She thought he hated her. He thought she was too good for him. Fate proved them both wrong.
Lexi Adams suffers from extreme job dissatisfaction. The only things she finds challenging are the sexy IT guy and the on-line erotic romance novel she discovers, starring her spitting image. Unfortunately, the man is insufferable, and the novel only accessible at work.
Ric Ackart, head of the IT department, is aware Lexi's workload doesn't meet her potential. His surprise when he discovers what she's reading is compounded by the fact that the novel's leading man shares his face and the name he left behind when he moved to the States.
The mysterious book gives the two an excuse to give in to their explosive chemistry, but it takes a good friend, an ancient deity, and a touch of magic, to accept the gift fate has thrown their way.
About the Author
Sotia loves romances with a twist and urban fantasy novels, always with vivid erotic elements. Her favorite characters to write are not conventional hero-material at first glance, and she enjoys making them fight for their happiness.
Sotia shares her life and living quarters with her husband, their son, and two rescue dogs, one of which may be part-pony. Sappy movies make her bawl like a baby, and she wishes she could take in all the stray dogs in the world.
Also, she hates mornings!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Magic at work was a really cute funny read. The two main characters, Lexi and Ric, are well written and completely likable. I found Lexi witty and funny, definitely a smart cookie. Ric is very sweet and cute. Almost a little too cute. I would like to seen a bit more of his bad boy persona come through. Their back and forth banter was snarky and full of snappy comebacks. The sex between Lexi and Ric is steamy hot without being over the top smutty. Best sex scene hands down was the broom closet but my absolute favorite part of the book is what Edmund finds in Lexi's shower. Oh the embarrassment, oh the humiliation, oh I could NOT stop laughing. Sorry, no spoilers here. If you want to know you'll have to read the book. I did however, found myself confused over Edmund. He is supposed to be an older person but to me I felt he was written someone younger than I perceived him to be. But other than that I found the secondary characters were quite charming. I really feel the need to mention the cover. It's what really drew me in to read Magic at Work. I Love the cover! I found it very sexy and playful at the same time. I even did a double take on the @ symbol in place of the word 'At'. I good cover I think really makes the book and this cover really did it for me. I know this book is classified as erotica. however, author Sotia Lazu manages to present the story line (interlaced with steamy sex) without it having come out all smutty. If you're looking for a fun read, Magic At Work was definitely a great way to pass the afternoon. I received this book from JeepDiva in exchange for my honest review. The opinions and rating of this review are solely mine and in no way was I compensated. Stars - 3.5 Flames - 4
*** This review is based on a copy provided by the author. *** THE SHORT: Definitely recommend this funny, light-hearted ROMcontemp with an unusual PNR twist. A welcomed change from the overly angst-ridden stories flooding the market of late, I think that “Magic at Work” will appeal to a wide range of romance lovers—so long as they can handle the smokin’ erotic moments. *wink* THE LONG: I could’ve read “Magic at Work” by relatively new author Sotia Lazu in one sitting if not for RL and some other interruptions. Well-written with a style which resonated with me, I was immediately drawn into the story. Much of that had to do with the naturalness of the dialogue; while reading, I could “hear” the conversations in my head and could easily imagine my friends and me having similar ones. Although the likable MCs are in their mid-20s, I could relate to them because either I went through the same phase or their realistic behaviour and uncertainties applied across a wide age range. Moreover, while they seem “young” sometimes, both characters possess maturity appropriate for their ages (read: no real TSTL moments). And I thoroughly enjoyed reading a book without the tropes of an abusive past, hateful or negligent parents, back-stabbing friends, and/or vengeful exes. (Oh, and sorry, no suave billionaire either.) So what’s the problem and whence the conflict? Well, seems that both Lexi and Ric suffer from the “once burned, twice no effin’ way” syndrome. Unfortunately, for them, they also suffer from an instantaneous, nearly irresistible attraction to each other. Lexi fights it much more than Ric but then, she may have more reason for her stubborn denial. Plus, it serves as the vehicle for the emotional back-and-forth between these two. May seem fairly simple but Ms. Lazu took that basic premise, added a splash of paranormal, and produced a book which had me chuckling, snorting and laughing at multiple points. [hidden spoiler removed for B&N] Oh and the creative sex scenes… *fans self in memory* Just so there’s no confusion… There’s no last minute hurdle to overcome. The MCs work through their differences, and there’s a definite HEA. (That’s not a true spoiler because we pretty much expect that in a romance, yes?) So “Magic at Work” is more about <i>how</i> Lexi and Ric get past their misunderstandings and bickering to reach their HEA. Of course, there’s also their erotic encounters along the way and the clever, steamy “story within a story” role a certain on-line erotic novel plays in their relationship. ____________________ Note: This last bit is just me… I did notice some edit/proof stuff and had funky italics in Chapter 15 (but could’ve been my device). Also, kinda wished Ric had been more masculine (for lack of a better term); I don’t like my males to get teary too often. ^_^