Title: Light of the Spirit
Series: The Muse Chronicles Book 4
Author: Lisa Kessler
Format: Kindle, 256 pages
Published: September 18, 2017 (Amazon Digital Services, LLC)
ISBN: ASIN: B0716DWLX8
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Rating: 4 1/2 out of 5 Wine Glasses
The gods never sleep...
As the mortal vessel for the Muse of Comedy, Lia Youlos lights up every room with laughter and smiles. But there are darker forces at work, and they want to snuff out her light forever.
Cooper Hanover is a hardworking paramedic who healed Lia after a fire, but something happened that day, something medical science couldn't explain. And if he doesn't figure out how it works soon, the next healing could kill him.
Lia's smile and sharp wit tempt him to love again, and he's not going to let anyone, not even the gods, take her from him.
The Prophecy - "Every generation the nine daughters of Zeus are reborn, and with their rebirth are also nine Guardians. They will be marked by the gods, and given gifts to protect his treasure. Their abilities will only be unlocked when they find their muse."
“You're not crazy." She was serious, no hint of a smile.
He cocked a brow. "And how do you know that?"
"I cut hair for a living." Her dark eyes glinted with playfulness, easing some of his jacked-up nerve. "I see crazy all the time. You're not it.”
Light of the Spirit by Lisa Kessler is a wonderful, sweet and sultry paranormal urban fantasy romance. It’s the fourth installment in Lisa’s planned seven-book series chronicling the latest rebirth of Zeus’ nine muses and their guardians. Light of the Spirit is the best installment yet! You will indubitably want to read this in one sitting.
It works very well as a stand alone read if that is your preference. That said, I recommend that you read the series in order because it’s exciting and wickedly fun!
Light of the Spirit is the story of the Muse of Comedy, Thalia “Lia” Youlos, and a hot paramedic, Cooper Hanover. Our hero and heroine are extremely likable. Not surprisingly, the bad guys are not. In addition, there’s some characters in this installment whose alliance and whose ulterior motives may be questionable.
Lia has officially found her guardian and just in the nick of time as the Order is specifically targeting her for eradication. The situation is complicated because Cooper, nicknamed Apollo by his fellow paramedics, has no idea how he miraculously raised Reed from the dead in the last book. Cooper, himself, almost died at the time and neither he nor his doctors can explain his strange new abilities. Therefore, Cooper is understandably anxious at the lack of answers and fearful that the same white healing energy may exhibit in him again – this time fatally.
Lia visits Cooper regularly while he’s in the hospital where they discover that they are strongly attracted to each other. Cooper is looking forward to spending more time with her out of the hospital setting and Lia is trying to devise ways to discover if he has the tell-tale birthmark marking him as a Guardian without his knowledge. I couldn’t help but laugh-out-loud at the consummate scene. Then, if it’s an affirmative that presents another dilemma: How can she tell him that he is a Guardian and what that entails without freaking him out? In the end, will laughter turn out to be the best medicine for Cooper?
It’s a joy watching the chemistry and the bond between Lia and Cooper grow even while I can’t help but fret as the threats around them multiply. Lia can feel the sadness in Cooper but doesn’t know why he’s heavyhearted. The Muse in her only wants to make him smile and laugh. The woman in her wants him… period. I love how Cooper rolls with the flow and, how learning what he is, instead of scaring him, actually gives him strength.
Following please find a few of my favorite quotes from Light of the Spirit:
“You drive me crazy," he growled.
She leaned down, her breasts brushing against his chest. "It's a good look for you.”
“Have you ever had a secret that involved other people, and you couldn't share it without exposing them?I have to be really careful."
He rubbed his forehead. "And swimming is going to help?”
“See. Told you I had sexy underwear."
"They're only sexy because you're in them.”
Watch out for a scene that involves pinballs and ice cubes as it’s smoking hot and one that I won’t be soon forgetting! “I've never been jealous of an ice cube before….”
Lisa Kessler is one of my favorite authors. Seriously, I have inhaled everything she has published and I still eagerly look forward to each new book! Light of the Spirit is a well-written, engrossing love story with a danger plot that will keep readers on the edge of their seats! Fans can only hope that the muses and their guardians are able to stay ahead of the perils ahead. I’m holding my breath waiting for the next book in the series releasing January 2018! Bring it on!!!!
Suggested Reading Order:
Book 1 - Lure of Obsession
Book 2 - Legend of Love
Book 3 - Breath of Passion
Book 4 - Light of the Spirit
Book 5 - Devoted to Destiny (January 2018)