“Beyond Magic” is the tale of a feisty red-head named Emma and her soul mate, the gods and Fae begotten Scottish Laird, Ian. Reminds you a bit of a Jane Austin set up with wings, right? Anyway, the two meet through a spell, when her tour bus breaks down and, in order to rescue her tour group of man-crazy grandmothers, she stumbles upon his castle. Feelings immediately develop between the two, but some interfering grandfathers, a malicious wee fairy, a scheming book editor, and an itty bitty time jump make a great deal of trouble for our two lovers before we get to a happily ever after.
First of all, I love a book that makes me laugh, and especially the beginnings of this one kept me rolling. The mythology and personification of all the characters is very ‘real’ and always lightly poking fun at itself (and even the best of friends). And though the cover art on this tale was a bit… overwhelming (how is that guy handsome, never mind the odd eye/hair color?), don’t be fooled. It’s more than worth it to check it out anyway, and one of those rare books you’ll stay up all night reading! The characters are all well fleshed out and fun, the geriatric ladies and gods are a hoot, and there’s tons of angst and magic going around,… maybe too much angst, in fact. The few erotic scenes are good, and read more as a conventional romance vs. erotica, which is nice every once in a while. The only reasons that this did not get a higher rating are two.
The first is that, while there was always a lot of interesting things going on that actually helped you discover more, pertinent info about the characters, around page 220, the angst seems to be the main stay for everyone, way longer than need be. I love a little suffering for love as well as the next person, but if they could have had more time together than apart- maybe building more romance time?, I would have been all for it. If not, well I could have done with a little less background development on Emma in exchange for cutting about 20 pages of angst and separation out. Just saying…. But it does stay interesting throughout, so as long as you climb the short hump, you’re back on track to romance. Secondly- and this is a more minor one- since this is planned as a series (The Magical Love Series), there were, by necessity, some questions I still had about what will happen to certain people or why certain characters acted a certain way at different points in the book. If some of these questions had been answered here (see: replace angst-20 pages), I think I would have been even happier to let the tale of Emma and Ian go. Questions or no questions, “Beyond Magic” has made me a follower of Mrs. Leaf… and I look forward to more!
Following the Powers directive to unite soul mates, a Scottish Cailleach's magic will have repercussions in several realms. Mixed-blood Ian McCabe, grandson of Fae and gods tries to deny his powers. When he discovers mortal, Emma Grant unconscious at the bottom of the steps to his castle, his world starts to change. Tour director Emma Grant's bus breaks down and her effort to find help results in a fall that knocks her unconscious. She awakens to find the man of her dreams staring into her eyes.
But will his secrets and her distrust of men tear them apart?