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First, the good = 1) The dialog was great and believable. Several times, I found myself smiling at their flirty banter.
2) The reactions and motivations of the characters felt authentic, which made the characters come to life. Well done!
3) While I groan at love-at-first-sight relationship arcs, at least they had a "decent" period of denying it and arguing that this type of love doesn’t happen in real life.
4) Appreciate that the secrets behind the magic tricks aren’t revealed – helps keep the allure and magic alive with the couple’s romance as well.
5) Stacey’s loyalty to her sister and Andre’s love for his family was endearing. Good to see a few “mostly-healthy” family relationships for a change. Forgiveness is difficult, no matter what type of relationship it is (family or lover).
Only a couple minor disappointments = 1) The ending felt rushed with the happy-ever-after forced into 1-1/2 scenes. Wish they “dated” or had a more gradual/cautious reunion – say 3 scenes worth (work harder and fight for their prize). As a result, the impact of their make-up felt a little hollow. But at least, there was a small amount of conflict and angst to keep me from docking a star from my review.
2) My kindle version didn’t have a linked table of contents, but I blame the formatter for this rookie mistake. This should be fixed and updated to the site.
That said, I would consider other books by the author and even re-reading this book again, which is my litmus test for declaring a winner.
Close Up Magic follows the usual romance formula: boy meets girl, they fall in love, they have a huge misunderstanding (that could have been solved if they had better communication skills), and eventually they realize they were meant to be together forever and hook up again. The characters were likable, the storyline was good, and the conversations were normal. I was disappointed the Las Vegas setting wasn't used to its full potential. This is one of the most vibrant cities in the world and these people never left the resort/casino to go out and explore.
One of my pet peeves happened in this book, and that's using a foreign language with no translation for the reader. This is due to my upbringing in a bilingual household. I was taught at a very early age that it is extremely rude to speak another language in front of people who don't understand it. We all speak the same language so no one is left out. Failing that, an immediate translation is provided for the person who doesn't understand the other language. Nothing annoys me more when all of a sudden a foreign language is introduced in a book with no translation provided. It brings me back to my childhood and the message of rudeness. At one point in Close Up Magic Stacey is describing Andre as having a "joie de vive". No translation was provided. I have no idea what that means. I suspect the author meant to say "joie de vivre" which means joy of living. It was so unnecessary to put in French. These people are in Las Vegas not Quebec City.
The book was not really my thing but it was well written, and aside from the foreign language typo, a clean copy. An enjoyable read for those looking for a nice romance.
The "is magic real" thing was not as well done as I would have liked, but I liked the background characters and their attempts to help the hero and heroine get together. I also liked that they had met each other before but didn't realize it until the end.