Imprint or Line: Harlequin Temptation #283
Published by: Harlequin
Genres: Category Romance, Contemporary Romance
Format: eBook, Paperback
Buy on: Amazon
Reviewed by: Introvert Reader
Schoolteacher Gwen DeClerk was stable and reliable – and furious that those were the qualities her new neighbor, international showman Jeremy Kane, found most attractive. She didn’t want to be admired for her practicality. She wanted to be lusted after…the way she secretly craved Jeremy.
Gwen sensed a smoldering undercurrent between them, and she had a choice: remain a timid schoolmarm for the rest of her life or show Jeremy a side of her he had yet to discover. What could she lose? Miss Prim and Proper was about to become Ms. Hot and Heavy!COULD IT BE MAGIC by GINA WILKINS
SPOILER FREE REVIEW 😊
Could It Be Magic & The Characters
Gina Wilkins‘ Could It Be Magic is a comfy romance read. It’s a sensually-charged Harlequin Temptation from the early 1990s. Gwen DeClerck is a staid, young widow, who had been married to a man twice her age. When Jeremy Kane, a famous magician moves next door, he turns her stable world upside down with excitement and passion.
Gwen De Clerck owns a lovely house that she shared with her deceased husband. She’s a little plump and considers herself homely, even though she’s not yet 30. Suffice to say that Gwen has a nice settled existence and enjoys her work as a school teacher.
One day she notices a truck pulling into her next-door neighbor’s driveway and movers bringing in boxes.
And an assortment of strange creatures, including… a monkey?
Gwen instinctively knows her life is going to change. She glimpses long, leggy women entering the house at all hours. It figures. A playboy has moved next door!
But when she meets her neighbor, he’s unlike any man she’s ever met, and Gwen doesn’t know what to think about him.
Jeremy Kane is a superstar magician who’s a bit of an introvert despite his showmanship ways. He has tall, lithe redheads as his assistants, a far cry from Gwen’s brunette plump cuteness. But any good magician would tell you the “eye-candy” is but a distraction from the trick. Plus Jeremy’s certainly not interested in his co-workers he views in a sisterly fashion.
However, the handsome showman is instantly smitten with Gwen and declares his intentions to make her part of his life.
His pursuit of her takes him to every aspect of her life, from her home to her work, where Jeremy contrives to be Gwen’s winning prize in “Teacher Has to Kiss a Pig Contest.” To Gwen’s shock, Jeremy shows up in a pig mask to claim his prize. He also performs a dazzling show for Gwen’s eager students.
Jeremy breaks down Gwen’s reserve, and she allows herself to enter what she believes will be a brief fling. Because there couldn’t be possibly be anything more for a woman like her and a man like Jeremy?
Final Analysis of Could It Be Magic
The title of Could It Be Magic is based on the Barry Manilow song. Gwen hears the song as she’s driving and gets emotional as she realizes how deep her feelings for Jeremy run. She wants more than a temporal romance, but is that even possible? It would take the magic of love to make their relationship last forever.
Jeremy goes doggedly after the woman he desires–and knows he can have a connection with. Modern-day readers may see his pursuit blur into “Stalker-ish” but it’s not written with any nefarious, overly macho intentions. Gwen’s recalcitrant attitude did get a bit frustrating, but she soon melts for Jeremy, so it’s all good.
As said, Could It Be Magic is a pleasant romance novel, worthy of a look.