Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The Magician's Angel by Jordan L. Hawk Blog Tour

Vaudeville stage magician Christopher Fiend lives for the spotlight. His chance at big time stardom awaits him in Chicago, the next stop on the circuit after the little town of Twelfth Junction.

Edward Smith wants nothing to do with his family's theater. Until Christopher catches his eye on opening night, then treats him to a very special performance during intermission.

When a dead body turns up in the middle of Christopher’s act, suspicion immediately falls on him. If Christopher and Edward can’t work together to clear his name, Christopher won’t make it to Chicago in time. Edward knows he shouldn’t get attached to a man who will be gone in two days, but his heart—and a very special angel—have other ideas.

This book is three of seven stories which can all be read and enjoyed in any order.

The Christmas Angel Series

In 1750, a master woodcarver poured all his unrequited love, passion, and longing into his masterpiece—a gorgeous Christmas angel for his beloved’s tree. When the man he loved tossed the angel away without a second thought, a miracle happened. The angel was found by another who brought the woodcarver True Love.

Since then, the angel has been passed down, sold, lost and found, but its magic remains. Read the romances inspired by (and perhaps nudged along by) the Christmas angel through the years. Whether it’s 1700s England (Eli Easton's Christmas Angel), the 1880’s New York (Kim Fielding’s Summerfield’s Angel), the turn-of-the-century (Jordan L. Hawk’s Magician’s Angel), World War II (L.A. Witt’s Christmas Homecoming), Vietnam-era (N.R. Walker’s Soldier’s Wish), the 1990’s (Anyta Sunday’s Shrewd Angel), or 2018 (RJ Scott’s Christmas Prince), the Christmas angel has a way of landing on the trees of lonely men who need its blessing for a very Merry Christmas and forever HEA.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I gotta geek out to begin with. Having read book two, Summerfield’s Angel, I love that Christopher’s story of how the Christmas Angel came to be in his possession sounds like he got her directly from Xeno and Alby’s store in Port Angeles. Not only do I love the direct tie-in to the previous installment, but I love the idea that she continued to bring cheer to Xeno and Alby for over a decade. I know the authors collaborated on the series, but it’s still an added magical touch that had me beaming when I read it.

As for The Magician’s Angel, this is the first time I’ve read Jordan L. Hawk’s writing, but it won’t be the last. Not only did I get to enjoy the magic that the Christmas Angel seems to bring to the lives of those she belongs to, but I got a front row seat to see Christopher Fiend, the Marvelous Magician, perform and it was mesmerizing. As a child, I enjoyed the illusions and tricks of stage magicians, so it was easy to imagine Christopher and Lily’s act play out. Well, until the dead body appeared… EEK! Unlike the other installments in the series, The Magician’s Angel isn’t strictly a holiday romance and I must say that I quite enjoyed the murder mystery that Hawk crafted alongside the Christmas romance. Obviously when the member of a small troupe of traveling stage acts is murdered, everyone in the troupe is a suspect. But what really ratcheted up the tension and suspense was the clock ticking down on Christopher’s deadline to get to Chicago. So as Christopher and Edward race to discover a killer, while trying not to become the next victim, they share their stories, get to know one another, and realize that there may be more to life than what they had planned. After all, some plans really do deserve to be broken.

I loved that I had no idea who the murderer was until the revelation. Hawk’s villain was excellent at throwing out a red herring or two – it seems that Christopher wasn’t the only one skilled at misdirection. Even when Christopher realized who did it and how, I was still at a loss and was white-knuckling my Kindle, reading as fast as I could, because I had to know whodunnit. Even though a big portion on the book is focused on the murder mystery, Hawk still manages to include appropriately-timed liaisons between the two men so that they had time to bond. As hot as the intermission dalliance was, it was dinner at Edward’s home that signaled a change in their relationship and had each man reconsidering what their future should be. Of course, I loved getting to see how things had changed in a year’s time and that Christopher and Edward got the happy ending they deserved. Yet another re-read from The Christmas Angel series for me.

Jordan L. Hawk is a non-binary queer author from North Carolina. Childhood tales of mountain ghosts and mysterious creatures gave them a life-long love of things that go bump in the night. When they aren’t writing, they brew their own beer and try to keep the cats from destroying the house. Their best-selling Whyborne & Griffin series (beginning with Widdershins) can be found in print, ebook, and audiobook.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of The Magician's Angel (The Christmas Angel #3) by Jordan L. Hawk to read and review for this tour.

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