New Orleans Rush by Kelly Siskind

“You’re now a member of the Marvelous Marlow Boys magic ensemble, along with me and two of my brothers. Two nights a week, you’ll perform on stage as our assistant.”

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Synopsis:

When Beatrice Baker makes an impromptu move to New Orleans she never expected to get dumped by her boyfriend 4 days later, or to be hounded by a loan shark, and she definitely didn’t expect to end up on stage with a magician performing in a run-down theater for no pay. Now she’s stranded with a car full of paintings and nowhere to go.

Huxley Marlow is a man of many tricks, and many scars. Nine years ago he witnessed his father’s death on stage and ever since then he’s tried to keep his dream alive by keeping the theater together and the family that doesn’t blame him for the death of Max Marlow. The theater where is family performs their nightly magic routines is in trouble of being shut down and there are plenty of people other magicians in the community who would love to see it happen.

A whirlwind connection meets an unlikely pair in this colorful and unique romance set in the jazzy south. Siskind spins a story that will leave you smiling along with its characters in this adorable romance.

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I received this ARC through NetGalley and it in no way sways my opinion of its contents

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My Thoughts:

Upon requesting this ARC I had absolutely no idea what it was about but I’m glad I was approved. We open on an unlikely tale between a magician and a painter who both have skeletons in their closet (who doesn’t honestly?) Bea ends up making a drunken mistake and ends up in the servitude of Huxley, a scarred magician with a hero complex and a love for romance novels; although he definitely wouldn’t tell you.

The novel was so endearing and the unique personification of its characters kept me reading; Beatrice wears loud patterned clothing and tends to ramble a lot when she gets anxious but she’s a glorious painter. Huxley is unlike a lot of romance hotties in the way that he isn’t conventionally attractive due to a nasty altercation, and he certainly isn’t the most emotionally available. The connection between the two characters was palpable and built upon mutual trust and understanding of the other’s wants and needs so I loved that.

The climax and “sex scenes” left me wanting more (no pun intended) but I can genuinely say that I didn’t see the ending coming and I absolutely found myself invested in the stories and various lives of each character. I love the bond between Axel, Fox, & Huxley (The Marlow Brothers) and I was very impressed with how self aware Beatrice was, like I would totally love to be her friend. I didn’t find it hard to get through the story and the resolution happened naturally and fit the story well. I can’t wait to read the epilogue when it comes out. The love and passion that the characters had for their respective careers was clear and the author was able to present clear conflicts for the characters to overcome in their personal lives.

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Wrap-Up:

Overall I found the story to be endearing and entertaining; I’d never read a book with this premise or particular romance trope so I was really pleased to see that. I would recommend to anyone who wants to read a book that would be an easy intro into the romance genre. I rated this book 3.8/5 🌟

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  1. […] Rush by Kelly Siskind was an ARC I recently finished and you can find all of my thoughts on it here✨ I hope you find Beatrice and Huxley’s relationship as endearing as I […]

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