She Blinded Me with Science by Michelle L Levigne
Publisher: Uncial Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (89 pgs)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rated: 4.5 books
Reviewed by Snapdragon
Sophie's doctoral thesis stated magic was a psychosomatic phenomenon. Few took her seriously--she had a family reputation for strangeness and pointed ears to live down. In her research, she ran into Kevyn at a science fiction convention. When strange things happened, she slowly realized that she wasn't going insane--magic was real.
Kevyn was a Fae trying to avoid family traditions. He lived on the run in the Human realms, making his living as a day actor, staying under the radar. On an acting gig at a convention, he met up with Sophie and realized that she could not only see through his magic, she had magic. When Hunters showed up to drag Kevyn home and make him become an Advocate, he let Sophie capture him and take him home for research, thereby rescuing him from a fate worse than death -- respectability and responsibility. Somewhere along the way, the lines between researcher and lab rat became blurred, then switched places, and the two of them discovered a magic of their own, and rescued each other.
She blinded me with Science, part of the ‘All's Fae in Love and Chocolate Series’, by Michelle L. Levigne is a fun and fast-paced romp through a contemporary setting faintly affected by fairy-land. Fluff though it sounds, the challenge--and the emotions--are all too real.
Sophie Hunter sets out to prove, logically of course, why the belief in magic is psychosomatic. The effects and impacts of belief actually make things happen. This idea is central to her thesis. Not everyone will agree with her. If some people can't take her seriously just because of her pointy ears, that’s hardly her fault! If her thesis can gain her approval, she just might get a grant.
Kevyn, on the other hand, not only believes in magic but shamelessly uses it. He avoids the magical realm though, enamored as he is with Hollywood: right up until he's caught by Sophie. If there is one thing her thesis lacks, it's proof: and here he is. So, what's a little kidnapping among friends? She does supply him with plenty of donuts...but what neither of them can predict might just harm both of them.
For background, we discover that Fae laws govern human interactions ... but the interactions themselves can prove too tantalizing to resist. Ah, the magic of a diet cherry coke, never mind chocolate! This great little romance has a bit of everything, but discovering the lives of the Fae is the best. Not only can they eat a lot - ordinary tonic is enough to make them drunk!
Magic becomes something new and vastly different in Ms. Levigne's imaginative hands: magic that is full of color, arrives in a thunderclap, and can be yanked out from someone like pulling a rug out from underneath them.
This is quick, light-hearted and full of great Sci-Fi references, and is a truly fresh, fun take on magical powers. Do read!