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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Review: Motor City Fae

Motor City FaeTitle: Motor City Fae
Author: Cindy Spencer Pape
Page Count: 394 KB (novel length)
Genre: paranormal romance, first in a series
Publisher: Carina Press
Copy for review obtained via NetGalley.com in anticipation of an honest review

50 words or less: Super hot, super talented guys with a killer story to tell don't just show up every day in artist Meagan Kelly's world.  When it becomes apparent that Ric Thornhill is as serious as a heart attack about Meagan being the heir to a fae house, about a plot afoot to dethrone the current fae queen, and about her role in preventing all of that, Meagan has to decide which is more troubling- political intrigue, or her blossoming feelings for Thorn...

Motor City Fae was an unexpected treat. I mean, I don't typically request review copies of books I don't think I'll enjoy, but I wasn't prepared to be engrossed in this book the way that I was.  The characters were interesting and well developed, the romance was sweet and engaging, and the supernatural elements involving the fae were interesting as well.  I wouldn't go so far as to say that this book teachers the old dog elements of the genre new tricks, so to speak, but it was definitely an enjoyable way to spend a Friday evening and sent me scurrying back to NetGalley in hopes of securing the sequel (which I did.)

Meagan Kelly is likable enough- she's an artist with a whimsical personality, a great cast of friends and a boatload of talent.  She's no rockstar but she's content in her life and how it's going.  When she ends up at a friend's bar after a serendipitous meeting with a super hot guy outside the community center where she teachers art and magically, the same guy is the featured musician for the night, she's excited.  Little does she know that Ric Thornhill is three things: hot, as she figured on her own, not human, as she quickly figures out, and not the bearer of good news, which is sad news for her.

It seems Miss Meagan is actually the long lost heir to a powerful Fae household, and her vote is needed to keep the current queen on the throne and prevent a truly evil bad guy from usurping the throne and the power that goes with it.  Ric's been charged with bringing Meagan back to Faerie in one piece, ready to cast the vote needed to maintain safety and the status quo.  He's on a tight time schedule, thanks to the queen's whims, and the interference by the Supreme Bad Guy only puts Meagan in danger and endangers them getting to the church on time, so to speak.  In the process, they run across a wide variety of supernatural folks who make up the supporting cast, and it's the relationships that emerge between these characters and the history they all have with each other that make this story memorable.

Meagan and Ric do fall in love, and they do have to figure out how they're going to be together in the face of pretty serious outside influences (being the plaything of the queen of the fae makes for sticky situations, don't you know) but there's never a sense of despair, only one of hope.  I found myself wanting to know more about the world where the story was set and wanting to know more about the motives and entanglements of the characters.  I was stoked to find out that the next book in the series is already available and the third one is due out this summer!

If you're looking for a fun, detailed read with a great romance and not too much spice (enough to get the job done though, don't get me wrong) then Motor City Fae is a definite option for you.

Overall Grade: A-
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