by Leslie Esdaile

April 2002
ISBN: 1-58314-289-4
Reviewer Graphic Button Arabesque Books
Mass Market Paperback

Love Potions is a story of friendship, fellowship and love. Four women decide to take control of their destinies and start a harmless, psychic-reading party, except it’s not so harmless. Everything has backfired, and now they are in trouble, especially Nikki Gordon, the “Love Goddess”, because she now has the sexy and sinful Adam Bastille, private eye, doggin’ her every step.

Adam isn’t thrilled about putting his private eye practice on hold to help his irresponsible cousin, but family is family, and help her he will. Someone has been playing childish pranks on his cousin, but now the pranks are escalating into dangerous and costly incidents. Determined to get to the bottom of it, and sure that the “psychic party” is the perfect place to start, Adam tries to decide the “Love Goddess’s” real identity.

Meet a mix of wonderfully drawn characters, all of whom have been burned by love, and who all just want things to go right for themselves and their children. There is Nikki, who is trying to get out of the debt her ex-husband has left her in while trying to take care of her child. Delores, who uses married men while really only wanting someone to love her. Victoria, smart and capable who doesn’t need a man, but secretly would like someone to hold in the night, and the sweet and gentle Gail who works hard to be a good role model for her daughter. With the help of a wonderful friend, JoJo, these four women manage to create a family for themselves and take life by the horns instead of being lead by the nose.

The romance between Nikki and Adam is sweet and gentle, and the mystery behind the pranks and incidents was pretty well laid, but I found the greatest asset of this story to be friendship. That really sucked me in, the way these women could help to lift each other’s spirits and overcome adversary, making the reader believe that with love and fellowship, you can overcome great odds.

Reviewed in July 2002 by Thea.

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