Enchanting the Beast (Relics of Merlin)
Author: Kathryne Kennedy
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Date of Publication: April 1, 2014
Werewolf Sir Nicodemus Wulfson is haunted by memories of murder-and ghosts. Determined to solve at least one of his problems, he heads to London to find a ghost-hunter. He never expected to find the love of his life in the form of spiritualist Lady Philomena Radcliff, nor did he expect her to take up his offer to leave London and venture out to his haunted castle. But now that he has her, he’s determined never to let her go.
I’ve been sort of waffly on the Merlin series. I really liked the concept, but didn’t necessarily connect with the books. Until now. This book I absolutely LOVED! Magic, historical, and ghosts. What’s not to love?
Philomena – a titled character thanks to her gift for contacting the dead, she’s older (40ish I believe), who’s pretty much written off ever having a love of her own. She’s not innocent though, thanks to living in a house which used to be a brothel and the ghosts thoroughly enjoy showing her some of their former acts. I found it amusing when she used some of that knowledge once she and Nicodemus got intimate.
Nico – I really really REALLY liked Nico. Being a shifter, he’s not affected by magic but that doesn’t mean he’s blind to Philo’s gift. He’s initially skeptical, but contacts her to hopefully help his brother out – he expects it simply to be a psychological fix and it turns out he comes to believe in Phil’s gifts because he sees physical evidence that the ghosts really are there (one of the ghosts kisses her and he sees the indentation on her cheek at the kiss, among other things).
The best part of this book for me was the bigger mystery as they tracked down the relic of Merlin that was involved. The ghosts we meet because of the relic were appropriately spooky, and in places scary. I didn’t see coming who the villain really was and I always appreciate that. Although, maybe I’m just slipping because I keep getting surprised, and I used to think I was good at figuring these things out.
The final climactic battle scene was fantastic and eerie and just…awesome.
Add in the romance, an older woman/younger man dynamic which isn’t done that much, and it was pretty close to a perfect read for me. I definitely enjoyed my time in this world, and am eager for the next trip to England with Ms. Kennedy.
Thank you so much Sourcebooks and Ms. Kennedy!
Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.