By Alyssa Goodnight
Published by Kensington
Published on January 31, 2012
Summary taken from Goodreads:
In this quirky, sexy novel set against the lively, music-filled backdrop of Austin, Texas, a young woman learns that romance can wreak havoc with even the best laid plans. . .
It started innocently enough. While browsing in one of Austin's funky little shops, Nicola James is intrigued by a blank vintage journal she finds hidden among a set of Jane Austen novels. Even though Nic is a straight-laced engineer, she's still a sucker for anything Austen-esque. But her enthusiasm quickly turns to disbelief once she starts writing in the journal--because somehow, it's writing her back. . .
Miss Nicola James will be sensible and indulge in a little romance. Those twelve tiny words hit Nic like a thunderbolt, as if her diary was channeling Austen herself! Itching for a bit of excitement, Nic decides to follow her "Fairy Jane's" advice. The result: a red-hot romance with a sexy Scottish musician who charms his way into Nic's heart in about five seconds flat.
Sean MacInnes is warm, funny, and happens to think Nic is the most desirable woman he's ever met. But a guy like Sean doesn't exactly fit into her Life Plan. With no one but Fairy Jane to guide her, Nic must choose between the life she thought she wanted--and the kind of happy ending she never saw coming. . ..
Two words. Sean MacInnes. ... kilt. Sean Macinnes in a kilt. I think this review is complete. I am kidding. (Not about him though- yowzas!) This was not at all what I expected, and it exceeded my expectations. This is a contemporary romance that has the feel of a Bridget Jones Diary. Nic reminds me of many of my friends- that is what makes her character so wonderful. The author had me caring for Nic from chapter one- she is a realistic character that could be a sister or friend.
I love the magic element in this book- it is fun and light and is the extra touch that sets this book apart from other romances out there right now. The way that the author created the conversation between Jane and Nic was brilliant! I love that there was no time travel, no falling into books, and that Jane communicated through "cutting and pasting" what Nic had written. It makes me wonder if Jane works on a subconscious level with Nic (there is crazy logic working through me).
If you read this for any reason- read it for Sean- ::fans self:: I wish I could see him, because he sounds smoking! I have the utmost respect for the author. She wrote a steamy romance with no scenes that made me uncomfortable. Yes, the two main characters become intimate. But the author takes the humorous road when talking about doing "the deed".
There are so many little parts to this book that I want to tell you how much I love- but I think the best part of this book was discovering all the fun "touches" that the author snuck in. I loved this story and I KNOW you will love it too! Go get this book- NOW!
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