ARC Review: A Spoonful of Magic by Irene Radford

Posted November 9, 2017 by Suzanne in Reviews / 14 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
ARC Review: A Spoonful of Magic by Irene Radford
A Spoonful of Magic
by Irene Radford

1.5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: November 7th 2017
Published by Daw Books
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
 

“Gosh, but I really disliked this book.”
~ Under the Covers

Daphne Deschants life seems perfect, she has a successful bakery business, three children she adores and a successful and gorgeous husband. However, things start to fall apart when she discovers that he has been cheating on her…and that isn’t the only thing that he is hiding from her. He isn’t the software wizard she thought he was, he is in fact a wizard and more than that he’s head of magical law enforcement and now the danger he faces at work looks like it has followed him home putting him and his whole family in danger.

Gosh, but I really disliked this book. I didn’t want to as there were some aspects, such as the world that Radford has set her story in that I really liked. I have always found magic fascinating and I liked the way it had been set up, however, there was one huge glaring thing that I absolutely hated about this book and it drove me crazy throughout the whole thing: G, the cheating husband.

Now, I know people are more than just one thing and just because a person cheats that doesn’t make them evil. And G wasn’t evil, he was just an absolute freaking arsehole, let me give you a list of the two main reasons I couldn’t stand him:

  1. He basically bespelled Daffy when she was in college to fall in love with him so she would marry him. This wasn’t because he loved her…it was because he needed someone to take care of his young child and look after his house. If he hadn’t used magic and instead used drugs I believe we might be straying into the “rape” category, don’t ya think?
  2. The cheating. Now, he didn’t just make a mistake once and he’s really remorseful and wants to try and win Daffy back because he knows what he did was wrong. Nope, apparently magic makes you horny once you’ve finished using it. So, when he was away he would just randomly fuck people to get rid of the his magical boner. And, in fact he does this in a few time in the duration of this book as well. Is he sorry? Nope. Does he ever apologise. Nope. My impression was that if they got back together that this would just continue and she would just have to deal with it. What. A. Dick.

But, it wasn’t just G that bothered me, although for the most part the more I learnt about G the more wound up I got, it was the weird way G and Daffy treated their kids, all of whose ages ranged from 8-15. They just randomly put them in danger. Face off with the big bad…lets bring the kids so we can use their power. It was just so weird for the normally protective and loving mother to put them in such blatant danger. G I could understand because he is a selfish bastard and seems to view things through the lens of how he could use them.

So, it’s safe to say I won’t be continuing on with this series, nearly everything in it annoyed the hell out of me, from the characters to the story line – but mainly the characters.
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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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OMG he sounds like a horrific character! No, thank you. It’s a shame because it did seem like it would’ve been good.

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Angela @ Angel's Guilty Pleasu

I h8 this one too. The cheating… Big no no for me and G I so disliked him. He had no remorse as you said and continued to cheat. This was one I wish I could have put down, but for some reason I kept reading to the very end. A BIG disappointment. Thank you for your honest review and I agree on everything you said.

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Kathy Valentine

I don’t like characters like this at all! Thanks for your honest review Suzanne! Shared on all my socials!

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Monique D

I hated the book, and G. is my most hated hero (literary term here) of all time. As you say, the magic was intriguing, but what an a-hole! My worst book of 2017.

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

OMG he sounds like a horrific character! No, thank you. It’s a shame because it did seem like it would’ve been good.

Angela @ Angel's Guilty Pleasures
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Angela @ Angel's Guilty Pleasures

I h8 this one too. The cheating… Big no no for me and G I so disliked him. He had no remorse as you said and continued to cheat. This was one I wish I could have put down, but for some reason I kept reading to the very end. A BIG disappointment. Thank you for your honest review and I agree on everything you said.

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Kathy Valentine

I don’t like characters like this at all! Thanks for your honest review Suzanne! Shared on all my socials!

Monique D
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Monique D

I hated the book, and G. is my most hated hero (literary term here) of all time. As you say, the magic was intriguing, but what an a-hole! My worst book of 2017.

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Timitra

Oh boy, thanks Suzanne I’ll avoid this

Timitra
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Timitra

Oh boy, thanks Suzanne I’ll avoid this

Amy R
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Amy R

I’ve read a few negative reviews on this book.

Amy R
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Amy R

I’ve read a few negative reviews on this book.

Lynn
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Lynn

I don’t like books about cheating husbands, either. I will not be reading this one.

Lynn
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Lynn

I don’t like books about cheating husbands, either. I will not be reading this one.