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The Sword

The Sword - Jean Johnson Originally Posted At My Blog: Addicted To Romance

3.5 Rating
The Eldest Son shall bear this weight:
If ever true love he should feel
Disaster shall come at her heel
And Katan will fail to aid
When Sword in sheath is claimed by Maid

Kelly Doyle has worked herself practically to the ground to make her shop survive, but when her neighbors assume she is a witch, they try to burn her house to the ground with her inside. But then she is saved by the youngest of the mage brothers who brings her into their realm, a island with eight men all brothers and all powerful in their magic, but cursed. Saber, the eldest of the brother, will do anything to protect himself and his brothers, at any cost. When a woman appears, he is furious, and what would he want with a feisty wildcat? But Saber and Kelly are destined and despite his determination, Saber can't resist falling in love with this one woman who has brought a order to their home they have never seen. Only with Kelly and the brothers working in unison, will they defeat the upcoming danger.

The Sword is the first installment in the series, and sets the stage for all the other books as well. This series is about eight brothers, each of them cursed, but will each have a woman of his own that matches him in every way. The Sword starts with the oldest brother, and as this is the first time reading this series, I really had no idea what to expect, however I really liked the basis for the story line and I felt like the characters were pretty well developed. The story sets off at a good pace, but then slows down until about halfway, and then you really get into it, and it picks up pace until the end. I only had one issue with this story, I never felt the love connection with this pair, even though I really wanted to. I felt like that despite the engaging personality of the story, it laked a romantic flair that would have made this story phenomenal. Having said that I do want to point how that I truly enjoyed this story and the way the plot thickens especially toward the end....it really surprised me.

This story has some very unique and strange elements, that when you put it all together, become a story of taste and style. I really liked the idea of this one woman taming the eight brothers to a point. It was such fun seeing her corral them into cleaning for her, and forcing them to be more than animals. They definitely need a woman's influence, and Kelly does a fantastic job of being forceful but still caring too. Now for Kelly and Saber....they like to fight, bicker, argue, and yell. But once you get past the tough exterior of their personalities, you see how they really are wonderful together. There isn't much heat in the book, but there are a few scenes that are sensual and yet playful too.

Overall a charming, warm and a entertaining tale of fantasy, romance, brotherhood, and magic. ENCHANTING!!