Title: A Lady and Her Magic
Author: Tammy Falkner
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Format: Mass Market Paperback $6.99
How I Read It: ARC from publisher
RULES ARE MADE TO BE DISOBEYED…
Sophia Thorne is new to the Regency’s glittering high society, which resembles her magical homeland only insofar as both places are filled with ridiculous rules. Which means no matter where she goes, she’s bound for trouble…
AND SCANDALS ARE MEANT TO BE SHOCKING…
The Duke of Robinsworth has flaunted and shocked society for years. In a moment of fateful mischief, Robinsworth encounters the enchanting and distinctly scandalous Sophia. Between her streak of magical mischief and his penchant for scandal, they’re about to take rule-breaking to a whole new level…
If the Duke of Robinsworth had known it would be so difficult to raise a daughter alone, he never would have killed his wife. He would have coddled her, wrapped her in lace and taffeta, and put her on a shelf so the whole world could view her beauty.
Even though he’d never admitted it, everyone knew he’d killed her. And though he refused to share the details, they were all correct.
-A Lady and Her Magic, page 1 of the Arc
That has to be the best opening that I have ever read in a romance novel. Seriously, after reading those four sentences who wouldn’t want to
read devour this novel?
After reading the opening, I was so intrigued I knew that I could not put this book until I had read it through. After finishing the book, I immediately called everyone in my book club and read them the first four lines then waited patiently while they rushed to pre-order it on Amazon.
Sophia Thorne is a fairy on a mission with 5 unpardonable rules, the last one being: Never, ever fall in love with a human. The Duke of Robinsworth, who is a bit of a recluse, is trying to raise a young daughter and finds himself struggling a bit, especially since society believes that he murdered his wife.
Neither one is fully set on staying within the restricted guidelines and more often the not end up breaking the rules, especially when they find that they are attracted to each other.
Oh, and did I mention that everyone believes that he killed his wife?
I loved this book. Not only did it offer up a mystery, it offered up a cute little romance as well. And even though this is a paranormal book featuring fairies, I did not feel as though the paranormal aspect controlled the book, which is good because when reading a paranormal book I want to feel that it has some believability to it.
The characters were brilliant and just as intriguing as the plot. And the plot never waivered.
I strongly recommend this novel to those of you who like Regency romances laced with bit of mystery. Also, I believe that A Lady and Her Magic is the perfect book for those looking to try a paranormal romance for the first time.
For those of you who do not know, Tammy Falkner is one-half of the writing team, Lydia Dare.
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