for answers and a way home even though every moment spent at Cian’s side makes Ashlynn less certain of her desires.

Now she must decide if the past is worth changing or if their future is worth fighting for.

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My Review:

My fingers will remain crossed that we see a resurgence of time travel romances. There is something very unique and comforting about them, especially ones very well written. A good time travel romance has the ability to have you hooked from page until the very last word of the book and that was the case with Reigning Magicks.

I had never read anything by JJ King but I have read another time travel fantasy romance by Candace Osmond before. In Reigning Magicks, the story kicks off with Ashlynn being highly upset that she is being married off to basically unite her familial clan with their rival clan. Ashlynn doesn’t want to marry someone she doesn’t love. You can tell she doesn’t even like the guy. So she sneaks off into the wood searching for the local seer, to see if she can help her. She finds the seer and is given this stone and basically told to go home, perform this specific ritual and she will be granted a wish. Ashlynn does all this and wishes that clans be united but not at the expense of her being married to someone she doesn’t want to be with. Next thing we know, she’s thrust over 300 years into the future.

I like the different spin the authors used for Ashlynn’s story. Typically with time travel stories, your main character travels backward in time. It was interesting to see this princess from the past, thrown into modern day and how much like a fish out of water she is but to also see her fall in love with modern conveniences.

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It doesn’t take long though for the thought of should Ashlynn return to the past and make things right start flowing through her mind. The authors wrote some pretty interesting twists into the story that I didn’t see coming, and I always love a good familial twist.

Reigning Magicks is a fast paced, short romance full of magic bursting at the seams. It will feel perfect as a fall read, and I highly recommend it. The second book is already out and the third book is scheduled to release on HALLOWEEN 2019 which feels like perfect timing.

xo.

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Friday Reads & #SmutAThon Plans

Happy Friday Friends. I have secretly always wanted to post Friday Reads here on the blog, but it was just not conducive to me working full time. Now that I’m not, I will definitely make it a priority to let you all know what my reading plans for the weekend consist of. So let’s shake things up a bit here on the blog, shall we?

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I recently finished Love In Cataline Cove by Brenda Jackson.

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This is my second ever Brenda Jackson romance and I thoroughly enjoyed it, although in the beginning, the story did move a little slow for my liking. I highly recommend it now, but just forewarning you, it feels a bit slow at first. Vashti is our heroine in Love in Catalina Cove. This is her hometown, although when we first meet her, she lives in New York City and has been recently let go from her job. She learns that her Aunt who passed away, left Vashti her bed and breakfast which leads her back home. Brenda Jackson is such an amazing storyteller. Her ability to weave the romance and the subplot together seems so effortless. Neither felt as though it overpowers the other, and I was on the edge of my seat in regards to both equally. It turned out to be such a great read.

On Kindle I am reading Reigning Magicks by Candace Osmond and JJ King.

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I am so loving this book. It is a time travel fantasy romance and just what I need at the moment. Once upon a time I would read a good time travel novel at anytime of the year, but now, as we slip into fall, and the entire season of fall, feels like the right time for time slippage novels. Ashlynn in the beginning of this book is arguing with her family who wants to marry her off to unite their clan and their rival clan together. Ashlynn is not having it. She sneaks off into the woods to find the witch she saw as a little girl and is given what she needs to basically grant a wish. Well, she does she what she’s told and is transported 300 years into the future. It is 300 years in the future where she meets Cian. I can’t get this book on my mind. When a time travel story is written well in my opinion, you’re torn between the now, and them traveling back to the time of their own. I’m loving it.

Ultimately, I would love to get Reigning Magicks finished, so I can completely dedicate my Saturday reading to SmutAthon which is hosted by Lainey and Riley. Go follow the Twitter account here, to keep up. This is one of my all time favorite readathons, which typically lasts a week, but the ladies surprised us with a very random 24 hour SmutAthon. I have a few reads I’d love to get to, but I also plan to take it kind of easy.

I have two audiobooks by Kendall Ryan downloaded who I’ve been wanting to read SOMETHING by ever since I read and loved Junk Mail by her.

First I have The Room Mate

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I also have The Bed Mate

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Both of these are less than 3 hours on audio so I should make it through them pretty quickly. I will also be reading the group read, Only For A Night by Naima Simone.

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This past week was my first weekend back to being an online student, and the amount of reading as a History student is insane. I am very much looking forward to some reading for pleasure this weekend. Let me know what you’re hoping to get to, and anything you’d recommend I give a try.

xo.

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Quick Read Recommendations

Once upon a time when I was suffering from a terrible case of book snobbery, I wouldn’t dare read a “novella,” or “short story.” I wanted the bragging rights of saying “Oh yeah, you know, I read xxx many novels this year.” *insert eye roll* So happy am I, to say that once I began reading romance, I got over that really quick..because oh gee would I be missing out!

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I get it! When you’re reading a book that’s less than 200 pages, there is that fear that you’ll get hooked to the story, attached to the characters and then before you know it..the story is over. I’ve seen some authors work magic though..leaving me completely satisfied in a short amount of pages. Here are a few:

A recent read for me, which came in at about 255 pages was Imperfect Match by Melanie Harlow and Corinne Michaels.

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Imperfect Match is a friends to lovers romance following Willow and Reid. Willow wants to take over her Mom’ match making business and uses Reid as her guinea pig basically. She swears to both him and her Mom that she will set him up with the right girl, he’ll fall in love..and that should convince her Mom to let her take over the business. What she doesn’t expect is for her and Reid to fall in love. It was magical, sexy, so much fun..I loved it..I would’ve read 100 more pages if that’s what the authors decided to do. Can’t recommend it enough.

My next recommendation literally has *at the time of me typing this* 97 ratings, and 32 reviews on Goodreads which is crazy to me because I freaking loved it! That is The Devil’s Heart which is book 1 in The Dark Tide’s series by Candace Osmond.

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Time travel. Romance. Pirates. Unexpected love. Family secrets. This 233 page book had it all for me and Don’t get Me Started on the cliff hanger at the end! The ending had me immediately one clicking whatever else was available on amazon at the time because I had to have them readily available for when I was ready to jump back into this world. Do yourself favor and go one click this book. Like now, please!

My next recommendation is one I found via the Audible Romance package and coming in at 107 pages, managed to listen to in it’s entirety one day after work while stuck in traffic.

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Wednesday by Kendall Ryan was dark, emotional and oh, so sexy. It’s a friends to lovers’ish romance. The love interest is a widower and after the death of his wife, he basically comes and has sex with his best friend, the heroine, every Wednesday. She starts wanting more. He doesn’t think he has it in him to give it to her..you know how it ends, but damn it was good getting there!

Can’t Escape Love by Alyssa Cole is 128 pages and one of my five star ratings of the year.

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Reggie and Gustave were perfection. Reggie is a blogger, whose website Girls with Glasses has really taken off and has caused her to have a serious case of insomnia. The only thing that used to help her sleep was this guy Gustave’s voice via his YouTube video. She tracks him down. You help me, I’ll help you type of situation happens and shortly after blooms a romance. I loved these two. I want to be besties with Reggie. I totally could’ve read more of this story had it ben a full length novel but Alyssa Cole worked her magic and it was perfect just the way it was.

I have learned after reading three of her books to never underestimate the power of Taylor Jenkins Reid. Like ever. She is bad ass at what she does. I couldn’t make a recommendations list of shorter stories and not recommend Evidence of the Affair by her.

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In Taylor Jenkins Reid style, the formatting alone of this book is different. It is entirely told through letters..which in my opinion, itself makes it a quick read. The book is a whopping 115 pages and took me no time at all to make my way through. If you don’t read this one in one sitting, it’s because you’re not trying. It’s addicting. There’s just so much wrong and you keep reading because you have to know what the hell is going to happen next. How is this all going to be rectified? So good. I need more short Stories from Taylor Jenkins Reid. Please and thanks.

So those are a few short story recommendations from me. Share some of your favorites with me if you have any..I’d love to add them to my tbr. Take care of yourself, we’ll chat again soon. xo.

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Sunday Coffee

Hello Friend. We have made it to another Sunday, and I’m so grateful. This past week was one of those weeks I couldn’t wait to end. Grab your Sunday morning drink of choice, and let’s catch up.

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There has been a murder at the hands of a military member that has really been on everyone’s hearts here in San Antonio. An Air Force officer has been arrested for the disappearance of his wife. Our unit along with hundreds of volunteers have been assisting the local law enforcement in attempting to locate her. I didn’t even know this woman, but I want her found. I want her laid to rest like she deserves to be, not somewhere laying in a ditch possibly, in the elements. It is sad. Especially when our unit was tasked with going out to one of the locations we know he went to after her disappearance, it just made it even more real. 

Sometimes I find being in the military, and the person that serving kind of molds you into, at complete odds with the person I am becoming. I had a situation this past week where I allowed one of the shifts I’m in charge of completely pull me out of character. I lost it, then spent most of the night tossing and turning, upset with myself for allowing them to get me so worked up. Don’t disturb this groove. I need to chill. I feel like I spend more energy getting worked up than I would if I remained cool, calm and collected.

In the whee hours of Monday morning, about 5:30, I was on my way to work and stopped at the gas station. Right place, right time. The gas station had the radio on a classic rock station and I became acquainted with a new favorite song: Love Bites by Def Leppard. If asked what I’ve been obsessed with lately, that’s it. That was all I listened to for two days straight. Shoutout to early morning gas station runs! You never know what song you’ll leave with stuck in your head.

Reading wise, I finished one of my picks for March Mystery Madness..

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 A Dark and Stormy Murder by Julia Buckley was a fun read. I love cozies surrounding books. In this one, the main character is a writing apprentice for her life long favorite suspense author. Shortly after meeting, the two find a dead body outside of the author’s Victorian home. I loved that the author incorporated quotes from the book the character’s are working on at the beginning of each chapter. Kind of a story within the story. There is also a blooming romance that I would like to see more of, so I’ll definitely be continuing on with the series.

I was also in the mood for another Candace Osmond, but not quite ready to continue on with the trilogy of hers I have been procrastinating on finishing.

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A Stolen Heart is very, very short. It’s less than 50 pages, but being that it’s book one in Osmond’s The Wayward Witches series, it did a fantastic job of being the first book. It introduced me to the leading characters and gave me a bit of background for each one and I’m intrigued to see where the next story picks up after getting a glimpse into what Lenora is trying to do.

Candace Osmond is quickly becoming a new favorite author of mine. I want more from her, now!

On Instagram this week:

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I received this review copy of The Cliff House by Raeanne Thayne thanks to Little Bird Publicity. In the post I wanted to know how you incorporate reading into your busy work week. I have found that my reading, especially of physical books, slows down tremendously throughout the week, leaving me to play catch up on the weekend. If you have any advice, let me know. I have set a challenge for myself to read 30 minutes every night in the month of March after 8 p.m.

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I’ve done a full review of Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid back in October when I read it on Netgalley, but it is here, and I am so happy to have a physical copy of my own. I have noticed it’s getting plenty of mixed reviews, but I am a total Stan for this book.

Share with me what’s been up with you. How is your reading going so far this month? Anything great that you’d recommend?

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5 Stars: The Devil’s Heart by Candace Osmond

Hello Friends, I hope all is well with you today. I have been reading quite a bit lately and honestly just about everything I have read, has been wonderful. Gradually I will find ways to share my thoughts about everything. I wanted to quickly share with you my thoughts on Devil’s Heart by Candace Osmond which is the first book in the Dark Tides Trilogy.

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The Devil’s Heart (Dark Tides Book 1) by Candace Osmond

Published February 19, 2018 by Guardian Publishing

I read via Kindle, 233 Pages

Rated 5/5 Stars

 

Plot Summary:

Find the witch. Return to the future. Don’t fall in love with the devil…

When Dianna Cobham accidentally breaks an enchanted ship-in-a-bottle she’s washed away to 1707 Newfoundland and taken prisoner aboard a pirate ship captained by the infamous Devil Eyed Barrett. Dianna fights to survive by proving herself indispensable to the crew, all the while forging a secret plan to get back home.

But when Dianna learns of the Devil’s vengeful mission to seek and kill her ancestors, her hopes for returning to the future transform into an elaborate plot to save her lineage. Can she charm the Devil’s heart and change his mind before it’s too late? Or will she sacrifice herself to save the man hidden underneath it all?

Fans of OUTLANDER and PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN give praise for The Devil’s Heart! Grab your copy and start the epic adventure today!

 

Why I Loved this Book..

Before I start, I have to forewarn you that there are some typos and grammatical errors out there for those of you who are insistent on a perfect, grammatical book..I was honestly able to overlook them because they were few far and in between and didn’t trip me up while reading. If I was to have a gripe about this book, that would be it, but I’m not griping about them.

  • I honestly started this book not knowing what to expect. I read up on it enough to haul the entire trilogy at once due to my interest in it, but once I started reading it I don’t think I had any expectations. You spend the first couple of chapters getting to know Dianna and understanding the significance of her loss. She has recently lost her Father and her Mother has been dead for years. She essentially is alone until she returns home to sort her Father’s affairs out and figure out what to do with everything left to her and links back up with an Aunt. She comes to the realization that this Aunt has always had her back, and Dianna really pushed her away. All of this was a great set up. I know how important the beginning of books can be, but sometimes I honestly find them a bit boring. Reading the first few chapters of The Devil’s Heart however, I was hooked. All I kept thinking was, “What am I being set up for?”  I was on the edge of my seat from the very beginning because you wonder what choices will Dianna make? She doesn’t want to be back home, but soon learns her boyfriend back in the city has been cheating and although she has this awesome job opportunity she’s worked really hard for, she questions does she even have a reason to return back there? You are presented with this character who in the midst of her grief is presented with so many other turns in the road that you become invested in her and what she may decide to do.
  • One “trope” that I see quite a bit in historical fiction and time travel novels is the use of “objects,” being what causes the character to travel back or forward to another place in time. Dianna is going through her Father’s belongings when she comes across a chest which could’ve only belonged to her Mother. Dianna remembers her Mother being fascinated with the past. She loved History and she adored the sea. In the chest, Dianna comes across a journal written by a young man named Henry. Henry lay witness to the murdering of his parents by a ruthless female pirate named Maria and her husband before being taken captive by them. Maria began to use Henry as her pet, psychologically messing with his mind by making him do sexual things with her and forcing him to kill or be the deciding factor of how she should kill people. He hates her. Dianna becomes obsessed with reading Henry’s journal and then one day his entries just stop.. I as the reader, wanted to know what the heck happened to Henry! What became of him? Was he able to stop Maria and her husband from wreaking havoc, or did he finally make her mad enough that she killed him?
  • I loved Dianna back in time. I appreciate when a character travels back in time and is able to decide when to speak up and when not to. You have to find your footing. You are in a completely different time than your own. Dianna is treated pretty terribly by the pirates she is rescued by once back in time..a woman on the seas is a bad omen. She has to gain their trust and prove herself worthy to still be on the ship. I liked how she was able to use her strengths and things she is good at to make herself a valuable asset to the day to day ship operations.
  • The romance! When two broken people, who have lost it all, find each other and fall in love, I can’t help but root for them. The romance was slow building. The two obviously had to learn each other and build that trust. Dianna was hesitant however because her romance was with someone out to kill an ancestor of hers–which would’ve been great, but would killing this ancestor mean that Dianna wouldn’t be born? It was interesting to see Dianna navigate that and bring that dilemma to the forefront. And the sexy times between the two! Whoo. So well done, I am swooning just thinking about them.
  • Lastly, the family secrets. I love well written family secrets. As I was reading this book, I kept thinking, Wow! Candace Osmond really put some thoughts into this. It was as though she asked herself how could she make this story as complicated as possible? I love it when a character learns a secret about a family member and has that “oh that makes so many things make sense,” moment. There is one big family secret in the forefront of this book and I am interested to see how things play out in the rest of the trilogy because of it!

 

This book was gripping, so fast paced and had me on the edge of my seat. It is less than 240 pages long and every page had depth to it. The ending! I wasn’t ready for the ending. My heart was racing the last 15 pages, and when it was over I was so overwhelmed with anger that I had to remind myself I have book two, it’s okay!

I definitely think this is a trilogy worth looking into if you are interested in time travel, fantasy, romance and pirates. It was wonderful!

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