Snarky waitress Christina Davenport lands in a world of trouble when she accepts a job as an assistant to a charming street performer. She'd wanted to be a magician and vowed to never again stand in the background holding some guy's props, but Christina has a score to settle—with her traumatic family history, with people telling her she can't hack it on her own. Her new boss has a dark side, but he could be her second chance, her redemption, her ticket to something bigger. If only she can learn from him before he discovers her secrets.
Boris (In the Name of Love) executes a bit of misdirection in this stage-magic-themed romance. Waitress Christina Davenport becomes the assistant (and soon the girlfriend) of Boston street performer Reynaldo the Magnificent, despite her complicated family history with magic and her distaste for wearing revealing outfits and playing second fiddle. Though initially unwilling to accept the support of medical resident Devon Park, who sees something's wrong when he brings his five-year-old nephew to the show, Christina reaches out to him for help once both realize they deserve better than their current dysfunctional relationships. Boris is delightful in interactions where relationships are working well, especially those among Devon, his nephew, and the rest of his loving, if demanding, Korean family, whose portrayal nicely counters "tiger mom" stereotypes. However, the tragic backstories of the characters come through as melodramatic and somehow distant, and Reynaldo's possessive aggression toward Christine evokes only a vague disgust instead of being terrifying. (BookLife)