After losing her mother to an unexpected illness, and unable to locate a sister who is MIA, Pepper has to come to terms with being alone for the first in her life. She refuses to sit still and feel sorry for herself. Reviving her herb garden becomes her first project and she conjures a potion to help it grow. As she performs the spell, a silver wolf stumbles into her backyard, his focus on her. Knocking the magical potion from her grasp, he shifts into a hot and very naked man.
Wes Nash never expected to scent his mate while on a run. Seeing her in the flesh, tending to her garden by moonlight, is too much for him to deny. Little does he know the witch accidentally puts a hex on him, and not just his heart. Now, everything he touches sprouts leaves and flowers. But the screwed-up version of a green thumb is the least of their worries.
Pepper discovers a secret her mother didn’t get a chance to share before she died, and now the father she thought was dead comes back with dark plans of his own.
Wes was annoyed at his interfering family and took off for a run to clear his head. What he finds is an irresistible scent that he follows to see a beautiful witch tending her garden.
Pepper was suffering with the loss of her mother, and frustrated at not being able to contact her sister. In an effort to console herself she decides to tend to her herb garden. Half of it was wilting and looked like Pepper felt. In order to try to save them she prepares a garden spell.
This is a favorite scene.
Pepper turned to her side and frowned. “I have something special for you.” Yeah, she talked to plants, not that it did any good by the look of the sad browning leaves. She just wasn’t as good at tending to a garden as her mom. Another ache formed in her chest. Stop. She’s in a better place, not in pain, and will live on in my heart.
After grabbing the plastic spray bottle from the rack on the outer wall of the house, she added water then about half of the potion to it. Kneeling on the edge of the pavers, she set the amber-colored glass jar of potion next to her. She’d freeze the remainder to use in about a month.
With the page to the spell in one hand, the spray bottle with the growth potion in the other, she sprayed the plants evenly while speaking the chant.
Gather strength by the moon’s glow.
Make leaves grow by Sun’s touch.
A snap of a twig behind her made her jump to her feet and whirl around, her heart hammering against her ribs. In the process, she knocked over the potion jar, spilling the dry herbal contents. Great. A low growl made her step backward. As she did, she stepped on the jar, cracking it.
A sting on her big toe had her glancing down. Damn. Blood mixed with the spilt potion on the pavers. Another great.
Annoyed at who or what disturbed her, she searched the woods her backyard merged with. A few yards away stood a beautiful silver wolf. She frowned after noting the too-human eyes staring back at her the color of the Caribbean ocean. It was a shifter. Most likely one of the Wolfe Pack’s.
She didn’t have much interaction with the Wolfe Pack except for the occasional run-in in town. Hotties with fur. She’d always kept her distant because she didn’t like drawing attention to herself. Besides, she had a sick mother to care for… until a few months ago.
The pack was located a few miles north of her coven. Still none of them had ever crossed over into the coven’s territory, as far as she knew.
She placed her hands on her hips. “What are you doing here? This is witch territory.”
There were several long moments before he stalked toward her, a hunger in those blue eyes. One step by slow step, he advanced, his nose twitching as if scenting the air. She narrowed her eyes. “I think you’re lost.”
Or on something.
Still, he didn’t stop. A low growl came from him that made her freeze. What the hell was wrong with him?
He stopped a few inches from her and sniffed. First at her hand, her leg, then her crotch. “Hey! Stop that.”
She went to bat him away with the water bottle, but he knocked it to the ground with his paw. The lid broke open and the watery potion spilled onto the pavers at their feet, his fur dampening.
Damn it. “Don’t make me put you in a circle.”
That made him pause and tilt his head to the side. A moment later, the wolf shimmered and then a man stood naked as the day he was born in front of her. His dark blonde hair covered his ears and hung in his eyes. He was gorgeous, in a primal sort of way. “Good gods,” she breathed, not meaning to speak the words aloud.
He raised a brow and closed the distance between them, wrapped his arms around her waist and drew her to him. Heat flooded her entire body. “I was out for a run and lost my way. Or so I thought, until I found you.”
Lia Davis. Hexed with Sass (Kindle Locations 100-132). After Glows.
Within minutes it becomes apparent what she has done, but she doesn’t understand how or why. At least not until she finds a letter her mother had written her.
Wes isn’t happy with turning things to flowers and plants but there was no way he was letting his mate go. Even if she can’t find the reversal for the curse, he would find a way to win her heart and her approval to complete the mating.
This is a fun read with enough twists and turns to keep you on your toes, not to mention the extremely hot scenes.
5 Contented Purrs for Lia!
In 2008, Lia Davis ventured into the world of writing and publishing and never looked back. She has published more than twenty books, including the bestselling A Tiger’s Claim, book one in her fan favorite Ashwood Falls series. Her novels feature compassionate yet strong alpha heroes who know how to please their women and her leading ladies are each strong in their own way. No matter what obstacle she throws at them, they come out better in the end.
While writing was initially a way escape from real world drama, Lia now makes her living creating worlds filled with magic, mystery, romance, and adventure so that others can leave real life behind for a few hours at a time.
Lia’s favorite things are spending time with family, traveling, reading, writing, chocolate, coffee, nature and hanging out with her kitties. She and her family live in Northeast Florida battling hurricanes and very humid summers, but it’s her home and she loves it!