by Tellulah Darling
Published: 9/26/15 by Ta Da Media
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Magic and Mayhem in Manhattan
Francesca Bellafiore comes from a nice Jewish family -- one that happens to have magical powers. Underneath her good-girl exterior, though, she’s a wannabe badass with dreams of becoming a paranormal detective.
Party boy Rafael Muñoz does everything possible to publicly disappoint his high profile father. Privately, it's a different story. His carefully crafted bad boy reputation masks the fact he’s a master illusionist, forced into solo covert ops. The role is wearing thin and Rafael longs to be part of a team.
When Francesca and Rafael meet, it’s love at first sight… For about five minutes. Rafael is spectacularly attractive—and, Francesca discovers, fully aware of the fact. Rafael knows from experience that girls like Francesca are more trouble than they’re worth.
So it sucks big time when they’re caught in a web of magic, minions, secrets, and enough sexual tension to power NYC. Their only chance to save the city and survive is to team up, trust each other–and maybe even fall in love.
Provided they don't kill each other first.
Get Real is a romantic comedy, urban fantasy whirlwind with sass, sex, and swoon.
My Thoughts: This is my second book by Tellulah Darling, the first being her Sam Cruz book, which was awesome by the way. After seeing the cover and reading the blurb, I couldn't wait to dive in and see what Darling had in store for her readers. The last line in the synopsis, "Get Real is a romantic comedy, urban fantasy whirlwind with sass, sex, and swoon," pretty much describes this book in a nutshell. Francesa's character was really likable. She struggles with what she desires to be and what she's expected to be, and her desire to be loyal to her family is admirable, while her sassiness, snark, and humor are just plain fun. I liked Rafael also, but it took a while for him to win me over. I did enjoy watching the different phases their relationship moved through over the course of the book.
Then, there is the magical component. While interesting, it was also a tad bit confusing keeping up with who was what and who did what. Then there was the fact that a couple of characters spoke different languages, which was a bit confusing at times as well. I did enjoy Darling's character building, as well as the secondary characters she created, and the fact that the story is told from more than one point of view. There is a lot more magic in the book that you would think by looking at the cover and reading the synopsis. That fact, mixed with the mystery, humor, romance, and chemistry make for a good read, which I did enjoy. I will say that you do have to pay close attention in order not to get lost in the complexity of the magical world Darling has created. This is the first book in the series, however, and I look forward to seeing where things go in the next installment.