The Magician's Angel
Vaudeville stage magician Christopher Fiend lives for the spotlight. His chance at big time stardom awaits him in Chicago, the next stop on the circuit after the little town of Twelfth Junction. Edward Smith wants nothing to do with his family's theater. Until Christopher catches his eye on opening night, then treats him to a very special performance during intermission. When a dead body turns up in the middle of Christopher’s act, suspicion immediately falls on him. If Christopher and Edward can’t work together to clear his name, Christopher won’t make it to Chicago in time. Edward knows he shouldn’t get attached to a man who will be gone in two days, but his heart—and a very special angel—have other ideas. The Christmas Angel series of holiday romances follow the travels of an angel ornament through the decades as she inspires (and sometimes nudges) lonely men to find their Happily Ever After. The Magician’s Angel is the third in series, which can be read in any order. * * * * * In 1750, a master woodcarver poured all his unrequited love, passion, and longing into his masterpiece—a gorgeous Christmas angel for his beloved’s tree. When the man he loved tossed the angel away without a second thought, a miracle happened. The angel was found by another who brought the woodcarver True Love. Since then, the angel has been passed down, sold, lost and found, but its magic remains. Read the romances inspired by (and perhaps nudged along by) the Christmas Angel through the years. Whether it’s the 1880’s New York (Kim Fielding), 1910 Iowa (Jordan L. Hawk), post World War II (L.A. Witt), Vietnam-era (N.R. Walker), the 1990’s (Anyta Sunday), 2018 Europe (RJ Scott), the Christmas Angel has a way of landing on the trees of lonely men who need its blessing for a very Merry Christmas and forever HEA.

The Magician's Angel Details

TitleThe Magician's Angel
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 2nd, 2018
PublisherJordan L. Hawk
Rating
GenreHistorical, Romance, M M Romance, Mystery, Holiday, Christmas

The Magician's Angel Review

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    January 1, 1970
    The Magician's Angel by Jordan L. Hawk was a super satisfying historical romance that really packed a punch. Novellas are SO hard to write, and I'm not a big mystery fan, so I was surprised at how much I liked this one. The story had a very atmospheric vibe, and I got a great sense of the time-period, the worn-down theater setting, and the seasoned vaudeville performers. Like all of the books in the Christmas Angel series, there is the loose tie-in of the angel figurine and the holiday setting. The Magician's Angel by Jordan L. Hawk was a super satisfying historical romance that really packed a punch. Novellas are SO hard to write, and I'm not a big mystery fan, so I was surprised at how much I liked this one. The story had a very atmospheric vibe, and I got a great sense of the time-period, the worn-down theater setting, and the seasoned vaudeville performers. Like all of the books in the Christmas Angel series, there is the loose tie-in of the angel figurine and the holiday setting. The angel really worked with the story, and though the Christmas element was very light, I still got a sense of holiday spirit. The chemistry between the two MCs was well developed, and though they don't spend a whole lot of time together, I got a sense that they formed very meaningful bonds with each other. It was not a sugary-sweet romance, but just the hint of something strong in the making that worked for me. I enjoyed the mix of mystery, romance, and Christmastime, and everything came together very well, if a bit abruptly. Just what I would expect from a seasoned author like Jordan L. Hawk. *Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*goodreads|instagram|twitter|blog
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  • Meags
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 StarsI’m not sure what went wrong for me here, but I daresay this is the first time I’ve ever felt dispassionate about a Jordan L. Hawk story. My indifference probably stems from a couple of factors – the first being that, although I’m a huge fan of historical romances in general, I’m not really keen on the whole vaudeville scene or magician MCs. Secondly, there was a mystery/whodunit component to the plot, which took up most of the page time, which just didn’t grab my attention. This reacti 2.5 StarsI’m not sure what went wrong for me here, but I daresay this is the first time I’ve ever felt dispassionate about a Jordan L. Hawk story. My indifference probably stems from a couple of factors – the first being that, although I’m a huge fan of historical romances in general, I’m not really keen on the whole vaudeville scene or magician MCs. Secondly, there was a mystery/whodunit component to the plot, which took up most of the page time, which just didn’t grab my attention. This reaction was strange for me because I’m a lover of such themes, yet for some reason, I wasn’t compelled here, at all. Then there’s the fact that the main characters basically got it on after one glance and that was way too speedy and impersonal for my liking. Because of the rushed intimacy, I actually felt a lack of romance between the characters and I didn’t really find myself caring about them as a couple – which is clearly not the reaction intended.I also didn’t feel the Christmas Angel element as much in this story as I did with the first two offerings, but I definitely appreciated the connection made here in relation to how magician, Christopher Fiend, came into the possession of the angel statue in the first place – it was a lovely little throwback to book two (by Kim Fielding) and I liked seeing how the angel changed hands, however briefly mentioned. This all sounds very negative, and I apologise for that, but rest assured the writing quality was still bang-on and the historical setting was wonderfully atmospheric, making this an easy and accessible story to plough through.
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  • Cadiva
    January 1, 1970
    A murder mystery just after the turn of the 20th century brings the Christmas Angel to a small town in the middle of nowhere America and to a theatre struggling to survive.This one wasn't as sweet as the previous two have been, murder does put a damper on thriving relationship development, but it still had some lovely moments.Edward was a lovely character, staid and practical and very much out of love with the family theatre. Christopher was a rogue of the best kind, the ones who are hoping to s A murder mystery just after the turn of the 20th century brings the Christmas Angel to a small town in the middle of nowhere America and to a theatre struggling to survive.This one wasn't as sweet as the previous two have been, murder does put a damper on thriving relationship development, but it still had some lovely moments.Edward was a lovely character, staid and practical and very much out of love with the family theatre. Christopher was a rogue of the best kind, the ones who are hoping to steal away someone's love and make a family.I guessed the whodunit pretty much from the off but it didn't matter, the plot worked well and was cleverly revealed.#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.
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  • Anyta Sunday
    January 1, 1970
    I'm totally in love with this author's style. The Magician's Angel is paced and plotted perfectly and I loved how the mystery and character arcs worked together. There is something simply magic about this that really worked for me. Another reviewer mentioned reading this with a sepia filter and I think that's apt. Loved it! <3
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  • Ula'ndi Hart
    January 1, 1970
    Overall book rating: 3.5Audio Book: N/A Book Cover: 3Sadly this one did not make my heart beat fluff like the previous two. Don’t get me wrong. I did enjoy it. I liked both Edward and Christopher, but it didn’t quite have the feel of the others regarding the magic of the angel. It kinda felt as if she was inserted just to make sure there was a mention? It could be just me. And for that I apologise.It was way more of a mystery than the rest, and if you like solving murders and magic tricks I don Overall book rating: 3.5Audio Book: N/A Book Cover: 3Sadly this one did not make my heart beat fluff like the previous two. Don’t get me wrong. I did enjoy it. I liked both Edward and Christopher, but it didn’t quite have the feel of the others regarding the magic of the angel. It kinda felt as if she was inserted just to make sure there was a mention? It could be just me. And for that I apologise.It was way more of a mystery than the rest, and if you like solving murders and magic tricks I don’t think it will disappoint at all.I have to agree that the historical feel wasn’t that strong either. But as I said, still a nice little holiday read. I like the connection between the stories, even though they can be read as a stand alone. The mention of where the angel comes from has a very nice ring to it. On to the next one!
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  • ⚣❣☙ Michaelle ❧❣⚣
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 StarsWell, it's a good thing I read this before my New Year's Resolution kicks in; starting in January I'm rounding down if I can't make a good case for a more favorable rating.'Cause see, this one didn't feel very historical (despite the mention of train travel & lack of many cars, theatres and Vaudeville, etc.) and an incongruous use of "spunk" as sperm which threw me out of the story for about an hour as I tried to research the etymological use of that word and couldn't find any refer 3.5 StarsWell, it's a good thing I read this before my New Year's Resolution kicks in; starting in January I'm rounding down if I can't make a good case for a more favorable rating.'Cause see, this one didn't feel very historical (despite the mention of train travel & lack of many cars, theatres and Vaudeville, etc.) and an incongruous use of "spunk" as sperm which threw me out of the story for about an hour as I tried to research the etymological use of that word and couldn't find any reference that wouldn't have put it several decades AFTER this was set. Also, the whole story wasn't as "magical"; there was no Angel apparition appearing to either of them or an Angel voice urging anyone to connect. Which, given the title and theme, makes the lack of magic pretty ironic? (Damn Alanis for confusing me with that.)BUT there was a very clear connection between the previous story and this one with the Angel being purchased by Christopher from a Summerfield's store in Port Angeles...so that I appreciated. (Still want to know what happened between 1 & 2 to get her from being owned by Alec and John to being found by Xeno in a dusty old curiosity shop over 130 years later.) And once again we have a side character that I'd love a story for; this time Edward's brother!!!Anywho, LAW's installment is up next. I think I will borrow this one from Hoopla and listen.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    It's time for a little Christmas... magic? or maybe must some good old fashioned murder and mayhem!'The Magician's Angel' is the third book in the series "Christmas Angel" and it's Jordan L. Hawk's contribution to this series as each book is written by a different author. I was gifted this story by my friend Anne and as Anne will atest to, that was a bit of an adventure all it's own but we persevered and I got to read an enchanting holiday story that was surprisingly also an historical story... It's time for a little Christmas... magic? or maybe must some good old fashioned murder and mayhem!'The Magician's Angel' is the third book in the series "Christmas Angel" and it's Jordan L. Hawk's contribution to this series as each book is written by a different author. I was gifted this story by my friend Anne and as Anne will atest to, that was a bit of an adventure all it's own but we persevered and I got to read an enchanting holiday story that was surprisingly also an historical story...not my favorite venue but in this case a fairly safe bet since I really love this author's Whyborne & Griffin series and as with that series the author has created a story that eclipses the setting of its time. As a vaudeville performer Christoper Fiend lives for the limelight while Edward Smith would be happy to never set foot in his family's theater, but while Edward has no love for the theater he does love his brother Tobias who's most fervent dream is to revive the theater that is their legacy from their father.The last thing that Edward's prepared for his the attraction that he feels towards Christopher and as the story progresses it's not attraction that brings these two men together but murder and in the end it's love that binds them.I love a good mystery and this one was definitely a fun and delightful distraction from the chaos of the holiday season. I was more than a little impressed with the story that I got to read. With less than 90 pages I was expecting to feel shortchanged somewhere with the beginning or the middle but yes, most likely the end as that seems to be where stories often run our of steam but much to my delight that was not the case. There are 7 stories in this series each connected by an angel and for the story of how the angel came to be one needs to start with book one by Eli Easton and in spite of the fact that I haven't read that one...a situation that I hope to correct...acutally, I'm not even even going to try and be subtle I would love to hear this series on audio and this is one of those rare times that I would love for each book to be narrated by a different narrator but barring an audio book...I would have no qualms about reading the e-books....7 books by 7 awesome authors...how can I go wrong? I can't...season's greetings everyone and happy reading.
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  • Jewel
    January 1, 1970
    Elf sleuthing a la Elmer Fudd is a sneaky, crafty elf and snuck this amazing prezzie into my christmas stocking. Thank you!!!!!
  • Lisazj1
    January 1, 1970
    Again, the so very kind Elf sleuthing a la Elmer Fudd is giving me a warm, Christmas glow! Thank you so much for the gift!! <3*******I really enjoyed this, the mystery as well as the romance. I'm loving following the angel as she makes her way through the lives of these men! <3Thanks again to my sweet Elf sleuthing a la Elmer Fudd for the book, I loved it! xxx
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  • Chris, the Dalek King
    January 1, 1970
    In a dying town, inside a dying theater, there is–fittingly enough–a dead body. And not one that can be explained away as a magician’s trick or a stage prop. Nope, there is a dead body, inside a trick compartment, and Christopher Fiend is in some big trouble because of it. Seeing how he is the owner of the very prop housing said dead man. With an inept policeman no doubt eager to just make the case go away, and a career-making meeting looming over him, he sets out with Edward Smith–brother of th In a dying town, inside a dying theater, there is–fittingly enough–a dead body. And not one that can be explained away as a magician’s trick or a stage prop. Nope, there is a dead body, inside a trick compartment, and Christopher Fiend is in some big trouble because of it. Seeing how he is the owner of the very prop housing said dead man. With an inept policeman no doubt eager to just make the case go away, and a career-making meeting looming over him, he sets out with Edward Smith–brother of the theater’s owner–to discover the culprit before his show, and his freedom, go down in flames.I was really pleased that I was able to get my hands on this story in this series. There are a lot of really great authors writing Christmas stories in this collection, but I am always going to be the biggest fanboy for Jordan L. Hawk, so there was no way I was going to pass up the opportunity to review one of their stories.For the most part this lived up to my expectations of what a Jordan Hawk Christmas story would be like. Light, sweet, and with just a dash of mystery (and death) thrown in. And while the mystery was a tad less in-depth than I am used to from Hawk, it still did a good job of keeping me guessing. But it was clear that the romance was the focus here, and the dead body mainly just a good way of keeping Christopher in town long enough for him and Edward to fall for each other. With only a hundred pages to work their magic, though, I don’t really begrudge Hawk choosing to lean heavier on the romantic elements.This ended up being something fairly light, and quick. The story was as well written as Hawk usually gives us, and the character moments really do make the whole thing shine. While I certainly would read a 300 page version of this, with a deeper and more complicated mystery, for what it was…it was very well done. I had fun and it was a nice fit for my Christmas reading this year.This book was provided free in exchange for a fair and honest review for Love Bytes. Go there to check out other reviews, author interviews, and all those awesome giveaways. Click below.
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