Mountain Charm by Sydney Logan
“True love and sweet whispers, till death do us part;
Send someone to love my Appalachian heart.”
At the age of thirteen, Angelina Clark followed in the footsteps of her ancestors by casting an Appalachian love spell, which promised she would blossom into a beautiful and gifted woman who would find her true love. A young Angelina had been thrilled to participate in the sacred ritual, but through the years, her father’s untimely death and her mother’s failing health have shaken Angelina’s magical faith to its core. As her twenty-first birthday approaches, she refuses to practice her supernatural gifts and no longer believes in the love charm.
That is, until Dylan Thomas arrives on her front porch.
Dylan, a Nashville writer, travels to the mountain town of Maple Ridge to unearth the family’s supernatural secrets. While her clairvoyant mother is convinced that Dylan is her daughter’s soul mate, Angelina refuses to see the nosy reporter as anything more than a nuisance.
Despite their constant bickering, sparks fly.
Dylan admits he feels strangely drawn to Angelina and is in no hurry to leave Maple Ridge or publish his magazine article. Fearful that his emotions are being influenced by the spell, a stubborn Angelina struggles to fight her own budding attraction to the reporter.
The two inevitably grow closer just as her mother’s health begins to deteriorate, and Angelina is faced with the possibility of selling the family’s music shop to pay the mounting medical expenses. Desperate to help the woman he loves, Dylan explores his own family tree and finds support from an unlikely source. Can he finally prove his love is real—spell or no spell?
A story filled with love, friendship, family, and just a hint of Appalachian magic, Mountain Charm will leave you spellbound.
There is one thing I have learned that Sydney Logan knows how to deliver perfectly.... a sweet, captivating love story that will leave you feeling satisfied but ultimately craving more.
I LOVED Lessons Learned so when I saw that Sydney had another book coming out I was more than excited because I adore her characters and let me tell you that Angelina and Dylan are two characters that are more than easy to adore... and don't even get me started on the secondary characters ;) The story is more than believable and it's all about these two characters who were obviously supposed to meet... spell or not.
Although I will admit Angelina got on my nerves a few times because I wanted her to just give in... BUT I did understand where she was coming from. For a woman who had been through as much as she had at such a young age... she really was quite amazing. Then there is Dylan... and let me just say that even though he's not a smooth taking bad boy he still managed to make his way on my book boyfriend list!
I love these stories that remind us of what it's like for the everyday average person to fall in love. It's refreshing and to me (especially if I happen to be mad at the hubby) they remind me of how special love really is.
I'm not sure why angst is such a high seller these days... I personally have enough drama in my own life and don't really want to spend my time reading a book where I'm reading nothing but drama/angst. I mean really? How can anyone go through that much and still manage to find the amount of forgiveness they all seem to have? I'm certainly not that nice and I'd like to think of myself as a pretty nice person.
Mountain Charm is definitely one I recommend checking out. It's a light and easy read that will more than satisfy any craving for a sweet love story!
Sydney Logan is an Amazon bestselling author and holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. Lessons Learned, she made the transition from bookworm to author. Sydney has a very unhealthy obsession with music, and her iPod is filled with everything from Johnny Cash to Eminem. She is also the author of two short stories: “Mistletoe Magic,” available exclusively on Amazon Kindle, and “Stupid Cupid,” which is featured in the Romantic Interludescompilation. When she isn't reading or writing, she enjoys playing piano and relaxing on her front porch at her home in East Tennessee with her wonderful husband and their very spoiled cat.
With the 2012 release of her first novel,
Her second novel, Mountain Charm, is slated for a summer 2013 release.
Visit Sydney’s website at www.sydneylogan.com.
I asked Sydney what HER most memorable scene was... whether it was to write or even when she went back and did her read through... so not only did she pick her scene but y'all are getting a little excerpt as well ;)
Check it out:
Clearly she’d had a rough day. Having a flat tire in the middle of a storm would stress out anyone. Giving her a neck massage would be the gentlemanly thing to do.
“I give kickass massages,” he said as he stepped closer. Cash jumped off the couch and trotted off toward the kitchen. Dylan took it as a sign of male solidarity. Thank God the dog liked him.
“I bet you do.” Angelina smirked, but he couldn’t help but notice the flush of her cheeks and the way it spread across her neck.
“I’m serious. Sit up.”
Dylan sat down on the couch, and she sighed before turning around. He brushed her hair aside and placed his hands on her shoulders, kneading them softly. Angelina’s groan vibrated through him, and he closed his eyes, willing his body to calm down.
“That feels so good.”
Dylan chuckled. “Told you so.”
“Shut up,” she mumbled.
The storm raged outside, but it was easy to ignore as his hands became acquainted with her body. His fingers drifted along her spine, slowly loosening her tired muscles.
Dylan moved closer, letting his chest brush against her back.
“Better?” His warm breath tickled her ear, and he smiled when she trembled beneath his touch.
He allowed his fingers to drift along her skin. Angelina’s breath hitched when he slipped his hand beneath her sweatshirt, letting it rest briefly on the small of her back. Her skin was so soft. And this was just a tiny bit of flesh on her back.
He didn’t dare imagine the rest of her.
“Cold?” Dylan’s voice was a throaty whisper against her ear. He let his fingers ghost up her spine once again, stalling when he reached the nape of her neck. He lingered there, loving the feel of her skin and wisps of her hair against his fingertips.
Suddenly the room was flooded with light.
Dylan blinked rapidly, as if he were coming out of a trance.
They both let out shaky breaths as Angelina jumped to her feet. She walked toward the fireplace and extinguished the candles before turning around again.
She looked as confused as he felt.
Dylan slowly rose from the couch. She took a step closer until the two of them were merely inches apart. He lifted his hand, cupping her cheek before letting his fingers slide down to her neck. Her pulse was pounding, and he wondered if his was just as frantic.
“Storm’s gone,” Angelina whispered.