Earlier in January, I took part in the cover reveal of The Magic of Stars.
Today, I’m delighted to be reviewing the contemporary romance by Jackie Ladbury as part of a blog tour for Rachel’s Random Resources.
I really enjoyed this novel, not because it broke any romantic stereotypes, but because it was just hilariously funny.
Sapphire Montrose always felt like a loser in the struggle of life, but when she becomes the airline manager of a run-down airline she starts to believe she is a winner – until she unwittingly propositions her new boss and all her hard work is undone.
In a moment of recklessness air stewardess, Sapphire Montrose throws caution and her dress to the wind by propositioning a handsome stranger in a hotel in Florence, only to find herself waking up alone and embarrassed in her hotel room.
Unfortunately for Sapphire, it turns out that her new boss, Marco Cavarelli, is the man she failed to seduce and she is now fighting for her job and her self-respect when he tells her there is no place in his revamped airline for an alcoholic woman with lascivious tendencies. To make matters worse she is increasingly attracted to him and he seems to be giving out the same vibes. Or is he simply testing her? One wrong move could be the end of her career. But what if he really is offering love – and is he worth the risk?
Sapphire Montrose is not the greatest role model of a strongly independent female. The author falls into the familiar trap of having Sapphire run herself down for being plain and uninteresting, while in actuality she’s a stunning beauty. This is one of my pet peeves in romances, and in writing in general, so it says a lot for the rest of the story that I was able to ignore it.
Ladbury writes with a typical deprecating British sense of humour, and I laughed out loud several times throughout the book. I think I also maybe shed a few tears at the right moments.
The hero, Marco Cavarelli, was a typical macho man, but he wasn’t unbearably overpowering. In fact, he actually went out of his way to be a decent guy, despite his initial misgivings about Sapphire.
I did feel that the misunderstanding between the two was a bit contrived, and put there more because it needs to be present in a romance novel, than for any legitimate reason.
Having said that though, the way it was resolved was interesting and I thoroughly appreciated the message about love and relationships that’s revealed near the end of the story.
Also, the last page was just brilliant and as a creative myself, I can totally relate!
The Magic of Stars gets four out of five feathers.
A laugh-out-loud romance that explores the hidden depths of self-worth in relationships. Grab your copy here.
*I received a free copy of the book from Rachel’s Random Resources in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author
Jackie Ladbury was desperate to become a journalist when she left school but was ousted within minutes on the day of the exam at her local rag because she’d forgotten to bring a pen.
Short and sharp lesson learned.
Her budding writing career was not on hold for long, though, as Jackie found herself scribbling love stories of pilots and ‘hosties’ while she flew in aeroplanes of various shapes and sizes as a flight attendant herself.
Fast forward a good few years and, after being short-listed in a couple of prestigious romantic writing competitions, Jackie decided it was time to discard her stilettos, say goodbye to the skies and concentrate on writing romantic novels, where the only given is a guaranteed ‘happy ever after.’
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