Review: Some Kind of Magic by Mary Ann Marlowe

Posted January 25th 2017 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Reviews / 3 Comments

Review: Some Kind of Magic by Mary Ann Marlowe


Some Kind of Magic

Review: Some Kind of Magic by Mary Ann Marlowe
This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Author: Mary Ann Marlowe
Series: Flirting with Fame #1
Also in this series: A Crazy Kind of Love
Publisher: Kensington Publishing
Release date: January 31st 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 304
Format: eBook
Source: Jen Halligan PR

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Star rating:
Heat rating: two-half-flames

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.


About Mary Ann Marlowe

Some Kind of Magic is Mary Ann Marlowe’s first novel. When not writing, she works by day as a computer programmer/DBA. She spent ten years as a university-level French professor, and her resume includes stints as an au pair in Calais, a hotel intern in Paris, a German tutor, a college radio disc jockey, and a webmaster for several online musician fandoms, plus she has a second-degree black belt. She has lived in twelve states and three countries and loves to travel. She now lives in central Virginia where she is hard at work on her second novel. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website at, Facebook, and Twitter.



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