Sweet Magik by Penny Watson
(Klaus Brothers #2)
Wild Rose Press (Nov 2011)
Ebook, 302 pages
Yes, that’s right.. this is an adult book and one of the main characters is the son of Santa!
As I hadn’t read the first in this series I was rather dubious as to how this was going to pan out, but it actually worked quite well.
Oskar Klaus is a snowboarding, green haired, heavily tattooed hunk that people tend to treat as eye candy and something of a playboy instead of taking him seriously. Unlike the other brothers in the family Oskar has a hard time explaining what it is that he does for a living, and feels that he is rather unimportant in the world of Klaus. You see he works for his Dad, the big Mr Klaus himself, but where as his brothers have jobs they can discuss in the real world, Oskar is the head of HR, except that should actually be ER..Elf Resources.
The brothers are out partying at a charity function, when Oskar sees Kiana Grant across the crowded room. She stands out a mile, as she is the only one there dressed like a librarian. Thick glasses and tailored suit, hair in a bun, Kiana may look like a librarian stereotype, but there is something about her that grabs Oskars attention away from the stunning supermodels surrounding him.
Kiana was born and raised in Oahu, Hawaii. She loved the beach, and surfing but she had to escape her dubious upbringing by her drug using, free living, parents, and she finally managed to make it to the main land and has taken a job in the New York Library. She lives with her long time friend, volunteering in a local bookstore on weekends and holidays.
As the New year comes in, Kiana and Oskar are sat talking about books in a cosy corner. As they kiss to see in the new year, Oskar knows he is right to suspect something is hidden away under Kiana’s frumpy exterior.
Oskar is not the only one wondering about who is hiding what, and when Oskar leaves Kiana standing on her doorstep suddenly after a strange phone call, Kiana decides to try and find out whats going on. As she tries to puzzle out why he would be leaving from the roof, she stumbles upon something that makes her question her sanity, and she finds herself on something of a “road trip”, which lands her smack bang in the middle of Oskar’s life at the North Pole.
Oskar has been called home to find his office blown to smithereens and the usually quiet Glasdorf is in a quiet state of shock. Whilst there Kiana encounters a young elfin girl desperate for help, she is pulled even further into a strange world of drunken elves, a sexy Santa, and a walking talking snowman. Kiana and Oskar end up working together to try and find out who is causing the problems, which are gradually getting more and more violent.
Sweet Magik started out really promising, and I was hooked at the beginning. Perhaps I just like the image of a green haired tattooed snowboarding hunk rocking my world, turning a librarians world upside down with hot and steamy kisses. I loved the initial humour, and found the elves a constant source of amusement. But then for me it all went a bit wrong, and the frustrating thing is I am struggling for a why. The storyline was sweet enough, and there was a mystery to be solved (although you know who the baddie is from the outset) which gave the characters something to be doing. But some of the writing was just a bit .. meh. I can understand a manly man being unimpressed when the love of his life stands up against a madman, making him angrier, and so putting her life in more danger than it already was, but it seemed totally out of character for Oskar to come in and be furious with Kiana for putting herself in such a situation, and then it all blows over so quickly!
If you want a nice christmassy read, with some fun, magic, and a bit of drama, then I am sure you will enjoy Sweet Magik. It was a nice way to pass an evening or two but not something that will have to stay on my bookshelf, and I am sad to say left me feeling a little flat after such a promising start. For that reason I am going to give it two and a half stars.
BOOKS IN SERIES ORDER
- Sweet Inspiration
- Sweet Magik
BUY YOUR COPY