Ever O’Connell prides herself on being a good Wiccan, and her coven follows the path of the Goddess with love and light. But the “dark” witches in school—the BlackMags— keep pushing her toward the edge, until Ever finally finds herself at war.
Cade Bourdain inherited his father’s thirst for power, drawing him into darker areas of magick. Despite his dislike for the “Fluffy Bunny” Wiccans, he feels an unearthly connection to Ever.
When the two strike up a secret relationship the real magic between them is ignited, generating a power that a dangerous warlock yearns to take for his own. Ensnared by the warlock, Ever and Cade’s conflicting covens must work together despite their differences—or else be destroyed by a common enemy.
The line between light and dark has never been so unclear.
Review (Video review):
Covens bickering, families feuding and mystery pasts among royal witches are only the beginning to all the obstacles that Ever and Cade have to overcome. This romantic paranormal romance makes you adore the link between Ever and Cade as they struggle against strong willed friends and protective parents. Although, some of the parents aren’t perfect, and their power-hungry thirsts have corrupted their reasoning that makes them unable to see Ever and Cade’s happiness.
This story was a cozy read and I especially enjoyed to revel in the magick that was linked between the forbidden romance. I could really feel the way the protagonists were meant for each other. Heather made it feel like the love was beyond powerful warlocks and the universe itself. I was also satisfied that the story didn’t have the typical “you lied to me and now I can never trust you” attitudes that can be tiresome to read. Clues about Ever’s background have been dropped into the storyline a few times and I have a few suspicions as to where the story will take us next, but Heather hasn’t made it obvious yet. I like that the mystery has still remained hidden and I have great expectations for the sequel.
Message & Moral
Cade decides to use his black magic only when needed and is persuaded to see Ever’s rule of magic. She is a light mag and knows not to use magic for personal gain nor to harm anyone. This proves particularly difficult as the black and the light covens bicker with both mouths and fits. Peace is a fragile thing but both Cade and Ever keep up their work for a better place in Coalhaven. Friendship is important and loyalty is proven when they are seriously threatened by a warlock’s power. To keep someone safe is not necessarily the same as to keep someone in the dark. Stay good and help your friends!
Creatures & Environment
I love that the behaviour of the characters is natural for their age and not illustrated as a maturer almighty hero behaviour. This makes the story feel very real and relatable. The characters conduct childish games and pranks as well as hormonal strops – just like teenagers do. I also found it interesting to read about Ever and Cade’s relationship to their parents as they were similar, which created understanding between them. There were some pets in the story, which I thought could have had a larger part. Who doesn’t love a black cat or a protective dog in a witch story? Probably to your surprise, I found my favourite character to be Mitch. He seems like an alright guy that I would get along with. He was helpful, funny, friendly and totally understanding without seeming to judge. Oh, did I mention he was a beefy football player. Okay dibs!
Captivation & Continuity
Boy, did this story tick off many items from the list that I like reading about; forbidden love, all powerful magicians, destined futures, hidden pasts, a warlock chasing powers that aren’t his to take, a grandmother that would do anything to keep her granddaughter safe and happy, and an ever pressing peer pressure from covens and friends. The subject I found exciting was to find out whether or not Cade is deceiving Ever and that he is truly dark…or if he is good and in that case I totally dig him too. What is there not to love about this book? When the last few chapters came along it was hard to put the Kindle down. I truly wanted to know about Ever’s past, which was the only thing that Heather left for the sequel…Oh Snap! As she voiced as the book finished, the reveal will have to come in the sequel in this Paranormal Romance trilogy.
Language & Flow
I enjoyed the author’s knowledge of the pagan rituals and poems used for chanting. It gave depth to the story and it truly felt like the spells could work. I also enjoyed the story that Nah told Ever at night and the puzzling absence of Ever’s mother. That the story has the mystical blended with the electronic advances of our times was fresh and I thought it neat to read a more current themed witches story. The flow of the story could have brought it forward faster for my liking, but the inner monolog by Ever and Cade in every other chapter does it nicely to illustrate how both feel about the situation they face as well as the love for one another. I really liked that this story didn’t have vivid sexual scenes, gore or swearwords…however I didn’t say cursing 🙂
T.M. Caruana’s The Philosopher’s Stone Award