In Kennedy's cleverly re-imagined London of 1882, magic pervades all of life and dictates status. This captivating tale combines the excitement and edgy danger of
a thriller with the treat of a romantic romp. Kennedy is going places.

Although she was born of powerful magical parents, duchess-of-honor Felicity Seymour seems to have no magic of her own. If Felicity can't pass the magical tests set by Prince Albert, she will lose her inheritance. Sir Terence Blackwell is a lion shapeshifter and an ancient relic hunter. While high society looks down on shapeshifters, Terence is a friend and protector of the prince. During Felicity's disastrous testing, Terence senses the stench of relic-magic.

To find out if her magic is tainted by a relic, Terence decides to court the now dowry-less woman. But his plans falter when he falls for Felicity. Something evil surrounds her, and unless Terence can find the cause, they'll lose their chance at love. (LOVE SPELL, Jan., 336 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith