Sunday, October 17, 2010

Motor City Fae by Cindy Spencer Pape- A Beginning

Motor City Fae 
Cindy Spencer Pape
Carina Press

Detroit artist Meagan Kelly has had a strong sixth sense all her life, but that doesn't mean the gorgeous stranger's crazy story—that she's a half-elf, half human heiress—is true. But Meagan can't deny the evidence of her own eyes—he's Fae. A tall, blond, handsome, pointy-eared elf—and a man she just can't get enough of.

Ric Thornhill's assignment just got a lot more complicated. The more time he spends with Meagan, the harder it is to see her as a political tool to prevent an all-out war between humans and Fae.

Now Meagan's in a race to master her newly released powers in time to prevent the conflict, convince a jealous Queen not to strip Ric of his powers, and find out if she can build a life that straddles two worlds.

Book I of Urban Arcana

Take one immortal fae bard, add one artist with a half fae bloodline and throw in political intrigue from Underhill and drop them all in modern day Detroit. The elements all combine to make one fantastic reading experience.

Meagan is a woman who is on her own. She’s done all right for herself and she’s one lucky lady. She had a wonderful mom and dad and she’s got friends who really care for her. Plus her painting is finally paying for itself. You know the phrase, ‘Everything is coming up roses’? Well it takes on a whole new meaning in this story. I like the strength Meagan displays throughout the story, even while her world is being reshaped into something she doesn’t recognize. The story moves at supersonic speed, the action intense and furious at times, but then everything is covered, addressed and unveiled right where it needs to be and it kept my interest from the very first paragraph. In fact, after I was done with the story, I re-read the prologue and a little light bulb went off. It made me giggle like the strange character in her dream.

Ric is more than he seems and less than he should be. By that I refer to what he is by human standards versus his place in his own society. He acts like a noble and a rake and he’s a delight. I enjoyed his personality, his friendships and his humor. I also enjoyed his slow tumble into love with Meagan. It’s bittersweet for him because he has no idea how it could even survive. His internal conflict is his wanting to love her so bad, what would he have to give up should he admit to it? It’s sweet, romantic and never falls into maudlin drama. He’s assertive, proud and capable, and he trusts Meagan. That trust between them gets put to the test.

When Ric and Meagan do get together finally, it’s volcanic passion, enthusiastic abandon and most definitely delightful. The secondary characters are varied and each plays a role to further a reader’s insight into the main characters or further the plot. There’s even a hint or two that Elise, Meagan’s friend, and Aidan, may have a very interesting history whose ending has yet to be written. The antagonists are political adversaries and they play dirty. Just how far they’d go kept me turning the pages. The suspense and drama, the descriptions of their attitudes and beliefs made for excellent villains.

Motor City Fae grabbed me by the throat, and refused to let me put it down. I was totally enthralled by the hero and heroine, and the fast pace kept me engrossed in the story so that time flew and the ending came faster than I expected. It has a happily ever after that would satisfy any romance reader. There are many terrific moments of inside jokes, pop-culture references that I laughed at and a fantastic interaction between Meagan and Ric which proved to me that their ‘ever after’ would truly be a long and happy one.

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