Love and Other Cosmic Nonsense

Love and Other Cosmic Nonsense

by A. D. Marrow
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Love and Other Cosmic Nonsense by A. D. Marrow

Love and Other Cosmic Nonsense by A. D. Marrow

Breaking it off with her long-time non-magical boyfriend, Evan, was for his own good. At least that's what Maggie Owen tells herself. After all, a witch and a human can have no future together. Her vision told her so. But now it seems the universe is exacting revenge for upsetting the balance of what "should be" and her heart is telling her she was wrong.

Evan Jackson can't believe his bad luck. It's been a year since Maggie broke his heart, and now his business partner has hired her as their new receptionist. Fine, they need the help. But no way will he let her get close again. He can't take another heartbreak from the woman he still dreams about, even if it feels like there's still a magical pull between them.

Being in the same building with Evan is a start, but it's going to take more than Maggie's special talents and a wink to get the hard-hearted bad-boy to see that love is really more than just cosmic nonsense and set the universe back into balance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781622665167
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 03/24/2014
Series: Cosmic Nonsense
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 808,729
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

A.D. lives in the foothills of North Carolina with her ridiculously hot and amazingly supportive husband, three kids that rock so hard there should be a national holiday for their awesomeness, two really stupid dogs and a plethora of Post-it notes with book ideas to last her until she's 90. Her childhood dream is realized in the fact that YOU have cause to read her bio. She's a registered Sapiophile, a proud Geek since long before Geek was chic and believes that everyone deserves a happily ever after. She loves to hear from readers. That means you, Precious.

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CHAPTER 1

Maggie Owen blew out a long, slow breath.

"Calm. Collected. You can do this." She adjusted the red belt that broke up the black pencil dress she reluctantly put on that morning. It wasn't her usual style, dressing like a circa nineteen fifties pinup, but her current wardrobe was poorly lacking in anything other than maxi dresses, pajamas, and worn-in jeans. Not exactly first-day-on-the-job material, especially for where she would now be working. It was either make do with what was in her sister's closet or shop, and the boutiques that surrounded their shared apartment boasted sticker prices that could choke Donald Trump.

She stared up at the old brick building across the street. It blended perfectly with the business offices that made up the downtown area. The historic district was home to doctors, lawyers, interior designers, realtors, a few café-style restaurants ... and then there was Ink and Paint, a high-end tattoo parlor smack-dab in the middle of them all.

It was a stroke of pure luck, finding a position so close to home. To be fair, she had to give the credit to her sister, Annabel. When she mentioned she knew someone that was hiring, Maggie didn't even ask what the position was; she just told Anna to call and say she'd take it. The position was touted as a Client Relations Specialist, but she harbored no illusions that it was anything other than a glorified receptionist. But a paycheck was a paycheck and that was what she needed most. Aside from her own clinic's clientele, she didn't have much experience with handling the day to day of a bustling business, but she was more than willing to learn.

The tattooing aspect was a totally different story. She'd spent plenty of time around a tattoo parlor, thanks to her ex-boyfriend, Evan. It was little more than a hole-in-the-wall shop, but Maggie used to sit for hours, watching him blend colors to create magic on skin or freehand a portrait with the skill of Rembrandt.

Oh hell.

Thinking about Evan Jackson was the most maddeningly unhelpful thing at the moment. Maggie needed to move. Staring up at the building, wringing her hands together, and pacing a wear pattern in the sidewalk wasn't getting her any closer to her fresh start. It was time she got her life back, and the only way to do it was to push the button on the crosswalk sign, try to walk in the red stilettos without falling over, and smile like it was going out of style at any and every client that came through the doors. She would listen to every word that came out of her new boss's mouth, and at the end of the day, she would feel better about the fact that the universe seemed to have her on a short list for karmic practical jokes.

Stupid cosmos. She reads one piece of psychic information wrong, and her entire life goes to absolute shit. But really, what was she supposed to do? Maggie had never been one to take her abilities lightly, especially when it came to premonitions. The vision was so clear, so concise, that she knew it had everything to do with her and Evan. One minute, they were locked together in a happy embrace. The next, Evan stood in front of all of his hopes and dreams, watching helpless as they burned to the ground. The only words spoken in the vision before she snapped to were his agonized cries, blaming her for the destruction.

Dramatic, yes, and without a doubt, the most frightening, non-temporal moment in the whole of her twenty-six years on the planet, but Maggie knew what it meant. If she stayed with Evan, every goal and aspiration he'd had would blow away like ashes in the wind. She had to end her relationship with Evan, or something bad would happen.

Talk about a backfire. While she let him go to save his dreams, hers simultaneously crashed around her. Stepping onto that crosswalk would be a shot across the bow to the cosmos that she wasn't going to be a puppet anymore. She would hold her head up high and piece the puzzle that was her life back together. This job was exactly what she needed.

So what was she waiting for?

Sucking in a cleansing breath and blowing it out again, Maggie pushed the button to change the pedestrian sign. Smoothing her dress, she waited until the light changed before cautiously walking across the street. The closer she came to the building, the clearer the space behind the glass front became. The neon closed sign was still flashing, but there were a few people milling around, toting large canvases and black cases back and forth. She was still a few minutes early. It was only eight fifty, and the man that owned the place said to be there at nine. It would give her time to calm her nerves, maybe make some coffee, and get accustomed to the place before starting her shift.

"I've got this," she whispered to herself. As she reached for the twisted iron door handle, she looked into the gallery one more time, and her body seemed to completely shut down.

It's not possible. There was simply no way that of all the places in the entire world, he had to be there. The last she'd heard, Evan was packing up and moving out of the galaxy just to get away from even the idea that he may bump into her. But there he was, plain as day, leaning against the counter, talking with the blonde behind it. Immediately, her stomach twisted.

There was no mistaking him. He was an odd combination of three-piece suit and skin art. His go-to outfit of choice had always been a dress shirt topped with a waistcoat and a pair of worn-in jeans. He'd push the sleeves up to his elbows and almost never wore a tie with it, but something about the striking juxtaposition of his wardrobe choices spoke volumes about who he was as a person. Serious when life called for it, relaxed when it didn't. The tattoos that peeked out from under his linen shirts were an anomaly on their own, and yet, they seemed to tie him together perfectly. Colorful. Beautiful. Passionate.

Damn it.

Maggie's heart pounded. The anxious butterflies were gone, and in their place was a rollercoaster of fear and a blistering wave of nausea that threatened to turn into something out of The Exorcist. Why couldn't that gorgeous, dark hair have fallen out? Why couldn't he have at least gained a pound or twenty?

Her first instinct was to run, to say thanks but no thanks, turn toward her apartment, and hide under a cloaking spell. Maybe that was what she needed to do. Hide herself until he left. But then she would lose the job that she hadn't even started, and she'd be even farther behind the eight ball. No, she needed to put on the big-girl panties, go in with her head held high, and walk right past him.

She sucked a breath deep into her lungs, long enough to let it burn so that she could get her wits about her. Here it was, the moment of truth. There was no going back now. Her shaky hand reached out for the door again and ...

Smack!

Suddenly, the blonde Evan had been talking to burst through the door, sending it crushing into Maggie's face. She felt her nose crunch behind the glass and her feet lift out from under her. Before she knew it, her back smacked against the concrete sidewalk, and a slew of onlookers came to stand beside her.

"Holy shit, are you okay?"

Maggie held her nose, could feel the warm rush of blood as she looked up through blurry eyes. Everything was fuzzy, but as she felt large fingers hold a handkerchief to her nose, she instantly knew he was there.

"Maggie?"

She tried to open her mouth to speak, but the pressure in her head made her quickly shut it. Her vision was beginning to clear, and as it did, his face started to come more into focus. A pair of hazel eyes, surrounded by thick, dark lashes, looked down at her with a combination of pity and anger.

Way to go universe. Way to freaking go.

CHAPTER 2

"So that's her, huh?"

Evan jerked open the door to the break room freezer. Piece-by-piece, he tossed more ice into the Ziploc bag, doing his best to move around his boss's big body without bumping into him. He was so pissed, he was liable to punch all six-feet-five-inches of him in the mouth. All he could muster was a one word answer. "Yep."

"And she's the one that —"

"Yes." Evan let out an exasperated sigh as he replied, wrapping a dishcloth around the plastic.

"Hell, if I'd have known that, I wouldn't have hired her." Evan cut his eyes at Liam, who was fixated on his coffee cup.

Evan's jaw hurt. He grit his teeth so hard, he was shocked there was any enamel left. "I knew you were going to fire Bridget, but I didn't think you'd already hired for the position before we even had a chance to let her go. A good boss would have called her into his office, sat her down, maybe had a bit of an it's-not-you-it's-me moment instead of casually dropping that he needed to can her before the shop opened. That you walked by and told her that her replacement would be in any minute is grounds for her probably coming back with a grudge and a shotgun! And of all the people in this entire town that would give a nut to work here, you hire her. Her!"

"First of all, you need to lower your voice," Liam replied, closing his hands together in front of his mouth. "There's no need to get loud about it. I saw a need. I filled it. And secondly, the last time I checked, um, I owned this place." He paused and sipped his coffee. "Hey, quick question, though. If she's so psychic and all, how come she didn't see that coming? Am I right?" He chuckled and lifted his hand up for a high five, but Evan left him hanging. "Fine, be like that," he said as he lowered his arm. "In my defense, though, I never met her before, so it's not exactly like I knew who not to hire. You said her name was Maggie. Sue me if I didn't put two and two together when a Margaret applied for the job."

"Well, the last time I checked, I was sinking half of my paycheck into a partnership," Evan retorted as he snatched a bottle of Motrin out of a cabinet.

"True," Liam replied. "If there's going to be a problem, I'll send her on her way."

Evan's heart skipped a beat at the idea. "Really?"

"No. She comes highly recommended." Liam sipped his coffee again. "Besides, whatever issues the two of you had, I'm sure that you can get over them. A year is a long time to be angry about it. I mean, unless she turned you into a newt or something. That's sort of thing stays with a man."

"I love how you can casually drop that into conversation," Evan said. He tucked the Motrin under his arm, nudged open the fridge with his boot, and grabbed a Dasani before gently kicking it shut. He could kick himself in the ass right about now for spilling the beans about his ex-girlfriend Maggie's special gifts to someone as open-minded as Liam. Most people would have laughed it off, but oh no, not him. He bought it hook, line, and sinker. "You realize you have to keep that you know about her a secret; otherwise she's liable to flip out."

"Flip out in a sexy, Sandra Bullock Practical Magic way, or like that scary Goth broad in The Craft?"

Evan pointed a finger at him. "Don't. Say. Anything. We may have parted poorly, but I promised I would never say anything about what she is. It won't matter that I was donkey-ass drunk when I let it slip."

Liam took a finger and crossed it over his heart. "You have my word. Anything else I'm not supposed to tell my new employee?"

Evan stopped at the door and stared at Liam. "Don't tell her how I got here." He turned to leave but stopped again. "Oh, and I have a nine thirty with Meredith Capshaw. Could you watch for her and let me know the second she steps in the door? She's incredibly anal."

Liam started to laugh until Evan shot him a stern look. He lifted his hands and backed out of the kitchenette, making his way to the front of the shop.

This was all Bridget's fault. Had she not asked for that ridiculous raise, then it wouldn't have been denied, and she wouldn't have stormed out. Had she not clocked Maggie six ways to Sunday with an inch-thick glass door, maybe she would have walked on by and not even noticed him. But that wasn't the case. Even out of the corner of his eye, before she stepped foot in the gallery, he felt her there. The overwhelming fear and excitement that came from seeing the one person that could literally crush his heart into a thousand pieces and glue it back together with just one look settled into his belly. It nearly made him sick until he saw red hair and legs fly back onto the pavement.

Evan had to steady his nerves before walking upstairs. His studio apartment was tucked away above Liam's office, and it was the only place they thought to put her. After Maggie's nose had been all but crushed, he didn't think twice about scooping her up and taking the stairs two at a time to get her comfortable. After the bleeding stopped, that's when the anger kicked in.

"Let's get this over with," he said as he pushed the door open. Her head was leaned back on the arm of the leather couch, that mass of red hair draping almost to the floor. He couldn't tell if her skin had gotten softer and paler or if it was just the blood loss.

"Here," he said, holding out the ice, the pill bottle, and water. "I brought you these. Figured it could help with the swelling until you can get home and take care of it."

Maggie blinked a few times and slowly sat up. Her pretty face was smudged with caked blood, and her nose was beginning to look like a Bozo prop.

"Thank you," she said. Her voice was muffled and nasal.

"Sorry about your ..." Evan made a round motion toward the center of her face. "It doesn't look very comfortable." He sat on the arm of the opposite side of the couch. "Bridget has a habit of acting first and thinking second. Pretty much why she got let go."

She breathed in a few times, and damn it, his eyes drifted to her chest. Her neckline wasn't so low that it was obscene, but the black dress she was wearing looked like something she'd snagged out of her sister's closet. Either that, or she'd just changed that much in the last year. The Maggie he knew looked great in anything, but she was adorable with her bare feet in jeans and a tight T-shirt.

Drop your balls and act like a professional, Evan.

"So," Evan said as he shoved his hands into pockets of his jeans, rocking back on his heels, "you're the new receptionist." Jesus, why was he trying to make small talk?

She nodded without looking up. Her nose was so swollen, he knew it had to be painful. Why she hadn't fixed it yet was beyond him. The fact that she actually took the Motrin he offered her and was nursing it with the ice pack was starting to annoy him.

"Why don't you use your ... thing?" he blurted out.

A ginger eyebrow arched up at him.

"The thing?" Maggie asked from behind the ice pack. "It seems kind of silly referring to it as 'the thing.'" She put the ice pack down long enough to take a sip of water.

To say the pause that passed was pregnant was an understatement. It was overdue, heavy with triplets, and ready to pop at any given moment. He'd imagined what he would say to her if he ever saw her again, but everything was trapped on the tip of his tongue. Rather than open his mouth and let it eventually roll out, he turned on his heels and made for the door, but just as he reached for it, the question came out.

"Why?"

*
Talk about a loaded question.

Maggie tried to open her mouth, but the pain from her nose sluiced through the center of her skull. To hell with it, she thought. She drew the ice pack away from her nose and put her other hand over the tender, red flesh. A subtle glow of light came from behind her fingers, and in an instant, her broken, swollen nose was back to its normal, little upturned self.

"Better?" Evan asked.

Maggie inhaled big, the breath carrying with it the combination of clean linen and Acqua di Gio from Evan's shirt. On second thought, maybe she should have left her nose broken; then she wouldn't have to be inundated with the amazing way he smelled.

"So answer me." Evan's voice sounded like he pushed it through his teeth. "Why?"

"Which why are you asking me, Evan?" Maggie stood up. In her heels, she was still an inch shorter than he was.

"Here. Why are you here?"

She did anything she could to avoid meeting his eyes. Surveying the room, she looked at the wrought iron lamps that perched on an antique table, the walls littered with art work, Post-it notes, and tattoo magazine articles, the kitchenette equipped with an oversize mason jar full of silverware, and a coffeepot that was still on.

(Continues…)



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Love and Other Cosmic Nonsense 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
ZumbaMami More than 1 year ago
Take Bewitched, mix in a little Miami Ink For a Bewitching Debut – 4 Enchanted Stars Disclaimer: While I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author for an honest review, I enjoyed the book so much I purchased it for my ebookshelf. This lovers-reunited novella, found Maggie Owen accepting a job at the very tattoo shop co-owned by her ex-boyfriend, Evan Jackson. In a cosmically ironic turn of events, their reunion was the impetus they needed to face their strong feelings for each other and the reasons for their breakup. There were several naughty, but not overtly explicit, sex scenes, that pulled readers in, as Maggie and Evan’s personal barriers were torn down and their mutual desire heated up. They had to look past their surface attraction, to the deep feelings underneath and both learned to accept the other’s gifts, including Maggie’s magical connection. Annabel, Maggie’s sister and Liam, Evan’s business partner and friend, rounded out the cast and there were hints of a possible love match for Liam in future books. These secondary characters were even funnier and snarkier than the lead characters. My favorite quote was delivered by Annabel as she described Evan, “Maggie, the man looks like Aphrodite and David Gandy had a love baby. He loves art and building stuff. He likes puppies. He volunteers at a soup kitchen. His favorite movie is Love Actually for heaven’s sake.” (Marrow, A. D. (2014-03-24). Love and Other Cosmic Nonsense (Entangled Covet) (Kindle Locations 246-247). Entangled Publishing, LLC. Kindle Edition.) Who wouldn’t fall for a tattooed good boy, like that? My only note was that the story was too short. I know A.D. Marrow planned to continue the series but this reader would have enjoyed some flashbacks to the characters’ “meet cute,” “first date,” or “first sex scene.” The length did not detract from the story - I just wanted more! However, fans of Entangled books will be pleasantly surprised with at least one cameo from another author’s popular MMA fighter series. I look forward to Ms. Marrow’s future books and recommend Love and Other Cosmic Nonsense for those days when you need a short, sweet and funny happily ever after to curl up with on a cold or rainy day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love and Other Cosmic Nonsense by AD Marrow  This was a fantastic book. I was involved with the characters from the very first page. I love how their lives are intertwined even when they try not to be. Evan and Maggie try to tempt Fate and the cosmos and in the end Fate always wins. I love that Maggie has a secret and Evan is totally cool with it and accepts her for who she is.  One of my favorite things about this book is the dialog. It is extremely witty and fun. Its how you could see you and your friends talk in a relaxed setting. It's perfect. I recommend this book to anyone, even if paranormal isn't your cup of tea. You won't be disappointed.   I was given an ARC from the Author for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fun Quick read! enjoyed this book! It catches you on the first pages and entertains you till the end. It will make you laugh, has cute witchy magic, steamy loving, adorable characters and destiny, you can not run from it, it always finds you. I am looking forward to reading more about Maggie and Even and truly hope there will be a story on Liam and Annabel
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Breaking it off with her long-time non-magical boyfriend, Evan was for his own good. At least that's what Maggie Owen tells herself. After all, a witch and a human can have no future together. Her vision told her so. But now it seems the universe is exacting revenge for upsetting the balance of what "should be" and her heart is telling her she was wrong…. I adored this light paranormal read. It was a quick, sexy, and fun read. What I loved most was how snazzy and witty the characters were, without coming off as forced. I was able to read the book in a couple of hours because I could not put it down. The conflict was believable, the characters were spicy, and the story line was intriguing, but best off all it was filled with tons of humour. Well I was at least laughing my ass off. There was an epilogue that hinted at more stories to come, and I for one am very eager to read more of AD Marrows’ novels. 
Ebook-Chick More than 1 year ago
Magical Maggie Owen interpreted a vision incorrectly which lead to a year of hell for her and her ex-boyfriend Evan Jackson. Now the universe has intervened and thrown them back together. Can a witch and a mere mortal live happily ever after? Overall, LOVE AND OTHER COSMIC NONSENSE is a fun read filled with many laughs and heartwarming moments, and I’m looking forward to spending more time with A.D.’s wonderfully crafted characters.
Kim-S More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! Love and Other Cosmic Nonsense draws you in from the very first page. A.D. Marrow is wonderful at building characters that you love to love and hate to leave. Maggie and Evan get a second chance at love, will they take it? Will they make it? If you love short reads that pack a whole lotta living and romance in, you will love A.D. Marrow's Love and Other Cosmic Nonsense. I can't wait for Liam's story and more from this author. She is definitely on my "Authors To Watch List" I received a copy of Love and Other Cosmic Nonsense free from the author for a honest review.
rn-writes More than 1 year ago
Get ready to set aside some time, because when you open this little gem, you aren't going to want to put it down until the end. Wonderful debut release for an author I will be watching. I would love to see more about these characters, as well...wink-wink!
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
Good Book! Are you looking for a fun and magical novella? If so, then pick up a copy of Love And Other Cosmic Nonsense by A.D. Marrow. This is a quick read that will keep you entertained from beginning to end. Maggie and Annabel Owen are sisters with the magical ability of witchcraft. This story focuses on Maggie and the love of her life, Evan Jackson. Maggie and Evan were once in love and lust with each other. Then one day, Maggie had a vision which prompted her to end their harmonious and loving relationship. Maggie was just as miserable as Evan, although at least Maggie knew why they broke up, yet she never provided Evan with any kind of explanation. Evan's heart was broken. Now it is a year later and they are both putting their lives back together. Evan and his business partner Liam, who is also a good friend, own a upscale tattoo parlor/art gallery, an ingenious concept really. The tattoos that Evan creates ultimately become a framed piece of art. Unbeknownst to Evan, Liam has hired Maggie for their receptionist position. Seeing each other once again stirs up all the love and happiness they shared in the past. With a little magical intervention from Annabel, and some meddling from Liam, they finally get their happily ever after. This is a hot read that is sexy and fun. The characters are likeable, interesting and enjoyable. The references to the 1960s TV show Bewitched, put a huge smile on my face. Would love to read a follow-up story about Annabel and Liam, hint, hint.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ehaney578 More than 1 year ago
Evan and Maggie are meant to be together but Maggie has a “vision” about Evan’s dreams not coming true if she remains in his life. Maggie loves Evan so much that she would rather sacrifice their relationship—and her happiness—so he can achieve his dreams. Little does Maggie know that Evan’s dreams include her. What a crazy tale of magic, tattoos and love! This quick read shows us the pros and cons of self-fulfilling prophecy. It seems to do more damage than good. In this case, it did just that, but fate—and the cosmos—directed Maggie and Evan back where they needed to be: with each other.  I really enjoyed the book and absolutely loved Maggie and Evan. The secondary characters were exceptionally brilliant and I hope this storyline will continue in future books. There is so much here to work with that it would be a shame not to extend the story. I recommend this book to anyone who believes in love…and other cosmic nonsense :)
MelodyMay More than 1 year ago
I wanted to read Love and Other Cosmic Nonsense by A.D. Marrow, because the premise of the story just sounded fun. I mean you have a witch, Maggie Owen, who has a vision and ends up breaking up with her boyfriend, Evan Jackson. However, fate brings them back together to fix a wrong. All right, there was some cute moments in the story. However, the story could have been a little longer. I just felt that Evan and Maggie kind of rushed back into a relationship. Yes, they still had a chemistry, but just felt hurried. I think that if the reconnecting part could have been drawn out and develop more would have been better. I think it would have helped if there was a reconcile period to become friends then lovers would have been more of my taste.  However, it wasn't a bad read. Actually, the story had a lot potential and I'm curious on how the other stories will proceed with this series. So, if you are looking a really quick read, you can give Love and Other Cosmic Nonsense a try. 
MTSmith More than 1 year ago
***Received from Entangled Publishing for an honest review*** (This is a short story/novella. This review is not based on story length but story content as length has very little to do with how much I enjoy a book.) Maggie's got magical powers. Her boyfriend Evan doesn't. Maggie dreams of Evan losing everything if they stay together and does what any sensible witch would do--ends their relationship. Evan is broken. But with a little bit of help from the universe (plus two very concerned people), Evan and Maggie manage to work together at Evan's business, Purple Moon Studio, and find some things can't be altered by the universe or stars or dreams. Their love is as strong now as it was then, and they are happier together than they could ever be when apart. I really enjoyed the narrative of this story. There were so many tones and variations, each one unique depending on whose POV I was in. It made for laugh out loud, smirk-filled reading which made it a quick enjoyable story. Ms. Marrow's created a great cast of characters. My only question is: Will the next book involve Maggie's sister and Evan's business partner? Hmm...
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Love And Other Cosmic Nonsense - Cosmic Nonsense Series Author: A. D. Marrow Publisher: Entangled Publishing Published: March 2014 ISBN: 13-978-16266-516-7 E-Book ASIN: B00IQOC30C Pages: 69 Genre: Romance Tags: Paranormal, Fantasy, Witches Sensual Level: Overall Rating: Very Good Maggie Owen knew the cosmos was having a great big laugh at her expense. Hadn't she left Evan so that her visions of him loosing his dreams? Her world had fallen apart and she lost her healing clinic and home. Now here she sat on the ground outside of her new job with a broken nose and covered in her own blood with Evan standing over her with anger and pity in his eyes. Yeah the universe was definitely having a great big belly laugh. Evan could not believe it. It had been just over a year since Maggie had walked out on him with no reason. She broke his heart and here she was covered in blood with her nose broken. What had Liam been thinking when he hired HER as the new receptionist? He was no where near ready to face her again yet. Why was she working here instead of her clinic? The bigger question was why was she still sitting there in pain and bleeding rather than using her magic to heal herself? No she so can not work here! NO! NO! NO! "Love And Other Cosmic Nonsense" starts with a bang that has you totally believing that the universe sometimes just gets bored watching those silly humans thinking that they are the masters of their lives. Just to have a laugh and to show who is really in charge they decide to play a game of pool and we are the one behind the eight ball just waiting to be knocked around for their pleasure and enjoyment. This short novella is a fun read that will leave you chuckling and satisfied. The main characters use humor and quick wit as they circle around one another trying to protect themselves from further pain. Yet anyone can tell you the truth is you can not fight destiny. When Maggie walked away from Evan she challenged the Cosmos and the Cosmos was more than happy to pick up the gauntlet and ran with it. Silly woman never stood a chance.
Mennina1 More than 1 year ago
Maggie is a witch who received a vision that if she didn't break things off with her boyfriend that he would not be successful in life. And it would all be her fault. Not wanting to hurt Evan as she loved him she leaves him and she just can't seem to function or hold a job. Then she accepts a job as a receptionist for a tattoo parlor and runs into Evan there who is part owner. She finds out she just isn't over him. Evan can't believe his eyes when Maggie walks through the door. He couldn't believe that she left him and no has to protect his heart against her again. Cute book where the main characters are fighting their feelings and the antics that come with them fighting it. It adds an interesting element with Maggie being a witch. I wish I could stop time! Great book. I was given a copy of this book for my honest review.
cattouch More than 1 year ago
Maggie had a vision(she's a witch) and because of it she broke up with Evan (an artist). Its a year later and her life and career have totally fallen apart. She just starts a new job only to find out Evan will be a co-worker. "These are two lost souls who desperately need each other but have been trying to survive apart.. Good characters, Maggie is adorable and so earnest, Evan is a wounded sexy hero. The secondary characters are really interesting too....hope its the beginning of a series...highly recommend it
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
I was fortunate to receive this book in exchange for an honest review.   This story is delightfully charming, a bit whimsical.  Maggie broke up with Evan because of a vision she had, even though she broke her heart in the process.  Maggie is quite the character, sappy romantic with a very smart and sarcastic attitude.  Evan just seems to be perfect, a little polished with a rugged appeal.  I enjoyed this quick story and loved even more the special appearance of Reid Andrews from Gina Maxwell's Seducing Cinderella!
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Maggie Owen had made a mess of her love life. You would think a witch would be able to get it right. She left Evan so that he could accomplish his dream. Now neither of them is happy. What cosmic nonsense! A year later she's working for him and his partner. Their attraction is still there. It's buried by hurt and regret. Can they find their love again? A.D. Marrow has written a humorous and sexy paranormal. The dialogue is snappy and the characters are engaging. Maggie and Evan are perfect together. They may fight and bicker but you can feel their love. The secondary characters are charming. I love Annabel, Maggie's sister, and Liam, Evan's partner. They were the perfect matchmakers. Love and Other Cosmic Nonsense will make you smile.
angelblue-240 More than 1 year ago
Our heroine Maggie is a witch and had broken up with the love of her life the year before because of a vision she had. In it she believed that if she stayed with her uber hot tattoo artist boyfriend Evan, she would be responsible for ruining his life. Well unfortunately for Maggie she has misinterpreted her vision and the universe is set on punishing her for it. After her life falls apart Maggie finds herself jobless and living with her sister. Things are starting to look up for her when she lands a job at a local tattoo and art gallery, but what she doesn't know is that Evan is co-owner of the gallery and now her boss! Evan can't believe that Maggie is back in his life. As they spend time together at work they both quickly realize that they still love each other. However Evan doesn't know if he can risk his heart (and understandably so) on Maggie again. I loved this story! I can't believe how fast I blew through it. It was a sweet, sexy and fun story and I look forward to reading more books by A.D. Marrow in the future. Which on that note, I hope Liam's story will be told soon. *hint hint* :D So if you are looking for a quick, feel good read that ends with you happily sighing, then I highly recommend Love and Other Cosmic Nonsense. *I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
Love & Magic galore!  This was a quick enjoyable read that I'm so glad I picked up! Love & Magic galore! I had no idea what to expect when I picked this up; I'm very happy to report that I was swept away from the beginning as it was truly an entertaining, hilarious read!  Evan is a non-magical tattoo artist who is still reeling a year after Maggie had broken up with him for no reason. He is trying to start over in a partnership with his friend when his friend hires Maggie to run their office.  Maggie is a cute & quirky witch who made the difficult decision to break up with the love of her life a year ago because of a vision she had. She was just trying to save him but has lost herself in the process. Now she's trying to start over. I have to share just a snippet...Evan, our tortured hero, compared his broken heart as being the equivalent of having a Mack truck backed up over his ball sac. Oh my! I loved the chemistry between the characters. I have always been a huge fan of witchy TV shows... and this reminded me of an updated Bewitched. I laughed over and over and was utterly captivated by the story. Be prepared for a few surprising twists too! I will be looking for more from this author! This was a quick enjoyable read that I'm so glad I picked up! 5 STARS! 
Sami_Creech More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderfully fresh quick read. I love Maggie she is a witch who tries ot be normal as much as possible her and Evan are a wonderfully combustible pair. Have you ever met someone who just made you want to scream and kiss them all at the same time well that is Maggie and Evan in a nutshell Maggie broke both their hearts when she called their relationship off but the Fates had another thing in mind it brought them n=back together in an explosive kind of way. To find out more you will have to read the book ¿
MichelleMI16 More than 1 year ago
It was a short but sweet book. I enjoyed reading this book, it was different. Cannot wait to read more from this author.
mysticrosetiger More than 1 year ago
This book was a short but good read. Maggie and Evan story is cosmic disaster turned happily ever after, with a little help.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book of AD Morrow's that I have read. It was a smashing beginning for me. This book is about my favorite type of paranormal. Witchcraft! I loved watching shows like Bewitched and Charmed and movies like The Craft. So it was fun not only to read a book that showcases this supernatural talent, but also references some real classics! AD has a real talent when it comes to putting a book together. This is a short read, but she ties things up nicely between the main characters, Maggie and Evan. I am not usually a fan of short reads because there is not enough time for the main characters to meet, fall madly in love and also have a bit of controversy. But in this case, the two knew each other first which offered them the opportunity jump into a story without having to wade in gently with drawn out explanations. When done correctly, you can shorten a story and come out with a fun, quick and sexy read. Kudos to AD for this accomplishment. Looking forward to more from this author!!
gigiluvsbooks More than 1 year ago
Breaking it off with her long-time non-magical boyfriend, Evan, was for his own good. At least that's what Maggie Owen tells herself. After all, a witch and a human can have no future together. Her vision told her so. But now it seems the universe is exacting revenge for upsetting the balance of what "should be" and her heart is telling her she was wrong. Evan Jackson can't believe his bad luck. It's been a year since Maggie broke his heart, and now his business partner has hired her as their new receptionist. Fine, they need the help. But no way will he let her get close again. He can't take another heartbreak from the woman he still dreams about, even if it feels like there's still a magical pull between them. Being in the same building with Evan is a start, but it's going to take more than Maggie's special talents and a wink to get the hard-hearted bad-boy to see that love is really more than just cosmic nonsense and set the universe back into balance. Review: This is a great, quick, paranormal read by first time author A.D. Marrow.   The story had a fast pace that and an imaginative story-line, plus interesting characters to keep me reading after lunch (sneaking at my desk) to see what would happen to Maggie and Evan. This story is about Maggie, who breaks up with her boyfriend, Evan, after she has a dream/vision that she ruins his life, Maggie is a witch.  Little does she know it did ruin his life but in a way she did not imagine.  A year later Maggie's own professional and personal life is in shambles, she has lost her business and goes for a receptionist job.  Who else should be there, but Evan!  Evan has picked himself up and is now part owner of the tattoo/art gallery.  I thought the idea of the business was quite ingenious.  Of course neither of them are really over each other and really do not do very well fighting their attraction, though their brains say they should.  After a night of passion and Maggie telling Evan the truth on why she left him, things come to a head.   The story's epilogue leads us to believe there are more stories to come in this world and I cannot wait to read them. 4stars