By Laura Kinsale
(Roddy) lives with her parents and brothers on a quiet Yorkshire
estate. Her passion for horses leads her to a public race. While
in disguise, she tries to stop a sick stallion from racing. Her
psychic gift felt his pain during the previous race. Mistaken for
a boy and hit by a groom, she comes face to face with the owner
Faelan Iveragh, the Devil Earl of Ireland. Iverah admires Roddy
for using the disguise and warning him about his stallion’s
bad heart. When Roddy discovers Iverah loses big after pulling his
stallion from the race, Roddy takes advantage of the situation.
She offers him her inheritance, but in return he must marry her.
He agrees, but voices his warnings more than once.
“Has no one told you about
me?” he demanded. “God’s mercy, will your friends
let you do this blindly?”
“If there’s aught to
tell, my lord, I would rather hear it from you. As a man of honor.”
“Honor. There’s a piece
of drollery. Half the world would tell you I can’t even
Roddy said nothing. “I
will not let him frighten me . . . “
Roddy is determined.
She wants a life; a family and most certainly love. The Devil Earl
is perfect because she experiences nothing around him -- she can’t
read his mind or his moods.
the wedding generates harsh feelings. Roddy senses her family and
friends dislike Iveragh. When Geoffrey Cashel, her true Prince Charming
arrives, she mentions Iveragh to him and reads one word from his
mind – “murder.”
wedding is just the beginning for these two, as well as the readers.
Misunderstandings are expected, but a bride reading the thoughts
of her husband’s former mistress is not. Will knowing another
woman’s intimate thoughts about her husband be too much? What
about Inveragh’s past misdeeds? Did she marry a murderer?
no time in Uncertain Magic. The lead characters meet immediately
and the story moves quickly. Inveragh’s dark side and mysterious
past add suspense to the story. Roddy’s inability to read
him as she does others piques one’s curiosity. The readers’
desire to learn everything they can about Roddy, Inveragh, and the
magic between them is enough to keep the pages turning. Most romance
readers know the psychic thread has been done time and time again,
but it’s the path Roddy and Inveragh travel that makes this