Series: Mackenzie Family
Published by Harlequin Books on May 16th 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Romantic Suspense
Reading Challenges: Backlist Reader Challenge
"A fan-favorite tale of romance and suspense from" New York Times "bestselling author Linda Howard"
Talented trainer Maris Mackenzie was wanted for horse theft, but with no memory of that fateful day, she had little chance of proving her innocence or eluding the villains behind the prize stallion's disappearance. Her only hope for salvation? The stranger in her bed.
Sticking with my current obsession with novellas (because I’m in an epic reading funk, and it’s been difficult for me to find full-length novels at the moment) I decided to re-read a book from an favorite series, The Mackenzie Family series by Linda Howard. When I first read Mackenzie’s Magic years and years ago, I remember being a bit let down by it, because I had enjoyed the other books so much. After re-reading it again, I feel the same way. Mackenzie’s Magic by Linda Howard is the weakest novel in the series, in my opinion.
Mackenzie’s Magic follows the only daughter in the Mackenzie family, Maris, who is a well-renowned horse trainer. The book starts with Maris waking up in a hotel with one of the stable workers, and no memory of how she got there. After a little conversation with Alex, the stable worker, she discovers that she stole the champion horse from their employers. As Maris and Alex (who might be more than a stable hand) try to figure out why she stole the horse, they fall for each other.
I think that the biggest problem with Mackenzie’s Magic is that is feels too rushed, which isn’t really surprising given it’s novella status. I never really felt like I got to know Maris or Alex, and therefore never felt their connection.
That said, I did like both Maris and Alex. I love how talented Maris is with horses, and how seriously she takes her job. She has such talent with them (not really a surprise given her family), and she never let the fact that she is female stop her from pursuing her dreams. That said, sometimes it was so odd, the way Maris would just known something. Again, I think that has to do with this being a novella.
Alex was a great hero, from what I could tell. He’s intelligent, caring, and sweet with Maris. I absolutely loved that he immediately jumped in to help Maris, no questions asked. And how sweet he was when he realized that she had been hurt. I just wish I had gotten to know him better.
So, who do I think would enjoy Mackenzie’s Magic? Anyone who is a fan of the Mackenzie Family series by Linda Howard probably should look into this one. It’s not like it’s a huge time commitment, and if you’ve read and enjoyed the others in this series, definitely read this one to complete the experience. But, if you haven’t read this series, and pick this one up on a whim, well, don’t let it define the whole series. It’s the weakest by far in the series.
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