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Call It Magic (2020)

by Janet Chapman

Series: Spellbound Falls (7)

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The latest magical romance in the Spellbound Falls series from the New York Times bestselling author of From Kiss to Queen and The Highlander Next Door Welcome back to Spellbound Falls, Maine--where love is the greatest magic of all... Katy MacBain moved to Spellbound Falls with secrets she plans to keep. The newest member of the Fire and Rescue Team, she disappeared for three weeks before arriving on the job. She doesn't understand why Gunnar Wolfe--the town's interim fire chief and her boss--seems determined to uncover the truth of what happened to her during that time. Or why she's more attracted to him than she's ever been to any other man. A confident firefighter, Gunnar Wolfe doesn't give up--and he's resolved to find out what's wrong with the mysterious and beautiful Katy. Since she is the newest member of his team, he's naturally protective of her, but he's surprised to find himself captivated by the tenacious and talented woman who is so...magical.… (more)
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Gunnar Wolfe makes his living hunting and tracking down people but Katy gives him a run for his money.

Katy MacBain is a part-time real estate broker and a volunteer paramedic. She's returning to Spellbound Falls to work as an EMT but she disappeared three weeks before arriving on the job, Something happened to her that has her not trusting any beverages given to her by a man.
Katy's best friend sends Gunnar to track down the missing Katy and she becomes his obsession. When he picks up her trail heading to Spellbound Falls he gets himself hired at the same firehouse as Katy and finds more than he ever dreamed.

This is a mostly light-hearted romance, with magical twists, charming little boys, overbearing protective highlanders and a wounded but yet still vibrant Katy. I always enjoy returning to Spellbound Falls, the charm of it makes me want to completely ignore pesky details and just go with it. If you enjoy light-hearted, romances with a touch of magic and lots of cameos from previous books, I think you'll enjoy 'Call it Magic.'

Per her daughter's Facebook message this was her mother's 'last and final book,' before she died of cancer in 2017. She brought a lot of joy to the world sharing her special worlds and she will be missed.

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  wyldheartreads | Dec 14, 2020 |
THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS, SO FAIR WARNING, UPON READING THE REVIEW.
Call It Magic is the most recent installment and more than likely the very last book that we will ever receive from this author. For those that aren’t aware Janet Chapman passed away a couple of years ago and she had been working on this one when she died from cancer. I honestly never thought that we would actually receive this book to be honest. I have fallen in love with this beautiful and magical world that this author has created. Such wit and depths that are carved into her stories. I will be honest it was quite bittersweet to read this one since I knew this was the last of her work she would ever write. Now it isn’t clear if this whole work was all Janet or if they had parts of it filled with a ghostwriter, but whatever happened….it was delivered in such a beautiful way.

Call It Magic is about two of our beloved characters who are both working in the fire department. Katy Macbain (the daughter of the couple in “Wedding The Highlander” is moving to Spellbound Falls, and after some months of being gone where no one knew where she was at, she has become determined to live her own life and be independent from her family who tends to be more than overbearing and protective at times. She landed a job as a EMT in the Fire House. Our hero Gunnar Wolf, doesn’t trust Katy fully. There is something about her disappearance for months that doesn’t fit, and she is so different from any other woman he has ever known and him being hew new boss brings some complications. But he is spellbound by this mysterious Katy ….

Katy lost herself in Gunnar’s gaze as a new kind of magic claimed her….seeing the power of their bond, the slow, steady build of passion and connection and yes, love, in the infinite blue of his eyes.

What a breathtakingly beautiful story that this book turned out to be here. I really tried to not have too high expectations but quite frankly this story won my heart in every way. Now at first, you might take a hesitant step in reading this book in seeing that this is a boss and employee story. But I can tell you right now ….do not be concerned. There really was no power dynamics in this one, to be honest. Just respect, consideration and affection. It is more of a slow-building romance and so in-depth in various ways. I won’t lie in saying that this book was perfect. There were some ends not tied up and gift wrapped like I would have wanted. There was some confusion about the hero for me. Earlier in the book, the heroine thinks the hero is more “magical” like she is but in the end, he is just a mortal. So that left me confused but considering the circumstances for the author surrounding this book …I understand. Its a gift for any romance reader and especially beloved fans of Janet Chapman to have received this story.

There is something else that I want to give warning about….SPOILER AHEAD: There is mention of rape in this book. The heroine suffers from sexual assault while “away” as I mentioned previously in the review. And we see her go though aspects of her healing process.

Nothing was taken, and everything was given, as they pressed and wound and wrapped themselves into each other

I did love seeing the various characters that we get to see enter into the story here and so many beloved favorites of mine that just makes me want to do a re read of all the connecting books. And we get some new characters and man there was one I had a feeling Janet might have done a story on so that saddens my heart, but will use my own imagination to create her own happy ending for herself and her son who just charmed my heart from beginning to end. The ending was my favorite ….when it comes to epilogues this was one of the most beautiful heartfelt ones I have ever read and brought tears to my eyes. PURE MAGIC from beginning to end.

Overall I found Call It Magic to be a deeply intricate romance that delves into matters of the heart, mythology and beautiful magic!! MEMORABLE TILL THE END! ( )
  addictofromance | Apr 19, 2020 |
I loved this book and am heartbroken that there will be no more magical books from Janet Chapman. She is one of my favorite authors, and I will miss her and her magical worlds dreadfully.

Katy MacBain is the youngest daughter of Libby and Michael MacBain (Wedding the Highlander). She recently left her job as a real estate agent to become a paramedic. She applied for a job with the Spellbound Falls Fire and Rescue Team but disappeared for three weeks between completing her course in Colorado and arriving in Spellbound Falls. Her best friend, Jane (From Kiss to Queen), worries about Katy, and sends a trusted friend to look for her. I ached for Katy and the problem that haunts her.

Gunnar Wolfe was sent to find Katy and was frustrated at his inability to do so. Joining the Fire and Rescue Team was his last-ditch effort, as he knew she was due in Spellbound Falls by a specific date. He was hired as a firefighter, then as the interim fire chief. Gunnar is intrigued by Katy before he meets her, thanks to the information given to him by Jane before he begins his search.

I loved the first meeting between Katy and Gunnar. There are sparks, but also a little bit of head-butting. Gunnar's fascination with Katy increases, as he also senses that there are things she is hiding. Gunnar tries to fight the attraction, as she works for him, but it is a losing battle. Katy, on the other hand, is all-in and ready to pursue him. I enjoyed watching the development of their relationship. First, there is friendship, as Gunnar helps Katy settle into her duties as a paramedic. I liked seeing them spend time together and get to know each other. Gunnar is more determined than ever to get to the bottom of the pain he senses in her. I had fun with Katy's belief that Gunnar is an Atlantean and his reactions to some of the things she says. I ached for them both when Katy's issues come between them. It took a long conversation with her mom to work through that which haunts her (and I loved how that conversation came about). I loved Gunnar's patience and sensitivity as he worked his way past her walls. I loved seeing the changes in Katy as she regained her belief in herself. I also enjoyed the changes in Gunnar, as his feelings for Katy transformed him from footloose to ready to settle down. I loved the ending, especially Gunnar's confession of why he was there. The epilogue was terrific. I loved the bit with Jane at the beginning of it (bless her matchmaking little heart) and seeing how other characters are doing.

Another secret that Katy has is the gift that led her to become a paramedic. It isn't something that she can tell other people about, so working as a first responder is the logical way to use it without revealing herself. Gunnar is an inadvertent witness to one instance that puzzles him. He's further confused when he is on the receiving end. I loved the scene at the end when she trusts him enough to ask for his help with Shiloh.

Something I really enjoyed were the scenes involving the fire and rescue crew. Katy has some obstacles to overcome before the other members accept her. I loved that she didn't let it get her down, but worked to overcome them. The prank scene with Katy and Welles was great. I especially enjoyed the way that she foiled their tormentors. The scene at the lake was fantastic. The others' reaction to Katy's handling of the hopped-up druggie was hilarious and won their respect. I also loved the campfire events that Katy started and seeing the effect they had on the skeptics.

I liked the scenes that involved characters from other books. I laughed at how some of Katy's male relatives did a preemptive visit to the firehouse to warn off the men. I enjoyed the scenes with her brother, Robbie, which showed their love for each other as well as some of the more frustrating sibling moments. Titus, Olivia, Duncan, and others make brief appearances. ( )
  scoutmomskf | Apr 16, 2020 |
Yes, I did receive an ARC, and I'm finding it a little disconcerting to read a book written by a deceased author. I can tell that another author has had a (small) hand in this book, and of course, that is not wholly unexpected. I see Janet's creativity all over this book. As a matter of fact, I think that if this author did a little more studying of Janet's style flawed, sometimes physically flawed characters, magic, and fantasy with a dollop of hotness, they could really make a go of keeping this series alive. There are enough kids, nieces, and nephews to keep this series going for decades. Well, enough of my opining and onto the review: I am going to start by telling you that this book deals with a very sensitive topic *Spoiler Alert* rape. If you do select this book and I hope you do and are wondering why this author would choose this subject, then I suggest you actually start this book by reading both of the Letters From the Author first. You will find these at the back of the book. -this will explain the why of it. *End Spoiler*

What amazes me, Gunner (who you meet in From Kiss to Queen) is not the one with magic. I was surprised since so many (not all mind you) of the past books have the Alpha males generally being the ones with magic. Gunner was just not as Alpha-ish as the males in previous books.

This book follows most of the same formulas as the past novels, although it seemed to me that there was just a tad more swearing in this than other books.

I love that Katy got the same magic as her mother Libby had (Wedding the Highlander).

Please do not make this the first book of Ms. Chapman's that you read. You may find it unnerving to understand so much backstory. What I loved most is that past characters from most of the separate series are talked about or included in this book. This is a book for fans of Ms. Chapman's. And a fitting tribute to the late author. I will be re-reading this today and also re-reading Ms. Chapman's entire library.

*ARC supplied by the Publisher.

NEWEST UPDATE! August 21,2019

Call It Magic-is up for preorder at Amazon. May 5, 2020, is the delivery date.

Synopsis: "The latest magical romance in the Spellbound Falls series from the New York Times bestselling author of From Kiss to Queen and The Highlander Next Door

Welcome back to Spellbound Falls, Maine—where love is the greatest magic of all...

Katy MacBain moved to Spellbound Falls with secrets she plans to keep. The newest member of the Fire and Rescue Team, she disappeared for three weeks before arriving on the job. She doesn’t understand why Gunnar Wolfe—the town’s interim fire chief and her boss—seems determined to uncover the truth of what happened to her during that time. Or why she’s more attracted to him than she’s ever been to any other man.

A confident firefighter, Gunnar Wolfe doesn’t give up—and he’s resolved to find out what’s wrong with the mysterious and beautiful Katy. Since she is the newest member of his team, he’s naturally protective of her, but he’s surprised to find himself captivated by the tenacious and talented woman who is so...magical."
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UPDATE MARCH 24th 2019
Janet Chapman, Author

Hello Everyone, I'm sorry for the silence over the past year. It's been a long process to make sure Janet's last book gets finished. I finally have some good and bad news. The good news is that it will be finished and released!! The bad news is that it has a tentative release date of May 2020. I guess all good things are worth waiting for! Thank you for remaining her loyal fans and being so patient. -Jessica"
This message above was quoted from the FB page of Janet's that I'm still following.

End Update

"It is with my deepest sorrow that I am to inform you of the death of our beloved: Janet Chapman passed away on Saturday, October 28, 2017 with a long battle of cancer. She was surrounded by her loved ones. Janet was a truly marvelous woman, I will greatly miss her. Please pray for her husband and family. ~Vanetta “keep sprinkling the magic”"

This is one of my very favorite authors -as a matter of fact, I just finished a re-re-re-read of almost all her books, last week. I had a suspicion that something like this was going to happen when her next book publication date kept changing and Amazon made it "not available" instead of pre-order. I will miss this author's wonderful way with words, magic, and love -nobody can ever take her place.

I always hope that I stay alive long enough for my favorite author's to finish their series -but I have never thought about the fact that *they* can die before they have finished. This loss brings that fact home to me.
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  Cats57 | Dec 19, 2019 |
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The latest magical romance in the Spellbound Falls series from the New York Times bestselling author of From Kiss to Queen and The Highlander Next Door Welcome back to Spellbound Falls, Maine--where love is the greatest magic of all... Katy MacBain moved to Spellbound Falls with secrets she plans to keep. The newest member of the Fire and Rescue Team, she disappeared for three weeks before arriving on the job. She doesn't understand why Gunnar Wolfe--the town's interim fire chief and her boss--seems determined to uncover the truth of what happened to her during that time. Or why she's more attracted to him than she's ever been to any other man. A confident firefighter, Gunnar Wolfe doesn't give up--and he's resolved to find out what's wrong with the mysterious and beautiful Katy. Since she is the newest member of his team, he's naturally protective of her, but he's surprised to find himself captivated by the tenacious and talented woman who is so...magical.

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