Book – Strange Magic : Part One and Two
Author – Michelle Mankin
Publication Date – 1/22/15 (#1) – 2/5/15 (#2)
Genre – Paranormal Rocker Romance
Type – 2 Part Series
Cliffhanger – Yes (1 going into 2)
Rating – 4.5 out of 5 Stars
Billy Blade is a hardworking, hard living, razor sharp musical force. Mysterious behind his dark shades, the rough around the edges Texan mesmerizes with his haunting harmonica and tantalizes with his dangerous looks and smooth country charm. His latest album is topping the charts. He’s the newly crowned King of the Bacchus Krewe. He’s definitely living the rock star dream.
Exotic Creole beauty Thyme Bellerose couldn't be more content. She has it all. An adoring grandmother. A handsome Tulane medical student beau. A satisfying job in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter. Her life is as rich as the ice cream she creates. She’s got everything under control.
But control is an illusion. Dreams can turn into nightmares. And now during Mardi Gras, otherworldly powers stand ready to shape their destinies in ways they could never imagine.
Shadow and light. Magic and mystery. Reality and myth. All come together in a place where rules bend and lines blur. Even those between life and death.
Please note: This is Part One of a Two part novel. It does NOT stand alone.
My Thoughts - Story
This review is combined for both books…
I have to start this off by saying that I am not being biased because of Beta Reading this book, nor that Michelle is such a sweet buddy of mine. She knows that I am honest and I was honest while reading and did have some issues with the first read through. So enough said about that and let’s get on to the review.
I had no clue when I started reading this that it was going to have so much of a paranormal aspect to it. But not what you are thinking…this is about ghosts and the other world that exists in ours. What a great story aspect as it is set in New Orleans and I can’t think of any other place better than NOLA for a story like this to be set.
So Michelle mixes a sexy rocker god with a beautiful paranormal ghost and twists a tale around the two of them. She takes a man who doesn’t believe and converts him to do anything necessary in order to bring Thyme into his existence. Then she takes Thyme who only believed in the one true love of her life and turns her around to give love a second chance with Billy.
I have to say that yeah, I may be partial to Michelle’s books but she nailed this…and mixed these genres up perfectly.
Even if you aren’t a big fan of the paranormal…this one is different – so give it a try.
Billy is a star with his harmonica – but something strange happens when he plays it. Something so strange that it doesn’t faze him much when the ghost of Thyme shows up in his new rental. But who is she and why is the attraction so strong between the two of them?
Set in NOLA during the Mardi Gras…enjoy the magical and mesmerizing aspects of the city while reading a tantalizing romance.
Reason for Reading – Author request/Beta Read
Story – 5 out of 5 Stars
Steam – 4 out of 5 Stars
Angst – 4 out of 5 Stars
Writing – 5 out of 5 Stars
Content Flow – 4.5 out of 5 Stars
Would Read More from Author? DEFINITELY
Recommend To – anyone who loves romance with a twist of the paranormal