Magic didn’t just find Luke Caulfield. It chased him down, bludgeoned him, and has been dogging him ever since. Some lessons are harder than others, but Luke embraces danger, upping the ante to give it one better.
An enforcer for the Coven, a large, established group of witches, his latest assignment is playing bodyguard to the daughter of Coven leaders. Abigail Ruskin is chaperoning a spoiled twelve-year-old from New York to her parents’ home in Utah Territory when Luke gets on their stagecoach in Colorado.
A powerful witch herself, Abigail senses Luke’s magic, but has no idea what he’s doing on her stagecoach. Stuck between the petulant child and Luke’s raw sexual energy, Abigail can’t wait for the trip to end. Unpleasant truths surface about the child. While Abigail’s struggling with those, wraiths, wolves, and dark mages launch an attack. Luke’s so attracted to Abigail, she’s almost all he can think about, but he’s leery too.
The child is just plain evil. Is Abigail in league with her? It might explain the odd attack that took out their driver and one of their horses. In over his head, he summons enforcer backup. Will they help him save the woman he’s falling in love with, or demand her immediate execution?
So first we get this whole tragic backstory on Luke; he didn’t want the magic in his blood-his parents were killed by wraiths-he had to learn to embrace the power-blahblahblah. Right after that we get thrust decades ahead and meet Abigail and Carolyn on their trek west. Since we’ve no idea about either of them we get massive infodumps about who they are, their coven, etc. And of course, even though they’d never met before this sudden trip Abigail is so hot for Luke she’s practically clenching her thighs together in frustration. Then more wraiths attack and suddenly little Carolyn might not be *who* she says she is.
The wraiths were after the dark magic books in Carolyn’s trunks- books like “Alchemy for Dark Wizards, Vol 1” (yeah, it really does say that). Carolyn taunts our heroes for a bit then runs off.
Yeah, it’s supposed to be a light, fluffy PNR read but this one feels kinda slapped together.