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Thursday, May 7, 2009

A Little Light Magic by Joy Nash

A Little Light Magic by Joy Nash
Publisher: Dorchester Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (323 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 5 books
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

For Tori Morgan, family’s a blessing the universe hasn’t sent her way. Her parents are long gone, her chance of having a baby is slipping away, and the only thing she can call her own is a neglected old house. What she wants more than anything is a place where she belongs…and a big, noisy clan to share her life.

For Nick Santangelo, family’s more like a curse. His nonna is a closet kleptomaniac, his mom’s a menopausal time bomb and his motherless daughter is headed for serious boy trouble. The last thing Nick needs is another female making demands on his time.

But summer on the Jersey shore can be an enchanted season, when life’s hurts are soothed by the ebb and flow of the tides and love can bring together the most unlikely prospects. A hard-headed contractor and a lonely reader of tarot cards and crystal prisms? All it takes is…A LITTLE LIGHT MAGIC.

When does a kiss on the beach mean more than a kiss? When do a few minor home repairs mean the start of something beautiful? When there’s A Little Light Magic involved, of course.

Tori Morgan wants to open a New Age shop in the house formerly occupied by her great aunt. She just might get her dream, once Nick Santangelo gets through making the few minor repairs. What about when the repairs go beyond drywall and linoleum flooring and show up on the heart?

This novel made me laugh, cry, and cheer for more. Ms. Nash’s characters are smart, funny and know what they want. Well, sort of, but that’s half the fun. She writes a winding plot that engages the reader from page one to well beyond the end of the story.

My favorite part was the scene on the boardwalk where Johnny, Nick’s brother, uses Tori as an acting partner. Though he merely played the part of the hunky doctor, you could feel the passion in his words. I also loved when Nick’s daughter Leigh, his niece Sophie, and Tori walk on the beach. The bonds between those girls tugged at the heartstrings.

Nick made a great hero because he knew what he wanted when it came to construction, but not life and love. No one has all the answers and it was refreshing to see a character, so normally collected, get so twisted out of his element. It didn’t hurt that he was easy on the eyes as well. For the heroine, Tori made a great role model. We all go through hardships in our lives, but she showed that snags in life shouldn’t keep us down. The glitches life throws at us should buoy us up. She never gave up and never gave in, even when she thought she was.

If you love a romantic romance, filled with hunky heroes, funky family members, and a remarkable heroine, then A Little Light Magic is the novel for you. I give this book 5 books!