Series: Faerie #2
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on June 4, 2013
Reviewed by: Kate
Several sex scenes
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...
THE MAGIC OF I DO is a lively paranormal historical romance that felt light and airy, not unlike the breezes that transport the faeries between the real world and the faerie wold. I got caught up in the whirlwind, comforted by the fact that THE MAGIC OF I DO doesn’t break any romance novel molds, and I was able to enjoy the faeries, the relationship, and the cute funny moments as a result.
Claire is one of the most stubborn romance novel heroines I have ever encountered. She is angry and frustrated about the situation she’s put in, and that ends up translating into an inability to acknowledge her feelings for Finn until long after he tells her how he feels about her. Finn is our typical romance hero, the type who sleeps with so many ladies, then encounters “the one” and isn’t satisfied with anybody else afterwards. A little predictable, but still fun. It’s always amusing to follow these heroes as they confront feelings they have never felt for a woman before. Especially because in this case, it wasn’t the man holding out - Finn caved pretty easily - it was the woman. In the beginning of the book, for example, Claire would repeatedly say that she didn’t love Finn, to his face!
Overall, THE MAGIC OF I DO wasn’t as good as I'd hoped it would be. Since I’ve read some of Falkner’s work as part of the Lydia Dare combo as well as having read the first Faerie book, A LADY AND HER MAGIC, and really liked what I’ve read so far, I was hoping for a bit better. It felt like THE MAGIC OF I DO was put together hurriedly and while it mostly works together, it is a bit of a smorgasboard of plotlines. This doesn’t mean that it was a bad book, but it isn’t as good as some of Falkner’s other writing.
Since the beginning of THE MAGIC OF I DO overlaps a bit with the first Faerie book, A LADY AND HER MAGIC, those readers who have read the latter will be happy to learn that Sophia and Ashley do appear in this book. We’ve also got the always charming Ronald the garden gnome, and Claire and Sophia’s parents to liven things up as well. Add in a dash of faerie dust, and you’ve got a nice cast of characters and enough magic to breeze through the book with!
- A Lady and Her Magic
- The Magic of I Do
- The Magic Between Us