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Some Kind of Magic: Flirting with Fame #1

Mary Ann Marlowe

ISBN 9781496708069
Publish Date 1/31/2017
Format Trade Paperback
Categories Women's Fiction, Contemporary, Kensington, New Series, Fresh Voices
List Price: $15.00

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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!

“An amazing first novel.” –Sydney Landon, New York Times bestselling author

In this sparkling debut novel, Mary Ann Marlowe introduces a hapless scientist who’s swept off her feet by a rock star—but is it love or just a chemical reaction?...

Biochemist Eden Sinclair has no idea that the scent she spritzed on herself before leaving the lab is designed to enhance pheromones. Or that the cute, grungy-looking guy she meets at a gig that evening is Adam Copeland. As in the Adam Copeland—international rock god and object of lust for a million women. Make that a million and one. By the time she learns the truth, she’s already spent the (amazing, incredible) night in his bed…

Suddenly Eden, who’s more accustomed to being set up on disastrous dates by her mom, is going out with a gorgeous celebrity who loves how down-to-earth and honest she is. But for once, Eden isn’t being honest. She can’t bear to reveal that this overpowering attraction could be nothing more than seduction by science. And the only way to know how Adam truly feels is to ditch the perfume—and risk being ditched in turn…

Smart, witty, and sexy, Some Kind of Magic is an irresistibly engaging look at modern relationships—why we fall, how we connect, and the courage it takes to trust in something as mysterious and unpredictable as love.

“Frisky, Flirty Fun!” – Stephanie Evanovich, New York Times bestselling author of The Total Package

“Sexy, engaging and original. I completely fell in love with Eden and Adam.” —Sydney Landon, New York Times bestselling author

“Fun, flirty read about a magical romance…a lighthearted pick me up. Eden and Adam’s chemistry was so electric – I rooted for them the whole way! – FIRST for Women

About Mary Ann Marlowe:

When not writing, Mary Ann Marlowe works by day as a computer programmer/DBA and loves to travel. She spent ten years as a university-level French professor, and her resume includes stints as an au pair in Calais, a hotel intern in Paris, a German tutor, a college radio disc jockey, and a webmaster for several online musician fandoms. She grew up on the outskirts of Indianapolis and has lived in twelve states and three countries. She now lives in central Virginia where she is hard at work on her next novel. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website at, on Facebook,, and at

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