The Magic of 'I Do'
Author: Tammy Falkner
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publish Date: 4 June 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...
I love finding historical romances with paranormal aspects, it's my favourite combination! So naturally, I was drawn to the blurb for this book... faeries and a human Lord, perfect! Luckily it did turn out to be a great combination in The Magic of 'I Do'.
Claire Thorne is left in the human realm with her sister's brother-in-law, Lord Phineas Tremble, when her sister goes to the faerie realm with her new husband. They have a rather passionate encounter (to say the least) before Claire returns to the faerie realm, whilst Finn is sleeping.
Claire has some issues with her parents, and is desperate to escape them for a while, and she uses a portal in a painting to leave the faerie realm...and stumbles straight into Finn's bed chamber. Sparks instantly flare between them again.
When Finn's ex-mistress comes to him for help, Finn sets to work trying to catch a killer. Claire is a mission faerie and is determined to help Finn catch him, and this leads to plenty of mayhem and intrigue.
Claire was a really fun character, she's stubborn and determined but she's also very loyal to those she loves. She has issues with her parents after they were forced to forget about their magical fae children, including her. This colours her perspective on love, marriage and having children with humans, which in turn means it takes her a while before she can fully let herself love Finn and be with him.
Finn has all the neccessary qualities for a rake, charming and handsome. Not widely known is that he also does some detective work, which added another layer to his character. He's very sweet and protective with Claire.
The chemistry between Claire and Finn was sizzling, and they had some steamy love scenes together! The love between them builds up more gradually, and they have plenty of obstacles and issues to work through before they get their deserved HEA.
The intrigue involving the killer definitely helped to keep the book's pace and hooked my interest as well. I thought the faerie elements were woven through the book very well and it all seemed to blend with the historical setting perfectly.
This is the second book in the Faerie series, the first being the story of Sophia (Claire's sister) and Robin (Finn's brother), but you're never lost and the back story was worked in throughout the book.
Overall, this is a fun and sweet romance, with a hint of danger to keep the reader intrigued. Definitely recommended!
*I received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley, for my honest review. Thank you!