01 February 2009

REVIEW: LORA LEIGH - MENAGE A MAGICK

Paperback: 152 pages
Publisher: Ellora's Cave (June 1, 2003)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1843606186
ISBN-13: 978-1843606185

Summary:

She was to be the filling in a Wizard Sandwich. For a millennia, the Covenani Sorceresses of planet Sentmar have been separated from the Cauldaran Wizards, their natural mates. Deceit and blood have forced a reunion; destiny and passion have forced a bond. Brianna, youngest of the Princesses of Covenani, will be a consort to two handsome, virile Wizards. Will the union be forged in desire and love, or will she deny the union, as well as the two men who are bound to her, hearts and souls?


Review:

I wanted a quick fix between two full length novels and I ended up in front of my bookcases, skimming the titles. My eyes stuck on a title: Ménage A Magick and with a 141 pages the perfect in-between story I was looking for. Knowing Lora Leigh she was going to entertain me and twins…well that definitely spoke to my imagination.

The rings surrounding the Twin Moons of Sentmar were slowly dissipating as magic in this world grew weaker. To preserve all that was one woman – Princess Brianna – could choose to become a Consort and could bind a pre-destined Wizard Twin within a Ring of Magick. This would sustain the Magick in their world and allow it grow. Nevertheless, treachery lies within the castle as some do not want the Magick of the Wizards and Sorceresses to replenish and gain in strength.

Leave it up to Lora Leigh to establish a whole new world with various races, rules and regulations to give it structure and a dividing among those races to give it a bit of depth and color. I got this presented in a mere 25 pages and I was pulled into this engaging story with very little effort and the promise of erotic bliss.

The Wizard Twin Lasan en Drago Veraga are absolutely stunning vigorous male material with their blazing eyes full of sensual pleasure. I liked the way they complemented each other. Lasan has a pleasant demeanor, while Drago has a quick temper. Lasan is a patient man but once angered he is one to reckon with as Drago is overbearing at times but is inward very protective and gentle. As Lora Leigh described them: A Twin sandwich and Brianna was going to be the filling. I will say my imagination went in to overdrive as only this author can do.

Brianna is not pleased with the fact she is supposed to become Twin sandwich filling. Her fear of being taken by two men is as steep as the growing desire for them and this fear is fed by her maid, Elspeth. She is stubborn, she is passionate and regal in her ways and I appreciated the headstrong challenge she became for the twin. The push-pull of her feelings created a tantalizing courtship with Lasan and Drago as time was of the essence. The languid build up of affection and connection between the three of them is so erotically charged it felt like one long prologue to the big finally as they took it all the way.

The anticipation whether Brianna would join the twin as a Consort drove me wild at times. The heightened state of arousal was constant and this threesome created a very heated and very sensual driven story. The actual eroticism in this tale lies in seduction not in the actual carnal acts and for a short novella like this I feel it is done with both a growth in sexual awareness as emotional progress between the leading characters. Of course when I read a Lora Leigh book I am settling for the titillating fused with a good dose of romance. While Ménage A Magick lacked in the pages to make the romance truly soar I still felt the connection between Drago, Lasan and Brianna growing as the twin strived for the inevitable surrender among one another.

Complemented by a set of supporting characters of who I instantly knew could very well have their own story in the future, I was especially enamored by the ancient Dragon, Garron. Queen Amoria, mother of Brianna, Marine and Serena Sellane, the sisters of Brianna along with two sets of other Twin Wizards: the Sashtain’s and the Veressi’s, inhabited this story with their own voices. They were present in the story but the focus was set on Drago, Lasan and Brianna leaving the rest in the backdrop of all that was going on.

There is enough detail to make the world substantial yet without overpowering the erotic-romance story. For me, Ménage A Magick read like a long seductive and sultry courtship. It proved to be a nice interlude between the two full length novels.

Quote Lasan to Drago:


Sweet mercy, but her mouth was the most beautiful caress in all the worlds. Tight and moist and so damned hot. And she did not leave him after a few loving strokes […] “Do not fuck this up, Drago,” Lasan groaned in ever increasing ecstasy. “For the love of the gods I will kill you myself if you speak.”He had clearly anticipated Drago’s coming plea to Brianna that she forgive him.


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