A Magician’s Wand by Jay Blair

AUTHOR’S BLURB: In this day and age, it’s often hard to find something to be happy about. Everyone is forced into the proper roles that society has decided on, and it doesn’t matter whether you like it or not.

Beckett Lucks knows that isn’t the kind of life he wants, however. Ever since he was a little kid, he always wanted to be a magician but his parents disapproved. When they found out he was also gay, they disowned him. After that, he kept trying to get his first gig putting on a magic act but never had any luck. That is, until he meets Lee Garnette.

Lee and his sister run their parents’ bar and grill, but the restaurant has fallen on hard times. As the day draws closer to when the bank will repossess the property, Lee discovers that their only chance of turning a profit is to get some live entertainment going. Beckett is hired for the job, but Lee never counted on there being any magic between them.

Is it possible that Beckett might find his own happiness with Lee, while trying to bring some to others?

This book is not suitable for anyone under the age of 18. This book does not end in a cliffhanger and has a happy ending.

MY REVIEW: This is a sweet, charming tale. You really get a feel for how Lee requires breaking things down and plodding along in his chosen direction toward a goal. There’s also a very real sense of how sweet and gentle Beckett is. The biggest discrepancy is that they go from saying they like each other in the office to Lee showing up uninvited and unplanned at Beckett’s apartment two weeks later. What happened in between then? Did they date? Did they talk? Did they form a band? Act like chimpanzees? It was rude and presumptuous and well, yeah, a little sexy even if wrong and stupid and improbable.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book.

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