***Blog Tour – Sleight of Hand Series by Reese Gallloway – Private Performance – Repeat Performance – 3.5 Stars***

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Sleight of Hand Series by Reese Galloway Private Performance & Repeat Performance

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Private Performanceby Reese GallowaySleight of Hand #1 


Publication Date: October 13, 2014 
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Synopsis:

Ellaine Greene has simple desires. She just wants to do her best as the event coordinator for the local aquarium, to support environmental conservation efforts, and to keep immature man-children out of her life.

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.


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My Review
3.5 Lots of Potential Stars
Private Performance is book #1 in the Sleight of Hand series, this is the first book I have read by this author and I was gifted both book #1 & #2 in exchange for honest reviews so here goes….

This is a novella length story so a super quick read and only a quick insight into the characters.

I’m going to be honest and say I didn’t really warm to Ellaine, she just seems like a bit of a miserable cow. I’m hoping that her character with grow on me as I did enjoy the premise for the story.

Now Xander is a completely different kettle of fish, I instantly thought he was adorable, he’s a hunk of a man who is a magician (weirdly this is totally hot) and he’s also a bit tortured. I really liked him and now I need to know what happened to make him quit magic!!

There is one seriously intense sex scene in this novella, in places it’s a little awkward but still very hot!!!

I feel like this series has loads of potential, I liked the connection between Ellaine and Xander, my only concern being that I just feel he’s a bit too cool for Ellaine who seems like a bit of a geek!!

Never the less I’m looking forward to the next instalment in this series 3.5 stars.
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Publication Date: October 27, 2014 

Synopsis:

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

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3.5 Would Have Been Better As A Novel Stars
Repeat performance is book #2 in the sleight of hand series.

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

About the Author

Reese Galloway Reese Galloway loves great magic tricks, animals and bars of fancy soaps. Actually, his soap obsession is getting a little out of control.

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