REVIEW: MOVIE MAGIC by Michelle Garren Flye

GENRE: Contemporary Romance

SERIES: Sleight of Hand (Book #4)


About the Book


Sabrina Parker has spent her professional life creating unbelievable stunts and magical effects for movies and stage magicians. Now she needs some special magic to help her bring her movie to life. Her search leads her to the very unlikely stage of Walt Bryson, host of a long-running children’s television show in Beaufort, North Carolina.

Walt isn’t terribly happy about taking Hollywood’s call. He’s never sought the same notoriety as his colleagues Ian Logan and Andre Hawke. But there’s something about the beautiful, levelheaded Ms. Parker, and when he reads her screenplay, he knows he wants to work with her. For the first time in years, he’s willing to put tragedy behind him and make real magic.

Can Walt and Sabrina use love as their guide or will their past mistakes haunt their future?

Read an Excerpt

She missed the pleasant buzz from the rum. The coffee cleared things up for her too much. Half of her really wanted nothing more than to drink rum and make out with him on this couch in the late afternoon sun while the deck below them bustled with waiters and the other pirates cleaning up from the afternoon. She really wanted to give in to some crazy impulse. She glared at the innocent cup of coffee. “I miss the rum.”

He laughed softly, brushing her hair back from her face, his fingers tangling briefly in the soft curls. “So do I.” His gaze flickered to her lips and she knew in that moment that she wouldn’t need the rum buzz to kiss him. Oh please, just kiss me already. The thought whispered in her heart, and all she could see for a breathless moment was his lips.

He brushed his thumb over her lips, so tenderly her belly filled with a melting fire. But then he backed away with a reluctant smile. “But maybe we don’t need rum, huh?”

She drew in a sharp breath, realizing dizzily that she’d stopped breathing several seconds before. “I guess not.” She bit her lip, straightening her spine and shoving away her disappointment. “We’ll have to watch that.”

My Review

Although part of a series, Movie Magic can be read as a standalone book. There is some crossover from the previous books but it does not diminish the story in any way.

The author has written a cute romance with just enough details about movie making and Hollywood to garner your interest. The juxtaposition with the small town North Carolina setting is nearly as entertaining as the great chemistry between the two main characters.

My only qualm about the book was the sheer number of supporting characters and whether or not they all needed to be there. I would have liked more time with Sabrina and Walt.

I enjoyed this book very much and, time permitting, intend to go back and start the series at the beginning.

About the Author

Michelle Garren Flye is an award-winning author of romance and women’s fiction. Reviewers have described her work as: “an engaging novel with charming and likable characters”, a story that “will make you believe in love and second chances”, and a “well-written and thought-provoking novel.”

Michelle placed third in the Hyperink Romance Writing Contest for her short story “Life After”. Her short stories have been published by the romance anthology Foreign Affairs,, and She has served on the editorial staffs of Horror Library, Butcher Shop Quartet and Tattered Souls.

Michelle has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is the mother of three and lives in North Carolina with her husband and their rapidly growing collection of pets.

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A Giveaway

Michelle Garren Flye will be awarding $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Follow the Tour

This is a four-week review tour. You are welcome to visit the previous sites for more reviews and even more chances to enter and win.

December 14: My Reading Journeys
December 14: Sharing Links and Wisdom
December 21: The Reading Addict
December 21: Locks, Hooks and Books
January 4Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
January 4Harlie’s Books
January 4Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
January 11Jennifer Macaire, Tell me a Story
January 11Fabulous and Brunette

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It’s been my pleasure hosting this leg of Michelle’s review tour. Please come back again next week for more authors, books and giveaways. Also, join me the week of January 15-19th when I’ll be featuring New England authors.


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16 Responses to REVIEW: MOVIE MAGIC by Michelle Garren Flye

  1. Bernie Wallace says:

    What books are you looking to read in 2018? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win.

  2. Lisa Brown says:

    congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  3. Thanks for the great review!

  4. Victoria says:

    I enjoyed reading your post – thanks for sharing 🙂

  5. Bernie Wallace says:

    What is a good book to read on a cold day? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

  6. Karen H says:

    Enjoyed reading your review of this book.

  7. Nikolina Vukelic says:

    Shared on G+ to help spread the word, good luck with the book tour!

  8. Audrey Stewart says:

    I loved this post! Thank you to this blog for my intro to Michelle Garren Flye andher work. Great job…both of you.

  9. As my tour is over, I’m just stopping by one last time to thank everyone (hosts and visitors!) for reading and/or commenting! It’s been great getting to know some new folks, and I hope to see you again. 🙂

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