So when a major donor to the aquarium demands Ellaine find a magician for her granddaughter’s birthday party, all she can imagine is a long line of card chuckers and coin flippers wearing cheesy sequined vests. Instead, she gets Xander Hollatz, a sophisticated, powerful man in a crisp suit, with nimble fingers and a warm smile. He’s the man for the job, no doubt. And, to her surprise, she realizes he might be the man for her, too. Will she let her doubts get in the way of their feelings for each other? And when everything goes wrong at the birthday party, will he be able to perform a miracle to save the day? Sleight of Hand #1: Private Performance is a 17,000-word novella, introducing readers to Ellaine and Xander’s passionate and tender romance, to the fascinating wildlife inhabiting the aquarium, and to the mysterious world of professional magicians.
|3.5 Lots of Potential Stars|
Ellaine Greene has a new man in her life, the famous magician Xander Hollatz. He’s ripped, kind, and mysterious — nothing like her ex-husband. He has even volunteered to perform at her aquarium’s annual fundraising gala. But she’s still having trouble leaving the past behind, especially when her ex shows up to beg for money. Before the new couple knows it, someone’s trying to break into Xander’s mansion to steal the secrets of his many famous illusions. Ellaine’s ex becomes their prime suspect. But maybe it’s actually the up-and-coming street magician they’ve befriended. Or maybe it’s even someone from Xander’s mysterious past. Whoever the thief is, if he uncovers and reveals the secret of Xander’s newest illusion for the fundraiser, the event will be a disaster. Ellaine may lose her job. And there’s a still greater question: Is this feeling they share together just lust — or is it something more? Find out in this 74,000-word book, the second volume in the Sleight of Hand series
|3.5 Would Have Been Better As A Novel Stars|
This is again a novella length story and it’s an example of why I’m not a massive fan of short stories.
This book starts with a bang I LOVE Xander and his sexy factor doubled by the fact that he introduces a bit of kink into the mix!!!
I really liked Shay and his white boy gangster patter lol!
The first half of this novella is brilliant and I really got back into the story. Unfortunately the second half was just information overload and I’m gutted that what were brilliant plot ideas were rushed to make them fit into the word count.
Don’t get me wrong I still enjoyed the story and even Ellaine grew on me a bit. I just really wish this had been a full length novel!!
I would have loved to explore the Reynolds aspect more and even just seen a bit more of a romance with Xander and Elaine.
This just ended far too soon 3.5 stars