Title: Wait for the Wind
Digital ISBN: 9781616502249
Digital Publication Date: January 17, 2011
Publisher: Lyrical Press, Inc.
Formats: .epub, .lit, .pdf, .prc (Kindle and Mobi) and pc and raw .html
Series: Elemental Magic #3
Tag: Ryan and Kate must reunite to break the second of a three- part thousand-year-old spell.
Blurb: Kate O’Connell grew up loved by the Corrigan family, all the while suffering from the inescapable reality of her own alcoholic father. At a young age she gave her heart and innocence to Ryan Corrigan. For once happiness seemed within her reach, until in one horror-filled night, the monster she called ‘Daddy’ changed everything.
Too many misunderstandings forced Kate and Ryan apart, but now Kate’s come home to open her clinic and raise her daughter, Allaina, closer to his family. Will she be able to open Ryan’s heart to his magic?
Ryan is glad to be back on Irish soil, but the reason he left still haunts him. As he tries to build a new life and redeem his past, can he forgive Kate and reclaim his healing gift in time to save his sister and her twins?
Content warning: Steamy love scenes, adult language
© 2011 BRYNNA CURRY – ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
* Note Series titles build on previous books and should be read in order.
No more patients today.
She opened her office door, sat at the cramped desk and buried her face in her hands. Oh, she wanted to cry. First Ryan, then all the raw memories flooding back to her. If she could just have a moment to herself. A little ball of light in the shape of a heart floated in front of her line of sight. Kate sighed. Such a sweet–if odd–way Allie had of letting her know she was home without interrupting her work. Life was calling, and the heartache would have to wait.
Kate placed Mr. O’Malley’s chart in the holder on her desk. She’d schedule him with an oncologist first thing in the morning, though she knew he wouldn’t go. Still, she had to try. Flipping off the bright overhead light, she pulled the office door to and locked it, always mindful of the medications she kept in the locked cabinet. Allie wouldn’t ever touch them, but she was careful nonetheless.
Kate walked to the end of the hall past the exam rooms and opened the door to their little apartment space. Allie sat at the table with her books, pencils and paper. Kate smoothed her daughter’s dark silky hair. Skye’s hair fell just like that, straight as rain. Allie must have inherited the Corrigan side of the gene pool there, and her eyes were like Ryan’s. How many times had she looked into her daughter’s eyes and found Allie’s father in them? Countless.
“How was your day at school?”
“Okay, I guess. How was your day at work?”
“Okay, I guess. A lot sad. So, what happened in school today?”
“There’s this stupid girl in my class who just won’t quit picking on me.”
This she could handle. Bullies were an easy fix compared to failed romances. “And does this girl have a name?”
“Did you stand up to her?”
“Well–” Allie hid her face behind her hands. “I kind of set her hair on fire.”
“Mom, chill. I put it out, but she’s so obsessed with her hair. I thought that would teach her a lesson. Plus it was cool to see the look on her face when I conjured up that fireball, and I was just so mad. It didn’t hurt her, just her attitude. ”
“You have to control your temper, Allaina. What is that phrase Devin makes you write over and over again?”
“An it harm none.”
“Yes. An it harm none. I don’t want to have to visit you in prison after you accidentally get angry and zap some brat with a fireball. I also don’t want to deprive you of doing something you were meant to do, but if you can’t control your magic, the lessons will stop. Understood? With great power–”
“Comes great responsibility. I know, Mom. I watched Spiderman. She told the whole class I was stupid, fat and so ugly even my father didn’t want me. Is that true? Did Dad leave you because you were pregnant with me? Is it my fault you’re alone?”
Kate hugged her. “No baby, no. Your dad loved you so much, but he walked away from me because he thought I’d had an abortion. He hurt so badly that he ignored all my attempts to contact him, so I never got to tell him that you existed. I choose to be alone, but I’m not lonely. I have you and our family. Don’t worry about that.”
“Well, I know I’m not fat, so I didn’t believe everything she said, but it still hurts. He’s back, isn’t he? I felt your energy shift and sort of ripple. Dad’s come home.”
“Can I go on to Grandma’s? I want to help with dinner.”
“Sure. I’ll be right behind you as soon as I lock everything up. Be careful and take a jacket. Rain’s coming.”
“Mom.” Allie rolled her eyes. “Okay.”
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“Doc’s got a point. You should follow her advice. Born with magic. Die with magic. Whether you cleave to the power like a lover, or toss it away, it’s always with you, waiting until you need it, Ryan.”
Spinning around toward the sea, Ryan tried to find the source of the voice. Devin McLoch sat on a boulder close to the shore. Foamy water splashed against the rock and then rolled back out to sea on the gentle waves. He was still tall, broad shouldered but lean. He looked like some sort of wild predatory cat trying to spy under the water’s surface for mischief without getting wet.
“What the hell are you doing here? You nearly gave me a heart attack.”
“Teaching magic. Trying to give you some advice.”
“Teaching magic to who?”
“Allaina, your– Well, that’s for another time. Kate is an amazing woman, an excellent doctor. She still loves you. You should give it another try.”
“Butt out. You don’t know anything about this.”
Devin tapped his temple. “Don’t I? My magic’s weaker than it was before, but I still have a few tricks up my sleeve.”
“You read her mind? How can you just invade someone’s privacy like that?”
Ryan held his ground, but the way Devin’s eyes were flashing made him consider the wisdom of continuing the conversation. As easygoing as the wizard was, Devin could kill him with a look if so inclined.
“Didn’t have to. I’ve changed a great deal over the last few months. Our family had a lot to do with that. I would not betray their trust in such a way.”
His gift, Ryan thought. Could he really find it again? Did he even want that? He had turned away from it long ago, when he couldn’t heal his mother’s broken heart or his own. Did Kate really still have feelings for him? And why was Devin acting like a lion protecting his pride?
“Kate calls out your name in her sleep.”
Devin’s words slapped him in the face, forcing him to make a choice. Try to repair whatever he and Kate may have had together, or walk away. An unwelcome image flitted through his mind.
“You and Kate? My Kate? I’ll kill you if you ever touch her again, wizard!” Ryan sprinted across the sand and swung at Devin. He caught the tiniest movement of Devin’s hand and his fist was stopped mid-air three inches away from Devin’s handsome face.
“It would be wise if you remembered, while weak, I can still destroy you if I choose. Control yourself.” Devin released Ryan’s fist. “Your Kate, hmm? I wonder what she’d have to say about that. No. We aren’t lovers, though I do love her and Allaina a great deal. They’re my family, as you are, cousin. Let this be a warning to you. Hurt either of them in any way again and it’s me you’ll be dealing with. I protect what is mine.”
“Stay out of my business.”
“That might be difficult to do. My family is my business now.”
“What? Give up your illustrious career as a jewel thief, Christophe Lefleur?”
“Mostly. I had forgotten how impressionable children are. I wouldn’t want my Allie cat doing the things I have done. Though there isn’t a prison in this world that could hold her unless she wished to stay.”
“Noble. I have one question. I keep feeling like I’m missing this vital piece of information. Something I should know. Tell me who Allaina is?”
Devin stretched and stood. A slow, wicked smile crossed his face, as if he knew what he was about to say would start all sorts of trouble and he was going to enjoy it.
Ryan braced himself.
“Allaina is my apprentice. She has a great deal of raw talent for all the elements, especially fire, very powerful for a twelve-year-old young lady.”
“And what does she have to do with all this?”
“She’s Kate’s daughter.” With a snap of his fingers, Devin vanished.
4 Tea Cups “From moment one, the tension that propels this unique story forward is palpable. Ms. Curry obviously knows how to create and keep action and romance.” Hunter – HEA Reviews
4 Tombstones ” Ryan’s unwillingness to listen to Kate was quickly coming back to haunt him, and I appreciated his quick acceptance and immediate vow to protect them both. Allaina was a well-balanced and interesting little girl, and I loved it when she set a classmate’s hair on fire, with her magic, because the classmate was mean…I will definitely be looking for books one and two.” Mary – Bitten by Books
3 Hearts “If you enjoy a love story that is able to withstand anything and flawed characters that really grow and learn to trust again, you are going to enjoy reading Wait for the Wind .” Melissa – Sizzling Hot Book Reviews