SOME KIND OF MAGIC: Piety or Not?

SOME KIND OF MAGIC

some_kind_of_magic_coverBy: Mary Ann Marlowe
Narrator: Jorjeana Marie
PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE AUDIO/Random House Audio 

Genre: Fiction – Contemporary Women

Release Date: January 31, 2017 

9 Hours and 56 Min

 

I voluntarily reviewed an advance listener/reader copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.

 

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. – http://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/540325/some-kind-of-magic/

 
My Take Oblong Shaped
 
 It’s not too often that I read or listen to a book more than once so I can  review it the way I would like.  I have listened to this a couple of times now and I still am not sure whether I liked it, whether it has a “purpose” beyond entertainment, or why I found it challenging.
I enjoy rock and roll romance, dirty tour bus antics, and stories about female musicians making their way on the rock and roll, pop, or folk stage. 

I also like stories where people’s “prides and prejudices” get challenged.

This one is a little steamy, not too graphic though. What I found strange and hard to pigeonhole was the story’s use of religion.  Almost all the songs described have biblically-themed titles and lyrics. And, poor Eve’s parents – her mother especially – are very religious.  After troubling religious episodes in her childhood, her faith is something Eve claims to have left behind as she pursued science.

I feel there is a lot of old testament here – Adam and Eden grappling with the temptation of fame and success in parallel to the story of Adam and Eve. It also looks at jobs, career and dreams, all classic new adult genre topics.

Trust and temptation. comfort zones and communication are also issues. 

In the “final analysis” this is not so much a rock and roll romance as it is a new adult romance and career exploration novel. 

The narrator is fine but doesn’t present a voice that matches the character’s savvy and sexuality. This is a casting issue rather than a narrator issue.  I liked that the narrative is not first-person, present  and concurrent; there’s no head-cam feeling.

I think I would have liked a little more description in the sheet time but lightly steamy is the likelihood with the religious connotations.

Enjoyable but not super hot!

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