Monday, December 10, 2018

Review & Giveaway: THE MAGICIAN'S ANGEL by Jordan L. Hawk (The Christmas Angel #3)

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Length: 27,000 words approx.
Cover Design: Meredith Russell

The Christmas Angel Series

Christmas Angel - Eli Easton - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Summerfield's Angel - Kim Fielding -  Amazon US | Amazon UK
Christmas Homecoming - L.A. Witt - Amazon US | Amazon UK
A Soldier's Wish - N.R. Walker - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Shrewd Angel - Anyta Sunday - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Christmas Prince - RJ Scott- Amazon US | Amazon UK


Vaudeville stage magician Christopher Fiend lives for the spotlight. His chance at big time stardom awaits him in Chicago, the next stop on the circuit after the little town of Twelfth Junction.

Edward Smith wants nothing to do with his family's theater. Until Christopher catches his eye on opening night, then treats him to a very special performance during intermission.

When a dead body turns up in the middle of Christopher’s act, suspicion immediately falls on him. If Christopher and Edward can’t work together to clear his name, Christopher won’t make it to Chicago in time. Edward knows he shouldn’t get attached to a man who will be gone in two days, but his heart—and a very special angel—have other ideas.

The Christmas Angel series of holiday romances follow the travels of an angel ornament through the decades as she inspires (and sometimes nudges) lonely men to find their Happily Ever After. The Magician’s Angel is the third in series, which can be read in any order.

The Christmas Angel Series

In 1750, a master woodcarver poured all his unrequited love, passion, and longing into his masterpiece—a gorgeous Christmas angel for his beloved’s tree. When the man he loved tossed the angel away without a second thought, a miracle happened. The angel was found by another who brought the woodcarver True Love.

Since then, the angel has been passed down, sold, lost and found, but its magic remains. Read the romances inspired by (and perhaps nudged along by) the Christmas angel through the years. Whether it’s 1700s England (Eli Easton's Christmas Angel), the 1880’s New York (Kim Fielding’s Summerfield’s Angel), the turn-of-the-century (Jordan L. Hawk’s Magician’s Angel), World War II (L.A. Witt’s Christmas Homecoming), Vietnam-era (N.R. Walker’s Soldier’s Wish), the 1990’s (Anyta Sunday’s Shrewd Angel), or 2018 (RJ Scott’s Christmas Prince), the Christmas angel has a way of landing on the trees of lonely men who need its blessing for a very Merry Christmas and forever HEA.

Carra's Review

The Christmas Angel has now traveled to Iowa in 1910 as part of Christopher Fiend’s vaudeville magic act.  This time around we have a murder mystery, and honestly I’m not usually one to seek out whodunit stories.  But the author’s writing is strong and I was definitely kept guessing as to who the culprit was for most of the book.  

Christopher’s on-the-road life as a traveling vaudeville act means he’s not usually in one place for long…which makes it virtually impossible to form a solid, ongoing intimate relationship with anyone.  He loves the stage though—but finds conflict when he arrives in Twelfth Junction, Iowa and comes across Edward Smith.  Edward has no love for theater thanks to an event in his past, and he’s firmly ensconced in this town as an accountant, while his brother owns and manages the local theater at which Christopher will be performing.

Edward and Christopher have that spark together, that instant chemistry that’s not just physical.  But Christopher won’t be staying around since he’s getting ready to break into the big time with his act.  At least that’s what he’s hoping for if the murder of one of his fellow performers doesn’t derail his plans.  

Again being totally honest—I’m not a huge fan of mystery stories, so this one didn’t hold my attention on that front as tightly as I was hoping.  Not because the story wasn’t written well—the author is quite talented in that respect.  That part is totally a “me” thing with my genre preferences.  The relationship part though, for me that was spot on thanks to how well these two leads fit together, and how naturally their connection developed even given the extremely short window of time they had together…something that is not easy to do in a story of this length.  That along with the hot and sexy intimate scenes merited the 4-star rating I’m giving The Magician’s Angel, because I really did love Christopher and Edward together.  And yes, those scenes along with some adult language mean this book is meant for readers 18+.

About the Author

Jordan L. Hawk is a non-binary queer author from North Carolina. Childhood tales of mountain ghosts and mysterious creatures gave them a life-long love of things that go bump in the night. When they aren’t writing, they brew their own beer and try to keep the cats from destroying the house. Their best-selling Whyborne & Griffin series (beginning with Widdershins) can be found in print, ebook, and audiobook.

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