Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Soothed by Magic: Hidden Coven Series, Book 2 is an urban fantasy novel written by Kim McDougall. Bobbi was in love again, deeply and passionately, with someone her friends found to be a most unlikely love object in a surprisingly fast and unexpected turn-about from her growing relationship with Quinn. William Fain was not at all physically attractive nor was he a particularly pleasant person to be around. Molly McFadden, her adoptive mother and friend, was concerned about the effect William was having on the normally undemonstrative young woman who seemed willing to drop everything, including taking care of her store, for his attention. Molly felt something was badly wrong with this new infatuation, and Quinn was determined to find the answer. He was confused over the abrupt ending of their relationship and suspicious of the hold William Fain had over Bobbi. Everyone but Bobbi could see there was a problem.
Kim McDougall’s urban fantasy novel, Soothed by Magic, is the second book in her Hidden Cove series. While she gives enough background information throughout the story to enable a reader to enjoy this as a stand-alone novel, I would quite strongly recommend starting with the first book in the series, Inborn Magic, to get the full impact of this absorbing and enjoyable paranormal series. McDougall fully develops her characters and gives the reader insights into the genesis of the Hidden Coven in that first book, and Soothed by Magic follows beautifully from it. McDougall is a master at building her plot, her characters and their relationships, and that skill stands her in good stead in this compelling and suspenseful tale. The reader can feel the tension and growing alarm of Bobbi’s friends as they begin to intuit a much darker purpose behind William Fain’s attentions. I had a marvelous time reading this second book in the series and am looking forward to reading Book 3: Trigger Magic. Soothed by Magic: Hidden Coven Series, Book 2 is most highly recommended.