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Sometimes, love lasts lifetimes.Lily has her whole life planned out; she'll live if not happily, then at least ever after. Working as an insurance agent with her college sweetheart and longtime boyfriend, Lucas, she’ll eventually marry him and together they’ll take over the family agency. Then she and Lucas will start raising little insurance agents of their own. But sometSometimes, love lasts lifetimes.Lily has her whole life planned out; she'll live if not happily, then at least ever after. Working as an insurance agent with her college sweetheart and longtime boyfriend, Lucas, she’ll eventually marry him and together they’ll take over the family agency. Then she and Lucas will start raising little insurance agents of their own. But something is missing…At her best friend’s urging, she decides to do one last wild thing before committing her life to a future of policy endorsements–she takes a part time job reading tarot cards at a local Renaissance Faire theme park. Lucas is completely unimpressed and disdainful of her fascination with the mystical, but has no doubt she’ll settle down once they’re married. Enter Ian Kelly, mural painter, actor and…witch. He and Lily have a chance meeting at the park, and the attraction is immediate. They have a history…a lot of history. Several lifetimes of it, in fact, and their business together is unfinished.All three have secrets, one of them deadly. Add in heaping helpings of magic, mayhem, Cuban sandwiches, one large Irish family and one very demanding feline for a story of love so strong, it’ll take more than one century to contain it.CONTENT WARNING: Language, suggestive scenes....

Title : The Celtic Knot
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ISBN : 9781616504298
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Number of Pages : 339 Pages
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The Celtic Knot Reviews

  • Jeannie Zelos
    2019-06-12 09:50

    The Celtic Knot (Suit of Cups) Shannon MacLeod I received this via publishers in return for an honest review. I don't gush and give false praise – I don't believe that helps readers or authors so what you read is what I truly feel about a book. I love paranormal and I love romances so both in one book is always a bonus. In this book the paranormal elements comes via the male leads inherited abilities as a witch ( though not of the ear of newt spells type – just abilities to see snippets of future, to astrally project and to glamour – that kind of supernatural element. ) Lily is working for her long time boyfriend in his family business. Plans are for them to marry and then to run it themselves, but Lucas has become gradually more overbearing and sapping at Lily’s confidence. She takes one last fling – against his wishes – reading tarot cards at a local theme park. The park is lovely – very mediaeval in style and the characters places and actions makes the reader feel at times as if they've travelled back into history. She meets Ian the artist and from then on her life changes. Seems they've past life history together and the attraction between them in this life is instantaneous, but they're both cautious in their own way. Events conspire to place Lily in serious danger and the secrets the three main characters have could make things turn deadly. Its a great book – the characters well fleshed out and easy to “read”, they seem real to me and I could feel and understand their problems and emotions. There were times when I wanted to give Ian a kick up the ar$e but then a story without a few hiccups and some angst would be bland wouldn't it? I was lost in their world for a while and thoroughly enjoyed the book. Would I reread it though – that’s my five star acid test – well, though I really enjoyed it the story didn't have the depth that would make me want to go there again, its a light romance with paranormal elements rather than a deep one with secrets and nuances that take several readings before reader is tired of the story, so no – its a one time only read. Well edited though and well written with multiple plot lines all neatly tied up at the end. I hate when authors bring in events and then leave them unfinished and that doesn't happen here :) so I was well satisfied on that point. Its not a bad length and price ratio at 267 pages for £3.88 and for readers who want a lighter romance its perfect. Stars: four, a decent read but a bit light for me. Some readers just want an easy entertaining read rather than one that makes you concentrate hard and look for answers so for those this novel is ideal. After all everyone wants different things from their books and I can think of several friends who'd give this five stars – just not that rating for me.

  • Carrie Clevenger
    2019-06-05 13:24

    I have to say, this book surprised me with the sequence of events. Once I started and was about 20% into the story, I knew I was in it for the long haul.Ian Kelly, what's not to like about him? Lily is swept off her feet in a rampage of new and somehow familiar emotions. Entwining Tarot cards as indicators for the characters, the author gives a grand display of her profound knowledge of the cards. The story has plenty of twists, much like the title's namesake and is quite engaging with the sex scenes just enough for my liking, as I don't need a medical description of exactly what's going on. With a touch of innocence along with the passion, this story brought a smile to my face, time after time, as I rooted for the protags.Recommended for those who love their romances sweet and fiery and for those who enjoy Celtic lore.

  • Deelylah Mullin
    2019-06-04 13:49

    Always a sucker for foreign languages, I found Celtic Knot: Suit of Cups to be a nice, light read for a cold winter's afternoon. Full of suspense elements and flashbacks, Ms. MacLeod has crafted a tale to entertain and lift up the reader. I always like a story wherein love transcends time. I always like a story with foreign languages...especially Gaelic. However, what I liked the most about Celtic Knot: Suit of Cups was the Realization factor. Where Lucas realized that Lily wasn't his anymore (or actually didn't...), where Ian realized he loved Lily, and when Lily realized she was head-over-heels, I-wanna-have-your-babies in love with Ian. And they've been in love for more than a lifetime. HEAT INDEX: 2. Not the hottest, but it's a sweet read in that area.The beginning of the story finds Lily in a relationship with Lucas, her boss and long-time boyfriend. They both wear promise rings – promising to retain their virginity until they're married. Lily, however, feels as though the 'promise' is on her side and Lucas is getting action on the side. When Lily meets and falls in love with Ian, it's obvious that she's totally over Lucas. However, it seems as though Lucas is a bit unstable. It seems as though Lily is looking for the right time to tell him they're over. Lucas seems to completely lose it when she does tell him. The simmering anger, masked with hurt, is his helm. He also steeps his resolve to win her back with the facade of her returning to him after she gets the Irishman out of her system. What I hate most about Lucas, though, is the over-the-top crazy he exudes throughout the story. The dude is DANGEROUS. It was interesting to me, finding the clues pointing to Lucas' insanity. Lily's realization that she was attracted to Ian was a revelation for her. She'd been with Lucas since high school, and she got virginity ring when she was 13. She didn't have much experience with men, except for Lucas. In her mind, she expected to marry Lucas and live happily ever after. Until she realized that to Lucas, she was a possession. Ian showed her the erroneous thinking, and from that point, there was no looking back. Lily realized that Ian SHOWED her how much she was loved by his deeds and the way he expressed his love. His actions, his emotions. By giving of himself. That, she realized, was the way she wanted to be loved.Ian realized that he loved Lily, and he found that he was simply miserable without her. Even though he thought that he wasn't ready for commitment, he realized that he wasn't capable of the alternative: life without Lily. Through a couple trials and tribulations, hospitalizations, Ian and Lily persevered. Ian realized that he was being loved from the depths of Lily's soul. He realized that she was part of who he was, and was destined to be with her. I realized that the flashbacks were actually memories of former lives almost immediately. I enjoyed the way the memories evolved over the course of the book. I enjoyed the way the memories were anchored in the present. I also thought that the flashbacks were an excellent method by which the author used foreshadowing in this story.Over-all, I really enjoyed Celtic Knot: Suit of Cups as a light, yet complicated enough to not insult my intelligence title. Kudos to Ms. MacLeod for finding the perfect balance between love, paranormal and suspense while keeping things light! The next title in the Arcana Love series is The Gypsy Ribbon: Suit of Wands, coming 2014, and is about Ian's brother, James...the rock star. I'm definitely getting my hands on this title!

  • Natalie
    2019-05-28 10:50

    I'm giving fair warning that I'm going to talk about something that happened in the end, so if you haven't read the book and are reading my review, stop now.This is a new author for me and I enjoyed the book, the style of writing and the characters very much. I enjoyed reading about the hero's sister and brother-in-law owning a castle / carnival that they built from the ground up all by themselves. I wish something like this existed in real life. And if it does in fact exist, that my city had something like it!I want to also comment I enjoyed the fact that the hero and his siblings were transplants from Ireland and are able to speak both English and their native tongue. Most romances I read are about second or third generation children from another country.With that being said, for me the one thing that I didn't quite get was something in the ending. Again, spoiler if you haven't read the book.Unless I read things wrong or I missed a paragraph--or a paged even--I didn't quite get why the heroine in the end of the book went to put flowers on her former boyfriend/fiancé's grave. There is also mention that she forgave him and I think, unless I got that wrong too, that she was sad for the man he'd been before he went nuts.I'm not really understanding that. The woman the boyfriend was sleeping with kidnaps the heroine and gives her to the boyfriend as some kind of sick sexual gift. He's ecstatic. He also gloats how the woman finds him other naïve women and then gets rid of them for him. I will probably go back and re-read this part, because I'm not sure if the boyfriend was aware that the woman was killing the women as the means of getting rid of them. More importantly, it's said in the end of the novel that the boyfriend pushed the hero out of the way when the other woman was going to shoot the hero. To me this is a problem. The boyfriend was nuts. Sick and crazy. If he was aware that the other woman was killing women, why would he push the hero out of the way and sacrifice his own life? Sick people in the way the author has created don't all of a sudden grow halos and make such self-sacrificing moves. Unless something crucial is revealed. I either missed that or there wasn't anything. As I said, I will probably go back and read that part again. If I missed something that explains my confusion, I will gladly come back and edit my review.Overall, the author penned a great book. I've llready read the second book in the series and it was even better than the first. I hope the third book continues a good series.

  • Cocktails and Books
    2019-06-05 08:49

    This book is a bit of a mash-up: murder, romance and magic. The main action takes place at a year round Renaissance festival where Lilly, a part-time Tarot card reader meets "struggling artist" Ian. Lily is reluctantly dating Lucas, a man she has known since college and whom she feels obligated to because they have been together for long. MacLeod makes it clear very early in the novel that Lily is not invested in her relationship with Lucas and he quickly becomes the villain in the story. The plot moved back and forth in time from the present day relationship between Ian and Lily and their past selves. In this way Suit of Cups was a bit like Diana Gabaldon lite. The scenes from past lives were meant to enhance the story but they felt disjointed when mixed with the serial killer subplot. Maybe if Lucas was included in these past lives as well the different story lines would have come together in a more fluid manner. Instead Lucas becomes a plot twist. I decided to ignore the subplots and focus on the main storyline, Ian and Lily's love story. When I did that I found I really enjoyed Suit of Cups.Reviewed by Karon for Cocktails and Books

  • Rosie Amber
    2019-05-16 06:35

    The Celtic Knot is a mild romantic suspense with a touch of magic. It is set in Florida around a Renaissance festive theme park.Lily Evans is an insurance agent, who works alongside her controlling boyfriend Lucas. She enjoys reading Tarot cards and her friend Beth persuades her to take a part-time job reading the cards at Castle Wilde. It's here she first meets Ian Kelly, Irish mural painter and actor, there is an instant attraction.Through dream scenes we discover that both Lily and Ian have met in several past lifetimes, so it's no surprise they feel things are familiar at times. Lucas disapproves of anything magical which borders on fantasy, so Lily soon decides to leave him for Ian.Meanwhile the local news tells of a woman's body found in the River Alafia.Ian soon has concerns for Lily's safety when he suspects a stalker with a more sinister motif, but he has his own secrets he's not yet prepared to reveal. Can he make a final commitment or will he lose Lily again?

  • Steven Burke
    2019-06-02 11:25

    This is out of my normal comfort zone of fantasy. I won this book in a give-a-way and was a little worried at first because it is a romance novel. After reading it, I can say that while I am not converted to romance novels that this is a great story. Her writing style flows well and the characters she creates are engaging. The story was solid and well developed.This is a definite recommendation for anyone who likes a great romance novel or a mature story line.

  • Virginia Post
    2019-05-20 07:42

    I liked this book a lot. It was fast moving and kept me guessing all the way to the very end. The characters and story line were well thought out, and I enjoyed the glimpses into the hero and heroine's past lives together. I learned a bit of Irish along the way too! Overall a great story, looking forward to the next one!

  • kim rich
    2019-06-03 10:20

    I absolutely loved it.It was a good read from cover to cover. I would recommend it for everyone to read. I love Ireland.

  • Blushing Reader
    2019-06-04 11:43

    3.5 fun quirky stars! Review to come soon

  • Cindy
    2019-06-05 10:30

    Thought I had bought this one on my e-reader but it turned out to be just a sample I must have downloaded at one point. This was a good thing because it did not lure me into wanting to read the rest. I was actually pretty disappointed because it was something that had intrigued me. The characters nor the plot were of any interest whatsoever.

  • Shannon MacLeod
    2019-05-26 10:34

    I hope you have as much fun reading it as I did writing it - Slainte Mhaith! :-)