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To-do: Stop the bad guys. Rescue the wizard. Find the perfect outfit for New Year’s Eve.
At last, Owen Palmer, the dreamboat wizard at Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., has conjured up the courage to get Katie Chandler under the mistletoe at the office holiday party. But just when it looks like Katie has found her prince, in pops her inept fairy godmother, Ethelinda, to throw a wand into the works. Ethelinda’s timing couldn’t be worse. A plot hatched by MSI’s rogue ex-employees, Idris and his evil fairy gal pal Ari, threatens to expose the company’s secrets–and the very existence of magic itself. Even worse, it could also mean the end of Katie’s happily-ever-after.
Now Katie and Owen must work side by side (but alas, not cheek to cheek) to thwart the villains’ plans. Braving black-magic-wielding sorceresses, subway-dwelling dragons, lovelorn frog princes, and even the dreaded trip to meet Owen’s parents at Christmas, Katie and her beau are in a battle to beat Idris at his own sinister game. All mischief and matters of the heart will come to a head at a big New Year’s Eve gala, when the crystal ball will drop, champagne will pour, and Katie will find herself truly spellbound.
Praise for Shanna Swendson’s Once Upon Stilettos
“Magical and totally delightful . . . [a] quirky, lighthearted romance.”
“A fast and funny read. Chicklit meets urban fantasy.”
–Mary Jo Putney, author of The Marriage Spell
The latest charming paranormal from Swendson (Once Upon Stilettos) stars plain New Yorker Katie Chandler, whose immunity to magic paradoxically allows her to see all of the enchanted beings at work around her. After Katie shares a kiss with powerful wizard Owen Palmer-at the office party for Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., where both work-she's waiting for him to show up to their first real date when Ethelinda, an out-of-touch fairy godmother, materializes to work on Katie's romantic life. Katie waves her off dismissively, but when Owen shows up, he asks for a raincheck: cranky former friend Ari and absentminded bad-guy wizard Phelan Idris, who are in cahoots with some even badder guys, are out to bring magic to the masses. The two get to work, while, coincidentally, Katie's roommate Gemma is dating the rightful owner of the company run by Idris's backers. The loss of Katie's magic immunity and Ethelinda's old-fashioned meddling get added to the mix, and the book culminates in a fairy tale showdown. The unexpectedly poignant final pages hint at more sweetly imaginative doings to come.