Series: The Good Guys
Genre: New Adult Standalone Romance
I’ve been putting my son first for so long that I’ve forgotten how to be me. Each monotonous day bleeds into the next, and I feel like I’m struggling to keep my head above water.
But a kiss at the top of a Ferris wheel with a man I barely know changes that.
Jay reminds me that I used to be bold. Vivacious. Funny.
Now if only I could convince him his past mistakes don’t define the man he is today.
I can perform over a dozen illusions with a simple sleight of hand, but I can’t make the felony on my record disappear.
The last thing I should be doing is hanging around a young single mom and her kid.
But Casey doesn’t know that I’ve been watching her. That I want her for myself. That I’m addicted to her dimples, her tenacity, her fierce love for her child.
If I was a better man, I’d leave her alone, but she pulls off the biggest magic trick of all time: making me believe I’m a good guy.
Jay Langston, 22, is a reformed drug dealer trying to make amends for his mistakes. Single mom Casey Maxwell, 18, is just trying to get by and raise her young son on her own. (Dad is Mackenna’s psycho ex from Dropout.) Though it seems like a shaky foundation to build a solid relationship on, if anyone can pull it off, it’s the magic man.
Actually if anyone can pull that off, it’s Jamie Schlosser. Full disclose, I typically pass on by romance books where either the hero or heroine has a child to someone else. But having read the author’s previous works I had a hunch she could make this work. (Spoiler alert: She does!)
The magic here is in the solid characters, strong story building, and stellar message—supporting each other and inspiring each other to be the best of yourself. I loved how their relationship developed as they bonded and built trust. It wasn’t hinged on trite insta-anything. Instead it was two people separately isolated by their circumstances who were willing to believe in each other, be there for each other, when situations were less than ideal. Some of the most divine moments in life aren’t formed on expensive getaways or with cocky billionaires. It’s the person in the waiting room who’s there for you; it’s the inexpensive night out; or the unexpected make-out session at one in the morning.
“She looked at me like she was trying to solve a puzzle. A puzzle she wanted to fuck.”
Casey and Jay have great chemistry. Holy hotness alert! I love how their sexy times rock the down and dirty with the sweet and swoonworthy. I’ll be looking at recliners with new
ideas eyes now.
“Jay’s body was like my own personal amusement park, and I couldn’t wait to go on every ride.”
Like the other heroes in this series, Jay is total book boyfriend material. I was intrigued with him during his appearance in Dropout and he didn’t disappoint.
“Holding your hand makes my dick hard. Smelling you makes my dick hard. Talking to you makes my dick hard. Thinking about you—”
Like Jimmy (who blesses us with some cameos) Jay emits that wet panty melting vibes of bad boy with heart of gold.
“The guy with the rough exterior and hard look in his eyes was our hero.”
Casey was awesome too. I’ll admit in the beginning it was hard to connect with her simply because her life was much different from mine at that age, but I quickly grew to adore her. I floved that she wasn’t a shy or virginal and held her own when she and Jay got sweaty.
“I made her strong and wild.”
Told via their alternating first person POV, Magic Man is a feel-good romance with some life’s hard knocks twists but nothing angsty. There were a few moments that stung my own eyes, but the best line to bring a giggle to my throat:
Would you say you’re more trustworthy now, or before you went to jail?” I asked.
His eyebrows furrowed. “Now, of course. I don’t do the things I used to.”
“But you didn’t have a record then.”
“Yeah.” He let out a humorless chuckle. “Because I hadn’t gotten caught yet.”
“Exactly. Sometimes the squeaky-clean ones only look great on paper because they’ve never been caught. It doesn’t make them innocent or harmless.”
We stopped moving.
“Casey,” he breathed out, his tone a bit tortured as he buried his face in my hair. “If I was a better man, I’d walk away from you and your son. I’d leave you alone. I’d let some other guy—a doctor or a teacher or anyone who’s not me—sweep you off your feet and give you everything you’ve ever wanted.”
“But you’re not that good, right?” I asked lightly, a smile spreading over my lips.
Jay pulled back slowly, his scruff scraping against my cheek along the way. Tingles spread over my skin as he gave me a heated look.
He cupped the nape of my neck, and his gaze fell to my mouth. “No, I’m not.”
And then his lips were on mine.
Birthplace:🌎 Daywood, Illinois
Weight: 215 lbs.
Length: 8 2/3"
Girth: 6 3/4"
Turn-ons:👍 Stubbornness, independence, and determination. Long dark hair and dimples.
Turn-offs:👎Self-centered, selfish people.
Idea of a perfect date: Location doesn't matter. As long as I'm with the right person, I don't need a fancy dinner or an expensive activity. I do have a thing for Ferris wheels, though...
If I could make one thing disappear it would be… Nothing. I used to wish my past away, but it makes me who I am, and I don't want to change that.
My next tattoo will be… Something with Gus's name.
Tilt-a-Whirl or roller coaster? Tilt-a-Whirl
Corndogs or fried pickles? Corndogs
Cotton candy or caramel apples? Cotton candy. Has to be pink, because that's Gus's favorite.
Favorite TV shows: 📺 I used to like bad talk shows, but now Disney movies are more my speed.
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