The exciting final book in the Spells, Secrets & Seductions trilogy.
A spell ignites a fire nothing can extinguish.
Esther goes along with her friend’s candle-magic spell calling for a lover because a one-night stand just might help take her mind off Ryan Jameson. Her father died in the line of duty, and she has no plans to lose her heart to a firefighter who faces danger on a daily basis, no matter how hot he is. But it seems futile to resist when the spell starts to work its magick.
For as long as Ryan can remember, he’s had dreams of a woman with pale blue eyes, and when finds her in Burnt Cove, the connection between them is instantaneous. But the woman of his dreams seems bound and determined to keep him at arm’s length.
When a spell goes awry and gives them one night together, it’s all the opportunity he needs to convince her they’re meant to be.
“I was wondering if you’d like to go out tomorrow night? Maybe have some dinner, take a walk on the beach?” His tone was easygoing, almost indifferent, but his eyes practically scorched her with barely banked desire.
She’d been expecting it. He’d asked her out before, several times, but she’d always declined. He took her refusal with equanimity and a smile, but always asked again. Taking a deep breath, she did what she knew she had to do. “I told you that I don’t date firefighters. You’ll have to respect my wishes on that.”
“Maybe I can change your mind. It’s only dinner and a walk. What can it hurt?”
It sounded so reasonable that she almost changed her mind.
Rightly or wrongly, she had a deep-seated phobia of losing someone she loved to fire. The fear probably began during her childhood when she’d first been told the stories of Esther and James, and was solidified with the death of her father.
For a family steeped in the tragedy of fire, they all seemed to be drawn to it, tempted by its horrible beauty and power. Her father had been a firefighter and both her brothers were too. There was no way in hell she was getting romantically involved with one. She had more than enough nightmares now without adding to them.
She shook her head. “I’m sorry.” The words were bitter on her tongue, but she didn’t take them back.
He nodded and pushed away from her desk. “Maybe next time?”
It was what he said every time she turned him down.
He reached out as if to touch her, but dropped his hand back by his side. He turned and strode away. He didn’t look back. She knew because she couldn’t tear her gaze away from him.
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