Saturday, November 2, 2013

Review: Fairy in the Flesh by Katalina Leon

Title: Fairy in the Flesh
Author: Katalina Leon
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Release Date: Aug. 23, 2013
Genre: paranormal, fantasy

Maya Rousseau's fantasy vacation in Avignon, France, heats up when an eccentric enchantress tricks her into drinking mojo-laced absinthe. An unexpected encounter with the green fairy causes Maya's reality to have a serious meltdown. She travels back in time and wakes up naked in the bed of her favorite bad-boy Bohemian artist, the tall, dark and mysterious Andre Bosco. There's nothing wrong with that-except it's 1903. For Andre, it's love at first sight. He begs Maya to become his cherished model, muse and lover. The chemistry and shared passion between them are overwhelming. Andre's a generous-hearted dream man, but there's a catch. Every hour they spend together bonds them tighter and time is running out. The same powers that flung Maya back to 1903 are preparing to snatch her back. With a hundred and ten years separating these soul-bound lovers, it's uncertain whether they can find a happy ending without the help of a little magic and La Fee Verte. Inside Scoop: Story contains super-hot sex with an unattainable man, enchanted hallucinatory beverages, mischievous time-twisters, green fairies and a touch of voyeurism.

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Fairy in the Flesh by Katalina Leon was a nice, quick read.  And I was thankful for that at least, sitting at approx. 98pgs; Leon wove a tale filled with artists, time travel, magic, and sex.
Maya is in love with all things art history, especially one very sexy artist of the early 20th century, Andre Bosco who mysteriously vanished in 1903.  Speculation was that he left to capture the heart of a lady who left him high and dry-doesn’t take a scientist to figure that one out-and with a broken heart.  One day Maya walks into a bistro in France and casually chats up the owner.  The woman makes a mention of a brass key hanging on the wall that opens Bosco's studio upstairs, a studio that he just walked out of one day and never returned.  Maya is dying to get a peek inside this untouched studio but of course she cannot, the owner however has an appointment all of a sudden and tells Maya that she can finish off her drink and linger until she gets back.  Locking Maya in the bistro, the owner goes on her merry way.
Maya takes the hint and grabs the brass key and hurries up the stairs.  Unlocking the heavy door, she is instantly transported back in time to 1903 where Andre Bosco is currently in the middle of painting her portrait.

Ok, so for starters I really did not like how a time travel was condensed into such a short read.  Time travels are long and drawn out, they have a lot of plot twists and turns that HAVE to be in the story, otherwise it’s not very good.  And that’s what happened.  I loved Andre Bosco, but Maya Rousseau could have done with a little more work.  It seemed all Maya cared about was having intimate relations with a famous artist and wasn’t really truly in love with Andre for himself.  And then Leon introduced a back story between Andre and his father which was rather interesting but which I think was not fully developed for 98 pgs.  All in all, if this was set in modern times I probably would have absolutely loved it.

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  1. oo yeah a time travel with so few pages would be a little hard. Thanks for the heads up Megan!

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  2. Glad I could help just a little.. :)


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