Some Kind of MagicAuthor: Mary Ann Marlowe
Publisher: Kensington Publishing
Release date: January 31st 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Source: Jen Halligan PR
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In this sparkling debut novel, Mary Ann Marlowe introduces a hapless scientist who's swept off her feet by a rock star—but is it love or just a chemical reaction?...
Biochemist Eden Sinclair has no idea that the scent she spritzed on herself before leaving the lab is designed to enhance pheromones. Or that the cute, grungy-looking guy she meets at a gig that evening is Adam Copeland. As in the Adam Copeland international rock god and object of lust for a million women. Make that a million and one. By the time she learns the truth, she s already spent the (amazing, incredible) night in his bed.
Suddenly Eden, who's more accustomed to being set up on disastrous dates by her mom, is going out with a gorgeous celebrity who loves how down-to-earth and honest she is. But for once, Eden isn't being honest. She can't bear to reveal that this overpowering attraction could be nothing more than seduction by science. And the only way to know how Adam truly feels is to ditch the perfume—and risk being ditched in turn.
Smart, witty, and sexy, Some Kind of Magic is an irresistibly engaging look at modern relationships why we fall, how we connect, and the courage it takes to trust in something as mysterious and unpredictable as love.
The Faerie Queen’s review
I knew I was going to like this one, but I didn’t realise I would like it as much as I did! What a pleasant surprise!
I liked both Eden and Adam from the start. Eden was relatable in so many ways, from her interest in biology and genetics (YAY STEM) to her desire to find a guy with a stable job (but, ya know, that goes out the window fairly quickly). I loved Adam and how down-to-Earth he was (now). Their chemistry was really well-written, though I never felt consumed by it.
I LOVED that Adam wasn’t Broken, which is the rock star stereotype in books. In fact, I think part of the conflict in the book came down to Eden thinking he’d be like a rock star stereotype, partying all the time and sleeping around, even when his words and behaviour showed he wasn’t.
As with 90% of contemporary romance novels, the Issues came down to communication. What’s strange in this book is that Eden and Adam were usually quite good about talking through issues, except for the one necessary for conflict in the story. However, I could understand Eden’s fear. I think I would also be very shocked and paranoid if a celebrity was into me. I know Adam kept saying he was a normal guy, but come on. I mean, I have issues trusting that actual regular people like me sometimes.
I would say my two niggles with the book were that there were some lulls in the story (e.g. the travelogue bit where they’re going from one tour location to the next) and there wasn’t enough chemistry sending zings through me. But that’s it!
So, like I said at the beginning, I enjoyed SOME KIND OF MAGIC more than I expected to, and I’ll be keeping an eye out for more from Mary Ann Marlowe!
I would recommend this book to…
…all you readers out there who fantasise about rock stars but have had enough of Damaged Souls.