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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Grown-Up Sundays #7: A Lady and Her Magic by Tammy Falkner

Happy Sunday :) 
Welcome to another "Grown-Up Sunday!"
This is my bi-weekly meme where I get to feature my favorite 'adult' reads (and reviews) with you!
This week's featured book is... 

Faerie #1
by Tammy Falkner
Release date: September 4th, 2012
Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca 
Genre: Adult - Romance, Historical Fiction, Paranormal (Faeries)
Format read: ARC


Rules Are Made to be Disobeyed...

Sophia Thorne is new to the Regency's glittering high society, which resembles her magical homeland only insofar as both places are filled with ridiculous rules. Which means no matter where she goes, she's bound for trouble...

And Scandals Are Meant to be Shocking...

The Duke of Robinsworth has flaunted and shocked society for years. In a moment of fateful mischief, Robinsworth encounters the enchanting and distinctly scandalous Sophia. Between her streak of magical mischief and his penchant for scandal, they're about to take rule-breaking to a whole new level.


Tammy Falkner has written a fun historical-fantasy fiction full of magic, romance and humor! Once I got past the first few chapters and got comfortable with the setting and the characters ways, it turned into a quick page-turner with laugh-out-loud moments and a faerie twist. 

Sophia Thorne is a mission-fairy, her current mission is to make things better for Lady Anne, the Duke of Robinsworth's daughter. But upon meeting the little girl, she senses the Duke's sadness and isolation and decides that she will help him too. As long as she stays out of trouble and doesn't break any of the five "Unpardonable Errors" all should work out quickly and smoothly... at least she hopes it does.

Ashley Trimble, the Duke, is blown away by Sophia - not only was she able to handle his unruly daughter in a way that he has never seen before, but even more so, because Sophia claims not to be afraid of him, rumors can be that, just rumors, she claimed. He also sees that she is different from the women he is accustomed to meeting, her mannerisms are blunt, genuine, heartfelt and child-like. All the things that he is craving in his life, not only for himself, but for his daughter too. And it does help that Sophia carries a beauty that is usually frowned upon - unruly auburn hair and freckles that he instantly adores. 

I love historical fictions that have a paranormal twist to them - this is my first time reading one with fairies, and I really enjoyed it. The whole concept of these type of faeries was quite different - each fairy is different, there are mission faeries, gift faeries, house faeries... there was also a garden gnome that can shadow faes to make sure they stay on their missions. The "Unpardonable Errors" are the best part - of course one them is 'never ever falling in love with a human'. And the romance between Sophia and Ashley is like no other. Even with Sophia's fae-ness, Sophia and Ashley's relationship was so realistic, fun to follow and watch unfold. Their banter and teasing was hilarious! And the romance was done perfectly. Not too hot, but enough to quench the tension and imagination.

The secondary characters made this book even more enjoyable - Sophia's snooping garden gnome, Ronald was quite a character, I can picture him and all of his 2-foot tallness! Ashley's brother Finn brought in some much needed humor - he was always there to either lighten Ashley's mood or set him in place. Even Ashley's butler, Wilson, was perfect - bringing in order and wisdom. 
All memorable and amazing characters. 

There is a really interesting concept about the faeries regarding fish! I really, really wish there was more discussion and explanation about this - no one has ever done this before and I am so very curious to learn more about it. 

I never thought I would say this about this book, but A Lady and Her Magic is definitely one that I would enjoy re-reading; and I am definitely looking forward to following the series. 

And the Faerie series continues... 

Expected release date: June 4th, 2013


Claire Thorne is a faerie on a mission. When the governing body of her world puts a prohibition on magic, she escapes to the human world and straight into the arms of Lord Phineas Tremble. When he insists on being her crime-solving partner, she does everything she can to get rid of him—until she realizes his gift for smooth talking might come in handy when tracking down a killer. Before long, Finn has his hands full keeping Claire out of trouble, because the two of them together create more sparks than her faerie dust ever could.

Expected release date: December 2013 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Tammy Falkner

Tammy Falkner lives on a farm in a lovely, sprawling little town in rural NC with her beekeeper husband and a house full of boys, a few dogs, and a cat or two (or five – who has time to count?). 
As half of the Lydia Dare team, she has co-written ten books, including the Westfield Wolves series and the Gentlemen Vampyre series. A huge fan of Regency England, she often wonders what other kinds of magical, mythical and strange creatures might live and interact within the ton. Exploring the theory that the fae can walk between Regency England and their own land, Tammy spends as much time as possible with the lords and ladies of society, horse-drawn carriages, and elegant balls. Now add to that some faeries, a little murder, a bit of mayhem, and a troublesome garden gnome, and you have her exciting new series. 
She hopes you enjoys her world as much as she does.

Also writes as Lydia Dare.


  1. I adore historical fiction with a paranormal twist, and this book sounds like an enjoyable read! I'm very encouraged that you would put it in your re-read pile. I'll have to pick this one up for sure. Wonderful review :-)

  2. I don't think I've ever read a paranormal historical fiction! It sounds like so much fun..I'm going to keep this author in mind:)


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