A Heroine Full Of Quirks Meets A Grumpy Magician: New Orleans Rush by Kelly Siskind

NEW ORLEANS RUSH

by Kelly Siskind
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Ever After Romance
Publication Date: April 23nd 2019
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★1/2
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷
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New Orleans Rush was a different read for me. I was drawn to it as it sounded like it was something new from Kelly Siskind. Plus, who can resist a New Orleans setting? I had a good time reading this book overall. There were moments that I thought were a bit slow, but it was an enjoyable read overall.

The characters in this book are what I would call quirky. They are not the kind I'm used to in romance novels and that certainly felt refreshing. Beatrice is an artist who is struggling a bit with her career. In the spur of the moment, she decides to follow her boyfriend to New Orleans only to find out that he wants to break off their relationship. Beatrice has no place to call home and circumstances lead her right into the arms of a grumpy magician and his brothers. I liked Beatrice. Even when she was down on her luck, she remained fairly perky and had a very sunny perspective of her life. She may have had no experience with magic and performance, but she fit right in with the Marvelous Marlow Boys as a magician's assistant. I liked how even though this wasn't her career, she had all these smart ideas of how to help improve business for these guys.

Huxley Marlow was quite the contrast to Beatrice. While she had a very sunny disposition, he was more grumpy and quiet. This kind of pairing is one of my favorite tropes so I was all for it in New Orleans Rush. I felt for Huxley. He had a lot on his plate and he wanted to make sure that his brothers were taken care of. Underneath the surly front, he was quite the sweetheart. I loved his bond with his brothers. They were a hilarious bunch and I loved their interactions. With everything going on in his life, Huxley hadn't had much time for romance, but Beatrice changes all that. They instantly connected and a sweet romance develops between them. I can't say it was particularly memorable for me, but I didn't have any complaints about it either. Plot-wise, I thought there was a little too much going on and it could be slow at times. There were some storylines that I didn't care for, especially the crime storyline involving Beatrice's father. Thankfully, it didn't take away too much from my enjoyment of the book. I will say that I was as grumpy as Huxley when I had to take extra steps to read the epilogue as it wasn't available in the ARC.

New Orleans Rush was a fun story that you should try if you're looking for a different sort of romance. If I'm not mistaken this will be a series and I'm looking forward to reading them!

Have you read any romance novels set in New Orleans? What are some of your favorites?
Let me know in the comments below!

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