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  • Posted April 9, 2013

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    Light, fun, sexy! That describes this story well as an element o

    Light, fun, sexy! That describes this story well as an element of almost naive sweetness. It was the perfect book to read on Christmas.

    I love paranormal books, but usually read paranoral stuff that is heavier and darker; however, I found myself genuinely enjoying this story. One major twist that I savored was the fact that the female character (Daisy) was of the supernatural, and the guy (Trevor) was of the mundane world. REFRESHING!!!!!

    On the surface, this story might appear "fluffy". The obvious story is about a girl becoming a fairy and in doing so unwittingly destroying the leading male's life and career meanwhile falling in love with one another. On a deeper level it is about two people growing as individuals and learning to be partners, and with that, compromise. It's about discovering what you think you need vs. what you really need. It accomplishes this without being preachy, but by the characters struggling and using emotional intelligence through slightly zaney events to work their way through the quagmire of everyday baggage that we all are saddled with. I picture the author, Erica Ridley, writing this book with a smile on her face and enjoying the characters as well, and that attitude comes across the pages.

    I've found another great author I plan on adding to my list of "gotta read their books". I saw at the end of the book that she has several other similar books planned and I know I will be reading them as well.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2014

    Charming. Daisy is determined, brilliant - at science, something

    Charming. Daisy is determined, brilliant - at science, something that isn't valued in a world filled with magic, tenacious, and unwavering in her goal to earn her wings. I felt for her as she struggled with her desire for acceptance because in her world of Nether-Netherland wings equals acceptance.

    Trevor is as determined as Daisy. He's determined to get tenure. He's determined not to let Daisy distract him from his goal even as he finds himself more and more interested, intrigued and then obsessed with the woman who he thinks is crazy.

    I didn't really feel the romance between Daisy and Trevor until maybe the last quarter of the book but I was all in by the time when Trevor, having finally figured out how he feels about Daisy, did his arts and crafts project. Adorable. The book felt a little long, I found my mind wandering and wanted to skip ahead, but I did enjoy the story and the characters.

    Disclosure: ebook provided in exchange for an honest review

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  • Posted March 15, 2013

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    After finishing a series of darker reads, a romantic comedy was

    After finishing a series of darker reads, a romantic comedy was just what I needed to relax and recharge my reviewing batteries: this book did not fail to disappoint.   With clever world building of the bureaucratic nightmare that is Nether Netherland, incorporating all sorts of paranormal creatures, rules, standard operating procedures and the peculiar prejudices that Daisy faced daily in her little office, her character’s desperation and determination to possess the real wings provided a solid backstory to her rather single-minded behavior.  Much to the dismay of Trevor, who finds Daisy wholly attractive, if not more than a tiny bit nuts, and who has a similar battle awaiting him upon his return to the hallowed halls of the University. 




    Daisy was instantly adorable and empathetic, her frantic scrambles and solid determination to get Angus’ tooth and move up one more step on her corporate ladder.  Trevor had instant appeal as well, his patience and humor in dealing with his students, and his frustration with the slow progress of his career and his frantic need to maintain his position and jockey for a tenured one were understandable.  When the two meet, and the sparks and magic fly – the two must learn to cooperate, compromise and decide what really is needed versus what they think they must have. 




    The dialog and story line are liberally interspersed with laugh out loud moments of mayhem and miscommunication, clever conversations and an often baffled and bewildered Trevor trying to rationalize his scientific mind to allow for the possibility of magic not only existing, but being part of the life of the one he loves. And he does love Daisy, magically impaired, brilliant and sweet, with best friend Maeve: a sassy, snarky winged horse.  




    Yes, the book has it silly moments: pure escapist fantasy and it does that Oh So Well. Quirky and engaging characters that grow individually and together as the story progresses, this was a light, fun and highly entertaining read. A great introduction to the multi-faceted world of Nether-Netherland and the all too frequent incursions into the realm that we believe only humans inhabit. 
    I received an eBook from the author for purpose of honest review as part of the Indie Authors Rock at I am, Indeed. I was not compensated for this review:  all conclusions are my own responsibility. 

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