Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Review – Mackenzie’s Magic

Title: Mackenzie’s Magic
Author: Linda Howard
Publishing Date: November 1996
Genre: Contemporary
Rating: C
Sensuality: Warm

Mackenzie’s Magic is the fourth book in the Mackenzie series. Maris is the daughter of Wolf and Mary Mackenzie who started the series in Mackenzie’s Mountain (one of my favorite books). Maris Mackenzie wakes up in bed with a man she doesn’t know. She has no memory of how she got there. She quickly learns that she stole the prize horse she has been training. She has to get her memory back fast because whoever hit her on the head is going to come back to finish the job.

This story was ridiculously short and a big disappointment. The whole dang story takes place over only a few measly little hours! I am not even sure if the story was 100 pages long. Maris’s personality was in keeping with an only girl growing up in a house full of Mackenzie men. It made since that she would be direct and know exactly what she wants – and knows she’ll get it. Alex MacNeil’s character, on the other hand, was not developed properly. I actually almost forgot his name. He has so little presence in the story. Also, there is none of the snappy dialog that Linda Howard is so well known for. Then, if that wasn’t enough, Alex and Maris’s relationship is completely overshadowed at the end of the story with the introduction of Zane’s little girl, Nick. I am not even going to try and put into words how annoying her baby talk was. All I can say is, don’t start with this one, only read it if you are desperate for a Linda Howard book and you have read everything else.


nath said...

Never got my hand on this one, but it seems I'm not missing much. I don't understand why Ms Howard cheap out on Mari's book. Being the only girl of the Mackenzie's family, I know tons of readers would have like to read a full length novel. Ah well...

Holly said...

THANK YOU for mentioning how annoying Nick was. All I hear about is how cute she was and how adorable and OMG Nick! How about no? She was just annoying, IMO.

I agree about the rest of this story, too. It was a huge disappointment as part of the series. :(

Kris said...

This was the only one in this series that I had not read. Now I know I was not missing much. Thanks for the review.

Jill D. said...

Nath, Nope you are not missing much.

Holly, LOL! I couldn't stop rolling my eyes at Nick's baby talk. I almost didn't finish the epilogue because of it. Sheesh, it was ridiculous!

Kris, Your welcome. I checked it out from the library. I didn't realize this story was in an anthology and that was one of the reasons I couldn't find it. But honestly, I needn't have bothered. It's such a shame because the rest of the series is awesome.