Smoke and Mirrors: All's Fae in Love and Chocolate #2
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by Michelle L. Levigne
Description: Alexi's malfunctioning magic made him a sitting duck when it came to husband-hunting Fae women. He knew he had to find a place where he could hide and make a living before he became completely bereft of magic, and ended up in Vegas, where his wonky magic wouldn't raise any eyebrows. Megan was a Halfling Fae who made her living as a magician. She had enough magic to know Alexi was in deep trouble, and enough sense not to tell him she was a halfbreed. She took him on as her assistant because she thought they would both be safe with each other, and because he needed her help even more than she needed his. Eventually, their working friendship turned to close friendship, partnership, looking out for each other. And then they realized they not only needed each other, but wanted each other. However, there was Alexi's doomed magical heritage, and hungry Fae women caught in Need still on the prowl, and what chance did a halfbreed woman have against all that?
eBook Publisher: Uncial Press, 2011
eBookwise Release Date: August 2011
3 Reader Ratings:
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [115 KB]
Reading time: 68-96 min.
"The chemistry between the two characters is fabulous. The true caring and friendship that develops between the two character touched me. If you like a little magic mixed in with your romance, this is a wonderful read. 5 Angels!"--Gretchen, Fallen Angel Reviews "The reader will be laughing out loud as he/she follows the misadventures of Alexi and Megan. Their love story is sweet and their sex scenes are delicious. I enjoyed this story. 4 Stars!"--Candu, Ecataromance The magic sparks fly not only on the stage in the magic act, but between Alexi and Megan, leaving them both in denial of what chemistry and genetics have in store for them...as addicting as love and chocolate themselves! Sweet, sensual, and wildly passionate, the story brought me up into the magical heights of passion, fulfilled my appetites completely, and left me with the sweet aftertaste of love's satisfaction. I loved it! Highly recommended, I find myself craving another taste..."Cassidy, Joyfully Reviewed
Alexi spotted a pickpocket. The tiny, translucent sparkle of magic at work caught his attention more than the boy's long fingers delicately lifting wallets and slipping inside purses, robbing oblivious tourists blind while they snapped pictures. Alexi watched the boy for a few minutes, trying to decide if he was Fae on a larcenous lark, or a Halfling who didn't know his heritage. Unfortunately, there were hundreds of Halflings in the Human world who had magic, didn't know it, and didn't know they used it to make their lives a little easier.
Alexi saw a handful of people stop and watch the boy work, then grin and walk on by. Obviously, some residents of Vegas had a low regard for tourists. They deserve what they get seemed to be the prevalent attitude.
That irritated him, which in turn surprised him. It wasn't too long ago that he would have been enjoying the show, too. He supposed that being a fugitive and having to actually worry about material possessions for the first time in his life had changed his attitude.
Megan had changed him. Just yesterday, she caught a customer stealing tips from a table. Signaling Joey, who manned the spotlight, she jumped down off the stage and caught hold of the hand holding the stolen bills. She went into an impromptu spiel about tripling the man's money with magic, so it would seem like he had stolen it, and squeezed his wrist until he let go of the money. The waitress whose table it was returned at that moment, scooped up her tip, flashed Megan a grin and stepped on the man's foot with her spike heel before she left.
Alexi had nearly broken into applause, right there.
No, Megan would not approve of what this boy was doing, and Alexi had the sneaking suspicion she would not approve if he just let the boy get away.
I'm no knight in shining armor, he growled at his conscience. They died out centuries ago, and good riddance, always running around trying to break enchantments and kill friendly dragons and-- Well, what do we have here?
He recognized four faces in the oncoming stream of men coming out of the Luxor. Four of the most influential casino owners on the strip. All heading directly toward the pickpocket. And more important, Albert was among them.
There was nothing wrong with cleaning up crime and profiting from it at the same time, was there?
Alexi snapped his fingers and skipped across the street in the blink of an eye, to reappear directly behind the pickpocket. The boy turned and tripped over Alexi, to sprawl across the sidewalk at the feet of the four casino owners. Another snap of his fingers made the boy's belt break, so his oversized pants slid down to his knees when he stood up again.
While he pulled the pickpocket to his feet and brushed him off, Alexi used the sleight-of-hand skills Megan drilled him in. He pulled wallets and jewelry, watches and cameras from the boy's pockets and his sweatshirt.
"Here," he said, loudly enough to get Albert's attention as all four men tried to skirt around them. "Here's your wallet. You must have dropped it. And this must be your wallet, too. And this must be your watch. And your other watch."
A crowd gathered around, so the boy couldn't have escaped, even if Alexi hadn't been standing on the cuff of his fallen pants. The four casino owners stopped and grinned. A woman let out a little shriek and snatched back the pink rhinestone-studded watch Alexi retrieved from the pickpocket's right sleeve.
"Who do you think you are, the Lone Ranger?" someone muttered.
Alexi didn't have time to respond, because the shouts from people who had discovered they had been robbed brought a police officer running. He wasn't above using a few flickers of magic to keep the attention of Albert and his three friends. He only influenced them to stay and watch, knowing Megan wouldn't approve if he took away their free will.
What was wrong with him, that her opinion meant so much to him? Especially when she would never know, because he would never tell her?