Daily Archives: September 22, 2013
Title: Blessed Curses
Author: Madeleine Ribbon
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: A List
Blurb: Though he’s a sorcerer with a talent for creating blessings, David can do very little with any other magic. He works the night shift for his cousin’s magical supply shop because he’s cursed—his brother did it when they were kids—and now people can’t stand to be near David since he inspires irrational fear. Many experts have tried to remove it, but the curse has proven completely binding. Then David meets Vaughn at his brother’s wedding.
Vaughn works for the magical enforcers, picking apart complex curses and making sure sorcerers stay within the law. He has the ability to dampen magical effects around him and loves solving supposedly irreversible curses like David’s. He quickly develops a more personal interest in David. Despite the distance David attempts to keep between them, he finally realizes when Vaughn is injured on the job that he doesn’t want to stay away anymore. But what about the curse?
Review: This book was so much fun, which is great because it was a sad story. I know that sounds like a contradiction, but it’s true. This was a wonderful love story full of magic, curses, blessings and sacrifice.
David was as alone as you can get while still being surrounded by people. His magical strength lies in blessings and his brothers lies in curses. One silly childhood fight caused twenty years of isolation and constant fear and dread, for everyone. He was 8 years old when it happened and it hurt even his mother to touch him. My heart broke for him. I understood his prickly ways and his fear of allowing anyone close to him.
He couldn’t understand why Vaughn would want to be with him. David can’t believe he is anything more than a puzzle to be solved to Vaughn. Luckily, Vaughn is as persistent as he is charming and sexy.
Vaughn hasn’t had an easy life himself. He takes one look at David and is hooked. The more time he spends with David, the deeper he falls. All he has to do is convince the man who hasn’t been touched by anyone, except his brother, in twenty years that he is serious. It was beautiful.
Vaughn’s inexhaustible patience and compassion for David were amazing. He was so sensitive to David’s needs and fears. While he was willing to go at David’s pace, Vaughn knew what he wanted and he would not be moved. It was great when David finally realized that he was all that Vaughn wanted.
There were so many things that I enjoyed about this book. It had heart, charm, devotion, mystery, a bit of angst, sweetness, and two beautiful men falling in love. I loved it.
Reviewed by Nina