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#BookReview – “Luca’s Magic Embrace” by Kym Grosso

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Sexy vampire, Luca Macquarie doesn’t do love; especially not with humans. Yet, ever since he rescued Samantha Irving, he can’t deny the enigmatic attraction he’s developed for the alluring mortal woman. Concerned for her safety, he’s determined to bring Samantha back to her coven. His mission is to go find the novice witch and bring her home, nothing more, nothing less; falling for her is not supposed to be part of the plan.

Samantha doesn’t want to be a witch, yet that’s exactly what she is. After failing to elicit her magic, she escapes to the mountains in an attempt to resume a semblance of her previous human life. When an arsonist torches her cabin, Samantha’s worst fears are realized. Aware that her life is on the line, she reluctantly agrees to return to New Orleans with Luca.

In the Big Easy, Samantha and Luca embark on a spellbinding journey, searching for a mystical amulet that promises to release her obligation from an ancient, lethal vampire who’s been threatening her life. With cryptic clues and clandestine allies, will Luca and Samantha destroy the dangerous amulet before others acquire it, setting forth a chain of catastrophic consequences? And will Luca give into his erotic desire for the witch who magically captures heart?


In the second Immortals in New Orleans novel, vampire Luca Macquarie has been kidnapped, chained with silver, and drained of blood. After Kade, Luca’s sire and best friend, saves his life, Luca is determined to fight the people responsible for nearly killing him. To do so, he has to track down a runaway witch.

Samantha wants nothing more than to return to her normal human life. In the previous book, she was kidnapped and horribly abused. The result of that abuse has given her special powers over the elements, which has basically transformed her into a witch. She shuns her new abilities, but when her life is threatened again, she has no choice but to trust Luca and learn to fight back.

I liked the book for the most, and I definitely connected better with Luca and Samantha than I did with the couple from the first book. Luca and Samantha are well-rounded characters with great chemistry. After a painful tragedy in Luca’s past, he’s locked his heart in a cage of ice, but Samantha’s spunk, strength, and vulnerability quickly thawed the ice. I love seeing cold, stoic men fall to their knees!

The world building is great. I totally like that vampires, witches, and werewolves are known to the world at large and live side-by-side with humans in relative peace, but they’re certainly having trouble with each other. Since Luca is a vampire and Samantha is a witch, the book focused more on the paranormal aspect of life and very little on the humans, which was nice.

The story is a little repetitive, however, with head hopping and more telling than showing. The sex scenes are erotic and very entertaining. Kade, Sydney, Tristan, and other characters from book 1 return, and it was nice seeing those characters again.

3.5 Stars

— If you’ve read this book, I’d love to know what you think of it. Please comment below.