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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Magic Gone Wild by Judi Fennell

Magic Gone Wild by Judi Fennell
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (357 Pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Foxglove

Every Time She Uses Magic Something Goes Terribly Wrong...

Vana wishes she hadn't dropped out of genie training. Now she's determined to get a grip on both her genie magic and her life. But the harder she tries to fix things for her intriguing new master, the more she drives him crazy...

Except There's Nothing Ever Wrong About Him...

Pro–football player Zane Harrison finally has control of the family estate and is determined to put to rest his grandfather's eccentric reputation. Until he discovers that behind all the rumors is a real, live genie who stirs feelings in him he's never known before. The more Zane tries to help Vana harness her powers, the more her madcap magic entangles his heart...

Zane Harrison just wants to get back to his life as a professional football player. As the last of the Harrisons, he has returned to the old family home, determined to sell it and escape his grandfather’s eccentric reputation. What he finds, however, is more that he can believe.

Zane quickly discovers that his great-grandfather Peter wasn’t really crazy, but was, in fact a kind and generous man, who just happened to possess a genie. And not just any genie, but a beautiful, sensuous and very definitely inept one. Vana is determined to show Zane that he needs the house just as much as the house needs him. As each catastrophe is worse than the one before, she has to try and harness her errant powers, and show Zane what life could like, without falling in love with him, that's not allowed for good reason.

Then, there’s Gary, Zane’s high school nemesis, determined to find out the secret to the Harrison ‘curse’ to have it for himself. Can Vana tame her powers and her attraction to Zane? Can Zane come to terms with the fact that magic really does exist, and his old family home is filled with genies, gargoyles, dancing dishes and a talking phoenix named Merlin, who always makes inopportune entrances? Can Vana stop Gary, save the house, and win Zane’s heart in the process?

Magic Gone Wild is Judi Fennell’s third book of magical genies. I have the others, but was happy to see that they are stand-alone books. This is a fun and sexy world Ms. Fennell has created, and her characters are a delight to meet. The mix of reality and magic is sometimes funny, sometimes sweet, but always engaging.

Nirvana Aphrodite, or as she prefers, Vana, is an eight hundred twenty nine year old genie. She's sweet, sexy and wants to be successful like her twin sister. But unfortunately, Vana can’t control her magic, no matter how hard she tries-until she kisses Zane. Then things work the way they should for a while. She's determined to convince Zane not to sell the house, with all of its enchanted inhabitants and historical value. I enjoyed watching as she got into each mess, and the things she would do to fix it sometimes made more problems for her. I liked her for her never give up attitude, and what she would do for those she cared about.

Noah Harrison is tall, handsome, and determined to make the town forget his great-grandfather’s eccentric reputation. Now that the estate has come to him, he plans to fix up the house and sell it, so he can get back to his life in the city. So imagine his surprise when he's dropped into Vana’s genie bottle, and life becomes surreal for him. I liked Zane, and his slow acceptance of the reality of magic in the world. It was fun watching as he began to care for Vana, and learned more about his family’s history in the town of Harrisonville, Pennsylvania. Along the way, he found out that what seemed important when he first got there, just didn’t compare to what he found in the old family homestead.

There are some memorable characters in this, like Merlin the wise-cracking phoenix, the enchanted children who were now dancing dishes, and many other magical folks. The whole house became a character as well, and of course Gary, the one-time bully and prospective politician has a role in the overall events as well. There's one huge surprise at the end, concerning who has been behind everything, and it's a well-disguised secret till the end. I recommend this for those who believe in magic and passion and like their romance with some of both.