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Review: Wonderstruck by Allie Therin (2021)

Magic in Manhattan, Book #3

Reviews of Magic in Manhattan Book #1 and Book #2

Heat Factor: Extremely low key, still fade-to-black

Character Chemistry: Every time Arthur calls Rory “Teddy” (his real name that only Arthur uses), I turn into a puddle of goo

Plot: We’re finally going to come face to face with the evil baron and save the world!

Overall: I’m glad I read this trilogy.

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Review: The Hitman by Katrina Jackson (2020)

The Family, Book #2

Heat Factor: I think sex on a public train car might be a first…

Character Chemistry: “I can trust a man who wants to protect me so he can fuck me. Your motives are clear.”

Plot: It looks like a mafia book, but it’s actually more like a road trip/heist book

Overall: This book is so unbelievably fun.

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Review: Starcrossed by Allie Therin (2020)

Magic in Manhattan, Book #2

Review of Magic in Manhattan, Book #1

Heat Factor: They have some great conversations, but then it’s fade to black

Character Chemistry: “We haven’t discussed the particulars of our relationship, so I shouldn’t feel jealous and possessive, but I dooooooooooooooo!”

Plot: The second act adds to the drama and the relationship angst

Overall: If you haven’t read Spellbound, go back and start there. If you have, what are you waiting for?!

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Review: Spellbound by Allie Therin (2019)

Magic in Manhattan, Book 1

Heat Factor: It’s absolutely fade-to-black, but also Arthur has a whole stern daddy thing going on, which, as we know, I am here for

Character Chemistry: I texted on the group chat: “This Allie Therin paternalistic hero is really doing it for me”

Plot: Young man with magic underestimates/fears his powers until forced to confront his abilities when swirled into magical intrigue by slightly older man

Overall: This book was so marvelous in so many ways that the only downside is that it’s not a standalone.

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Review: Brass Carriages and Glass Hearts by Nancy Campbell Allen (2020)

Steampunk Proper Romance, Book 4

Heat Factor: Their first kiss was boring

Character Chemistry: Hate and love are two sides of the same coin

Plot: It’s marketed as Steampunk Cinderella but it’s more enemies-to-lovers / bodyguard / road trip

Overall: DNF at 50%. I was slogging and then just couldn’t take it any more when Gus-Gus the friendly pumpkin farmer appeared.

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