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Logan Shoemaker’s honest, hardworking, and loves what he does. Though he never expects to get rich, he’s fared well enough to stay comfortable with his quirky metaphysical store, Shoemaker’s Magick Shoppe. But when the economy falls on hard times, his store pays the price. As each month passes, slow sales turn into no sales, and soon Logan’s living off ramen noodles and sl...more
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Published January 2009 by Amber Quill
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Lily
Logan Shoemaker is struggling to keep his store, Shoemaker's Magick Shoppe, afloat. As the economy worsens his store has been losing customers and sales and he now finds himself on the brink of financial disaster. Disheartened with the state of his life Logan is finding it hard to believe that he'll find a way out of the mess his life has become. When he gets drunk one night he calls out for help, never thinking that he'll get any, but there's magic in the air that night and his call is heard an...more
Vio
Loved it so much what an intense erotic love story this was. Hallan and Logan god the emotion and love in every caress and kiss was beautiful the want and need, the desperation making every moment last as long as possible yep it tugged at my heart strings. Fantasy at its best a dreamy magical gem a perfect pick me up and a definite keeper.
Monika
I loved this story! Short but oh so sweet I only wish it could have been longer. The connection between Logan and Hallan......*sigh* was so beautiful.

This book was pure romance in its best form, no angst just sweet, sweet loving. Being a big fan of fantasy it was great to have that element here.

Short book, short review but the book is in no way short of anything! I never like to write what the story is about in my reviews you can read that from the blurb and its best to experience some books wi...more
Candice
All I can say is that I loved this book. It was a very sweet and wonderful read.
Bookwatcher
Mirror can be tricky!


Logan don't know he has a magic mirror, and is all depressed and sad ... a lot... being depressed and sad about his life in front of that mirror.
Hallan is an elf (if I can be honesty, a hell of a hot one!) and he can see and hear Logan... doing that for almost 2 years he will fall in love.

So I can't say more because all the fun of the story is how can Logan get a better life, and how can Hallan get laid errrr get close to Logan to start a friendship ... yep, friendship is...more
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
I loved this book. It was a very, very sweet read, imo.

It starts off kind of depressing with Logan going through a rough time and about to lose his business. He asks for help and in comes Hallan, an elf from another world. Hallan has been watching Logan for the past two years (his time, 9 months Logan's time), through an elf mirror, and has fallen in love with Logan so when Logan asks for help, he drops everything he's doing to answer Logan's plea.

In the midst of the story, Hallan creates poti...more
Jay
I really enjoyed/loved this story and basically finished in one sitting that kept me up way to late on a "school" night. And who doesn't love retreating into a fantasy world for a change.

The connection between Logan and Hallan is beautiful. Logan doesn't ask for much he just wants to be happy with the shop he loves and to have someone in his life. Hallan sees the good in Logan and wants nothing more than to with him. Do they connect? You will have to read to find out.

I usually shy away from shor...more
Ami
I love M.L. Rhodes's fantasy stories -- they are so much better than her contemporary ones :p. There is so much tenderness in this story, emotions that are so deep. Starting with the loneliness and yearning for a better life, coming from Logan, the Shoemaker. Then that love coming from Hallan. It's a lovely romance that makes my heart just all warm and fuzzy.

Complaints: I wish there are more scenes regarding Hallan's fight to get back to Logan's world. After Hallan makes that promise that he wil...more
Chris
Nicely done m/m fantasy romance about the owner of a new age shop who’s about to lose his business when help comes from a most unexpected source. (If you have a mysterious old mirror wrapped up and tucked away somewhere, I’d really recommend you get it out and hang it up!)
Jenre
The plot of this book revolves around our hero, Logan, who owns the sort of shop I used to frequent when I was a student indi chick and wore lots of black and purple clothing, long swishy skirts, Doc Martens and dangly ethnic ear-rings (stop sniggering at the back). The shop is called 'Shoemaker's Magick Shoppe' and sells all sorts of stuff from aromatherapy oils to books on witchcraft, from statues of dragons (OK, I admit, I had one of them) to tarot cards. Logan's shop is not doing well. His s...more
Elisa Rolle
In a little college small town Logan Shoemaker apparently has a good life, he is the owner of an old Victorian house he turned in a magick shop and lives upstair. The neighbors are nice and he is quite content with his life, if not for the financial trouble he is having: people don't believe no more in magic and his shop is always more empty.

In one of the darkest days of his life, after drinking a full bottle of red wine, Logan cries out for help... and someone listen to him. Hallan lives from t...more
DaisyGirl
3.5 stars rounded up to 4.0

Logan Shoemaker is the owner of Shoemaker’s Magick Shoppe, a quirky metaphysical store that has fallen on hard times. Sales have turned stagnant and Logan has been living off of ramen noodles while the electric company is threatening to cut off his power in the middle of winter. He has desperately tried to turn things around to no avail; and, he has grown more isolated and despondent by the day. When he finally hits rock bottom, Logan makes a heart-felt plea to the uni...more
Cheryl
Poor Logan is honest , hardworking and loves what he does. He helps little old ladies home and shovels their walk. But that dont pay the bills. He's doing everything he can to survive the bad economy. One night it's just too much that he lays his head down and asks the universe for help.
Surprise he has a magic mirror in his kitchen. On the other side is a elf named Hallan, who has been watching Logan for years. So the elf comes to his rescue and there is some "dreamy" elf sex (btw dreamy elf se...more
Ravyn
Not bad, but not one of my favorites from M.L. Rhodes. Quick explanation why? Too much sex, not enough story for my tastes. Also, I'm a big fan of fantasy, and I thought the fantasy elements in this book were seriously lacking. (Most of the action takes place in the human world, and very little about the elven world is really explained or expanded upon. Frankly, most of the book was sex rather than story.)
Mary
Short and perfect. Logan is sweet and soulful, Hallan is an elf who makes his dreams come true. To be clear, he's an elf in the Legolas sort of way, not in the Christmas or Keebler kind. So we're clear. There is also a subtle tie in between this one and The Draegan Lord series which is beyond great.
Christopher
Apr 14, 2014 Christopher rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Christopher by: Goodreads
I have no clue why I loved this story so much, so don't ask (kidding, you can ask away)! I was infuriated when I realized this "novel" actually constitutes a novella, and was pining for more when I reached the conclusion. For some reason, I fell in love with Logan (the protagonist); mostly because I could see him as a real person (hell, I could see him as me!). Throwing away the prospect of fortunes in this face-paced economy, Logan chose to pursue his passion: his magick shop. He is failing to...more
Carolyn88
This is a wonderful fantasy M&M Romance. We all want to believe in fairies, elves and magic. This book has it all along with hot men. What more can you ask for? I love, love, loved it.
Vivian ♪(┌・。・)┌
Such a short, sweet, lovely story.

So romantic -le sigh-

Recommended for those who enjoy this genre!
Taka
I loved this book. I'm not exactly sure how I came to read a gay book but I'm glad I did. I read a lot of slash fanfic and I'm a slasher at heart so it's amazing to find original fiction that meshes so well with what I like to read in my fanfic. Kudos. Done beautifully. I did find it a little light on plot though. Which is fine for a romance, but I could absolutely delve deeper into the world hinted at here. As well as the rest of these boys' story. It could be the start of an epic fantasy. nudg...more
Ana
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LutaWolf
This was like drinking hot chocolate on a cold winters day. Curled up comfy while the storm raged outside, I couldn’t put the book down. Sure there wasn’t this ultimate since of betrayal as you’ll find in most all books lately but that’s what made it even more of a treasure to me. It was more about something ordinary turning magical. An ordinary man making it day by day, having ordinary troubles as most of us do. The economy hasn’t been nice to many of us. It was a fairy tale story that I loved...more
Charly
Not Rhodes’s best, but still very good

Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.

Disclaimer(s):
* I have read only about 25 m/m romances, so I'm not an expert yet on the genre as a whole.
* I prefer romances that are more about feelings than sex. If a book has lots of lust-filled, dispassionate sex, I'm not impressed. If the sex is a manifestation of love, bring it on.

Rating: 8/10

Pros:
- Genuinely feel-good, rags-to-riches, "awww" story.
- Hot sex scenes - passionat...more
Kris
The Tasting:

Dislike/like (ending on a high note):

Dislike~ Let’s face it, you know from the outset that this is pretty much going to end happily ever after. I didn’t really dislike this exactly, but still a smidge too easy.

Like~ I HEART M L Rhodes’ work. She gives good romance. Enuf said.

Dislike~ I wanted a longer story. I wanted more angst, more conflict, more detail – in real time – about what was happening in the Elf world, etc.

Like~ Awww, Logan and Hallan. *sigh* Perfect characters for this s...more
Nik
This was quite good, cute, short and sweet. I only have 2 complaints for this story:

1) A bit unbelievable:
Yes, yes, I know its a fantasy novel, but I am not talking about one of the main characters being an elf. My problem lays with the fact that they fall in love too quickly, or at least one of them does. He also puts out a bit fast. But sex is sex, it was a nice *fan yourself* read

2) Too perfect ending: Everything just wraps up peeeeeerfectly at the end of the novel, not enough conflict in my...more
Melissa
Aww... a delightful novella.
Ashleigh Rena
I really wanted to like this book. I love elves so very much, and the hopeless life that Rhodes' main character was stuck in was very endearing. You really wanted him to be "rescued" (spiritually, if not physically) by his fantastical love-interest, and it was easy to root for their relationship.

However, in the end, it was fanfiction-level storytelling. And not a good fanfiction. I just couldn't overlook the writing for the story's sake, unfortunately. Really loved the idea, though.
Felicia (Ferishia)
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Mariah Thomas
not bad, sweet.
Shannon
I'm not much of a fantasy book reader but this was really good. Made me cry! Poor Logan has hit an all time low. About to lose his business with no hope in sight. He asks for help....and gets Hallan. An elf from a different world. And a sexy elf he is! Hallan helps him get his business back on track but can't stay with his love Logan or let Logan see him or he'll never be able to return. Sounds odd but so well written. Loved it!!
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