Halfway Perfect by Julie Cross and Mark Perini is a young adult romance story. Eve Knowakowski is eighteen years old and a photography student at Columbia University. She has to write an artist profile paper for Dr. Larson’s class and he has helped her get an interview with Janessa Fields, a well-known photographer. Eve is going on a photo shoot with Janessa. When they arrive at the location, Eve is upset to discover they are at the offices of Seventeen Magazine. Eve is hoping no one will recognize her, but luck is not with Eve. She runs into her former agent, Wes Danes. Eve used to be known as Eve Castle when she was modeling. Eve quit modeling the day before shooting a big Gucci campaign. Wes is the last person Eve wants to see.
Alex Evans is eighteen and a model. Wes Danes is his agent. Alex is on the set and recognizes Eve. Alex does not reveal her identity to anyone else in the room. Alex and Eve start talking and they enjoy each other’s company. They would like to get to know each other better, but there is a small glitch. Alex’s agent has arranged for a fake romance with new model Elana. Elana is a fourteen year old French model, but they tell everyone she is eighteen. Alex and Elana are to be the golden couple to try and get a Calvin Klein campaign. This means Alex and Eve have to be very discreet.
Unfortunately, the paparazzi are everywhere. One day Eve and Alex are seen going into his building. Wes tells Alex to break things off with Eve (Wes has his own motives) and makes the reporters think Eve and Wes are an item. Unfortunately, this causes more harm than good especially for Eve. You will need to read Halfway Perfect to find out what happens with Alex and Eve and why Eve left modeling so abruptly.
I give Halfway Perfect 3 out of 5 stars. It is an interesting story, but it is very predictable. I normally love Julie Cross’ books, but this one was just okay. I love books that make you think, draw you in and keep you engaged, and you keep thinking about it after you have finished the book. Halfway Perfect was not one of those books. It actually left me a little sad when I finished it.
I received a complimentary copy of Halfway Perfect from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The review and opinions expressed are strictly my own.
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I’ll Be There For You by Kerry Barrett is a lovely story. Harmony “Harry” McLeod is married to Louise Baxter and they have adopted two children, Fiona and Finlay (twins). Harry is a witch who owns and runs a spa called InHarmony (she also had a website, but recently sold it). The offer many services including one-on-one consultations or counseling sessions with a little witchy help. Louise is a detective with the fraud unit of the police in Edinburgh. They live in Dean Village in Edinburgh and enjoy living there with their children. Harry, though, has been feeling down and out of control (one thing Harry likes is being in charge or in control). Harry has lost her powers, but she does not want anyone to know.
Harry goes online and connects with Mildred Hubble (screen name). Mildred offers good advice to Harry (who uses the screen name Jasmine). Soon Harry and Mildred are “talking” frequently online. Harry finds out that Mildred is an abusive relationship and wants to help her. Harry takes time off from work to spend more time with her kids and figure out what is wrong with her magic. She joins some baby groups with her cousin, Esme. One of the groups is for witches with their children (who are witches). There Harry meets Brenna whose husband, Richard, wants to purchase InHarmony. Richard never takes no for an answer.
Harry has a lot going on her in life. She is expanding her spa by opening a new location in Morningside, she has the twins, her wife, Louise has taken an undercover assignment (which keeps her very busy and away from home), baby groups, trying to help her friend Mildred, keep Richard from her business, and find out what happened to her magic. Poor Harry has her work cut out for her, but she can use this time for growth, discovery, and learning to bake! I give I’ll Be There For You 4.25 out of 5 stars. I enjoyed this book. It is a light and breezy type of book (easy and enjoyable to read). I did find out after reading it that it is the fourth book in a series. I’ll Be There For You can easily be read by itself (as I did) or you can read the other books in the Could It Be Magic series.
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Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep was a great paranormal mystery! It is the first Black Blade series. Lila Merriweather has been on her own since her mother died four years ago. She tried the foster care system, but got tired of all the moving around and bad homes. Lila now lives in the basement of her local library (of course, no one in the library knows she lives there). Lila goes to normal high school during the day and does jobs for Mo Kaminsky at night and on weekends (as I am sure you can guess, Lila steals for a living. She is very good at it). Mo runs a pawnshop called the Razzle Dazzle (he is also a fence). Mo and Lila live in Cloudburst Falls, West Virginia which has a sign saying it is the most magical place in America. Tourists flock to the town to see the people with magick (this is how it is spelled in the book) and the monsters that live in the town. People who live there have different Talents. Lila has the power of soul sight. She has great eyesight (can see in the dark) and when she looks into someone’s eyes she can see and feel their emotions. Lila also has the power of transference (which is considered a major Talent). She can take magic from someone who uses it against her. The magic she receives makes her strong and powerful for a limited amount of time. When the magic goes through her it feels so cold it is burning (hence the title of the book).
Cloudburst Falls is runs by Families (like mob families). Each family owns a different section of town to run and control. Lila does her best to avoid the Families (you can tell if someone belongs to a Family by the bracelet they wear). Lila is at the Razzle Dazzle dropping off a ruby necklace she relieved from its owner the previous night and is waiting for her payment. While she waits two guys and a girl walk into the store. The girl is the body guard to Devon Sinclair. The Sinclair’s are the second highest family in town. Devon is heir to the Sinclair family which is led by his mother, Claudia. While the group is looking around the store, Lila notices a group of men outside the store and sure enough they barge in with their swords (guns are not allowed in the town). Lila does not really want to get involved, but when Devon looks her in the eye she can feel his emotions. That motivates Lila to help. She ends up saving Devon’s life, but she is not able to save his body guard. A few days later she gets a “request” to come to the Sinclair house. Claudia Sinclair wants to hire Lila to be Devon’s new bodyguard. Lila does not want to accept, but she is really not given a choice. Some is out to get Devon and he needs protection.
Who is after Devon and why do they want him? Lila will keep protecting Devon while trying to find out who is behind the attacks. I give the Cold Burn of Magic 4.25 out of 5 stars. I enjoyed this book immensely. I liked the different take on magic used in the books as well as the different monsters. One of my favorite characters is the pixie named Oscar. Pixie’s do household chores in exchange for a place to live, clothes, and food. Oscar is assigned to Lila. Oscar is very rude at first to Lila because he is upset over the death of the previous bodyguard (Ashley). Oscar slowly warms up to Lila and he is quite the character (he lives in a little trailer, loves country music, and has a turtle for a pet). I look forward to reading the next book in the series Dark Heart of Magic which will be out in November.
I received a complimentary copy of Cold Burn of Magic from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The review and opinions expressed are strictly my own.
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The Spellcaster’s Grimoire by Mark All is a paranormal romance book. Maynard, Georgia was founded by witches over 200 years ago. It was built on a crystal that the witches draw on for their power. Patricia “Trish” Sinclair is thirty-seven years old and has written two books. Trish has used her mother’s grimoire as well as spells from other witches for her two books called The Spellcaster’s Grimoire I and II. Trish has run out of material for her third book and does not know what she will do. She casts a spell for inspiration when Benton Moorcraft comes to her with a knife sticking out of his back. Trish put information in her last book about the crystal and the coven’s grimoire and now Kate Cavanaugh wants it. Benton is the Keeper of the Grimoire and refused to tell its location to Kate (so she stabbed him with the Knife of Truth). With his dying breath Benton tells Trish to get help from Aidan McCarthy to get past the wards on his house to find the grimoire. Benton makes Trish to new keeper or guardian of the book.
Trish then hears banging on her front door. Kate has arrived and Trish had better get going. Instead of heading to Aidan’s house for help, Trish goes to Sondra Patton who has wanted to be the leader of the coven for a long time. Sondra is home along with two of her friends and fellow witches, Gay Nordan and Nancy Cotswold. Trish is a witch but she never really learned how to use her talents (when she did not get something the first time, she would give up). Trish’s mother was a good witch who used her powers to help and heal people. Instead of helping Trish, Sondra gives her the help of newbie witch, Rain Devereaux (how is that helpful). Then Sondra and friends go off to choir practice. Do they not realize that if Kate steals the book and the power from the stone, that Sondra and friends will be powerless (as well as age rapidly. They have been using the stone to keep themselves living).
Trish, Rain, and a reluctant Aidan go off to find the grimoire and stop Kate. Their adventure goes on throughout the whole book. Of course, let us not forget the arguing between Kate and Aidan because of sexual tension between them and then the kissing (did they forget about the grimoire and stone). The Spellcaster’s Grimoire started off good but went downhill quickly. The book focused more on romance than paranormal activities. I give The Spellcaster’s Grimoire 2.75 out of 5 stars.
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I just finished The Incubus and the Angel by Cecilia Tan. It is the third book in the Magic University series. These books are erotic novels for adults (despite the cover). Kyle Wadsworth is a junior at Veritas, a university for magic that is hidden at Harvard. He is busy working on his junior project. He has decided to translate the Avestan Prophecy into modern English. Kyle still believes that the prophecy applies to him despite criticism (he is even ignoring his professors telling him that every person thinks a prophecy could be applied to them).
Kyle has been thinking and dreaming of Timothy Frost since they escaped from the dimensional pocket (The Towers and the Tears). Frost has been avoiding Kyle. He has even moved to an apartment off campus. Kyle wants to find him and talk to him. Kyle starts seeing Lindy. She is enchantress (magically speaking) but her power seems to be diminishing. Kyle agrees to help her obtain extra power for an exam, and they start dating.
Several girls on campus have been having strange dreams. They are being visited by a person in their dreams. In the dreams they have sex with the man whether they want to or not. Some of the girls were virgins before the dream, but they were not after the dream (they can tell by a pearl that changes from virgin white to black). There seems to be an incubus on campus and that is who is visiting the girls. Who is this incubus (male version of succubus)? Several people are having trouble with their powers. Their powers are diminishing and they can no longer see the magical buildings (makes it hard to get to class if you cannot see the building). What is happening? Kyle wants to find out what is going on as well as finish his junior project and find Frost.
I give The Incubus and the Angel 3 out of 5 stars. It is okay, but not great. The first book in the series, The Siren and the Sword, was much better. To understand The Incubus and the Angel you do need to read the first two books in the series (otherwise nothing will make sense). This book does contain detailed sex scenes and foul language. The fourth and final book in the series is The Poet and the Prophecy. It will be out in the fall.
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