Sunday, December 23, 2012

Touched by the Magic by Maxine Mansfield

Title:  Touched by the Magic
Author: Maxine Mansfield
My Rating: A-

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Main Characters: Briar and Uthiel
Release Date: April 2012

ISBN: 978-1612173702 
Publisher: Wild Rose Press

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Sexual Intensity: erotic

Story Overview:
New to The Academy of Magical Arts, Briarlarn Tumbleweed wants to learn the art of a True Healer, but her nerves get the best of her when she’s paired in the sexually dynamic healing class with Uthiel Stoutheart, Paladin of the Realm. Between burning off his eyebrows and overturning a candle on certain exposed male parts, she isn't making a very good impression. But how can she focus when Uthiel is strong, brave, and touches Briar in a way that leaves her weak in the knees, quivering with pleasure, and begging for more?

Falling in love with the accident-prone but talented Briar was not what Uthiel had planned, but life with the sexy healer is adventurous, hilarious, mind-blowingly stimulating, and clearly his destiny. His soul awakens while taking her to new heights of ecstasy, yet he can't allow his own pleasure. There’s no getting around it—he must leave The Academy and pursue his quest to right the wrongs done to his people if he can ever hope to find happiness with Briar.

But is their love strong enough to mend the magic so desperately needed to preserve their world, and that touches both their souls with a searing heat?

My Review:
This was one of the most bizarre, incredibly creative books I think that I have ever read. I constantly was laughing out loud throughout the reading of it and I have no idea how to even explain it to you. The one thing that I kept thinking throughout the book was it's like the movie Barbarella (yes, that 1960's Jane Fonda movie)... you know how it was completely sexual, but still really funny and bizarre and creative. That's exactly the way that this book was. On paper, it's probably described as a paranormal, but I would take it a step further and classify this world as fantasy. And what a world it is...

Let me just say this is a world like you've never seen before, but NEVER did the author write it like she was building a whole new world. It's complex and there are TONS of different characters with really odd names, but I NEVER got bogged down in the details or even confused about who was who. She wove the story and the world within it REALLY WELL!

The story is about Briar (age 21) and Uthiel (age 25). They are at a school and have a class together about healing. In this society, healing of the soul is done through sexual intercourse. In this society, girls lose their virginity at age 15 too, but Briar grew up in a sparsely populated forest with her father and five brothers. There was no one to do her deflowering or even to explain some of the finer aspects of sex, so she goes to Uthiel for help. Uthiel is a Paladin and they're goal is to protect...both women and dragons. That's something that he's failed dreadfully at. His love was ripped out of his arms and killed by a dragon while they were making love two years ago. Since then, he's been searching for the dragon to exact his revenge and to regain the ability to climax (something he hasn't been able to do since that day... I warned you... it's a VERY sexual book).

While Briar and Uthiel are developing a relationship, there are lots of other things going on... Briar's blowing things up; she's having difficulties in dominatrix training; there's a panty snatching, rubber doll obsessed gnome and a dildo obsessed human; Uthiel's concerned about finding and killing his dragon; Briar is having strange, mystical dreams.... it's bizarre, it's fun, it's laugh out loud funny. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. If you're up for something a bit different, I suggest you try this one out.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.


Maxine Mansfield said...

What a nice surprise.. thanks :)

Anonymous said...

This review really nailed the fun essence of this book-loved it.

Jae Awkins said...

Yep, put it on your New Year's Resolution 'to read' list! :o)