Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Review: That Touch of Magic (Nodaway Falls, #2)


That Touch of Magic (Nodaway Falls)Author: Lucy March
Series: Nodaway Falls, #2
Published: January 28th 2014
Publisher: Piatkus
Format: Paperback, 320 pgs
Source: Publisher for review
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Stacy Easter has seen better days. Being a librarian is a labour of love - if only paying her bills were half as much fun. To make ends meet, Stacy decides to develop her special . . . powers. Everyone can use a touch of magic now and then, right? Except that once she's started, it's hard to stop. After all, who wouldn't want to give their life a bit of a makeover, given the chance?

But magic always comes with a price and someone with dark intentions has been attracted by her talent. Worse still, Leo North, the official One Who Got Away, is back in town and he, along with everyone close to her, is at risk. Can Stacy conjure up a way out of this mess with her life - and maybe even her love life - intact?
By now, those of you who read my blog regularly probably know that I tend to avoid paranormal romance whenever I can. I have friends who are huge fans of the genre and I respect that, but quite frankly, the whole growling-alpha-male-swooning-female combo gives me severe allergies. However, there’s something about this series that appealed to me from the very beginning, and after all the fun I’d had while reading the first book, picking up this one was a very easy decision to make.

The friendships in this book are simply extraordinary, They are so strong and lovely and they easily prevent the romance from taking over. Like Liv before her, our Stacey has magical powers, albeit of a different variety. While Liv brings inanimate objects to life, Stacey makes potions – powerful ones at that – and sells them to help pay the bills. Peach is the only one with no magic whatsoever, but she is special in so many other ways that it doesn’t really matter. These three girls support each other through everything, so when Leo comes back into town and things go terribly wrong for Stacey, Peach and Liv are all the help she could ever really need.

The dreaded growling Alpha male, J.R. Ward-style, is fortunately absent from this book. Instead, we have Leo, a flawed-but-lovable ex-lover, ex-cheater and ex-priest, all rolled into one. Leo and our heroine Stacey have far too much history between them, and even years later, Stacey is still hiding a shattered heart. I have to admit I wasn’t Leo’s biggest fan at first, nor was I meant to be. After all, he cheated on Stacey while in college, broke her heart when he admitted it and then ran off to become a priest. I have no sympathy for cheaters, even nine years later and even when they so obviously still suffer the consequences, but it is a testament to Lucy March’s skill that I did forgive him in the end.

I thoroughly enjoyed the villain in this book too, even though I saw him coming from a mile away. I loved how the entire situation was handled and I was (reluctantly) impressed by the obstacles he put in Stacey and Leo's way. There’s nothing I love more than a truly devious villain and fortunately for me, Lucy March really knows how to create one.

Recommended by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Jennifer Crusie and Darynda Jones, the Nodaway Falls series is a witty, funny treat, with a perfect magic to romance ratio. It is a true comfort read, enjoyable and sweet. I highly recommend it.

A copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher for review purposes. No considerations, monetary or otherwise, have influenced the opinions expressed in this review.


20 comments:

  1. I love that you like this series and gave it a chance even though I know the genre isn't normally your thing.

    Wonderful review and I know because you liked this, not usually liking the genre, I need to read it too.

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  2. This sure sounds cute :P I guess I will have start from the beginning then. Book 1 here I come!
    Angel @ Spare Reads

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  3. This does sound fun, and different! I hear you about the population of growling-alpha males in paranormal romance (though I can never resist JR Ward's men!). Cheaters can die a thousand death, as far as I'm concern. But I'm curious how the author changed your tune with Leo. :)

    Great review, Maja!

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  4. I hadn't heard of this series before, but it does sound really good! Wonderful review, I'll have to check out the first book!

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  5. I want to read it cos it looks cute! Haha I know

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  6. I enjoyed it too. I think she got a little lost in the middle and the romance didn't work for me (I was far more interested in the "bad" guy). I do love this world though and will be reading book 3 :)

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  7. Ahh the cover! GIMME. "friendships in this book are simply extraordinary" so you had me sold here, I love friendships in YA fic and with the addition of a pweety cover, I'm adding this to the TBR.

    Lovely review, Maja! <33

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  8. I love all of those authors! And great character relationships are always a big sell for me. Onto the wishlist it goes ;)

    Jessica @ Rabid Reads

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  9. LOL! Severe allergies to the growly alpha. *snort* I'm a fan but I can totally understand. Yay for a good comfort read with great friendships and fun writing!

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  10. Strong friendships are not as common in books as they should and I really think I need to check this series now. No growling alpha males is also a plus!
    Great review, Maja!

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  11. I'm really difficult with PNR as well so I totally understand what you mean.I only read the ones from the authors I love or if publisher sends them without telling me. But I'l glad this one was good, I'm curious about their friendship.

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  12. It seems we have similar taste in paranormal romance. I am SO over the alpha male.

    The cheating would bug me but you got over it so I think I would too. Plus the friendships seem to good to pass up.

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  13. Love the sound of the friendship and like the cover. Para romance is more my thing :)

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  14. Hmm, I don't read a lot of pnr, but this sounds like it might be an interesting series to try. I am mostly tempted to see if an author can charm me into forgiving and rooting for a cheater, a feat no author has achieved so far with me. Great review!

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  15. I am pretty unforgiving when it comes to cheating in books, even if it happens before the story starts, so I can't imagine that I'll be Leo's biggest fan to begin with either. But I'm glad to hear March managed to work you over eventually. I also love the sound of the friendhsip between the girls. There should be more of that around. Also, I'm never really too fond of pink covers, but I have to say, I really like this one! I will definitely need to check out this series, it seems. Lovely review, Maja!

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  16. Ah, I usually avoid Contemporary Romance as much as I can, lol. Glad you enjoyed it! ^_^

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  17. I cannot stop laughing at your "growling-alpha-male-swooning-female combo" cause it's so true. I don't mind it but yeah it gets annoying sometimes. I'm so glad you enjoyed this one and that cover is so pretty. I though this was a contemporary story. xD Great review, Maja :)

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  18. lol...

    never heard of this one thought. Will have to look it up. I do love my paranormals growling alpha male and all ;)

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  19. I'm back! :) I tend not to read paranormal romances for the same reason as you, Maja, but this one sounds cute. The friendship between the three ladies sounds nice.

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  20. You had me as soon as you described the friendships featured in this story, I love a good book about friends :)

    Mands @ The Bookish Manicurist

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