ARC: The Magic of “I Do” by Tammy Falkner

Posted on 06/13/2013 in Book Review / 4 Comments

ARC: The Magic of “I Do” by Tammy FalknerThe Magic of by Tammy Falkner
Published by Casablanca, Sourcebooks on June 4th 2013
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Paranormal Fiction, Romance
Pages: 384
Format: eBook

Claire Thorne is a faerie on a mission. When the governing body of her world puts a prohibition on magic, she escapes to the human world and straight into the arms of Lord Phineas Tremble. When he insists on being her crime-solving partner, she does everything she can to get rid of him—until she realizes his gift for smooth talking might come in handy when tracking down a killer. Before long, Finn has his hands full keeping Claire out of trouble, because the two of them together create more sparks than her faerie dust ever could...

When I picked up this one, I had no idea that it was part the series.  I have done this before with books and typically run into issues.  You are either completely lost or feel like the author is just regurgitating half of the previous book to explain enough back story for this one to make sense.  I found this one to have none of those problems.  The back story was so seamlessly written that I didn’t feel like it was a back story.  This book easily works as a stand-alone novel, though now I need to go read the first one as I’m curious on the whole story!

I was surprised by how much I like this book.  To me it is one of those that the title is a tad hokey, the cover is plain, and the blurb was kinda meh.  I chose it strictly because it had a fairy in it and I was in the mood for a little paranormal that didn’t contain vampires, werewolves, or witches.

What, sometimes my criteria for picking a book is pretty, well… petty.  I will totally turn down a book based on a bad cover or mediocre blurb.  Something must draw me in, and that day it was Fairies.

So in this one, we get to follow Claire, sister to Sophia the heroine of the first book, and Finn, brother to Sophia’s new husband Robin.  What can we say, if you can’t keep it in your pants at least keep it in the family?

Finn is tasked with keeping Claire safe while her sister and Robin (the brother) are still in the land of Fae. Claire feels this is BS and that she doesn’t need a keeper, but times dictate that she have one so Finn is it. They start out hating each other and move towards love as the book progresses.  Following the typical romance novel formula: hate, lust, sex, *big fat spoiler that I can’t talk about*, love.

In between that, unfolds the rest of the story.  Now this isn’t your typical period romance.  Both Claire and Finn are detectives in their own rights, so you get a great detective story within the romance.  There are disappearances, murders, mystery, some underhanded dealings and some really steamy scenes.  The combination works and makes the book a really fast read.  I so love a book with no slow parts.

Speaking of sex, this one has some super steamy scenes in it.  I have always felt that some people write sex and others write steam.  Falkner definitely falls into the steam category and this one has some scenes that make you want to get a fan they are so steamy. I particularly enjoyed one with Claire and Finn on a balcony.  This book is worth reading just for that one scene!

I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review. I was not compensated with money. If you decide to purchase this book through one of our affiliate links, we do receive a small commission for your purchase.
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Amanda @ BookShelfery

Associate Reviewer/Minion
I'm a mother, a wife and a scientist. I read just about anything you put in front of me. I would say that my favourites are horror and romance. No wait, it's YA and dystopian novels. Umm, actually this week its mystery and paranormals. You know what, I really don't have a favourite genre, for me it varies by month, by week, or by day. Deep down I'm a nerdhuffer to my core. \r\n\r\nWhat? Nerdhuffer? What is that, you ask...\r\n\r\nDo you love the written word? Do you love those hard copies that sit in libraries full of the smell of glue, paper, and ink? Do you love those new copies that you stalk the book store for at midnight on its release to go home and read till 6AM even though you have to get up to go to work 7? Do you cherish an e-reader so that you can access a whole world of books whether you are at home, at the store, in the airport, or even... the bathroom? (What, you read in there too. Don't deny it, we're all friends here.) Did you just shake your head yes to any of those questions? Well then, my friends you are a nerdhuffer. Be proud, go forth in your addiction. I'll meet you at the bookstore to teach you the secret handshake. I'll be the one on the floor getting high off the pile of books at my feet.

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