Friday, June 21, 2013

Straight Reading from the Library: Close Up Magic by Michelle Garren Flye

Thanks to Goddess Fish Promotions for supplying this book for review as part of a virtual book tour they have organized for Michelle Garren Flye. Michelle will award a Magic Gift Basket, including a copy of "Magic for Dummies" by David Pogue to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour (US only), and one commenter at every stop will win a $5 Amazon GC. You can see the other stops on the tour here:


Do you believe in magic?

Reporter Stacey Matthewson has made a living writing sensational stories that knock celebrities off their pedestals. Now she's got a hot lead on an even hotter magician who's mystifying Las Vegas with his new show--the problem is, she's had a crush on him for years. How can she write a story that might ruin him, especially when he proves himself to be so much more than she'd ever dreamed?

Magician Andre Hawke has a knack for making things disappear, but when it comes to his brother's drinking and gambling, he's got a problem. Hiring the sexy reporter who threatens to blow away his carefully wrought illusion might be the answer to his problems...or she might bring on a whole new set of them.

Stacey’s never believed in magic, and Andre doesn’t know who to trust anymore. Can passion overcome their inhibitions, or will betrayal stem the tide of love?


Close up Magic is a joy to read. With engaging characters and a fun, interesting plot, I completely enjoyed my time in Michelle Garren Flye’s world.

The author has a great way with words, painting a picture so clear I could see the scenes in my mind like a movie. The characters are well drawn and three dimensional – so much so, I loved some and hated some intensely. I was so invested in the well-being of those I enjoyed I wanted to smack those I didn’t, who were interfering with the HEA.

I’ve not read the author before but I can’t wait to grab another book by her (the next in the series, perhaps?). A completely sweet, romantic and heart-tugging story I heartily recommend to romance fans everywhere.


Michelle Garren Flye is the award-winning romance author of five novels. Her most recent novel, Where the Heart Lies, has been described as an “engaging novel with charming and likable characters” and a story that “will make you believe in love and second chances.”

Michelle placed third in the Hyperink Romance Writing Contest for her short story “Life After”. Her short stories have been published by the romance anthology Foreign Affairs,, and She has served on the editorial staffs of Horror Library Volume 1, Horror Library Volume 3, Butcher Shop Quartet, Butcher Shop Quartet II and Tattered Souls.

Michelle has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is the mother of three and lives in North Carolina with her husband and their rapidly growing collection of pets.

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  1. It's a great read when you feel you need to smack some sense into some characters and just love the others.


    1. Hi Mary! That's what I strive for, and I'm glad it's coming across that way. :)

  2. Hi Judith! From one librarian to another, thank you for having me on your blog. :)

  3. Nice review, I love a good romance story.


    1. Thanks for stopping in, Rita!

  4. Eek. I like the sense of conflict going on in the blurb! Very intriguing!

  5. We have an abundance of librarians here today - Michelle, Judith, me. We could rule the world!
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

    1. Librarians DO rule the world. Or at least, we control the information in it!

  6. THis sounds really good. i'm really interested in the setting, nice choice!

    inthehammockblog at gmail dot com

    1. Thanks, Carrie. Las Vegas is a very interesting place. Lots of dreams and magic mixed in with a whole bunch of smut and everything varnished with glitter so you can't tell what's what at first glance. Love it, but I'm always happy to leave it after a few days.

  7. Today's winner of the $5 gift card is Catherine! Everybody join me on my blog around 4 p.m. today for the announcement of the winner of the magic basket!:

    Look forward to seeing you there!