Motor City Fae

Motor City Fae

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by Cindy Spencer Pape
     
 

Detroit artist Meagan Kelly has had a strong sixth sense all her life, but that doesn't mean the gorgeous stranger's crazy story—that she's a half-elf, half human heiress—is true. But Meagan can't deny the evidence of her own eyes—he's Fae. A tall, blond, handsome, pointy-eared elf—and a man she just can't get enough of.

Ric Thornhill's

Overview

Detroit artist Meagan Kelly has had a strong sixth sense all her life, but that doesn't mean the gorgeous stranger's crazy story—that she's a half-elf, half human heiress—is true. But Meagan can't deny the evidence of her own eyes—he's Fae. A tall, blond, handsome, pointy-eared elf—and a man she just can't get enough of.

Ric Thornhill's assignment just got a lot more complicated. The more time he spends with Meagan, the harder it is to see her as a political tool to prevent an all-out war between humans and Fae.

Now Meagan's in a race to master her newly released powers in time to prevent the conflict, convince a jealous Queen not to strip Ric of his powers, and find out if she can build a life that straddles two worlds.

Book I of Urban Arcana

79,000 words

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426890048
Publisher:
Carina Press
Publication date:
06/01/2010
Series:
Urban Arcana
Sold by:
HARLEQUIN
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
493,919
File size:
719 KB

Read an Excerpt

Suburban Detroit was a truly odd place.

Ric Thornhill's vintage Jaguar convertible roared down Woodward Avenue, a wide car-clogged boulevard lined with all manner of businesses from elegant boutiques to seedy liquor stores. To his right loomed an enormous stone church that could have been in medieval Europe. On the left was a strip mall with a Chinese restaurant, a nail salon and a paycheck advance center.

Find Emery of Rose's long-lost daughter before the next Seelie Council meeting, or live out a miserable human lifespan as a powerless mortal. That was the geas that his boss, the elven queen, had cast on Ric. In other words, find the girl or die. His death sentence would simply take forty or fifty years to be carried out. The geas was a result of telling Her Majesty off the last time she'd sent him on a fool's errand. One would think he'd have learned by now to keep his mouth shut. The sad part was that on this job, he'd have done his best anyway. The fate of both realms could hang in the balance if he didn't.

In over eight centuries of existence, he'd been in plenty of sticky situations, but none as bad as this. He'd started the search in New York, where Emery had died. No luck there. He'd also tried Windsor, Ontario, the hometown of Emery's human wife. Nothing. Two other agents of the queen had mysteriously disappeared or been killed and now Ric was the only one left. And he was here in Detroit on nothing more than a hunch held by one of Emery's cousins. Aidan Greene believed his missing relative was somewhere nearby. Now Ric only had five days remaining and he'd gotten nowhere but here, which wasn't good.

The place was dismal and depressing—hot, gray and muggy on this August afternoon and the five-o'clock Friday traffic royally sucked. Ric had spent the last week checking out every new-age shop, so-called psychic and alternative club in the area—every place he could think of that a half-Fae would be drawn to. If his mediocre scrying skills hadn't led him to the right place this time, he was probably toast. He was supposed to be at a certain corner in Royal Oak at a certain time. Yeah, he had lots of info to go on.

He accelerated through a yellow light, cranked up the volume on his stereo and settled his black Ray-Ban sunglasses on his nose despite the overcast day. What the hell, might as well go down in style.

Meet the Author

Cindy Spencer Pape is an avid reader of romance, fantasy, mystery, and even more romance. According to The Romance Studio, her plots are "full of twists and turns that keep the reader poised at the edge of their seat." Joyfully Reviewed said her "colorful characters and plot building surprises kept me spellbound," and RT Book Reviews says her "characters are appealing, and passionate sex leads to a satisfying romance."



Cindy firmly believes in happily-ever-after. Married for more than twenty years to her own, sometimes-kilted, hero, she lives in southern Michigan with him and two teenage sons, along with an ever-changing menagerie of pets. Cindy has been, among other things, a banker, a teacher and an elected politician, but mostly an environmental educator, though now she is lucky enough to write full-time. Her degrees in zoology and animal behavior almost help her comprehend the three male humans who share her household.



Cindy loves to hear from readers. To contact her, or for more about Cindy and her books, you can find her on her website, cindyspencerpape.com, or her blog, cindyspencerpape.blogspot.com.

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Motor City Fae 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Linda_Andrews More than 1 year ago
Artist Meagan Kelly has made a success of bringing the fairytale scenes from her dreams to life on canvass. Unfortunately, her adoptive parents never lived to see it. She's considering searching for her birth family when Ric Thornhill finds her. There's more to Ric than a successful music career. He's a fae, and not just any fae, he's been sent by the queen of the fairies to find the daughter of the House of Rose. His scrying techniques lead him to Meagan. And since the bad guys followed him, they now know where Meagan is. You see, Meagan holds a key vote on the upcoming Seelie council vote. The one that had been held by her murdered father. The one that can decide if the Fae wage war against the humans. Ric's life depends on him keeping Meagan safe and alive for the upcoming vote. What he doesn't count on is the attraction he feels for her. Meagan accepts her Fae heritage with remarkable aplomb. Sure, she has a bit of a thing for Ric's pointy ears and she's desperate for a family connection, but nothing seems to faze her. Nothing. Not even learning that she's apparently surrounded herself with otherworldly creatures or that Detroit is pretty much packed with them. That minor grievance aside, Motor City Fae is a fun and lighthearted romp between dimensions. Ms Pape doesn't disappoint is bringing to life the glitter and sparkle of the Fae world, so much that sometimes I felt I'd stepped into a Thomas Kincaid painting. If you're looking to escape into a magical world, I'd recommend picking up a copy of Motor City Fae.
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Lovedddd ittt
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I can agree wholeheartedly with the other reviewers. This is a deeply interesting book, with wonderful characters. Highly recommended!
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brandyzbooks More than 1 year ago
Meagan Kelley reminds you of the girl next door. She's an artist who doesn't get out much and doesn't remember the last boyfriend she had. Did I mention that Meagan is half-fey but knows nothing about it??? Adopted as a baby, she spends all her time painting and listening to her favorite music artist Ric Thornhill. Ric Thornhill is your basic Elf musician, who also happens to be a spy for the Seelie Queen. He spends most of his time in the human realm. Ric's newest assignment is to find the lost, Lady Rose, and bring her back to the Queen in time to save both our worlds and his immortality. Did I mention he only has a few days to do this??? Ric and Meagan meet by accident and the sparks begin to fly. Will Meagan be able to believe her ancestry and will Ric be able to keep his heart intact??? I absolutly loved this book. It has all kinds of supernatural creatures like elves, werewolves and witches with a few fey thrown in. It has everything that you would want in a good paranormal book... action, adventure, magic, romance and LOVE!!! They show her enormous imagination and keep you asking for more. I couldn't put the book down till I finished. It hooks you from beginning to end with its HOT romantic fantasy. I can't wait to read Cindy Spencer Pape's other books.
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Heather_Kinn More than 1 year ago
Ms. Pape did a great job in worldbuilding in MCF. Given my personal tastes, a weak worldbuilding experience is a total turn off. I loved how the Fae world and mundane overlapped in creative and unexpected ways. Meagan and Ric, the leads, had great chemistry. The love scenes in this book are scotching hot - but if explcit romance in an eBook is not your thing, or you think it's a substitute for actual chemistry/plot, let me assure you that even without those scenes, you'd have an emotional, tightly-paced story. I gobbled the book up in a day, and then promptly went back and downloaded Motor City Witch. I love this series, and I'll be pre-ordering Motor City Werewolf as soon as it's available.
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Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
Meagan is a Detroit artist, finally breaking through and making money on her paintings. Then one day she stumbles into Ric Thornhill, and boy does he have a story for her, one that she finds hard to believe. Meagan is not just your ordinary person. In fact, she's a half-elf/half-human, and to top it all off she's an heiress that has an assassin out to get her. Ric and Meagan must fight not only for their lives, but for the fae city and society. The imagery of the fae world is fantastic. A pleasant mix of several cultures myths. This and the political intrigue were my favorite parts. A good, quick read. Too bad the characters seemed to be very stagnant and stereotypical. 3/5
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