Staff Pick & Review by Wendy McCurdy

I am the editor of this book, so you’re thinking that of course I’m going to give it a good review. Well, true….I would not have acquired it if I hadn’t fallen in love with it when I read the manuscript. First of all, there’s the irresistible story. Who wouldn’t want to know what happens when a hapless young biochemist walks into her brother’s rock concert not knowing that she’s accidentally been doused with an experimental pheromone perfume?

But lots of people can come up with a cute story idea…the real challenge is to write it in a way that keeps readers smiling from the opening paragraph to the final line.

And that’s what I love most about this book: it’s Mary Ann Marlowe’s wonderful, smart, funny, entirely relatable voice. Well, actually, it’s a tie between that and her gift for making the relationship between Eden and Adam so darn romantic. After all these years as an editor, I’m still a sucker for a great romantic comedy.

But you don’t have to take my word for it. I’m so pleased to see that readers have been posting wonderful comments about the book on Goodreads, even weeks ahead of publication. One review in particular jumped out at me, because it’s written by another one of my authors, the fabulous Laura Heffernan. I just can’t say it any better than she does:

Legally, I'm supposed to tell you that I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. But in the interests of full disclosure, I was fortunate enough to be allowed to read it three times prior to publication, am having the paperback delivered to my home the day it's available, and requested this copy from Netgalley because I couldn't wait to read it again. Yes, it's that good.

Opening the first page and being reunited with Eden after more than a year away felt like being greeted by an old friend….The voice leaps off the page; I could eat it with a spoon. I didn't want to stop reading, even knowing what would happen. The sex steamed up my contacts. This book is well-written, fast-paced, and HAWT. From first page to last, I loved absolutely everything about this book. A sparkling debut, indeed. I can't wait until the next book in the series is released.

--Laura Heffernan, author of America’s Next Reality Star (Lyrical March 2017)

So if you’re in the mood to smile your way through a smart, romantic novel that’s both witty and sexy, treat yourself to a copy of Some Kind of Magic by Mary Ann Marlowe, and let us know what you think!

Happy Reading :-)

Best regards,
Wendy
Wendy McCurdy
Editorial Director
Kensington Publishing Corporation

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