By Amy Kennedy, RBTB Contributing Editor
My dad would often say, “Be brave and love each other.” Those words comforted me over the years, yet, today they take on a different meaning, and I wonder if he also meant, be brave enough to love each other.
Well, bravery is exactly what the hero and heroine need to find love in Lois Greiman’s warm, witty and sensual historical paranormal, “Charming the Devil,” third in her Witches of Mayfair trilogy. Rogan McBain, a former soldier and a mountain of a man, faces any danger as a natural protector, but a woman’s deception has him unsure with the fairer sex. Faye Nettles was abused by a father-figure and threatened by his giant henchman. Now she’s happy to hide in the safety of Lavender House, home of Les Chausettes, a coven of government witches.
Faye longs to be a full member of Les Chausettes, proving she can use her gift of sensing lies for good. So, when she’s asked to attend a ball to question McBain about the murder of a nobleman, she accepts the challenge. If only the thought of speaking to men didn’t paralyze her.
McBain never expects the faery-like beauty he defends from the unwanted advances of a “gentleman” to bash him in the face with a flower pot, nor to find her on his doorstep near dawn apologizing to him. While he doesn’t care she gave him a black eye, he does care that Faye’s come to him, and, wanting to see her again, he clumsily invites her to...a fox hunt.
Physically their differences are extreme, which makes it such a surprise that their personalities are alike. Now that Faye’s talking to McBain and not running from him, she hears truth rumbling from his lips, and sees the actions of a gentle, sensitive soul. McBain sees Faye’s bravery in her sticking up for those in need.
At another party, Faye’s accosted in a darkened library. As Faye tells herself it couldn’t have been McBain, she can’t stop herself from confronting him in the middle of the night. Even as she accuses him, she’s nearly undone by the sight of him in nothing but a plaid. Faye’s not sure if she’s overwhelmed or mesmerized by his size. Shaken by her appearance in his bedroom, McBain offers her only the truth: he would never harm her. But, now he’s determined to find out who did.
As their relationship deepens, and the investigation continues, each thinks the other has possibly killed. Yet neither gives a damn, at least not enough for it to stop them from falling in love, all the while knowing they can’t live a happily ever after together…if one of them is hanged for murder.
In “Charming the Devil,” Greiman wraps the reader in lush language as she makes us care deeply for Faye and McBain, then surprises us with laugh-out-loud moments. Greiman’s Witches of Mayfair series is enjoyed by historical and paranormal romance fans alike, but you won’t enjoy this love story unless you –
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Faye and Rogan had to overcome some deep-seated fears in order to love each other. What fears in your life were you willing to face in order to get what you wanted?