(Terra’s Thoughts) This is an exceptionally wonderful fairy tale with spit and vinegar and loads of steamy scenes that will surly curl your toes. Our author is a wonderful part of the known writing team of Lydia Dare and I have to say that I am really liking what Tammy Falkner has given up in this installment of her own.
Sophia Thorne is a rare beauty, enchanting, delightful and very, very outspoken. She’s been schooled in the ways of the ton but is not looking forward to applying her lessons to real life with all the stringent ridiculous rules that must be adhered to or suffer the outcome of wagging tongues and scandal. Her mission is plain and simple or so she thinks.
The Duke of Robinsworth is a man of scorn from the ton for the allegeded death of his wife some years past but did he do it? A man handsome as the day is long is quite reluctant to deal with gossiping rags and miserable old bitties that wag their tongues more than a pendulum on a clock. Is there a heart in this man of stone and ice and what will he do to keep that which is his?
The story is ripe with magic, hot with steamy scenes and paced beautifully with it’s smooth writing style. Everything meshes easily and you zip through the story without batting your eyes. I truly found this a breath of fresh air and I do so hope that Miss Falkner will give us much much more in the coming future.
She’s on a mission: to remove the sadness from the Duke. She has a list of rules she cannot break and she’s determined not to. She does improve the Duke’s attitude, but she doesn’t have much luck with those rules…
Ms. Falkner writes a good story that flows well and is full of spirit, emotions, and love for the two main characters. When Sophia calms his little girl, he’s impressed. When Sophia sees him, she feels butterflies in her stomach. Nobody said he was that good looking! While Sophia works on her goal, which is to make him accept his wife’s death and stop blaming himself for it, he’s working on his goal. He wants to capture her heart. One of Sophia’s rules is that she can’t tell him she’s Fae.
The author placed Sophia in the human world with her grandmother, a maid, and a garden gnome who follows her around. Ms. Falkner gave her a difficult assignment: it’s hard to complete her mission without falling in love with the Duke. The supporting characters often express frustration with her, especially Ronald, the garden gnome. Three of the main supporting cast include the Duke’s brother who goes out of his way to have words with Sophia, their mother and a decidedly wicked grandmother. I spent time laughing about what Grandma brought up at parties; she cared not who was listening. While all this going on, the author takes me back to the world of Fae and where the grandfather is plotting. I knew something was going on, but I wasn’t sure how it would all turn out.
I enjoy stories about the world of Fae and this author does a very nice job of melding the two worlds together. She gives you fun characters with lots of quirks to make them interesting and the result of her work is magical on its own.
If you like a touch of magic in your stories, this book is for you. If you believe in the power of love, this book is also for you. And if you like a good adventure, this one will work for that, too. Why not get a copy and see what you think?
A LADY AND HER MAGIC got a starred review from Publishers Weekly!
Falkner (half of the Lydia Dare team) makes her solo debut with a charming paranormal Regency. Sophia Thorne is a disguised faerie on a secret mission to help the young daughter of the scandalous Ashley Trimble, duke of Robins-worth. After a deliberate encounter where Sophia intervenes and calms the spoiled girl, Sophia and her grandmother arrange to be invited to a house party at the duke’s estate. Ashley was already intrigued by Sophia’s unconventionally intimate manners, but their flirtation explodes into mutual desire when his late-night piano playing bewitches Sophia and leads her to his chambers. While Ashley is afraid the rumors that he killed his wife will drive Sophia away, it’s Sophia’s secret origins and history that truly threaten their happiness. Unusual and absorbing, Falkner’s imaginative story is buoyed by skillful writing and believable characters with good chemistry. Regency readers looking for something new and fantasy fans looking for a light romance will find this splendid crossover beguiling. Agent: Melissa Jeglinski, the Knight Agency. (Sept.)