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Monday, April 13, 2009

Fortune’s Favor by Lia Connor

Fortune’s Favor by Lia Connor
Publisher: Changeling Press
Length: Short (55 pgs)
Genre: Paranormal
Type: M/F/M, Menage
Rating: Four cherries
Review by Lotus

Fortune favors the brave…

Nicky thinks she made the biggest mistake of her life four years ago -- falling into bed with her two best friends. Not that it would have been a problem if she hadn’t heard them regretting what they shared the next day. Since that night, Nicky’s been eating her heart out. She loves her boys too much -- she can’t bear the thought of coming between them.

Something’s got to give. Anyone with eyes can see Nicky and her men belong together. A couple of helping hands from unlikely, magical sources give Nicky what she needs -- a second chance to claim her men -- if only she’s got the courage to take what she wants…

Fortune’s Favor is a good old-fashioned fairy tale… with threesomes and sex magic and giant dildos. Seriously, though, isn’t that what you’re here for? Lia Connor’s little book about second chances and true, honest-to-goodness magic is just the sort of thing I always look for in fantastic romance. It’s written with the purest kind of escapism in mind, and this is precisely what it delivers. Whereas it can be great fun to read an angst-ridden space opera or the saga of a half-human/half-elf discovering the world of BDSM, sometimes you just want to curl up with a book about how the world could be magic, and how that magic could lead a bunch of idiots to love and lasting happiness. If that’s what you’re looking for right now, this is the book for you.

It’s really the women in Fortune's Favor that drive the story. All of the characters work for Mama Elise, a mysterious shop owner who has a subtle magic of her own. Nicky and her lady friends are lusty, independent women, all of whom are flawed and imperfect in addition to being deeply sympathetic. They are who they are, without apology. Nicky has issues with trust, and the central misunderstanding of the book stems from this. Normally I would bring down the fires of heaven on an author who allowed not talking about something to create distance between her lovers, but in this case it’s in character and can be forgiven. Ross and Taylor are lovely, but are really not complete characters. They are always Ross-and-Taylor, the dynamically gay duo who Nicky is collectively in love with. The fact that you can barely tell them apart is troubling, and it says a lot about the rest of the characters that the story moves smoothly around them

In spite of these flaws, there is a lovely intimacy to this story, like it was written with real love and a deep interest in the characters. Best of all, it deals with magic—real, fairy tale magic. The kind that’s granted by a mysterious stranger as a reward for a good deed, but also the kind that can get terribly out of control if not used wisely. Fortune’s Favor is earthy, sexy, and over-the-top romantic, and an original urban fairy tale designed for all us who never grew out of wanting a happily-ever-after.

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