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How steamy is it? Simmering

Publisher's Summary

Even the most powerful tracers can't track you if the magical trace you leave behind is too old. But I can track almost anything, even dead trace. That makes me a unicorn, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, and the Loch Ness Monster all rolled into one. In a word, I am unique. A very special snowflake. And if anyone ever finds out, I'll be dead or a slave to one of the Tyet criminal factions. Riley Hollis has quietly traced kidnapped children and quietly tipped the cops to their whereabouts one too many times. Now she's on the radar of Detective Clay Price, a cop in the pocket of a powerful magic Tyet faction. When he blackmails her into doing a dangerous trace for him, Riley will have to break every rule that keeps her safe. Or become a Tyet pawn in a deadly, magical war.

©2014 Diana Pharaoh Francis (P)2016 Bell Bridge Books

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Promising new series! Credit used with no regrets.

If you could sum up Trace of Magic in three words, what would they be?

Intriguing, different, racy

What did you like best about this story?

As my first experience with Diana Pharaoh Francis, I'm thrilled that she was able to take a potentially beaten-to-death premise of a magic-laced modern world and unveil a fresh new take on it.

The plot and themes of magic unfold very well throughout the story. The characters aren't just archetypal pawns, either. Francis has done a good job fleshing them out with an entire series in mind. The character development is steady and doesn't seem too forced, and I found Riley, the main character, to actually be likable. A couple of my recent listens made it impossible to care if the characters—let alone the main one—just burst into flames. This one was refreshing and fun.

Francis did a great job ending the book while keeping it open. To me, that means she trusts her readers and writing ability enough to keep a series going.

**Note: If you can't handle graphic sexual content, you can easily fast forward through it. This is an adult-oriented book, sure, but sex isn't the focal point of the story. Oh, and you might want to rethink listening if: 1) you're looking for something that redefines a genre or deconstructs societal norms or 2) you're offended by swearing, I guess.**

What about Elizabeth Phillips’s performance did you like?

Everything. This is the first book I've listened to with her as the narrator. I think I'm in love. She has a nice character range, volume consistency (no inaudible whispering or surprise screeching), and an incredibly digestible voice. It was easy to imagine that Riley was the one speaking.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

No. This could easily be warped into a horrible movie with a vacant, libido-driven main character thrown into action scenes, so please just read the book. The book is good.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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A good adventour for those who love possiblities

If you could sum up Trace of Magic in three words, what would they be?

Great Story Line

What other book might you compare Trace of Magic to and why?

I would compare this to the David Eddings Wizards First Rule. I would also say the Laurell K. Hamilton's first few books before she forgot how to right a story and went straight into Porn.

What about Elizabeth Phillips’s performance did you like?

She was excellent. I have a lot of audio books, but I love Elizabeth's performance. The men sounded like men the women sounded like woman and the story line flowed so smoothly.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

So many authors cope out with a story line that is a good hook and then they provide little substance and a lot of sex. Although there is a little sex in this book, the key focus is the story line and how it plays out.

Any additional comments?

I want to wait for the other books in this series so that I can finish the whole story line. I might have to purchase the hard covers so that I can see how things are going to work in the future.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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I enjoyed the story but...

I felt like the most important thing to the main characters was figuring out if the other person really loved them. I thought the plot had more going for it than love turmoil and it kept coming up in the middle of really interesting and exciting moments. It made it hard to enjoy the action.

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Surpassed All Expectarins!!!!

Best paranormal Romance since laurell K Hamilton without all the multipartner sex, Faith Hunter who is my all time favorite, Kim Harrison, and Patricia Briggs. This Author is on instant download from now on. She really is going to go far wuth this series. This book has it all. Plot was unique and I listened to it all at once. couldn't wait to find out what happened next. Riley is a tough heroine that has a good heart. Along comes our hero who is a good cop but has dealings with some bad people. reminds me a little of mafia but with magic everywhere. Most definitely credit worthy but I would have spent the money for this listen. I can not wait to see how this series grows. narration was perfect for this book and the few sex scenes were hot. like I said this book has it all. If you like paranormal romance this is your new favorite Arthur. Happy Listening.

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This is a great book - IF you are 13 years old.

I really struggled to finish this as it was very sappy and obviously was a young girl's fantasy book. I kept rolling my eyes and fast forwarding to get through the over long emotional wishy sections.

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  • Robin
  • United States
  • 10-30-17

Terrible

This was an unbelievably boring, repetitive and annoying book. I purchased it because a review blurb was from an author I like. Big mistake! Dealing with the narrator's pronunciation of didn’t as did-nit was mind numbing. The male lead turned into a whining baby and the female lead constantly asked silly questions every time there was a struggle. Then the story inconsistencies just compounded my misery. Advice…spend the credit on something that has actually been through a competent editor.

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Pleasant Surprise, Why to go Diana!

I have already downloaded the next book in the series... I am hooked and eager listen to the next book... well worth my credits!

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  • Bethany
  • Cranston, RI, United States
  • 07-18-16

Riley

Excellent new series, I am looking forward to listening to book 2!! i cant wait to see Riley show what she can do!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Eyeroll!

The main character in this story is one of those annoying female characters that is always in a state of emotional turmoil. I like the story but the thoughts of the main character was just too infuriating. Every plot shift requires twenty minutes of idiocy

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OKSORTA

Good idea, good story, but the choices driving the storyline indicate a character who is very immature and valuing personal pride at the expense and safety of herself and loved ones. Had the authoress involved this character flaw in her character's internal monologue the story could have engaged me as a reader and had me in her corner rooting for her. Instead every new direction the story took frustrated me with the desire to stop reading. I will probably decide not to pay full price for any others in this series.

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  • Ann_A
  • 02-24-18

Potential was great but average in end

Narrator was great, but although storyline was sold as strong heroine, she kept doubting herself and always wanted hero (Price) to prove himself. She suprised me with sassy replies when confronted by others but internal dialogue was a mess....heroine needs more backbone. Not sure if I will listen to next book but story had so much potential I might give it a go to see if Riley develops.