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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Motor City Fae by Cindy Spencer Pape

Motor City Fae by Cindy Spencer Pape
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full (285 pages)
Heat: Hot
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Detroit artist Meagan Kelly has had a strong sixth sense all her life, but that doesn't mean the gorgeous stranger's crazy story—that she's a half-elf, half human heiress—is true. But Meagan can't deny the evidence of her own eyes—he's Fae. A tall, blond, handsome, pointy-eared elf—and a man she just can't get enough of.

Ric Thornhill's assignment just got a lot more complicated. The more time he spends with Meagan, the harder it is to see her as a political tool to prevent an all-out war between humans and Fae.

Now Meagan's in a race to master her newly released powers in time to prevent the conflict, convince a jealous Queen not to strip Ric of his powers, and find out if she can build a life that straddles two worlds.

Book I of Urban Arcana

Mix together a Fae who’s practically a rock star and a lady who is a painter, with long lost family and political mayhem and Motor City Fae ends up being a wild and wonderful read.

Meagan is a woman who is on her own. She’s done alright for herself and she’s one lucky lady. She had a wonderful mom and dad and she’s got friends who really care for her. Plus her painting is finally paying for itself. You know the phrase, ‘Everything is coming up roses’? Well it takes on a whole new meaning in this story. Watching how a regular every day woman gets thrust into a new existence and reality at hyper-speed was an amazing process of which I credit the author, Ms. Pape, for an astoundingly well written adventure. Even though it seems to progress at mach one, everything is covered, addressed and unveiled right where it needs to be and it kept my interest from the very first paragraph. In fact, after I was done with the story, I re-read the prologue and a little light bulb went off. Very cool. It made me giggle like the strange character in her dream.

Ric is more than he seems and less than he should be. By that I refer to what he is by human standards versus his place in his own society. He acts like a noble and a rake and he’s a delight. I enjoyed his personality, his friendships and his humor. I also enjoyed his slow tumble into love with Meagan. It’s bittersweet for him because he has no idea how it could even survive. His internal conflict is his wanting to love her so bad, what would he have to give up should he admit to it? It’s sweet, romantic and never falls into maudlin drama. He’s assertive, proud and capable, and he trusts Meagan. That trust between them gets put to the test.

When Ric and Meagan do get physical it’s lava-heat passion, enthusiastic abandon and actually, fun. The secondary characters are varied and each plays a role to further a reader’s insight into the main characters or further the plot. There’s even a hint or two that Elise, Meagan’s friend, and Aidan, may have a very interesting history whose ending has yet to be written. I’m pretty sure they’re candidates and I do declare a serious interest in reading their story someday. Why do I say that? Mostly because the author did a great job of giving them life, personality and a hint of mystery, clearly a clever and effective hook.

The culprits are political adversaries and they play dirty. Just how far they’d go kept me turning the pages. The suspense and drama, the descriptions of their attitudes and beliefs made for excellent villains.

Motor City Fae had me completely committed to caring for the hero and heroine, kept me engrossed in the story so that time flew and the ending came faster than I expected. It has a happily ever after that would satisfy any romance reader. There are many terrific moments of inside jokes, pop-culture references that I giggled over and a fun dialogue and repartee between Meagan and Ric which proved to me that their ‘ever after’ would truly be a long and happy one. This book is well worth taking the time to read.