I put off reading this book, despite the glowing reviews from friends, because magicians/magic just don’t really appeal to me. Honestly, the thought of it kind of creeps me out…like clowns or carnies. I don’t know why, it just does.
However, my curiosity eventually won out. I decided to listen to the Audible version and see what all the fuss was about. I’m glad that I did.
It seems that all of my creepy magician fears were for nothing. Jason “Jay” Fields was a hunk! Nothing about this guy screamed “creeper”. He was sexy, but not in an over-the-top alpha sort of way. As far as heroes go, he was fantastic!
Jay is shopping for an attorney when he runs across Matilda Brandon, aka Watson. She’s working in her father’s law office when Jay comes in, wanting to hire her father. Her father doesn’t take on Jay’s case, but does agree to rent him a room in their home. The rest is history.
Jay and Matilda become fast friends. In no time, they are gallivanting around town together like besties. Even though Matilda’s insecurities bugged me at times, I didn’t think it was too overdone. The sexual tension is thick between these two, as they try to dance around the topic. They’re flirty, but keep it innocent for most of the book.
Meanwhile, it becomes clear that there is more to Jay’s case than simply a reporter writing slanderous articles about Jay. The details aren’t made clear until the very end, but it is obvious that there is a grudge match going on between Jay and this aggressive lady.
This story was far more engaging and suspenseful than I had anticipated. From one scene to the next, I wondered what was happening and what the twist would be. I had a few ideas, but didn’t guess the extent of Jay’s “secret”. When everything finally came to light, a part of me was like “I knew it”, while another part was like “I didn’t see that coming”.
Overall, I thought this was a great story. It was sweet and heartwarming, with enough suspense to keep me guessing. If you’re sitting on the fence, like I was, I say give it a shot. It is worth it.
The only problem I encountered was that because I listened to this story at the same time as I was reading Pepper Winters’ ‘Dollars’, I kept mixing up Jay and Elder’s pasts. Both were street children and pick-pockets. Both had a mysterious, tragic past that was the downfall of their families and that they blamed themselves for, etc. It was a total fluke, but the similarities made it hard to keep these two straight. Who could’ve guessed it?