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Love's Magic

(Revolutionary Heart #1)

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4.19  ·  Rating details ·  121 ratings  ·  71 reviews
Professor Nate Reese rushes to protect a female student and is severely injured at the hands of her assailant. Traumatized by the attack, Nate sets his feet on a no-holds-barred path of activism designed to force university officials into addressing the issue of on-campus assault. To his shock, his primary frustration comes not from the university, but from his partner, Da ...more
Kindle Edition, 196 pages
Published May 8th 2018 by Amazon (first published December 22nd 2017)
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Trio
What an absolutely stunning performance by Walker Williams! Mr. Williams’ voice is rich and appealing, and he takes care to use a distinct voice for each character. This is the first opportunity I’ve had to listen to this talented narrator, and I’m looking forward to many more.

Love’s Magic, the first book in Janice Jarrell’s Revolutionary Heart series, is the story of two couples facing… well, some trials.

I always like to see how authors handle established couples and Ms. Jarrell does a really n
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Karen
The blurb was definitely interesting and intriguing on this one and it turned out the story and the narrator were even better...full review to follow soonish!

'Love's Magic' is the story of how 1 event touches 4 lives, leaving them forever altered...

From the bigger picture issue of sexual assault and violent crimes in the setting of academia, Janice Jarrell takes us into the lives of four men, giving us a very up close and personal look at how one act of violence touches their lives...bringin
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Denise GremoryKohta
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shockingly so very good.

I'm sure you are wondering why I say shockingly. There are many reasons I say that. Reading the blurb for this book intrigued me. Seeing that this is Janice Jarrell's first full length novel had me very curious. From that blurb my two thoughts were that it sounded like a great plot concept but having four main characters and two distinct couples with their own love story seemed like such a big challenge. Here's the thing. She totally pulled it off. When we meet these guys
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Line
Jul 16, 2018 marked it as maybe
Freebie in this give-away for the next month: https://books.bookfunnel.com/mid-summ... ...more
Coco.V
Jul 05, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: freebie
🎁 FREE on Amazon today (7/5/2019)! 🎁
Sue
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
REVEALING*TOUCHING*BEAUTIFUL

This is a magnificently written story involving the romance and lives of two couples. David and Nate are college professors at a prestigious university. Their relationship is established and strong until Nate is savagely attacked defending a student. From there, the previous love and security that was a given, seems to be an illusion. The relationship between Colin, the campus top police officer and Josh is completely different. Josh is the new campus Title IX, who wo
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Lovingbooks1
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, audible
* AUDIOBOOK REVIEW *

I liked this story very much about couples and their very realistic personal challenges in every day life and extraordinary experiences.
No unnecessary descriptions of surroundings
Good dialogues
The storyline is good and progresses nicely to a happy ending
Well described characters that’s developed in to realistic personalities

Narrator:
Extremely enjoyable listening to, clear pronunciation and read with feelings

I fell in love with these characters
5 stars overall
Joyfully Jay
Sep 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.5 stars


Love’s Magic has a really unique set up as it combines the stories of two couples and weaves them together over the course of the book. I was impressed by the way Janice Jarrell manages to build these two storylines and nicely develop each of them, while still blending them throughout the book. It can sometimes be hard with four main characters to keep everything straight, but I never felt lost or confused as to which couple was the focus or where we were in the s
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Lee
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I wish I could give 100 stars for this book.

Janice Jarrell has written a book I wish I had written and not that I have written many. Janice has a soul that’s been places and is reflected in this moving, brilliant work that I can only call a masterpiece.

Let me give you reasons. A masterpiece is defined as a work of outstanding artistry, skill, or workmanship. Love’s Magic is an outstanding example of her skill.

Ms Jarrell juggles between two story lines and connects the two as seemlessly as a shu
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Russel D. (The Book Swain)
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars!

Love’s Magic by Janice Jarrell has two storylines. One is about two professors slash lovers (Nate and David) whose relationship is tested by a situation that involves the university where they both work, and the other is about two policemen (Colin and Joshua) who developed a stronger connection while working in the same department. The same line of work, same feelings. But just like any other romance where struggles always await, feelings are challenged by beliefs based on different ex
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Faye K
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a first book by this author and I absolutely loved it. The story had me with in the first paragraph as Nate and his boyfriend David bantered. But this also includes a fabulous story for Collin and Joshua's romance.
"Maybe some men are worth a broken heart, he mused. Maybe some men are worth it."
💖 a beautiful quote in this book for Joshua's thoughts. I loved the Irish scenes with Joshua and Colin. Both stories interweaving and brilliantly written.  You feel different things as each coup
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Lelyana
May 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, mm, arc

I think I'm the minority here. Jan Jarrell is a new to me author, so I had to make some adjustment when reading.
This book told about two couples. I usually a little bit uncomfortable, but maybe this is the way this author tell a tale.
Love's Magic was a nice read, not really my favorite, but maybe the next three books, I could find my pace and liking more.
Onward!
Monica Vidal
Pretty meh to me to be honest. It’s not bad, it just lacks that punch that makes me want to read more about the characters.

The narration was pretty good tho. So there’s that. I don’t know...maybe I wasn’t in the right mood to read this right now. It’s an ok book.
Laura ~Passion flower
Sep 08, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: mm-romance, arc
Love's Magic was graciously provided to me by the author for an honest review. Review to follow.
Karolina Cebula
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt, in-english
Review in English and Polish ||Recenzja po angielsku i polsku

Working as professors at the University of Virginia, David and Nate have been a couple for many months. Their life consist of small problems and huge joys that come from their love for each other. One day, however, a drama that none of them could have foreseen shakes their carefree life, as Nate is brutally attacked when he defends a female student. Although he has a lot of luck and manages to survive the attack, this event doesn't rem
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Diane Dannenfeldt
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: have-audio, m-m
This is a new to me author as well as a new to me narrator. The story follows an established couple Nate and David. They are both professors at the same college. One evening Nate is stabbed while saving a student from being attacked. We then meet Colin who is campus police who is investigating the incident and then almost immediately meet Joshua. Colin is basically a man-whore and I didn't like his whole outlook that he doesn't want a relationship. And even though they are not really in a commit ...more
Dara Nelson
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-blog
Wow. Color me surprised....and impressed. This is my first read by this author and to say I was pleasantly surprised is definitely an understatement. Two unique stories that intersect, vivid characters with wonderful qualities and dark shadows. Mental health. Love. Honesty. Trust. Struggles. Communication. Learning. Growing. This book had it all. And then some.
Jenny Wood
Oct 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Okay, so, I’m new to this author and by the blurb, I was confused. It seems this story is about two couples; David and Nate, and Josh and Colin. Now, first, we have David and Nate, both professors at a college and so very much in love. They were both so sweet and I loved their relationship together. Well, I loved it until Nate got attacked saving a girl from being raped and everyone except his nemesis acted like he was such a terrible person for wanting justice for the girl and himself and every ...more
Annie Maus
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Janice Jarrell’s Love’s Magic reads matter-of-factly, even as deep emotions whiz by. A similar paradox occurs as Jarrell pairs a double-romance with a dreadful theme, that of campus sexual assaults. However, her distance works, creating suspense in the context of charmingly thick-headed couples.

The first pair consists of David, an older, well-loved, tenured professor, and his lover, Nate, a newly-minted professor. In fact, to get Nate hired, David had to battle homophobic Professor Fox, Nate’s D
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Jaclyn  Amethyst  Mae
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Amazing!

**ARC kindly provided by the author Janice Jarrell in exchange for an honest review**

Awe-inspiring is the word I'd use to describe Love's Magic. Having never have read a book by Ms. Jarrell before I wasn't sure what to expect until I read the first few sentences. Her use of humor certainly grabbed my attention and as I continued to read it proved to a remarkable book.
Nate, a documentary producer in Hollywood is sent on assignment to Virginia where he meets his liaison David a professor o
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Gabbi Grey
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Painfully topical (an audio review)

I wish this book wasn’t so relevant, but it is. Although crime is at its lowest level in years, it does still exist. Violence still takes place in our world. And college campuses are not immune. Women get drunk and then assaulted. Men can get gang raped for being too ‘gay’. People can get mugged. The high-profile incident earlier this month is proof no one is guaranteed safety and security.

This book takes place with the backdrop of campus violence. Each man in
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Becky Baldridge
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This debut by Janice Jarrell is a well-written, touching romance. Okay, actually, it's two romances. Two intersecting storylines brought together by a topic that is not only current, but one that certainly deserves attention.

The book starts with David and Nate, who seem absolutely perfect for each other until the aftermath of a traumatic event puts a wedge between them. Then we have Colin and Joshua, who are quite different in personality but have an undeniable chemistry. Each romance is engagi
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ButtonsMom2003
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio, blog
Fantastic audio performance!

Love's Magic is my first book by Janice Jarrell and my first audiobook by Walker Williams and I loved it. The story is great but this is a case of an outstanding audio performance greatly enhancing the story for me. I had a few minor issues with the story but Walker Williams' performance pretty much made me forget all about them.

I listened to this book a few weeks ago and deliberately waited to review it because I wanted to let to story settle with me a bit. It's a c
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Mari  Cardenas
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: angsty, series, 4-stars
4 Stars

Love's Magic is book 1 in the Revolutionary Heart series and it follows two couples, David and Nate, who are already together when the book starts, and Colin and Joshua, who meet after the book started.

Let's start with David and Nate. I loved Nate, I think he was my favorite of all the MCs. He was strong and stubborn and determined to do the right thing no matter what. It took me longer to like David. His excuses for not supporting Nate after what he went through were flimsy at best and I
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Maria Vickers
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
The story is good, and I enjoyed it for the most part, but there were a few things. Here is my audiobook review.

Story: 3.5 stars
This book is about 2 couples: Nate and David, and Joshua and Colin. Nate experienced something horrific and David doesn't know how to cope. Instead of focusing on Nate and what he needs to get through the event, he focuses on the job. Joshua and Colin are opposites. They meet at work, and while they try to fight their connection, they can't. Unfortunately, Josh wants
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Bo
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Innovative Approach

The best thing about this one is that it takes one seriously committed couple, University professors David and Nate, and alternates their plotline with that of University cop Colin and psychologist Joshua. It's an intense back and forth which takes place at the University of Virginia (UVA) during a series of violent assaults and rapes on students.

All this happening before the "Unite the Right" conflict (which will be dealt with in a sequel) and midst a deeply political situati
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Xanthe
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a really enjoyable contemporary romance! A new author with some great characters, an interesting story line and everything works well together.
It's the first time I've read about two separate couples in one book but I found that with the way it was written, everything worked really well. The same as well as it's my first time reading about an already established couple, Nate and David. It was good reading with them already being in love and happy together though what made they relatable
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R
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, m-m
David and Nate have been together for a while, professors at the same university. In love, and secure in their life together. Nate is stabbed while going to the rescue of a student being assaulted. He decides he needs to be come more vocal about the assaults taking place on campus. This put his relationship with David in jeopardy because David is afraid for him and Nate won't listen. Pushing them apart.

Colin is a campus policeman good at his job. Joshua works to assure that sexual harassment or
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Patdbooks
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Got this as a freebie and what a precious gift it was.

Over the last number of years since starting reading MM fiction on iBooks I have come across many books that you forget the name of the characters before you've put it down, this is definitely not one of those.

It has what I deem everything and more. The dual love story to Davy and Nate and Colin and Josh is done every well. I Liked that we started with Davy and Nate already an established couple, madly in love and then Colin and Josh findin
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DC
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
A few slow spots but overall I really really enjoyed this. And with how nicely the stories of two couples - David and Nate and Colin and Joshua - were interwoven, I would never have guessed that this was the author’s first full length M/M story. I found the characters to be quiet likable although it took me a bit to really warm up to David; he just came across as too much of an old fuddy duddy, and his initial tepid support for Nate just made me like him less. Colin was my favorite and he seems ...more
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My name is Jan Jarrrell. I am a 74 year old retired grandmother who lives in Seattle, WA. I have been a writer of Lord of the Rings slash fan fiction for almost twenty years under the name Rakshi. I have written both RPS fiction and FPS and my list of works stands at three hundred and thirty seven, including stories as short as drabbles (stories of 100 words) and a series entitled ‘Time’ that was ...more

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