HECATE’S OWN by Dana Marie Bell

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HECATE’S OWN by Dana Marie BellHecate's Own by Dana Marie Bell
Series: Heart's Desire #2
Published by Samhain Publishing on 2013-04-09
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 252
Reviewed by Jo

When a wolf is hot for a witch, the sparks can be downright dangerous. Heart’s Desire, Book 2Zachary Beckett has finally done something right. He saved his brother’s life, and his reward is a ticket to Cleveland to train as a witch. Except every spell he casts wreaks havoc—until he’s banished to the children’s classroom. At least his teacher is easy on the eyes. It isn’t long before the heat is rising, and it has nothing to do with a bubbling cauldron. Jo has never met a walking Karma bomb like Zachary. His blue eyes haunt her, his body is made for sin, and his magic? The less said about that the better. But Jo is determined to help him, even if she has to fight their mutual attraction, tooth and nail. When Zach discovers he’s been operating under a hex, he and Jo come together in a blazing-hot ritual to break its hold and reveal Zach’s destiny to fight evil. But the old enemy who cast the spell won’t give up until every Beckett male is stripped of his mate. Which could leave Zach to howl in agony forever—and doom Jo to a fate worse than death. Warning: This novel contains explicit sex, graphic language, a sexy, awkward, blue-eyed wolf-witch and a woman who can make his dreams come true.

Zachary Beckett grew up in a family of wizards always being thought of as a very weak magical being.  Because the men of Zachary’s family are also werewolves, it is a shock when they all learn that Zachary isn’t a weak wizard but a strong witch.  Witches have to learn their craft very different from wizards, so Zachary is sent to the Witches court to be taught.  However, something seems to go very wrong when Zachary tries even the simplest of spells and yet he was able to save his brother’s life with a very strong and intense spell not that long ago.  Just what is Zachary and can he learn before he loses all hope to ever gain control of his magic.

Jo Yashodhar is the teacher for the juvenile witches and she is a member of the royal court.  Not long after Zachary arrives at the court, his track record is not good and he is finally bounced into her class.  Jo is at her wits end when even her youngest students seem to be able to control their magic better than Zachary can.  It makes no sense to Jo and finally she loses her temper when Zachary latest mess involves the royal family itself.  She tells him to go, just go and Zachary decides to do that.

Jo can’t get over her unease when she can’t locate Zachary and it just gets worse the more she learns about him.  Things that she should have found out about before lead her to a theory on why Zachary has so many problems with his magic.  If she is right, Zachary is much stronger than anyone at court realized and they might have harmed him rather than helped.  Zachary is more than surprised when Jo shows up at his brother’s house and even more surprised to realize she is his fated mate.  Zachary tries to turn Jo away until his family and his wolf convince him to listen to her theory.  Maybe, just maybe, Zachary is much more than a witch and super strong when it matters; and it matters now because the Becketts’ enemies have kidnapped Jo and it will take all the Beckett brothers to help save her.  But it will mostly take Zachary and Jo’s belief in his powers to make sure they can have the bright future their love deserves.

Court life all but destroys a werewolf/witch’s belief in himself until a teacher proves to him the truth and in doing so they discover a love not to be denied.  Hecate’s Own brings Zachary and Jo together in a very bumpy road of magical discovery and passion.  As I watched Zachary get more and more discouraged, I so wanted to smack some of those court idiots, but I guess it was all worth it when he went back and proved just who and what he was.  I wondered if Jo would be as bad as the others until she proved her belief in Zachary by following him and making him and his family listen to her and the truth.  The identity of the person Jo brought in to help Zachary was very interesting knowing the Becketts’ past.  When Jo was kidnapped, I had no doubt that Zachary would triumph and bring Jo home safe and sound.  I had to laugh as I read about Zachary’s return to the Court and how they reacted to him now.  I can’t wait until the next Beckett brother finds his mate.  Hecate’s Own takes magic, shape shifting and suspense and wraps it up in humor to make this a keeper in my opinion.

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