Book Twenty-Three of 2014: HIDDEN SALEM by Kiki Howell

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Intuition alone brought Makayla to Salem, MA in search of a story, but her research has her confronting more than she bargained for. With her empathic gifts stronger in Witch City, she physcially suffers, landing her literally unconscious in the arms of both Noah Ayers, local cop and Dylan Baines, local history teacher. Yet, it is Lauri, a witch who owns a local shop, who teaches Makayla about who she is and what she can do.
Unfortunately for all of them, Makayla also stumbles upon a coven in the woods practicing a dark magic ritual. Now they are after her, threatening her life and the lives of those she has quickly come to care about. Immersed in things she never expected, like an old legend and necromancy due to residual hauntings, the race is on to stay safe from the coven and protect her heart from a certain sexy cop.
But, is Lauri correct in thinking Makayla might just have encountered the only real witch in Salem from 1692? And, do they share the same bloodline?

Being a lover of paranormal anything, I was instantly drawn to this book. I’ve always loved the history of Salem and I loved both times I visited. Sure, it’s a bit touristy, but there’s something about it that makes it beautiful. Minus the terrible history it is known for, of course.

I could see Salem in the book. I knew exactly where the character was and could envision it wonderfully. The story is good. There are a number of characters that you just have to love. However, I didn’t feel that there was enough about Makayla’s life and the lives of the people she saw in the visions. I didn’t actually cared that she knew off the bat what was going on in their lives. It was explained and I do understand the explanation of it, I just wish there was more to it than her just knowing.

That said, I think I’ll go on Makayla. For a main character, she was decent. I honestly didn’t care for her martyr like way of looking at things. I understood she didn’t want the people she grown to care about hurt, but there’s a time when you should stand up and fight. She seemed too much on the run away bandwagon. I loved her empathic powers and I could see she was supposed to be a strong character, but I feel her actions or decisions (even if they were thwarted) weren’t the best as a strong female lead. Granted, there was a lot going at the time and a lot of energies that made her confused and everything else. I understand that, I just wish she tried to have more of the backbone I’m guessing she had before she came to Salem.

All in all, the book was good. It was fast paced with enough action and romance to keep a reader of fluff going. Hey, I’m a fluff reader, and I liked it a lot. There’s history, romance, intrigue, and above all, magic. A good read for any paranormal romance reader.

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