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A Touch of Magic

(Fae-Touched #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  24 reviews
After returning to the straight and narrow, Cary Westfield hopes to rebuild his life as a stage magician. Only thing is, the success of his new show is entirely dependent on a strange medallion inherited from his late grandfather—an amulet that holds a rare and inexplicable power to captivate the wearer’s audience.

Ty prides himself on his ability to obtain any item of magi
ebook, 182 pages
Published May 28th 2018 by NineStar Press
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☙ nemo ❧
this was okay, but nothing particularly special. i thought that the sex came far too early; there wasn't much (in fact, pretty much no) build-up or tension, so it fell rather flat. again, the plot was okay, but nothing i haven't seen before. it was quite a typical urban fantasy, with nothing to make it stand out. i think i might take a break from UF for a while; most of them are exactly like each other and there isn't much variation.
Kayleigh Brindley
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you’re looking for a sweet, fun m/m romance packed to the brim with magical artefacts, powerful sorcerers and a sorceress, mob bosses, thrills, danger, a daring heist, sleight of hand, and a hot and heavy romance, this is the book for you!

From the very first chapter, this book is packed full of action and chemistry.

Cary (I’m not too sure how to pronounce this so I went for Gary, with a C) – is an amateur illusionist whose popularity is spiking faster than it should which draws the attention o
Man, this is not an easy book to rate and review. It was ok and I kind of liked it. Ugh.

So, around the 40% mark or so I was almost ready to throw in the towel. I hate doing that on any given day but especially don’t want to do it with an ARC, but I was close. I just felt like I wasn’t getting it. I actually went and skimmed some of the reviews to see if I was alone on my island again. Surprise! I was. So many reviews with key words like chemistry, action, hot and heavy romance. Um, I felt like t
May 28, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this paranormal romance. The leads are Cary, who’s trying to make it as a stage magician after getting out of prison, and Ty, who uses his sensitivity to magic and other skills to track down and retrieve items for his clients. The two of them meet when Ty is hired to obtain a magical amulet that belonged to Cary’s grandfather. Ty steals the medallion from Cary, and then it’s promptly take from Ty by a mobster and his sister, a sorceress. Cary wants his grandfather’s legacy back, and Ty ...more
Joyfully Jay
Jun 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: michelle
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.25 stars

Books with magic are always a draw for me and I am always looking for something new that reaches out of the usual magic seen in a lot of books. I can’t say that A Touch of Magic succeeded in that regard as the magic seen here was basic and somewhat haphazard, even when there were full-scale sorcerers on page.

Cary and Ty are thrown together out of circumstance. They are both fairly alone in life and trying to get by. Ty has little memory of his early life and he b
A.E. Bross
As a fan of Adler's other works, I was interested when I saw that she had a modern, urban fantasy romance out and decided it would be next on my TBR. I settled in to giving it a read, thinking that a couple of chapters would be a fun, quick adventure to get my Saturday started.

And then I didn't stop.
And then I finished the book.
And I loved it.

We are introduced to Ty as he is "stalking his prey," so to speak. He's been hired to nick a powerful artifact from a "common" (i.e. someone who doesn't kn
Isabella ~Mikku-chan~
*~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*

If you'd ask me if my favorite genre is fantasy I would say: no, not really. But over the time I started to adore especially those books I'd call urban fantasy or those which aren't particularly high fantasy.

Isabelle Adler's book caught my attention when I was scrolling through my twitter timeline and followed the hashtag #1lineWed (in short: a hastag to follow shared lines of a WIP on Wednesday). The small snippets
J.P. Jackson
Apr 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
More like 4.5 stars.

I love Isabelle Adler's writing, and I'm a huge fan of her Castaway Prince books, so I was surprised that this one passed by my notice.

Adler's characters are very vivid. They are quite real to me and I have no problem creating them as real people in my mind's movie version that I create as I read any book. Ty is our main character, and he's gruff, rough, and reserved, but still a little soft on the inside. Cary, the love interest, is equally as rough, having had a bit of a di
I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley

This was a pretty standard urban fantasy story, but it was a fun read and I liked Ty and Cary so I feel like I enjoyed it enough to give it 4 stars [maybe more like 3.5 rounded up but still]. The story has a good pace and a good mix of magic and thriller which I definitely like. However I feel like calling the series 'Fae-Touched' might be a bit confusing with this first book because there aren't any actual Fae in it and they don't even really ge
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Solid paranormal romance series opener and no cliffhanger!

Put an amateur magician unknowingly in possession of a powerful magical amulet (Cary) together with a thief who specializes in magical artifacts (Ty) and throw in some mobsters and sorcerers/sorceresses, and you’ve got ‘A Touch of Magic.’ The various magical items and mob interactions were interesting to read about, and the slow burn romance between our two leading men was sweet.

LGBT friendly. #ATouchOfMagic #NetGalley

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Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love it when a book takes me by surprise and that's exactly what happened with A Touch of Magic. This is the first book I've read by Isabelle Adler, but since I'm now intrigued by the Fae-Touched series, it most definitely won't be my last.

Cary knew his grandfather's medallion was powerful, but he had no idea what the magic it contained was capable of. When Ty steals it from him he never would have guessed that he would eventually be joining forces with him to get it back from yet another thie
Jacqueline Rohrbach
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fun book of magic, deception, and romance.

Ty is a professional thief who steals magical items for his clients. Cary is an upstart stage magician who doesn't know he's got real magic inside of him. When Ty steals Cary's amulet, which belonged to his grandfather, the two of them end up in a high-stakes heist to get the amulet back from the mob.

The book is action-packed and full of romance, but Adler doesn't skimp on the character development. I like how Ty is a mushy "bad" guy with a soft heart
Nicole Diskin
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-reads, may-2018
I reecived this book as an ARC thanks to Net Galley and Nine Star press!
this story shocked me in the best possible way!
the story centred around Ty and Cary both thieves in their own right and magic!
while I was expecting more Fantasy the plot grabbed me and wouldnt let go! Part Lord of Illusions, part Smokin Aces,, part Doimino this book was non stop! and the charcters! I didnt like Ty to start out but that soon changed! And Cary I Loved from the start!! One rough around the edges and one soft
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of A Touch of Magic by Isabelle Adler via IndiGo Marketing & Design in exchange for an honest review. Of all the types of fantasy available, I still enjoy magic thanks to reading LOTR in fifth grade. One of the things I liked most about this book was the two protagonists, Ty and Cary, were not skilled magic users, one because he has minimal innate ability, the other because he does not know real magic exists and does not realize his own talents. They both have troubled pasts th ...more
Jun 19, 2018 rated it liked it
***I was provided a copy of this book for review from NineStar Press through NetGalley.

Though this is not a typical genre for me, the plot of this book and the caper that it promised drew me in. I felt that the main characters were fleshed out really well, but many of the side characters were a little less full; however, with the length of this book that is understandable. I definitely wanted to know more about Bas and why he is the way he is.

The action and pace of this book made it a quick, en
Ashley P
This is a book I wish there was more of. It was good as is, but it left me a little bit hungry for more, in particular for learning more about the characters within.

Ty is an enigma, wrapped in a….no I’m just kidding. He’s a bad boy with a heart of gold and I do truly love him. He’s lovely, and he might possibly have an inkling of it.

Cary is a sweetheart, but definitely not as sweet as he seems. He’s a total secret badass.

My favourite character though was definitely Bas, who is flamboyant and int
Nicki Markus
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-lgbt
A Touch of Magic was an enjoyable action-romance with two engaging leads and an interesting plot. I liked the way the characters gradually came together, and the pacing throughout was good. I found it a good set-up for future adventures between the pair, and I hope that in forthcoming titles we will get to learn more about Ty's background and Cary's powers. I would also like to see more of Sebastian Monroe. He was a delightful secondary character whose comments constantly made me smile. Overall, ...more
Kathy Johnson
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in the Fae-Touched series. Isabelle Adler is a new author for me and I really loved her style and this story. This story centers on magic being real. It contains mob bosses, sorcerers and thieves. It is a strange combination of characters, but the author pulls the story together wonderfully. The characters are well developed and the story moved at a great pace. It is a great start to a series, I can’t wait to read the next installment.
Sarah Meerkat
May 30, 2018 rated it liked it
arc review

This is such a delightful and fun read. Its kind of like a queer pnr magic oceans eleven with mafia. Its a fun right on the hunt to steal back an amulet. The magic is interesting Sebastian is my favorite and I just imagine him with a British accent. This is a fun rom with an interesting magical world. Looking forward to more in this universe
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m, mystery, sf
It was okay. I liked the characters, but it spent too much time with the magician-dude kidnapped and/or unconscious.
Riina Y.T.
I really really liked this book and it’s characters!

The beginning was fun – Ty bursting into Cary's dressing room to rob him of his amulet! – but it took me a while to get fully invested in Ty and Cary's story. They grew on me with every page and I just had to see them get together for real :)

I enjoyed the semi-fast pace, the action and suspense – mobster bosses and all! – as well as the back and forth romance between our guys! 

Very well done! I ill definitely pick up any further installments.

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Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
*Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the free copy in return for an honest review*
*Spoilers Ahoy!*

Now let me start by saying that this book took my completely by surprise. After years of searching for a well-written LGBT fantasy romance and the disappointment that followed at every turn, I had all but given up on finding something worthwhile and had long since turned to fanfiction to find the connection I was looking for (Gigolas will forever be my OTP ngl) but with this I was given chara
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Isabelle Adler writes M/M romance, sci-fi, adventure, and fantasy.
She has been a voracious reader from the age of five and always dreamed of one day putting her own stories into writing. She loves traveling, art, and science, and finds inspiration in all of these. Her favorite genres include sci-fi, fantasy, and historical adventure. She also firmly believes in the unlimited powers of imagination

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