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Book Review: Some Kind of Magic by Mary Ann MarloweSome Kind of Magic by Mary Ann Marlowe
Published by Kensington on January 31, 2017
Genres: Contemporary
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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.

Different books suit different moods, and recently I’ve been under a lot of pressure to do a lot of work as far as life outside this blog goes. Which means I haven’t really been up for any hard-hitting, brain-twisting stories. Frankly, I’ve been after stuff with can-do heroines to inspire my own efforts, as well as books with a good dose of humor and a heavy dose of happy ever after. Enter Mary Ann Marlowe’s Some Kind of Magic. Because who doesn’t want an HEA for a romance between a biochemist and a rock star?

In fact, it’s that very premise that propelled me to read through this book. Oh, that and the fact that rock god Adam Copeland is a completely swoon-worthy hero. That he’s a little on the stereotypical side—kind and down-to-earth despite his celebrity status, wants to be known and loved for himself rather than the image he projects to the public—makes him no less drool-worthy.

For her part, Eden Sinclair is a character with different facets. On one hand, she plays it safe, but on the other, she dreams big. It’s an interesting inner struggle, and the way she crashes and burns before the very satisfying HEA in this novel really puts the character through her paces. I was a little disappointed that she regarded her chosen career as lackluster in favor of her music, but that’s really just me wanting more kick-butt STEM heroines, and I didn’t hold it against her since her desire to pursue music was plausible, given the story.

What I really loved was the way humor underscored most of the scenes, even the ones where characters were ripping their hearts out for each other. It made for a light, funny read that left me smiling. Definitely something to bring on vacation with you, or to read after a long day’s work.


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About Mary Ann Marlowe

When not writing, Mary Ann takes karate with her kids (she has a second degree black belt) and 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. 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.