To make ends meet, Stacy decides to develop her special…powers. Everyone can use a touch of magic now and then, right? Soon she’s got clients lining up to receive her signature potions - until a few of them go awry.
Meanwhile, her own life has just taken a storybook turn: Leo North, the official 'One Who Got Away,' is back in town. Stacy’s best friends, Peach and Liv are more concerned about the state of her heart than the side effects of a few rogue magic spells. But someone with dark intentions is crossing magical wires all over Nodaway Falls, and those closest to Stacy are at risk.
Can Stacy conjure up a way out of this mess with her life - and maybe even her love life - intact?
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Overall Rating: 3.75
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 3.75
Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: That Touch of Magic had a strong second half and really great characters. I had fun!
Story Thoughts: That Touch of Magic was slow to start but had a very strong second half. The story did a kind of zigzag that kept you wondering exactly where Lucy March was heading. I did like that I couldn't quite predict where the story was going to end up or exactly how Stacy was going to get herself out of trouble. This read a bit more like an Urban Fantasy than a PNR which was both good and bad. I thought the action side of the story was good but the romance was a little lacking to me.
Character Thoughts: I really liked Stacy. She is a different kind of leading lady. She wasn't perfect by a long shot! She had spunk but that sometimes got her into trouble. She had gumption but that sometimes got her into spots that her mouth couldn't handle. She had magic but not control of it. In other words, she was just a normal girl that got thrown some pretty freaking crazy stuff! Leo was an OK leading guy. I actually liked him but it wasn't until the very end that I felt any chemistry between the two of them. I was actually more invested in the "bad guy". I do hope he gets a redemption story.
Narrated By Amanda Ronconi / Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
Amanda Ronconi is fantastic! I don't think I have ever been disappointed with her narration. If you get a chance to listen to her, make sure that you do!
Final Thoughts: I am patiently waiting for the next in the series. Overall these are fun and great to listen too!
Paranormal-urban fantasy book lover!
Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Molly Harper, but the writing styles are way similar. I enjoyed the first book and this book is no different. Instead of following Liv and her story we get to follow Stacy and her's. All magic going awry what's not to like. Some of it felt predictable but it was a good soft filler read. New characters are introduced and I am actually anxious to see who the next book will follow, Peach or Tobias maybe? I would love more on Tobias' background. Just hope it doesn't take as long to publish as this one did.
I think Lucy March is a solid writer and look forward to reading more of her books.
As always, anything Amanda Ronconi reads is gold, she was an excellent choice for this series.
Listen mostly to urban fantasy and suspense/thrillers but also enjoy mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy, romance, adventure, classic, modern, spiritual or general literature. And I always like a bit of romance in any of my stories.
The first book by Lucy March, "A Little Night Magic", was entertaining and I really enjoyed it, but it never reached the point where I was looking for excuses to keep listening. This second book in the Nodaway Falls series exceeds the first in every respect: character development, relationships, excitement and humor. The narration was spot on. If you're a fan of Amanda Ronconi you won't be disappointed. This is arguably her best performance of the books I've listened to.
I enjoyed this book. I pretty much love anything that Amanda Ronconi narrates but I especially love supernatural fiction, so how could you go wrong with this one.
I like to listen while driving to and from work and this book was easy to listen to over a week. It's a fun story with great personalities, great dialogue and a good effort in the 2nd in this series - I look forward to listening to more :)
I read someone else's review earlier tonight who listed all their favourite authors at the end of her reviews as that's how she likes to find new books to read (listen lol) - by others recommendations. What a great idea right?
So if you're looking for recommendations, here's what I would recommend...
Anything by Jeaniene Frost - top of the list is the Night Huntress series.
Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones
Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs
Naked Werewolf series, Jane Jameson series, Half Moon Hollow series - basically anything by Molly Harper!
Sookie Stackhouse - Charlaine Harris
Divergent series by Veronica Roth - awesome!!!
Garnet Lacey series by Tate Hallaway
White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland
The Grim Reaper Series by Judy Clemens
Anything by Richelle Mead but I really enjoyed the Dark Swan series, Succubus series and then vampire academy.
I fell in love with Amanda Ronconi when she read the Half Moon Hollow series by Molly Harper so I thought I'd try this series by a new author. Can't imagine that the print could be better. The narration just makes the story come alive and leaves me laughing out loud on the metro.
The writing styles of Molly Harper and Lucy March are very similar
She has a good range of voice and no one does sarcasm like she does.
if you like molly harper you will also like this author the book is good it and as always the narrator is awesome. The book will keep your interest even if it's not very deep i was able to listen all the way through but i did feel like it could have been a littler longer and more things could have happened.
"My test of a good book is dreading to begin the last chapter." - Thomas Helm
This book follows, A Little Night of Magic. The former main character is in the story but the main character focus is now on Stacy, one of Liv's 3 closest friends from the first book. It's just a funny, interesting and kind of mysterious at times. It's a fun read.
I'm new to Lucy March, but I am really loving her books. Waiting for more to come.
Amanda Ronconi brings something to EVERY book she narrates.
Yes, I listened to it in 2 days
Can't wait for more!
I'm a 30-something paranormal, mystery, and humor enthusiast. For me, the main character is the most important part of a book.
I like this story. I was glad to see more of Nodaway Falls and its characters. I would gladly listen to more.
*Disclaimer- this is narrated by Amanda Ronconi- my favorite narrator EVER
Overall... 5 star
Performance.... 5 star
Story... 5 star
Whoa, what an amazing, amazing book. Stacy and Leo...omg, they just broke my heart. There is so much incredible emotion in this book. Bravo, to Lucy March...you ROCKED the writing on this one!
Ten years ago, Stacy and Leo were completely and totally in love. Then he blew it. He got drunk and slept with someone else and ruined everything for both of them. When he told Stacy, she blew up. He left and decided to become a priest and never came back. Well now Stacy's brother, who just also happens to be best friends with Leo, is getting married to one of Stacy's best friends and Leo is back for the wedding...and NOT a priest. Stacy is devastated on so many fronts, but she still has her pride and is determined to never let him see it.
When Leo left, it devastated Stacy and she changed...and not necessarily for the better. She acted out and made choices. When those choices came out in the story, I literally was bawling. She has hurt so freaking much and works so hard so that no one ever sees it. She's tough and strong and just not the person you would think has all these incredible vulnerabilities. Seriously, I just wanted to curl up with her and give her a huge hug. And once she allowed Leo to see...bawling again. And the best thing about all that was how the author wrote it. If it had been up to Stacy, Leo would have never truly seen her pain and hurt, but she was willing to reveal that to help others. On the surface she's this selfish, shallow girl, but it's ALL just a ruse. Seriously, she's one of the most kind-hearted people willing to do WHATEVER it takes to save others who simply don't deserve anything...certainly not her sacrifice when they've been so awful to her.
And then there's Leo...he's so obviously still in love with her and so confused by why she won't even consider them anymore. He just doesn't get it and when he finally does, I fell in love with him. Throughout the entire book, little pieces of my heart broke off from page to page. I can't think of too many books where I was so emotionally shattered throughout the entire book for two characters.
But at the same time, the book is fun and entertaining. I loved the magic element and how that all played into the story. Although I will admit, I wanted to kick Nick, Stacy's brother, towards the end of the book. How could he turn on Stacy like that? Another example of just how strong she's had to be despite EVERYONE in her life that should be supporting and helping her.
This book was amazing. I enjoyed book #1 in this series and thought it was good, but this book so far surpassed that one. Seriously, so good!!! It absolutely works as a stand-alone and I HIGHLY recommend you read or listen to it.
The audiobook is fabulous. I've listened to a lot of Amanda Ronconi's narrations before, but she reached new levels of perfection in this one. Every single emotion and character is so easily identifiable from her inflections and accents. I don't think I would have gotten near the enjoyment out of the book reading it as I did listening to it just because she injected so much emotion into the characters' voices. It was just an incredible audiobook!!!
A magical love story
A nice upbeat tempo
A love story with a littke spark
Buy the set yoh will love them
"Ignore poor reviews"
I nearly didn'l buy this book because of some of the poor reviews. Actually it was a good storyline and I did enjoy it. The criticism of how dim witted the main character is ,is a tad harsh and it is very easy to be a know it all when you are on the outside looking in. Not a light book and it has a dark undertone that made it just a bit deeper than normal paranormal ' romance' . Worth a read ..... Yes
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