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REVIEW: “Impractical Magic” by MJ O’Shea



Physics teacher Fenton Keene is looking forward to a summer of doing nothing but hanging out with friends and maybe getting into a little trouble. With his best friend out of town, trouble seems like the best option and it comes in the form of his building’s newest temporary resident, a gorgeous fireman named Kevin.

Fen’s been attracted to men before, but this is the first time he’s considered acting on it. And act he does.

Fen and Kevin have an intense summer fling. Just in time for Kevin to go home, more feelings develop than Fen can ignore, but they don’t stop Kevin from leaving. Once Kevin’s gone, Fen can’t stop thinking about him. That’s when reality sets in and Fen faces the difficulties of distance and fidelity, while Kevin balks at Fen’s reluctance to tell his friends and family. They just need to find a way to make their magic more practical.


Spirited solid friends? Yep.

Brilliant gay-for-you? Got it.

Sexy fireman? Uh huh.

Hot summer fling? Hell yes!

What do you get when you mix them all together? My undivided attention.

If you haven’t read Newton’s Law of Attraction, I would encourage you to do so before diving into this sequel. The crew is the same, well, except one drool-worthy addition. A touch of timeline overlap occurs, but it’s a nice way to kick off Fen’s story.

Ben and Fen, platonic life partners, are forced apart by hundreds of miles. Ben is mopey, Fen’s mopey, Rory (Ben’s ex) is mopey; essentially everybody is mopey. Fen finds himself lost, miserable, and feeling weird without his best friend. He is completely out of sorts. A few days later a tall dark stranger moves into this apartment building and then his world truly flips upside down.

Fen has always considered himself to be straight. Kinda. He likes to look at guys, but never wanted to touch….until Kevin. Not only does he want to touch Kevin, he wants to devour the man. He craves everything about him. Fen has a long list of ‘firsts’ he is eager to check off. Falling in love wasn’t exactly one of them, but that didn’t stop him.

Here lies the problem- Kevin is moving back to San Diego at the end of the summer. Time is not on their side, and par for the course with these guys, communication isn’t either. They are perfect together. Yes, I’d even say it’s magical; but they suck at talking to each other about those important things that NEED to be talked about! Kevin moves back home and Fen is certain his life will never be the same. And then a stab of angst cuts deep. It wasn’t my favorite bit of drama, but it was realistic.

They were sexy. They were tender. They were hilarious.

How can he live without the only person that has ever made him feel alive? How do you protect your heart when you’ve already given it away?

I’d say it’s worth finding out.



22294486Title: Impractical Magic (Newton’s Laws of Attraction #2)
Author: MJ O’Shea
Publisher: Dreamspinner
Pages: 206
Release Date: June 20, 2014
Purchase Links: Dreamspinner, Amazon, ARe

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This entry was posted on July 7, 2014 by in Contemporary, Reviewer: Sheri and tagged , , .

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