Seduced by Innocence (Seduced #1)
19-year-old Rose belongs to a coven of witches who are feuding with a family of shape shifting druids. Before you can say 'this sort of thing caused problems in Romeo and Juliet and in Dallas too', Rose meets Derek. Three quarters of the way through, my only thought is: 'this is not going to end well'. “My only love sprung from my only hate.” This book is so good that I am mad at myself for not reading it sooner. The writing is excellent. It is a really fast read and I was totally digging it. The coven of witches has a serious hippie commune vibe with names like Mist, Ocean, Rainbow, Wolf Song, Wildflower and Rain. Except they don't have the whole hippie 'love one another' credo, Rose's mother is so cruel and violent. I am pretty sure the Witches Rede is: “An it harm none, do what thou wilt”. I have read enough books and seen enough movies to know that when you start using your powers for evil and to harm others, bad things happen to you and those you care about. I also liked that this book is set in the Northwest, my home town, though I live in Portland, OR not Seattle, WA. Rose hopes Derek likes dogs, ha ha ha funny. I like that Rose uses words like “self-effacing”. Rose is so innocent but she has a dark power. I thought this book at first was tame and young adult but then things started heating up and it got romantic and erotic. I knew this book was going to end on a cliffhanger. I was prepared for it but yet I still screamed: “No!” Lucky for me, I have the second book. 5 stars.