I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Call It Magic by Janet Chapman
Also in this series: Spellbound Falls, Charmed by His Love, Courting Carolina, The Highlander Next Door
Series: Spellbound Falls #7
Published by Berkley on May 5, 2020
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Psychic Abilities, Small Town
The latest magical romance in the Spellbound Falls series from the New York Times bestselling author of From Kiss to Queen and The Highlander Next Door
Welcome back to Spellbound Falls, Maine where love is the greatest magic of all...
Katy MacBain moved to Spellbound Falls with secrets she plans to keep. The newest member of the Fire and Rescue Team, she disappeared for three weeks before arriving on the job. She doesn't understand why Gunnar Wolfe the town's interim fire chief and her boss seems determined to uncover the truth of what happened to her during that time. Or why she's more attracted to him than she's ever been to any other man.
A confident firefighter, Gunnar Wolfe doesn't give up and he's resolved to find out what's wrong with the mysterious and beautiful Katy. Since she is the newest member of his team, he's naturally protective of her, but he's surprised to find himself captivated by the tenacious and talented woman who is so...magical.
This review may contain spoilers, so fair warning, upon reading the review.
Call It Magic is the most recent installment and more than likely the very last book that we will ever receive from this author. For those that aren’t aware Janet Chapman passed away a couple of years ago and she had been working on this one when she died from cancer. I honestly never thought that we would actually receive this book to be honest. I have fallen in love with this beautiful and magical world that this author has created. Such wit and depths that are carved into her stories. I will be honest it was quite bittersweet to read this one since I knew this was the last of her work she would ever write. Now it isn’t clear if this whole work was all Janet or if they had parts of it filled with a ghostwriter, but whatever happened….it was delivered in such a beautiful way.
Call It Magic is about two of our beloved characters who are both working in the fire department. Katy Macbain (the daughter of the couple in “Wedding The Highlander” is moving to Spellbound Falls, and after some months of being gone where no one knew where she was at, she has become determined to live her own life and be independent from her family who tends to be more than overbearing and protective at times. She landed a job as a EMT in the Fire House. Our hero Gunnar Wolf, doesn’t trust Katy fully. There is something about her disappearance for months that doesn’t fit, and she is so different from any other woman he has ever known and him being hew new boss brings some complications. But he is spellbound by this mysterious Katy ….
Katy lost herself in Gunnar’s gaze as a new kind of magic claimed her….seeing the power of their bond, the slow, steady build of passion and connection and yes, love, in the infinite blue of his eyes.
What a breathtakingly beautiful story that this book turned out to be here. I really tried to not have too high expectations but quite frankly this story won my heart in every way. Now at first, you might take a hesitant step in reading this book in seeing that this is a boss and employee story. But I can tell you right now ….do not be concerned. There really was no power dynamics in this one, to be honest. Just respect, consideration and affection. It is more of a slow-building romance and so in-depth in various ways. I won’t lie in saying that this book was perfect. There were some ends not tied up and gift wrapped like I would have wanted. There was some confusion about the hero for me. Earlier in the book, the heroine thinks the hero is more “magical” like she is but in the end, he is just a mortal. So that left me confused but considering the circumstances for the author surrounding this book …I understand. Its a gift for any romance reader and especially beloved fans of Janet Chapman to have received this story.
There is something else that I want to give warning about….SPOILER AHEAD: There is mention of rape in this book. The heroine suffers from sexual assault while “away” as I mentioned previously in the review. And we see her go though aspects of her healing process.
Nothing was taken, and everything was given, as they pressed and wound and wrapped themselves into each other
I did love seeing the various characters that we get to see enter into the story here and so many beloved favorites of mine that just makes me want to do a re read of all the connecting books. And we get some new characters and man there was one I had a feeling Janet might have done a story on so that saddens my heart, but will use my own imagination to create her own happy ending for herself and her son who just charmed my heart from beginning to end. The ending was my favorite ….when it comes to epilogues this was one of the most beautiful heartfelt ones I have ever read and brought tears to my eyes. PURE MAGIC from beginning to end.
Overall I found Call It Magic to be a deeply intricate romance that delves into matters of the heart, mythology and beautiful magic!! MEMORABLE TILL THE END!