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Thursday, April 1, 2010

When Good Wishes Go Bad by Mindy Klasky

When Good Wishes Go Bad by Mindy Klasky
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full (344 pages)
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Cholla

Rebecca Morris is suffering from an excess of magic!

Things that have disappeared: her boyfriend; her life savings; three-and-a-half million dollars from the theater company that pays both their salaries. (Coincidence? Um, no.) Also, the groundbreaking play she's been slaving over has vanished in a puff of copyright-colored smoke.

Other, weirder things that have appeared: a magic lamp complete with genie wishes. A fully furnished (and paid-for) Manhattan condo and fabulous designer wardrobe. (The last two courtesy of the first one, obvs.)

So Becca's putting that last wish on hold. What with discovering a mesmerizing new play, getting it onstage and falling hard for the adorably awkward guy who wrote it, Becca is swamped. And that's without factoring in the guerrilla gardener, popcorn magnate and the gender-bending genie with an agenda of his/her own.

Now Becca's hoping that her good wishes don't go oh, so wrong.

When Rebecca Morris wakes up to what is looking to be her worst day ever, she figures that nothing else could possibly make it worse. She couldn’t be more wrong. What Becca doesn’t know is that her co-worker is about to unleash a whole lotta magic on her unsuspecting self.

Becca is a typical Mindy Klasky heroine – beleaguered, eyeball deep in trouble, and cracking wise despite all her issues. This is a good thing because it is her heroines that make the stories so much fun for me. No matter how rough – or how bizarre – things get, they never lose their sense of humor about it all. Becca is no exception and if anyone does, she has a right to be a bit cranky. There’s a lesson in there, I think. By then end, you really find yourself rooting for her, even past all of her mistakes.

Today is Ryan Thompson’s lucky day! Or is it? You can never be sure… Ryan is a quiet, reserved sort of guy, a perfect balance to Becca’s sometimes over-the-top theatrics. He’s calm, grounding, peaceful, and handsome, what more could a girl want? With the addition of his guerilla-gardening mother, Ryan and Becca make a force to be reckoned with. When they decide to get something done, they make a plan and get it done. Good teamwork and great humor make for a long-lasting relationship.

If you’re in the mood for a fun and entertaining novel with just the right touch of magic, then When Good Wishes Go Bad is the perfect book for you. The characters are entertaining and believable and the story engaging. You won’t want to stop reading once you pick it up. I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a good, old-fashioned fun story.