Review: Magnolia Mystic by Lisa Kessler

Posted July 26, 2018 by Lorna in Reviews / 22 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Magnolia Mystic by Lisa Kessler
Magnolia Mystic

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Series: Sentinels of Savannah #1
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Entangled
Released on July 23, 2018
Pages: 100
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley

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The Delight

Romantic Immortal pirates living and working in Savannah, Georgia. Need I say more? I ddn’t think so!


When Lisa Kessler asked me if I would be interested in reading her new book, I jumped at the chance. Her Moon series about a group of wolf and panther shifters is a favorite of mine and I was sorry to see it end.

Skye Olson is a psychic in Savannah living and working in a building that has been owned by her family for generations. When she visits an old time reproduction of a pirate ship in Savannah’s harbor, she meets Colton Hayes. It will prove to be an auspicious meeting for both, although neither thinks so at first. Colton’s been waiting for a woman with violet eyes to enter his life for an extremely long time. Told by a seer that it would change his life, but to expect it at some point, he is thrown to finally meet her. The fact that both of them are attracted to each other is beside the point or maybe not?

This was a short novella at only one hundred pages, but still managed to capture my imagination and keep me reading. I enjoyed the characters, the romance, the seer’s warning, and the side story of someone trying to get Skye to sell her building-which she isn’t about to do. Was it an almost love at first sight story? It wasn’t exactly that, but close enough-especially since it’s such a short story. As far as the reason for the immortality, I’m not even going there.

Novellas aren’t always a favorite by readers because they usually don’t add that much to the series, unless it’s from a much beloved series. In this case, this novella sets up a new series in Kessler’s installment in the Sentinels of Savannah series. I say Kessler’s because I believe other authors will be writing different books in the series. At this point I’m not sure if they will all be novellas or not.

I enjoyed this novella and fully plan on reading more of this series. The reader was introduced to several more immortal pirates and one in particular has me wanting to read his story. Recommended to adult paranormal romance readers. Good read for a lazy afternoon.


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I’m a lifetime book addict and currently own nine Kindles, with only six still working. I do tend to wear them out! They pretty much are my favorite technology-well that and my cell phone. Okay, yes and my laptop. I spent most of my life in Kentucky, but moved to Maryland in my attempt to get closer to the the ocean a few years ago. Being retired helps. I have a B.S. degree in law enforcement with a minor in sociology, but never really worked in my major. Instead, I spent my entire adult life working in the medical field in some capacity. After retiring(early), I found my passion in reviewing books for a couple of blogs and I love it. My author favorites include, Dannika Dark, Amber Lynn Natusch, J.T. Geissinger, Colleen Hoover, Samantha Towle, K.A. Tucker, Karina Halle, Sarina Bowen, J.R. Ward, Mariana Zapata, Dianne Duvall, and I could go on and on. I read many different genre’s, but still like a romantic element in most, if not all of them.

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  • Immortal pirates? Oh, how fun!

    • It was fun! And very easily read as well.

  • Shari Delighted Read

    This sounds cool! I read her first book years ago and loved it, but I fell away and didn’t see what else she was writing. I might have to check her out again!

    • I loved her Moon series-it has a lot of action and suspense as well as romance. I think you would like them.

  • Debbie Haupt

    You had me at Immortal Pirates LOL wow a great premise to a new series thanks for the super review Lorna

    • It was a fun read Debbie. And thank you!

  • Now this I would enjoy! I am adding it to my wishlist 🙂

    • It was fun and I am thinking I am really going to enjoy this series.

  • Thanks for reviewing Magnolia Mystic, Lorna!

    There will be 8 books in the series all together, and I’m writing them all… 🙂 The next 7 are all novel length and Pirate’s Passion will be out in October! I can’t wait for you to read it… It’s Keegan’s story! *swoon*

    I’m so glad you enjoyed the book!

    Lisa 🙂

    • You’re welcome Lisa. I don’t know where I thought I read that you were going to do some, but not all of them. My mind! lol And Keegan is exactly the one I was looking forward to!

  • I haven’t had a chance to read Lisa Kessler yet but this sounds like a lot of fun. I do enjoy novellas that kick off a new series since it is a great way to really get a feel for what’s to come.

    • Yes, and this one at the same time had a good romance and story to go along with the set up.

  • I really do love those novella that capture your attention and that this was a solid one for you. And gorgeous cover for a novella right? Gotta grab this author up. She sounds like my cup of tea. 🙂 Lovely review darling.

    • Yes, I think this is exactly your cup of tea! Mine too. And Thank you!

  • I like a good novella when I only have a little time to read. I’ve read some of her books and really liked them.

    • I don’t mind novellas either as long as it’s a well rounded story and not real rushed.

  • Love shifters. I think I need a good one.

    • Then you would probably love her Moon series. Really good!

  • I can’t wait for the Captain’s story too, but he’s the final book…. The Captain’s Curse…. It’s going to be WILD!!! 😀

  • I like it when an author manages to write novella’s in such a way that they still capture my attention. Sounds like this was a well done novella.The story sounds fun with the seer’s warning and the romance going on.

    • Sorry just saw this. I like a good novella as long as it’s priced accordingly and tells a good story. And this one did!