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A Man of Character

(Magic of Love #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  376 ratings  ·  132 reviews
What would you do if you discovered the men you were dating were fictional characters you'd created long ago?

Thirty-five-year-old Catherine Schreiber has shelved love for good. Keeping her ailing bookstore afloat takes all her time, and she’s perfectly fine with that. So when several men ask her out in short order, she’s not sure what to do…especially since something abou
Paperback, 334 pages
Published May 26th 2015 by Locked On Love Publishing (first published May 15th 2015)
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May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Looks like my previous review disappeared into the the void somewhere, so let's try again!

I'm familiar with Margaret's writing from the weekly flash fiction contest we participate in (Flash! Friday), so I already know that she is a great writer that can create fun scenarios and interesting characters in very few words. I was genuinely curious what she could do with tens of thousands of words to play with, so I downloaded her debut novel as soon as I heard about it.

I have to admit I was a little
Kathryn Barrett
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a refreshing, old fashioned read! Okay, I know that sounds like an oxymoron, but if you've read a lot of contemporary romance lately, you know they're all starting to sound the same: first person, deep DEEP pov, characters who are self-absorbed and self-obsessed, and almost always a vampire or two, if it's meant to be a paranormal.

This book, while it is a paranormal, doesn't dwell too much on the paranormal aspect--Cat, the main character who discovers she has the power to create her own h
Nov 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
I received this book as a giveaway on Goodreads.

The scenario is engaging. When bookstore owner Cat's written fantasies come to life, she has to chose between them or another, harder to get man. The characters are cute, the story is cute, but not much more.

This book could have delved more into the nature of love, and the impact of betrayal. Not that the book intended to be a monument to realism, but many times I just didn't get or believe the main character. Following the harsh betrayal of her f
Lillian Bittle
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Here's the basic story line:
A 35-year-old bookstore owner decides she is finally ready to move on with her life and start dating again. After receiving an old manuscript from her mother (who mailed it to her after her father's death) Cat (the bookstore owner) starts being swamped by cute, eligible, dreamy guys asking her out. There's Derrick, the constant high school jock; Grayson, the poetry quoting player; William, the billionaire tycoon who is every girl's idea of Prince C
M.A. Scott
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very droll. A delightful romp that’s layered and filled with fascinating characters, each playing an important role in this convoluted romantic fantasy adventure that’s also an exploration of a woman’s, perhaps everywoman’s, psyche and imagination. Locke’s writing style is natural and pleasurable to read. A wonderfully entertaining read. I look forward to reading more of her work.
N.W. Moors
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a cute read. The men are interesting and attractive and the other characters engaging. I didn't like the heroine Cat in the first part of the book, but as the book went on her personality changed (I guess back to what she was before she was jilted) and she became more fun. The concept of the magic book was entertaining and I'm a sucker for bookstore owners and Austen, so this book was perfect for a quick read.
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was well done. I am often skeptical of magical realism since it requires a suspension of belief that I don't always like to give, but Margaret Locke did a good job with this one! I think what helped with the magical side of things was that the main character, Cat, also had her doubts. She didn't readily accept what was happening, which helped make her character, and the story, more real. It had When in Rome and Kate & Leopold vibes, which made for fun reading. Loved the story and the de ...more
Nicole Evelina
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-fiction
A Man of Character is such a fun book! It's lighthearted (which is how I like my romance), sexy without being dirty, with just enough magic to make the never-grown-up believer in you happy, but enough reality to make your jaded adult self believe magic just could happen. There's actually less about the big magic item than I would have expected (may I suggest a novella giving us the back story on that item and maybe even letting us read it, Ms. Locke?), but it leaves more room to focus on the rom ...more
Annie McDonnell
Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“A Man of Character” by Margaret Locke
Simply Brilliant Novel, from beginning to end! Not your typical love story!! You will certainly fall in love with each character, even the cat, Elvis.
“A Man of Character” is a HIT!!! Margaret Locke’s first novel is a true gift to any of us that enjoy romantic comedies with a whimsical twist. And, her book is definitely whimsical! In such a delicious way!
I was enamored with this story from the beginning! This book is the perfect recipe for many of us to enjoy
Donna McBroom-Theriot
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! And before I write my review, I have to say that when I saw the second book excerpt at the end, I was super excited.

This storyline – having characters from stories you wrote about the perfect man come to life – is a new one to me. I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline. Not to give away too much of the story, I found it quite interesting how the “perfect” men of Catherine’s stories came to life and she fought a hard battle with her feelings before realizing that what was perfect m
Tamara Shoemaker
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The premise of this book riveted me from the get-go. Cat Schreiber gains possession of a medieval manuscript that, somehow, gives her the power to create the perfect man. When three men show up in her life, all of them familiar characters from those long-ago stories, Cat has to decide if she wants a storybook romance that she's penned herself, or if she should hope for something more.

It's a fascinating read. The characters are well-developed. Cat's story arc is seamlessly done, growing from a cl
May 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book showed up under my Amazon recommendations. I liked the cover and read the blurb and instantly had to click buy. What a great idea to have Book Boyfriends come to life. It’s every girl’s fantasy or at least it is one of mine to have BB’s I’ve read about over the years come to life.

There is more to this story than just BB coming to life. When looking back on the story you can see how Cat grows and progresses during her life in what she wanted, what she needed, and what she deserved. Cat
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a fun concept for a book and I absolutely loved every minute of it.

What would you do when after 6 years of hiding away from men in general, you became the one that everyone was chasing after. Well that's exactly what happens to Catherine. The men of her dreams all of a sudden become a reality. Not really sure as to why the sudden change until her and her best friend figure out that it has to do with an ancient manuscript she received as a present from her father (years after his death) that
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Imagine being able to create the perfect man, but simply creating him in a story. That's exactly what happens to Cat - only she didn't know she had that power. As Cat suddenly meets all these men, and begins to realize that they had similarities to short stories she penned as a teenager, Cat's world is turned upside down. It's a really fun read, leaving every girl who reads it the hope that she too can create the perfect person for herself.
Sarah ~Book Addict~
Very interesting read. Kind of a mix of chic lit, sweet romance, some steam and a paranormal type twist. I ended up really enjoying it and definitely want to continue with this series. A new-to-me author I look forward to reading more by. Loved Cat and Eliza and their friendship and each man was great in his own way. I recommend checking out this book.
~I received this book from Reading Alley in exchange for an honest review~
May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I don't usually read romances, but I couldn't quit reading this one. It arrived in the mail late Thursday, and I finished it Friday morning. This novel has a clever premise, cool characters, a neat twist toward the end (a perfect set-up for the sequel), and a great sense of humor. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and can't wait for Margaret Locke's next work.
Margaret Locke
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Margaret by:
Take my own review with a grain of salt, of course, but I have to say it was a blast to write about Cat, her bestie Eliza and their various shenanigans. I hope you enjoy reading this story as much as I enjoyed crafting it.
Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Not my typical genre really, but a good quick read. The characters were well established and easy to like, making it an enjoyable book to read.
Oct 02, 2017 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the plot of this book, Cat and the guys chasing her were very entertaining, as was her relationship with Eliza.
From the moment Ben was introduced I wanted him to be the winner of her heart, though.
You’ll have to read and see who captures her love on your own.

What I didn’t like about the book was that I felt like I was reading an older historical romance, when it was set in the 21st century. The language was an old fashioned and modern mixture and it just didn’t click for m
Elissa Mahler
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was blessed with a free copy of this book, and have chosen of my own volition to share my review with you!

Wow, another great read from Margaret Locke! The characters are well-developed. The story line has a steady flow with a few unexpected twists and turns. There is a bit of sexuality in the book, but overall a clean read.

Imagine being given an ancient family heirloom that can change your own future. Cat, the main character, has been given just this kind of gift; except she is given no direct
Kathy Settle
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I have completed by this author and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The story line was creative and compelling which kept me interested and made me think. I will look for other books by Margaret Locke. I listened to the book rather than reading it as I have a very long daily commute. The narrator, Kathryn LaPlante is very talented. She has a very captivating voice which she skillfully adjusts to embody each character. Very impressed!
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy from instafreebie, with no obligation to leave feedback.
This was a good story. The flow started to slow, but after a certain point picked up. The main characters are mostly likable, there are a few points that Cat bugged me, it was hard to like her at first. Ben, though likable all a long thru the book, just seemed on the fence about Cat too much thru most of the book. Loved the supporting friend Eliza. I'm interested in reading the next book, cause it's her story, & h
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting problem

Cat receives a medieval manuscript with a intriguing poem in Latin. It implies that live stories written will take flesh or become real. Soon she needs to choose from 4 very different men. Most interesting is what happens to her best friend Eliza when she writes about her. Lots of fun.
Sherry Westendorf
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a fun and enjoyable book to read. To have several men wanting to date you and to then realize they are who you made up. what fun and exciting. I read this and reread this, This is one of my favorites. Very well written. I recommend it. I was given a review copy and voluntarily review it.
Nicole Normand
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book for free from the author at; this is my honest review. 4 stars.
This is my first book with this author and I was pleasantly surprised. The editing was expertly done; I just found a few errors but nothing to keep you off track. When I first read the description, I thought about two movies I had watched in the same vein ("Ruby Sparks" & "Stranger than Fiction"). This is another take on a writing/coming-to-life story. The prologue sets off the story of what could hav
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Fast enjoyable read. Combined my love of contemporary romance, fantasy, books, Jane Austen books, humor. I'm eager to read more by Margaret Locke.
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book reminded me a lot of Between the Lines . A magical, mystical mix of fantasy and fiction
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fun book... Story is about a young woman who can write stories and create her dream man. Not much to it but definitely a fun summer read.
Sara Tranum
Feb 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Meet Catherine (Cat) Schreiber, singleton, bookstore owner and heir to an ancient manuscript with magical powers. She shies away from romantic entanglements ever since a life-altering moment at the altar, and for years has been successful. That is, until Cat’s mother presents her with the manuscript, bestowed upon her from her paternal grandmother. It comes with the promise of great power and love, but with that power comes even greater responsibility. Cat struggles to understand the magic conta ...more
Aanandita Maitra
Aug 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The consequences of a dream come true....

What would you do if you held a unique magic in your hands? What will be your reaction if you had the power to turn your fantasy into reality? If you were able to create your dream man and make your writing turn him into flesh what will be the consequences? And most importantly, is your Mr. Perfect really what you want in life?
These are the main questions around which Margaret Locke's A Man Of Character revolves around. The story contains Cat, a bookstore
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