Title: Strange Magic
Series: The Magic Series #1
By: Michelle Mankin
Publication Date: April 25, 2016
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Billy Blade is a hardworking, hard living, razor sharp musical force. Mysterious behind his dark shades, the rough around the edges Texan mesmerizes with his haunting harmonica and tantalizes with his dangerous looks and smooth country charm. His latest album is topping the charts. He’s the newly crowned King of the Bacchus Krewe. He’s definitely living the rock star dream.
Exotic Creole beauty Thyme Bellerose couldn't be more content. She has it all. An adoring grandmother. A handsome Tulane medical student beau. A satisfying job in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter. Her life is as rich as the ice cream she creates. She’s got everything under control.
But control is an illusion. Dreams can turn into nightmares. And now during Mardi Gras, otherworldly powers stand ready to shape their destinies in ways they could never imagine.
Shadow and light.
Magic and mystery.
Reality and myth.
All come together in a place where rules bend and lines blur.
Even those between life and death.
Review by CarolBook – Strange Magic
Author – Michelle Mankin
Genre – Paranormal Rocker Romance
Cliffhanger – No
Rating – 4.5 out of 5 Stars
Complimentary Copy generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
My Thoughts - Story
I have to start this off by saying that I am not being biased because of Beta Reading this book, nor that Michelle is such a sweet buddy of mine. She knows that I am honest and I was honest while reading and did have some issues with the first read through. So enough said about that and let’s get on to the review.
I had no clue when I started reading this that it was going to have so much of a paranormal aspect to it. But not what you are thinking…this is about ghosts and the other world that exists in ours. What a great story aspect as it is set in New Orleans and I can’t think of any other place better than NOLA for a story like this to be set.
So Michelle mixes a sexy rocker god with a beautiful paranormal ghost and twists a tale around the two of them. She takes a man who doesn’t believe and converts him to do anything necessary in order to bring Thyme into his existence. Then she takes Thyme who only believed in the one true love of her life and turns her around to give love a second chance with Billy.
I have to say that yeah, I may be partial to Michelle’s books but she nailed this…and mixed these genres up perfectly.
Even if you aren’t a big fan of the paranormal…this one is different – so give it a try.
Billy is a star with his harmonica – but something strange happens when he plays it. Something so strange that it doesn’t faze him much when the ghost of Thyme shows up in his new rental. But who is she and why is the attraction so strong between the two of them?
Set in NOLA during the Mardi Gras…enjoy the magical and mesmerizing aspects of the city while reading a tantalizing romance.
Reason for Reading – Author request/Beta Read
Story – 5 out of 5 Stars
Steam – 4 out of 5 Stars
Angst – 4 out of 5 Stars
Writing – 5 out of 5 Stars
Content Flow – 4.5 out of 5 Stars
Would Read More from Author? DEFINITELY
Recommend To – anyone who loves romance with a twist of the paranormal
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Romance with subtext.
Reimagining classic stories with sexy rock stars and thought provoking issues.
Love Evolution, Love Revolution, and Love Resolution are a BRUTAL STRENGTH centered trilogy, combining the plot underpinnings of Shakespeare with the drama, excitement, and indisputable sexiness of the rock 'n roll industry.
Things take a bit of an edgier, once upon a time turn with the TEMPEST series. These pierced, tatted, and troubled Seattle rockers are young and on the cusp of making it big, but with serious obstacles to overcome that may prevent them from ever getting there.
Rock stars, myths, and legends collide with paranormal romance in a totally mesmerizing way in the MAGIC series.
When Michelle is not prowling the streets of her Texas town listening to her rock music much too loud, she is putting her daydreams down on paper or traveling the world with her family and friends, sometimes for real, and sometimes just for pretend as she takes the children to school and back.
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