Book Review - For Love or Magic by Lucy March


Eliot Parker's good-for-nothing deceased husband has left her a new lease on life: a house in sleepy Nodaway Falls, New York. But his offer comes with a cost: his ghost...
As if being married to him wasn't hard enough! Nodaway Falls turns out to be a town with more than a little magic in the air. Eliot swore off using her own powers sixteen years ago, thanks to one catastrophic day when she lost the only people who ever mattered to her, and ran away from her spellbinding father and his reckless enchantments. Now, when a chance encounter with quiet, handsome Desmond Lamb results in a magical explosion that rocks Eliot to the core, she can't help but wonder: Has her heart fallen under some sort of spell? Or is this what true love really feels like? The real question, of course, is whether her husband will stop haunting her...and let Desmond give her a chance at happily ever after?

Lucy March's novels are:

"Delightful."-RT Book Reviews
"Touching, sexy, and enchanting."-Kirkus Reviews
"Sublime!"-Jennifer Crusie


Full Disclosure, Lucy March (aka Lani Diane Rich) is one of my all-time favorite authors.  Anytime I pick up one of her books, I instantly feel like “she gets me.”  Her characters are always multi-dimensional, funny, and quirky.  For Love or Magic, the third installment in her Nodaway Falls series, is no exception.  Remeber when I said her characters are multi-dimensional?  Desmond Lamb, the hero of this story, is a shining example of this.  It should be noted that Desmond was the villain of the previous book, so I was a little concerned when I realized he would be the love interest in this story, but due to my love for all things Lucy March, I still had high hopes.  I was not disappointed.  Somehow she managed to take a “villain” and not only make him the hero of his own story, but someone I could as a reader root for and believe deserved to be happy as well.

Eliot Parker is not your typical heroine, and that is what I love most about her.  She doesn’t take crap from anyone, but doesn’t fit into any stereotype either.  She has lived a hard life and part of the past she is trying to recover from involves magic.  Technically this story would be classified as paranormal romance, but really neither of those words really describe this story.  Sure there is magic.  Yep, there is some romance too.  But the story is so much more than both of those things.  It is about a woman who has been running from her past and is forced to face it head on.  It is about a widow trying to survive the knowledge that her dead husband was cheating on her and left her with almost nothing.  It is about a woman who has a difficult time interacting with people, trying to start over in a new town.  It is also about a man who has done so many bad things in his life, he is trying to do good where he can, believing he doesn’t deserve anything good for himself.

I recommend this book to pretty much anyone who likes a good story, any genre, male or female.  You may come for the romance or the magic, but you’ll stay because of the meaty content, story, and characters.

MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy


Lucy March is the split personality of NYT and USA Today bestselling author Lani Diane Rich. In 2010, she started writing her popular blog, A Year and Change, which documented the last fifteen months before her fortieth birthday. On her blog, Lucy worked through personal issues involving her divorce, her sense of self-worth, and her mother; she developed a following that eventually became the Betties, and occasionally opined on things like dieting, the writing process and vajazzling.

Now, she is happily remarried and lives with her husband, her two young daughters and her best friend on a river in southern Ohio, and life is pretty damn good.


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