Bonding is the first story in Eliza Gale’s The
Pentacles of Magick. Four brothers hail from a long line
of powerful witches. Not only do they possess potent white
magic, with each being able to control an element, but they
can also unleash destructive and uncontrollable dark magic.
Each time they use their dark magic, they lose a little bit
of their control. If the curse is allowed to run its course,
they will all be damned, just as all their ancestors have
Gallagher, a researcher from Museum of Art History in San
Diego, believes she’s found a way to break the curse. What
she doesn’t know is that the tarot cards she’s been studying
were stolen from Graelen Scott’s collection. Her mysterious
benefactor has more than one reason for wanting her to
research the unique cards.
Scott has been repeatedly warned that a woman will lead to
his ruin. He believes Rena is that woman, except that every
time he touches her, he feels his magic build rather than
diminish. With water as his element, you can imagine what
kinky things he can contrive to do with it...and Rena. When
he discovers her empathic skills can temper his dark side,
he wonders if she might have really uncovered a way to beat
the curse. Hopefully, he can convince his twin brother Cash,
before Cash kills her.
Bonding is lighter on the amount of sex than the
second installment of the story, The Burning,
though I found the heroine’s jump into bed with Graelen to
be jarring. She’s never met the man, but by page fourteen,
she’s in bed with him? I can suspend a lot of disbelief, but
this taxed my abilities. Graelen has some rough edges and,
in my book, his “Oh baby, did I hurt you?” doesn’t really
temper the abuse. Cash Scott makes a memorable appearance,
which adds credence to his later actions in part two.
this story line and its premise. Despite the quick sex and
her even quicker acceptance of Graelen, I even liked the
heroine, but having read the second story prior to this one,
I can only say that Ms. Gale’s writing style has
considerably improved from part one to part two. I’m eager
to see what she does with the other two brothers’ tales.