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Some Kind of Magic (Flirting with Fame) Paperback – January 31, 2017
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“Fun, flirty read about a magical romance…a lighthearted pick me up. Eden and Adam’s chemistry was so electric – I rooted for them the whole way! – FIRST for Women
About the Author
Some Kind of Magic is Mary Ann Marlowe’s first novel. When not writing, she takes karate with her kids (she has a second degree black belt) and works by day as a computer programmer/DBA. She spent ten years as a university-level French professor, and her resume includes stints as an au pair in Calais, a hotel intern in Paris, a German tutor, a college radio disc jockey, and a webmaster for several online musician fandoms. She has lived in twelve states and three countries and loves to travel. She now lives in central Virginia where she is hard at work on her second novel. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website at www.maryannmarlowe.com, on Facebook, www.facebook.com/marlowemaryann/, and at twitter.com/maryannmarlowe.
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The chemical reaction plot was humorous but also molded the rest of the story into what it was. I wanted to keep turning the page and only put it down for a short time to sleep. The next day I dove right back in and devoured it until done. The characters are believable but not stale and they go well together. Being famous is not always easy and they certainly had their difficulties. And the fact Marlowe got me teary-eyed in a few spots, puts her right up at the top of my list. The conflict at times simply gut punched me and I could feel the pain the heroine was going through.
I would highly recommend this story and the author as one to watch. I know her books will be going in my TBR pile when new ones come out!
The author does such an amazing job of taking a high-concept premise (not to mention the music industry) and making it feel so real. I wanted them to be together as if Eden was my bff from college. I was nervous during their first official date like "Both of you better not mess this up." When she felt insecure about their relationship and the perfume's role in it, I wanted to give her the type of advice you always give your girlfriend but never take yourself. And I literally laughed out loud at least three times per page. This book is the perfect combination of women's fiction and romance and has so many elements that will appeal to fans of both genres.
It's funny in that way where sometimes you laugh out loud, but even when you aren't laughing, you just smile the whole way through. The characters are really well rounded and you are going to find yourself rooting for them. And they have a lot of sex. Great book. Can't wait for the next one.
This was an incredibly sweet story with loads of charm that had me swooning like a fool. I can't rec it enough.
My favorite thing about Some Kind of Magic has to be the writing. Marlowe's prose doesn't try to seduce readers into appreciating it. It's simply there to tell the story in the manner of some of my favorite authors. She doesn't need smoke and mirrors to be engaging or to draw readers in--her plot and characters do that all by themselves.
If you're looking for a light, fun, breezy, and sexy romp through the world of rock music (and science), you can't go wrong with this book. It's thoroughly enjoyable.
Although a cute, lighthearted story, I felt the tension throughout, wanting to continue reading to finally have that shoe drop. When it did, it happened differently than I thought it would, which was a nice surprise.
I would have preferred Eden have a different dream career because it seemed a little self-serving, but that certainly is a very minor complaint, and didn't take away from the story in the least. I'm sorry there was an epilogue though. I would have liked a sequel playing the remainder of that year out to that end moment.
I would recommend this novel to anyone who likes contemporary romance.
The biochemical perfume twist was cute, but not gimmicky. I found the Eden and Adam lovable-- a hero who's confident, even when he displays hints of insecurity as we all do, and a heroine who thinks she's doing the right things but can't help but chafe under her mom's meddling-- and their chemistry was smokin'! :-)
In the spirit of Eden's personality, let me give you a couple options:
Option 1: Pass on this book. And deny yourself a fun read.
Option 2: Read this book and find a new author you'll enjoy.
I'm glad I went with Option 2! :-)
I really enjoyed her writing style - light, airy and easy to read. What made me stop reading were the implausible situations SEMI-SPOILER ALERT!!
Taking temporary Leave of Absence from work and flying off to Europe for a fellow she's known for 3 weeks? She's bent out of shape because of jealousy issues in week 1? Three weeks in and she still hasn't mentioned the 'perfume'? The scene in her childhood bedroom with her parents right below on the patio and he had barely been introduced to them? I can usually let a couple of far-fetched situations slide by, but they just seemed to multiply as the book progressed. I got more than half way through and just had to stop.