Jove, $5.99, ISBN 0-515-12886-4
Historical Paranormal Romance, 2000
Having read none of the books that precede Magical Memories, spare me if I get the background details a bit off. Let’s see. The witch Tempest is the Ancient One (fear not, she’s still pretty and her breasts don’t sag). Once upon a time she has an aborted love thing going with a warlock named Marcus, who only wants her for her powers. She locked up that silly doofus in a spell that will give him a second chance with him only if he chooses the Right Path.
So one day, while trying to drive, Tempest knocks down Michael, who happens to be – ta-da! – Marcus sans memories of her. While Tempest helps him recuperate, Michael/Marcus’ memories return, and he must face choices – love or power? And Tempest too have to face her own moral choices: should Marcus choose the Wrong Path, she will have to put him away for good. Can she? Oh dilemmas, dilemmas!
Magical Memories is a rather short, sweet story that manages to convey the emotional conflicts of the characters perfectly. And the story has an elegant poetry to it – it manages to evoke the proper atmosphere of magic along with my sympathies with the lead characters’ dilemmas. The ending is a bit saccharine, but hey, it’ll do. Life can’t always be a bitter pill, right?