Ellaine Greene has a new man in her life, the famous magician Xander Hollatz. He's ripped, kind, and mysterious -- nothing like her ex-husband. He has even volunteered to perform at her aquarium's annual fundraising gala. But she's still having trouble leaving the past behind, especially when her ex shows up to beg for money.
Before the new couple knows it, someone's trying to break into Xander's mansion to steal the secrets of his many famous illusions. Ellaine's ex becomes their prime suspect. But maybe it's actually the up-and-coming street magician they've befriended. Or maybe it's even someone from Xander's mysterious past.
Whoever the thief is, if he uncovers and reveals the secret of Xander's newest illusion for the fundraiser, the event will be a disaster. Ellaine may lose her job.
And there's a still greater question: Is this feeling they share together just lust -- or is it something more?
Find out in this 74,000-word book, the second volume in the Sleight of Hand series.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is the second book in this series, so make sure you read the first before reading this one! And believe me, Xander alone is enough reason to continue reading these books! This book picks up where Private Performance leaves off. Ellaine and Xander are together, but can they stay that way? Ellaine deals with a lot of issues from her past and tries to combine her past and present in this story, and it’s understandably difficult for her. She is at risk of losing almost everything that means anything to her, including Xander. Can they make it work? Can the past be forgotten, or at least put to rest, so Ellaine can move forward in her life? The first half of this book had me as entranced as the first book, but somewhere in the middle something changed for me. What I liked about the first book was a bit lost in this one. Namely, the connection between the characters that I thought so fueled the first book. But, as I’ve thought about it more, I really think that maybe this is how it was supposed to be. Ellaine is losing her way a bit in this book and as the reader; I think we’re losing our way right along with her. One thing that I have enjoyed about this series is the realness of the characters. I actually thought they were very believable, including the circumstances in which they find themselves. I felt for Ellaine and her struggles. And Xander…Xander is a grade A book boyfriend. I’d like it if he could magically make himself appear in my house…in the bedroom…late at night after the kids are in bed…you get the idea. Overall, even with some of the changes in chemistry in this book I still really liked it, and thought it was a great compliment to book one! 4 stars. Reviewed by Sara Squared for Crystal’s Many Reviewers *Copy Provided for review*
3.5 Hot Stars! Private Performance and Repeat Performance should be read in order and actually read like one seamless book, so I am going to review them both as if they were one book. Private Performance is a 60 page short story/novella and Repeat Performance is a more of a full novel length at 269 pages long, so reading them back to back seamlessly makes the most sense (in my crazy mind). This was my first time reading Reese Galloway and I really liked her imagination, creative take on telling a story and her writing style. I will definitely be picking up another book of hers in the future. The Sleight of Hand series is different from anything I have read and I really enjoyed the journey this book took me on with the magic. Xander, our hero, is a magician and the reader gets to get up close and personal with how Xander works and get a sneak peak at some of his tricks while he is teaching Ellaine. I really enjoyed the magic in this book, it wasn't cheesy, it was fascinating. Private Performance introduces us to Ellaine and Xander and we get a taste of their personalities, their lives and the intense chemistry between these characters. Repeat Performance seamlessly takes the story that was started in Private Performance and takes off on a ride that had a few unexpected elements. I enjoyed this book. I liked the look behind the scenes at Ellaine's job at the Aquarium and I really liked the look inside Xander's world as a former famous magician. Reese Galloway did a great job laying out this story and giving the reader tension, temptation and great characters. Where this book lost me a bit was in all the side characters and secondary plots. The tangents seemed to over take the story at times (like the whole deal with the volunteer, the street magician and the old mentor guy) and left me feeling like I need more time with just Xander and Ellaine which I didn't really get towards the end. Overall, I really enjoyed this story. Xander alone made this story worth reading, he is a fantastic book boyfriend to add to your list! If you are wanting to read something different from the ordinary and dip your toes into falling in love with a magician (this isn't a fantasy, it is his job) then Private Performance and Repeat Performance would be a great fit for you. Reese Galloway is an Author I will be looking out for in the future, I can't wait to see what she comes up with next!