Wednesday, 4 December 2013

ARC Review ~ Midwinter Magic by Erica Ridley

Midwinter MagiceARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: 1st December 2013

Publisher: Intrepid Reads

After an eye-opening congressional hearing, former corporate shark Jack Morgan redirects his ill-gotten gains toward charity work. However, his attempts to bring holiday cheer to a Bolivian village meet with one disaster after another: canceled flights, crumbling luggage, implacable customs officials. His plans disintegrate further when he runs into a sexy tourist with . . . wings?

As Jack's guardian angel, Sarah Phimm has her work cut out for her. When his latest volunteer mission risks his life, she's forced to reveal herself to him—but only in part. She can't risk him knowing the truth. He's everything her immortal heart desires, but can never have. She soon discovers that keeping him safe amidst death bridges and tumbling telephone poles is far easier than guarding her heart.

My Opinion

I have been hunting around for Christmas novellas a lot at the moment, especially ones with romance as although they are slightly cheesy, they are normally feel good reads.So, when I saw a Christmas novella by Erica Ridley on NetGalley, of course I downloaded it. I loved her novel Charmed when she contacted me about a review so I was intrigued about this little novella.

Midwinter Magic for me was a slow starter. It took a long time for me to get into it and personally I felt it only started to pick up around the fifty per cent mark. I found the beginning to be very slow and repetitive with the same things being said over and over. It was like I was stuck in a cycle of "Jack wants to help," "Sarah wants to tell him and help other people but she can't break the rules." There was a lot of this repeated because the book was written like it was narrating their thoughts. Personally I would have liked more interaction with the character and more speech as I found myself skipping sections due to the repetitive nature.

However, saying that, at just over fifty per cent the book really changed and started to pick up.Erica returned to the playful style that I had become accustomed to in Charmed and I found myself hooked and finishing the novella in hardly any time at all. There were parts that made you smile, there was action and a trip to Nether-netherland which is always good in my books. There was a slight Christmas aspect but being set in Bolivia it wasn't the white Christmas I love in these types of books.

Overall it's a quick, easy read with a Christmas theme. It's what you would expect from a book like this and was enjoyable. 

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