Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: April 23, 2019
Publisher: Everafter Romance
Format: eARC, 310 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
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Buy it: Amazon
Beatrice Baker may be a struggling artist, but she believes all hardships have silver linings...until she follows her boyfriend to New Orleans and finds him with another woman. Instead of turning those lemons into lemonade, she drinks lemon drop martinis and keys the wrong man's car.
Now she works for Huxley Marlow of the Marvelous Marlow Boys, getting shoved in boxes as an on-stage magician's assistant. A cool job for some, but Bea's been coerced into the role to cover her debt. She also maybe fantasizes about her boss's adept hands and what else they can do.
She absolutely will not fall for him, or kiss him senseless. Until she does. The scarred, enigmatic Huxley has unwittingly become her muse, unlocking her artistic dry spell, but his vague nightly activities are highly suspect. The last time Beatrice trusted a man, her bank account got drained and she almost got arrested. Surely this can't end that badly...right?
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
In Review: My Thoughts
I’ve had my eye on New Orleans Rush from the very moment Kelly first shared the cover. And honestly, maybe even before, just based on the blurb alone. For one thing, I love Kelly’s books and for another, I’m a sucker for a good New Orleans setting. Plus, I think I can honestly say I’ve never read a book with a magician hero until now. I’m all for new and different in my romance and Kelly gave me both with this book.
I’ll be the first to admit it did take me a little bit of time to connect with Huxley and Beatrice, but once I did I was all in. What great characters! Surly heroes are some of my favorite varieties and I adored Huxley. Beatrice was fabulous in her own right, too. And together? Their chemistry was magical. (See what I did there?) From the setting to the romance and everything in between — and especially the family relationships — I was on board with New Orleans Rush. It was a swoony, fun and sexy story about letting go of the past and moving forward.
I really hope this isn’t the last we see of these characters. The Marvelous Marlow Boys are just begging for a series of their own. Or maybe I’m the one begging for stories about the other brothers. Don’t leave me hanging! I need more Fox and Axel. Yes, I’m a greedy reader.
“Come home with me tonight. I’ll whisper your name all over your skin.”
So simple yet so astounding, how love could transform your world. Turn half-empty glasses half full.
Have you read any of Kelly’s books?
Have any faves?