Friday, May 17, 2013

Close Up Magic by Michelle Garren Flye

Title: Close Up Magic
Author: Michelle Garren Flye
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: Sleight of Hand #1
Main Characters: Stacey and Andre
Release Date: June 2013
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
Do you believe in Magic?

Reporter Stacey Matthewson has made a living writing sensational stories that knock celebrities off their pedestals. Now she’s got a hot lead on an even hotter magician who’s mystifying Las Vegas with his new show–the problem is, she’s had a crush on him for years. How can she write a story that might ruin him, especially when he proves himself to be so much more than she’d ever dreamed?

Magician Andre Hawke has a knack for making things disappear, but when it comes to his brother’s drinking and gambling, he’s got a problem. Hiring the sexy reporter who threatens to blow away his carefully wrought illusion might be the answer to his problems…or she might bring on a whole new set of them.

Stacey’s never believed in magic, and Andre doesn’t know who to trust anymore. Can passion overcome their inhibitions, or will betrayal stem the tide of love?

My Review:
B+ rating

Whoa...I do believe in magic and the incredible ambience it creates in this wonderful romantic story. I'm not a huge fan of magicians...I just have never gotten into that world of entertainment, but wow, it makes such an incredible setting for this book!

Stacey is a *somewhat sleazy* entertainment reporter. She's fallen into this profession where her job is to dig up the dirt on others in the entertainment industry because she needed the money to help raise and support her sister. When the book begins, she's trying to renew her reputation after a story went wrong. She saw Andre perform years before anyone knew who he was and she's always been fascinated, so she's followed his career. That's how she knows that she can break a huge story about him when she realizes there's a scandal with his brother. What she doesn't count on is Andre...

Andre is a performer...a mesmerizing one, but he's also a guy who's passionate about his art, his friends, and his family. He doesn't plan on doing anything to jeopardize those things. But when he meets Stacey, even knowing upfront that she's there to dig on him, he innately trusts her. Trust is a big theme to this book and one that Andre is struggling with since his brother just betrayed him in the biggest way possible. I liked how Andre trusted his instincts when it came to Stacey especially in the beginning. He could truly see the person she was through the quality (if not the subject matter) of her writing. (As a writer, I LOVED that...*happy sigh*)

Trust is something that Stacey has NEVER known. She never had home stability. Her sister is virtually the only person that she's ever counted on and that isn't necessarily a good recommendation, because her sister is very human and a bit self-absorbed. So she has a really difficult time trusting Andre with her heart.

This book had such great themes. Magic is definitely the basis of it and there is a thread of mystical quality to the story-telling. It makes you want to believe in the magic of these characters. It truly is like reading a grown-up fairy tale and I loved that gorgeous, magical quality to it. But this is a romance novel so there is some drama thrown in there too which I thought the author did really well. That's where that whole second theme of Trust came into play. Really superbly told and written.

It truly was a great story and I can't wait to read the next one in the series. 

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