The Magic of "I Do"
by Tammy Falkner
(Casablanca, $6.99, R) ISBN 978-1-4022-6815-1
**
Tammy Falkner's latest, The Magic of "I Do" is an unfortunate, discordant amalgamation of cliches and genres that is surprisingly well-written. A sequel to A Lady and Her Magic, this new novel follows Claire and Finn, the sister and brother of the previous novel's main characters, the Duke and Duchess of Robinsworth.

At the outset of the novel, for reasons unknown to anyone who hasn't read the first book, Lord Phineas has been ordered by his brother to keep track of Lady Claire and keep her from using magic while in the human part of the universe. About thirty pages in, the rake and the virgin fairy consummate their love/hate relationship, and she proceeds to disappear into the night.

Claire magically reappears not too much later, pregnant with Finn's child and deeply concerned about how this will affect her life in her own world, since it is forbidden to sleep with humans, and soon there will be no denying that she had.

In the meantime, she keeps the knowledge to herself and finagles her way into Finn's affairs and his affairs. Their back-and-forth banter is one of the few high points of this story. In fact, considering the shallow characters and befuddled plotline, it may be the only high point. Toss that with an alternate universe, secret magic, forbidden romance, Regency behaviors, orphans discovering parents, unexpected pregnancy, and a few other odds and ends of bad cliches, and you have The Magic of "I Do". More aptly, you don't find any magic at all.

--Sarrah Knight


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