Type: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Crimson Romance
My Copy: Sent
Deep in the muggy swamps where there is but one rule, kill or be killed, a new species has emerged—born not from nature but spawned from evil.
Octavia wasn’t stupid. Those unfortunate souls who have crossed paths with her didn’t just become swamp creatures, they became the least deadly of them. She hadn’t counted on the strong spirits of those she’d cursed.
From those murky swamp depths, a hero emerged. The type from which legends are born.
Moss, whose sensual iridescent tattoos are in fact thanks to his reptilian side, still struggles to come to terms with his fate and wants nothing more than to be left alone.
Beth’s life becomes upturned when she reluctantly agrees to accompany her idiotic brother on a hunt for the Bog Man. When she becomes separated from the others she comes face to face with the legend himself . . . only no one ever mentioned how damn sexy he was.
The swamp’s dark history tests the duo on their survival skills as well as luring them deeper into the magic of the swamp.
When I got a request for Swamp Magic I immediately accepted it based on one thing, and one thing only….how unique it sounded. I read a lot of shifter romance and yet had never heard of any swamp shifters. Snakes I have heard of, but never read because snakes ick me out. Gross. No thanks. Swamp shifters though….gators, reptiles, ect…was something I could get behind and so when I read this blurb I knew I had to check it out.
Moss is one of those humans who was cursed by the swamp witch into a endless lifetime of servitude doing her bidding and being her sex slave. When he stumbles upon a wayward human female lost in the swamp he doesn’t hesitate to help her find her way. Into his bed that is. Though Beth knows she should be weary of the man who materializes right out of the murky swamp water, she finds herself more intrigued then scared. What follows is some awesome sex in the middle of the swamp in a questionable rustic cabin.
Even though Moss and Beth get together fairly early in the book, I did find there to be a solid story line that played out at a good pace as the book unfolded. The story behind Moss and his background was well thought out and implemented. I enjoyed that there even was a back story so I was thrilled it was well done. Beth holds her own as a heroine and she has a few shining moments that made me like her. The secondary characters, including Beth’s timeless aunt, Moss’s fellow shifter friend and the witch herself are all well rounded characters who bring life to the story. I wish the author would have left the secondary love story alone though. It felt a bit to much and took away from the main purpose of the book, Moss and Beth.
Where Swamp Magic goes wrong is in some of the stilted writing, editing and prolonged story line. At times the writing was jarring and seem to come off as forced. Some of the dialogue just didn’t flow. Some of that might be contributed to cultural differences but some of it just didn’t sound right. Another editorial look seems to have been in order before publication and a lot of it could have been cleaned up. I also have a huge pet peeve for authors throwing in random new villains towards the end of a book. It always feels like the author needed to make the book longer and so he/she throws in more obstacles for the hero/heroine to overcome. It is rarely done where is feels seamless and so it gets on my nerves. It takes away from what the author is trying to accomplish and so I have to mention it here.
Swamp Magic is an entirely unique story that, as a whole, I enjoyed. Sure, it needed some fine tuning but the story won out in the end and I finished it in record time.
I give Swamp Magic by Bobbi Romans 3.50 stars!