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Smoke on the Water by Lori Handeland
Series: Sisters of the Craft #3
Published by St. Martin's Press Genres: Fantasy, Time Travel
Willow Black has never had a family as she was found abandoned as an infant. Not that there weren’t attempts for her to be adopted, but something within Willow let her see the future and, as a child, it would scare her. No family was ever able to accept Willow’s actions, and she grew up in the system. Now an adult, Willow is back in the system, but this time, it’s in a psychiatric ward where they are trying to ‘heal’ her. Willow has just about accepted that her life is going to be lonely, and she’ll be locked up forever, when she meets one of the other clients, makes her first friend, and she meets the new head doctor—one sexy enough to turn even Willow’s head.
Dr. Sebastian Frasier hasn’t been out of school all that long, and this is his first major position. Sebastian isn’t about to let anything like his huge size or his unusual looks stop him from caring for the people staying in his hospital. He has just arrived at the unit when a disturbance has Sebastian stepping in looking like a biker instead of a trained psychiatric doctor. Sebastian meets Willow and Mary that day. At first he believes that Willow is another employee trying to help Mary until he learns that not only is Willow one of the patients, but she is also one of his patient’s, and she is way too sexy for his own good.
After meeting Mary, Willow is drawn into the world of Wicca and magic, and she actually begins to understand a bit of what is so different about her. However, Willow still isn’t sure she is as magical as Mary believes, even if the strangest things keep happening to them while ‘practicing’. Sebastian is faced with not only his feelings for Willow, which have to be wrong, but also with the fact that she and Mary seem to be at the center of all the weird events that are suddenly happening at the ward. Mary keeps insisting that Willow is in danger and recent events are proving her correct. Willow and Sebastian are forced to believe in the unbelievable, when they suddenly disappear and reappear miles away from the ward. But the truly strange thing is what and who they find as they try to figure out what is going on and why. Danger surrounds Willow and Sebastian as they are joined by several strangers, many of which seem almost familiar to Willow. The sisters are together again for the first time since birth as the clock runs out, and they either have to defeat the evil that has been targeting them and those they love or lose forever to that evil.
More than passion is in the air when Willow and Sebastian meet for the first time in Smoke on the Water. I felt horrible as I learned just what had happened to Willow as she grew up and, yet, I also learned just how strong she was to have dealt with it all and still remain sane. Sebastian would be my pick for anyone having to deal with mind doctors with his compassion and strength, plus he would be great to just look at. I loved watching as Willow was trying to cover for herself and Mary and, yet, be so attracted to Sebastian. I also loved watching as Sebastian was trying to keep his position as professional as possible while falling in love with a woman forbidden to him. Even better was seeing how they stumbled into the magical war that was being waged against Willow and her family. I fell for Sebastian as he was determined to help, even while not believing what he was being told and what he was seeing. When the final showdown came, it was all that it had been built up to be and more. Smoke on the Water is not only a great adventure and love story, but it is also a wonderful finale to the dangerous journey these three sisters have been on since birth.
I definitely recommend that you read this series in order to understand all of the events as they happen.