When These Worlds Collide
Cecelia Hewitt has lived her whole life in the land of the fae, and she dreams of a future with her childhood sweetheart, Marcus Thorne. When Marcus is called upon to dwell in the human world, it means leaving Cecelia behind and breaking both their hearts...
More Than Sparks May Fly
Marcus was groomed for leadership in the land of the fae, but now that he has found his human parents, he will inherit his father's title and position in the British tonand he will marry a human. As love and passion continue to burn between Cecelia and Marcus, the question remains: Can two people fated for different worlds find one to share?
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Cecelia leaned back against a tree and waited. He would arrive soon. He'd grown later and later each night for the past sennight, but he would come to meet her. She was certain of it.
His bulk settled beside her and the heat of his body chased away the chill of the cold, dark evening. "You came," she said. She wrapped her arm through his and leaned into his shoulder.
"Yes," he replied, but he didn't look her in the eye. "I'm here."
"Is something wrong?" Cecelia unwound her arm from inside his. He didn't stop her.
He ran a frustrated hand through his unbound hair. He never wore a queue when he was in the land of the fae. Instead, he let his hair fall softly around his face and often tucked it behind his ears. "No. Nothing's wrong."
Cecelia stretched her legs out in front of her and waited for him to do what he normally did. She waited for him to lie back with his head upon her thigh and look up at her as though she was the most important thing in his world. But he didn't. He just sat there beside her, his hands clenched in front of him.
She laid a hand upon his arm. "Talk to me, Marcus," she urged. They'd been best friends for as long as she could remember. And he'd never been this reserved. He'd never avoided her gaze. He'd never shut her out.
"I received word from my father today." His shoulders slumped as he turned to face her. "He wants me to succeed him."
Cecelia laughed. That was impossible. "But doesn't he know you have responsibilities here?" She laughed again. Because it was quite a laughable topic. The very thought of Marcus leaving the land of the fae was ridiculous. "You told him no, right?"
He reached out to touch the side of her face, his hand shaking as he let his thumb trace her lower lip. "I'm going."
She pulled back, gripping his wrist to push his hand down. "What?"
"I'm going to their land. I don't have a choice."
Cecelia's heart pounded in her chest like a team of runaway horses. "I don't understand."
"My parents want me to be there. There's a lot I don't know about being a viscount and my father's holdings. I need to learn."
"But what about his oldest son? Isn't his name Allen?"
"I'm the oldest son. Allen is a year younger than I am."
"But he's been groomed to become a viscount."
"But I'm the oldest son. We're all going to be introduced to the ton as their children. They're going to claim us."
Marcus had always wanted a family. His grandmother and grandfather had raised them all, but he'd spoken often of how he wanted a mother and a father. Now he had them, apparently.
"So, you'll go there and take care of your duties and then you can come back." Hope bloomed within her, but only for a moment.
He took a deep breath and closed his eyes, wincing as he said, "I'll be expected to marry outside the fae, to produce an heir and a spare, as they say."
Cecelia gasped. "They said that?"
He shook his head and the viselike grip of fear on her heart eased a bit. "They didn't say that. I said that. I need to dedicate myself to their way of life. I need to learn how their world works. I'll need to marry a human."
She bit back a gasp. "No, Marcus..." she began.
But he just shook his head and held his hands out as though in surrender.
"You're giving up the life of the fae?" He wouldn't do such a thing. It was too much a part of his being.
"Probably not entirely. Sophie and Claire still go on missions. But they're not the eldest son. I'm simply afraid it's going to take too much of my time. I have a lot to learn." He reached for her face again, but she caught his hand and shoved it aside.
She looked into his brown eyes. He wasn't avoiding her gaze right now. But he was done. She could tell. He'd made his decision. He hadn't asked her to go with him. He hadn't asked her to marry him. He hadn't asked her to wait for him. He hadn't asked for anything. And that was because he didn't want anything. Not from her.
"I wish you the best, Marcus," she said, her voice no more than a whisper to her own ears.
"Cece," he breathed. He reached for her again. His head lowered toward hers.
"No," she said. She turned her head at the last minute and his lips grazed her cheek.
"Cece," he pleaded, his mouth still pressed to her cheek. Hot, moist breath rushed against her skin. "Please don't be angry."
She wasn't angry. She was furious. And hurt. Damn it all, she'd dreamed of a life with him. But it wasn't going to happen. And she refused to beg. "I'm happy for you," she said. "I know you've wanted to connect with your parents for a long time. I hope life in their world is everything you're hoping for."
"Cece," he breathed. His voice cracked. "Please don't hate me."
She couldn't possibly hate him. Not when she loved him as much as she did. She got to her feet and walked away.
"You have to try to see things from my point of view, Cece," he called to her retreating back.
"I highly doubt I could shove my head that far up my own arse, Marcus," she called back.
He groaned and flung himself on the ground. She kept walking.
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THE MAGIC BETWEEN US by Tammy Falkner is an exciting Regency Historical Paranormal Romance with a magical twist, set in the land of the Fae and England. This is Marcus Thorne and Cecelia Hewitt. Two people fated from different worlds, Cecelia from the Fae world, Marcus, has human parents, who want or need him to take his position within the British ton. When, two worlds conclude,sparks fly but can their love survive? Filled with magic, passion, a bit of danger, romance and love. This is the continuing story of the Thorne family. I enjoyed learning more on Ronald, the troublesome gnome. An entertaining story with some witty banter, serious doubt, and dangerous rivalry. A must read for anyone who enjoys the magical world of the Fae, the Regency era, and the whimsical world of magic. CeCe, and Marcus has passion that burns hot, and a love that runs true. Well written with engaging characters, and a well thought out storyline. I look forward to the next installment. This was another enchanting story by Ms. Falkner. Not just a romance but a magical romance where magic grows stronger everyday. Received for an honest review from the publisher. RATING: 4 HEAT RATING: MILD REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Tammy Falkner brings readers the third book in her paranormal historical romance series featuring the fae. The Magic Between Us is essentially a Regency romance with a magical twist. Though these elements may be the forefront there is also the underlying themes of rebuilding trust and the effects of addiction. Falkner uses humor, as well as, some clever plot devices to get readers interested. Her characters are tender and sweet in this one and have eyes only for each other. A light, romantic romp in the ton! What I liked: One of the things I enjoyed about this book was the relationship between the main couple, Marcus and Cecilia. It was obvious that even though Marcus had left the fae world to pursue life as a Lord with his human family, he still loved Cecilia. Cecilia was hurt by Marcus but she still harbors feelings for him, even though her trust in him has faltered. That and family secrets try to keep these two apart, but in vain. I liked the fact that Falkner takes a different route with these two. Marcus isn't your typical English Lord. He isn't a rake and he has saved himself for the woman he loves, a rare trait. Cecilia is dealing with a terrible secret and doesn't want it to affect others she loves. A very interesting lead couple, not your average Regency story to be sure. The fae elements in this book, were well written, though perhaps not exactly the interpretation of the fae that I am used to. Being of Scottish descent I know a thing or two about the fae from the stories of my grandfather and I wasn't quite sure I agreed with how these fae characters were reacting to the situations Falker placed them in, until I decided to throw my pre-conceived ideas out the window. That's generally what I have to do when reading paranormal books and it worked for me here as well. After I got over that hurdle, I began to look at the fae in a different way and though it was different it certainly worked for this book and for the series, which I have really enjoyed. I always enjoy paranormal elements being injected into historical romance. It adds another dimension to the story that may have otherwise been run of the mill. Falker does a great job of balancing these elements against the romantic aspects of the book. She uses a lot of humor and some pretty hefty topics like addiction to pull that off. I thought she did an excellent job of showing the effects of addiction on families in this one. I liked the secondary romance between Ainsley and Allen as well. It wasn't quite as sappy as Marcus and Cecilia and gave readers another romantic couple even though they were technically in the background of the story. All of the characters were well drawn and their stories were important to the overall theme of the book. If a person were reading this one as a standalone there may have been a bit of confusion here and there with some of the backstories, but I don't think it was enough to overshadow the book. What I didn't like: This is just a personal thing and not something the author did wrong. I liked the main characters, but they were a bit too sappy for me. They were all love and roses in regard to each other. The conflict of the story was definitely external. They were just too sweet. LOL... what a criticism! I just wanted at least one of them to have a little more bite to their character.
My heart broke reading how Cecelia lost her childhood sweetheart and true love to his family duty. Her life went from happy, with a promising future to being trapped in a horrible home life. Not that Marcus is less miserable. He loves Celia and is torn by his need to do what it right by his family. A family he had not always know, but loves just the same. When the two cross paths again, wounds are reopened and their love reignited. Both Marcus and Cecelia are loyal, loving, and someone you would want to meet in real life. I really enjoyed their story and the sweet love they shared. Not that the heat is missing, so have no fears there. I love all things fae and when I saw this book I knew I had to read it. At the time, I did not realize it was part of a series and that I had not read the first two books. Thankfully, this read beautifully as a stand alone. While I am sure I probably missed quite a bit by starting here, it did not interfere with my enjoyment of the book. Funny thing is that not too long ago I did this it was with a shifter series that really tickled my fancy. In fact, as I was reading this I thought of that series because they are both historicals. It was not until more then half way through that it clicked that Tammy Falkner is AKA Lydia Dare, the author of those books. That made me chuckle. If you like fae, magical historicals and super sweet romances with some heat, this book is probably just the book for you.
Light, sweet, magical, and romantic, The Magic Between Us was a lovely read. It was wonderful and I really enjoyed reading it. Loved this book! Cecelia was a wonderful heroine. She holds a grudge against Marcus for leaving her and that might have bothered me, but she knew when to forgive. She was a sweet, likable character. The only thing I questioned about her was why she didn't tell Marcus of her problems at home before. He would have helped her if she had let him. Otherwise, I really liked her. Marcus was such a sweetheart. He originally leaves the fae world-and Cecelia-because he believes he needs to earn his family's acceptance. But, even so, he was still completely devoted to Cecelia. He was so sweet and wonderful and I adored him. The romance was lovely. Cecelia and Marcus were so sweet together. They had been in love with each other for years until Marcus' duty as a titled lord tore them apart. But, they were still a perfect match. And, there was definitely some hot chemistry between them. What I liked about that part of their romance was that both of them had saved themselves for each other. Yes, that means Marcus was a virgin, as well. I thought that was really sweet. In most historical romance, even if the hero isn't a rake, he's still experienced. But, in this one, since Marcus was in love with Cecelia for most of his life, he wasn't interested in any other woman. It made their relationship even sweeter. But, make no mistake, what they lack in experience, they make up for in enthusiasm. I really liked the secondary romance between Ainsley and Allen. I thought they were both great characters and the romance between them was very sweet. The plot was fast paced. I was hooked the entire way through. I really enjoyed the story and I thought the ending was perfect. The Magic Between Us was a lovely historical/paranormal romance. I loved this book! It was sweet, light, and full of magic and romance. Lovers of romance, this is a book you have to read. *I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review