Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Motor City Fae by Cindy Spencer Pape

Detroit artist Meagan Kelly has had a strong sixth sense all her life, but that doesn't mean the gorgeous stranger's crazy story—that she's a half-elf, half human heiress—is true. But Meagan can't deny the evidence of her own eyes—he's Fae. A tall, blond, handsome, pointy-eared elf—and a man she just can't get enough of.

Ric Thornhill's assignment just got a lot more complicated. The more time he spends with Meagan, the harder it is to see her as a political tool to prevent an all-out war between humans and Fae.

Now Meagan's in a race to master her newly released powers in time to prevent the conflict, convince a jealous Queen not to strip Ric of his powers, and find out if she can build a life that straddles two worlds.

Ric is a spy for Llyris, Queen of Elfhame. He’s been sent to find Lady Rose and take her back to Underhill, but there’s a problem. Lady Rose doesn’t know she’s Lady Rose and a Halfling—half human and half elf.

When he meets her for the first time she’s Meagan, an artist who teaches others the craft. Something zings between them, and he has a feeling he’s found the woman he seeks. The other problem is, he knows he’s not going to be able to just take her back to Underhill without losing his heart. He senses they’re meant to be together. He’s a musician, and Meagan loves his music. When they meet again at a gig, Meagan also realises there’s more to this guy than at first met the eye.

As the tale progresses and the pair become closer, Meagan discovers who she really is—and who Ric really is. She has family she wasn’t aware of, and Ric takes her to meet her cousin, Aidan, a supremely rich man who lives on an estate that has a gateway to Underhill on it. Meagan also discovers she’s surrounded by witches, werewolves, and other beings, so it’s a lot for her to take in.

Somehow, even though it’s a stretch to expect someone to believe and understand the tale Ric tells her about herself, the people around her, and those in Underhill, she believes. I did too—had no trouble accepting it at all. It was like I was under some spell that made the fantastical utterly believable.

However, there’s a baddie in their midst in the guise of a man named Owain (in our world he’s called Owen), who will stop at nothing to prevent Meagan reaching Underhill. Ric only has a certain amount of time to get her there, so the race is on. Owain is intent on thwarting them at every turn, and when he places a spell at Meagan’s place and she isn’t the one to get hurt by it, I found myself hating him with a vengeance.

Because of Owain and his meddling, all the people Meagan has discovered as otherworldly beings must flee to safety, herself and Ric included. If they’re not around for Owain to discover them, they might make it to Underhill through one of the many other gateways—but who could they trust? Already it was clear there was a traitor in Aidan’s household. I rooted for them to make it, because if they didn’t, Ric faced… Nope, not telling you. Despite a stop along the way that brings more trouble as well as Meagan being able to use her new magical abilities, they arrive at Blaine the Black’s, where Meagan meets a whole host of new people. Soon after, they make it to Underhill, where Owain’s influence is in full swing and trouble meets them there.

The “blinking”, or “poofing” as Meagan called it.

She not only looked idiotic, she probably looked like an idiotic raccoon.

Since he’d turned the bloody thing off the night before… (LOL)

…Meagan thought about telling her to fuck off. (LOL)

She wondered if it worked for laundry, or cleaning bathrooms.

Ear boy.

“It’s pure, fucking, concentrated evil.”

A gay werewolf. That’s something you don’t see on the late-late show.

Fairy. Tale. Palace. On steroids.

Her Royal Bitchiness.

Not even on old reruns of Dynasty.

Motor City Fae is a really cool tale where our world mixes with another, with people of many fantasy races, all living together in harmony—until someone like Owain comes along, of course. A delightful read that holds your attention, because there’s something interesting and important going on in every chapter. No “filler” from this author!

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