A Breath of Magic by Tracy Madison
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Leisure Books
Available: April 27, 2010
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Book received from: Dorchester
Waiting To Exhale
Chloe Nichols is holding her breath. All her life, finding true happiness with a family has seemed as easy as…well, snagging a bubble off the wind–a bubble that her current boyfriend seems dead set on bursting. Yes, every time Chloe mentions her one true desire, Kyle shoots down her hopes. But he hasn’t reckoned with the awesome power of Gypsy magic, or with loyal kith and kin. One way or another, Chloe’s going to get her happily-ever-after. One could sometimes be found after you’d convinced a man he loves you, right? All Fate needs is a little puff in the right direction…
A Breath of Magic is the third book in Tracy Madison’s Magic series. In chatting with a few people from GoodReads I was told that it would work well as a stand alone book. I do think this book does stand alone however I wish I would have read the previous two books in the series for a better understanding of the relationships between the characters and their gypsy magic. While enough background is given to pick up the story, I think I would have enjoyed this book even more having known a bit more romantic history between Chloe and her boyfriend Kyle. That being said, I still found this book very enjoyable.
Chloe is ready to get married and settle down. She is looking for her happily ever after and believes it will be with her boyfriend Kyle who has commitment issues. She is so focused on finding her happily ever after that she is not above using a bit of gypsy magic to help the cause. She convinces her family member to bake up a magical cake that will lower Kyle’s fear of commitment so she can propose to him. But just when it seems Chloe is about to get all that she’s ever wanted, fate steps in and throws a few wrenches into the works.
A new man walks into Chloe’s life who rocks her world and makes her begin to doubt her commitment to her now fiancé. To further complicate things Chloe’s gypsy magic has finally begun to kick in and she can apparently bend the will of others to her own will. She eventually begins to wonder just how genuine her relationships are and just how much of it is a product of her use of magic and her new magical compulsion. Add to this a mysterious young woman who keeps dropping in on Chloe that no one else seems to see, she’s got much to work out before her dreams of a happily ever after are finally realized.
I’ve never been a fan of track-and-snare-your-man stories and wasn’t all that thrilled with Chloe’s behavior in the beginning. Her use of magic in her relationships seemed deceitful and put me off a bit. But somehow, before I knew it, Chloe began to grow on me and I found myself wanting to give her motherly advice and gently nudge her in the right direction. Although her methods seemed a bit misguided at times, Chloe’s heart was the right place and she just wanted happiness not only for herself but also for those around her, even going so far as to make a very personal sacrifice in the interest of making things right for those she loved. Chloe grows a great deal during the course of the story and evolves into a woman willing to sacrifice for those she loves.
Chloe is a lucky lady with the gentlemen in her life. Although her use of magic in the manipulation of her romantic life certainly strained her relationships, her gentlemen seemed remarkably forgiving and generally tolerant of antics. Chloe manages to charm her way in and out of her romantic entanglements somewhat awkwardly yet with a sweetness that will make you want to scold her then hug her.
A Breath Of Magic is a wonderfully romantic story full of ups and downs and emotional twists. If you’re looking for a feel good romance with a happily ever after for all, then A Breath of Magic is a must read.
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Other books in the Magic series:
A Taste of Magic
A Stroke of Magic
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