Paranormal Romance, Category Romance, Witches
Ebook $0.99 (69 pages, COVET)
Breaking it off with her long-time non-magical boyfriend, Evan, was for his own good. At least that's what Maggie Owen tells herself. After all, a witch and a human can have no future together. Her vision told her so. But now it seems the universe is exacting revenge for upsetting the balance of what "should be" and her heart is telling her she was wrong.
Evan Jackson can't believe his bad luck. It's been a year since Maggie broke his heart, and now his business partner has hired her as their new receptionist. Fine, they need the help. But no way will he let her get close again. He can't take another heartbreak from the woman he still dreams about, even if it feels like there's still a magical pull between them.
Being in the same building with Evan is a start, but it's going to take more than Maggie's special talents and a wink to get the hard-hearted bad-boy to see that love is really more than just cosmic nonsense and set the universe back into balance.
Fun, if a little shaky, debut. (3 stars)
When Maggie Owens has a vision that tells her staying with her boyfriend, Evan Jackson, will destroy his future she breaks their relationship off with no explanation. Since then Evan has become very successful as an artist but when his business partner hires Maggie without realizing she and Evan have history things get complicated. They both still have feelings for one another but her gifts as a witch are keeping them from finding their way back to bliss.
I'm not a big fan of romances where one party dumps the other based on something really silly (ie. a vision, a misunderstanding, honor, etc.) so I was a bit wary of Marrow's debut. Sure enough, the premise really was not my cup of tea and felt like a table standing on two legs but there's something fun about Marrow's voice that kept me reading. While I never quite warmed to Maggie or Evan the way I did to the secondary characters I didn't dislike them either. I think the story was just way too short and didn't allow for enough character development and history (which might have helped me sympathize with Maggie breaking up with Evan over her vision) to quite sell me on them.
While I ultimately felt pretty 'meh' on LaOCN I will definitely be watching for more stories from Marrow. She has a bit of growing to do as a writer but there is immense potential here! If, like myself, you love watching an author with a shaky debut find their 'sea legs' she's going to be one to watch. Also, if you're a fan of Gina L. Maxwell's Fighting for Love series you won't want to miss the cameo from one of her characters!
Notes: ARC received via publisher.
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