Review: Crow Magic (1NightStand #167) by Mary Quast

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Review: Crow Magic (1NightStand #167) by Mary Quast

Lucy Richards is tired of being timid around men. Hoping to overcome her fears and feel like a real woman, she turns to Madame Eve to find a man who will fulfill that goal. Eve arranges a one-night stand with a handsome Shawnee shaman who will teach Lucy to use her womanly power and take her to unimaginable heights.

Shape shifter Seth Crowe is a Keeper of the Spiritual Law who carries souls from darkness to light, and enjoys using his body to accomplish his magic.

Tucked away in the Castillo Poconos Resort, Seth helps Lucy find spiritual and sexual freedom, never dreaming he might find his own mate in the bargain.

Title: Crow Magic
Author: Mary Quast
Published by Decadent Publishing
Source: Publisher
Published: 26 April, 2013
Genres: Erotic Paranormal Romance
Pages: 54
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Stars: four-stars
I received this book for free from the Publisher or Author in exchange for an honest review, or I purchased it with my own funds. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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This was a far different installment to the 1Night Stand series that I am familiar with, and will certainly appeal to some readers far more than the more formulaic story arc that is more traditional in the series.  Mary Quast has created a short erotic story that nearly screams for a full length story, but that is due to the lovely characterization,  the volumes of information and the strong spiritual journey that the reader follows with Lucy as she meets and enjoys her one night with Tecumseh.

Lucy is timid, withdrawn and fearful after a life of abuse and lack of trust. She feels she wants to find the sensual woman within, and Madame Evangeline has a way for her to do just that.  Her solution comes in the form of Seth (or Tecumseh as he is referred to in all of the story but the 1st chapter).  Tecumseh is a Shawnee, highly tied to his cultural heritage and serves as a crow, the spirit that enables people to let go of their fears and hesitations, and move forward to a better and brighter life. He also guides spirits on their journey: but a life alone is not one that will be healthy for his future.

The belief is that the two are meant to be mated: a legend that toes nicely with the story and with the sociology of actual crows, and the path to this awakening for Lucy and claiming the mate for Tecumseh is both spiritual and sexual: both with their own levels of beauty and intrigue that is carefully described and defined.

I would very much have liked to see more of the legend and history, more of the spiritual journey that seemed to fall into place very quickly, especially for someone so hesitant and reserved.  That being said, Quast has written a lovely story that just demands more.



Mary Quast

Crow Magic came from the tales told every summer around the campfire at our family cottage in Michigan. History, legends, and spiritual lore wove fantasy and reality together.

One of my favorite tales is of Spirit Animals and Shifters. “Once a man opens himself to the Great Spirit, a guardian spirit in the form of an animal will be gifted upon him. This animal is a part of his soul. Some may choose his animal spirit, others will be born with theirs; the spirit within the chosen gives the body the ability to shift from human to animal The man may need to control instinctive urges as well as listen to the animal’s wisdom. The animal spirit can sense good and evil as well as the man’s one true love, the mate for both man and beast. ”

I currently live in a log home tucked deep in the woods often visited by woodland beings.  I often imagine the creatures with their powerful spirits guiding me to tell their stories. A handsome crow became the first.

Crow Magic Excerpt

“I am a man who is yours tonight, Lucy.” He walked toward her with arms out from his sides, exposing his nudity. “Draw on the power within you. Look at me. Overcome your apprehension of men. Have I not shown you gentleness?”

She nodded and approached him while tugging the strap of her sundress.

“Keep your dress on. Take it off when you are ready. This night is about you. Explore my body, learn from it, and take whatever you want. You are in control.”

He led her to the center of the blanket and faced her. She stood still with her fingertips resting on his waist. Cupping her face, he lost himself in her eyes.

“I am your instrument to use tonight. Open yourself up and delve into this opportunity I offer. I am yours to command. Do you understand what I’m saying?”

“I think so.” She considered his offer. “What do I do?”

“Follow your feminine intuition.” He couldn’t hold back a chuckle. “Touch me, tickle me, beat me, kiss me, bite me, lick me, suck me…whatever you want. Take whatever you need from me to strengthen you.”

In the moonlight, an endearing, innocent blush spread across her face. Amazing how a woman who lived her life in fear caused by abuse could be so naive of her own sensual power. If she knew her potential, she could bring him to his knees.

Please, bring me to my knees. 

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Romance author and Artist Mary Quast lives in a log home affectionately named “Camp Run-A-Muk” located in the woods of Michigan with her husband, three sons, and a collection of animal family members.

As a professional artist, Mary Quast answered the call to express herself creatively. With her descriptive writing style she has developed a knack for creating passionate characters and realistic settings. These features are prominent in her published novels of the “Soul Series”.

When this Michigan author is not busy writing contemporary erotic romance for Decadent Publishing, Mary doles out sensual tips and yummy eye candy on her blog “Romantic Interludes” where her Thursday Thirteen lists have earned the nickname of “Dr. Ruth of the Blog World”. She also can be found lecturing college classes on the importance of Journal writing.




Twitter: @MaryQuast

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6 Responses to “Review: Crow Magic (1NightStand #167) by Mary Quast”

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  2. Anne

    I don’t know that I would have just one. Some days I think it could be a bunny and the next a bear.