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Alice Janell

Whovian Browncoat. Fantasy author. Avid knitter and pretend cooking show host. Please send Milky Way Midnight Minis.

Casting Spells (Sugar Maple, #1)

Casting Spells  - Barbara Bretton Since the only knitting books I know of are either books with patterns or cozy mysteries, I was intrigued. I stuck the title on my TBR list and moved on.

Well, I finally read it.

And though this is probably categorized as a paranormal romance, it's really a cozy/fluffy romance with some paranormal elements.The plot is not at all complex and neither, for that matter, are the characters.

The most interesting relationship dynamic, to me, was between Chloe and her male best friend (who happens to be a faerie). Her best friend is in love with her, but of course, she doesn't share those feelings. Instead, she falls almost immediately in love with the cop.

The book switches POV between Chloe and the cop, and I thought it would have been better if it had just stuck with Chloe. The cop is not very interesting inside his head. His use of descriptions include things like "Catherine Zeta-Jones look-a-like" and "the Julie Roberts looking one" over and over and over again. I thought it was kind of funny the first time he used the starlets to describe Chloe's best friends, because I imagine a lot of guys would do that in their head, but over and over? It got old.

Chloe on the other hand, despite her super sweet demeanor, was fun to read. As a knitter, her descriptions about the yarn and knitting in general where spot on. Knitters who read this will appreciate the mention of yarns, like Koigu. Non-knitters, however, might scratch their heads for a moment and move on.

Because this book has all the edginess of a basket of sleeping kittens, there's no steam or sizzle with the romance aspect. It's just a sweet, almost-love-at-first-sight kind of thing.

There are some silly moments that make the book worth reading. As Chloe falls in love, she starts gaining control of her powers. This puts her in awkward situations, like making her wine glass float and spill on the cop or hovering in mid-air for a moment.

So for some cute, light reading fun, I can recommend this. If, however, you want something with a bit more bite and sexy sizzle, look elsewhere.

2.5 stars