January 6, 2009
Half sea-witch, half Dark One, Mina has always lived as an outcast. She has had
only one friend in her life, her cousin Anna. Mina has had to struggle against
the darker side of her nature her entire life. As the progeny of a Dark One,
she has the capacity for great evil, a fact that she never loses sight of.
Keeping the dark balanced with the light is a never-ending necessity for her.
That’s why it just doesn’t make sense for an angel like David to be interested
in being her friend, much less wanting to become involved with her
romantically, of all things. But there he is, swearing he cares about her
and vowing to do whatever it takes to protect her from the Dark Ones who want
more than anything to pull her over to their side once and for all.
A WITCH’S BEAUTY is the follow-up story to Joey W. Hill’s A
MERMAID’S KISS, and stars David and Mina, both of whom we met in that
previous book. We saw some sparks fly between this pair before, but when they
come together again in their own story, those sparks turn into a conflagration
the likes of which even hell has never seen. And these characters should know,
since they’ve actually seen hell.
Despite Mina’s paternal parentage, she fights against the Dark One blood within
her constantly, never allowing it to gain a firm foothold in her soul. It is a
battle that can never truly be over for her, which makes her all the more
admirable a character. She may not exactly be an angel, but she has contributed
to the side of good more than once in the battle against evil. The question is
whether those actions were self-serving, a part of the curse she is under, or
simply a desire to do the right thing.
David believes the latter. More than anyone except perhaps Mina’s cousin, he
believes in Mina and is determined to ‘help’ her bring out the good side even
more. You can’t really fault him for that inclination, especially in light of
the fact that he has fallen in love with Mina. But as he learns more about his
sea-witch, he finds that he really doesn’t understand much at all. At the
story’s start, he assumed he knew what was best for Mina. Before the tale
finishes, however, he realizes that love doesn’t mean changing someone, but
learning how to love them the way they are. He figures out how to give Mina
what she really needs, rather than assuming his way is best for her.
Both of these characters undergo a pretty amazing evolution throughout the
story. While they are both likable in the beginning, they really come into
their own as they learn how to love each other and help each other heal from the
traumas of their individual pasts.
A WITCH’S BEAUTY is not always an easy story to read, but it is a
spellbinding one. The traumas that both David and Mina have undergone in their
past will tear your heart out, as will the trials they suffer together before
they find their happy ending. Trust me when I say this couple truly earns their
HEA. Throughout the story, however, we never lose our hope for them, mirroring
David’s own sentiments regarding the woman he loves.
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