Magic Mansion by Jordan Castillo Price
Professor Topaz is tired of fending off advice that he should retire in Vegas where magicians his age have an easier time finding work.
Ricardo Hart’s career has sunk so low, he’s resorted to shaking his moneymaker at bachelorette parties.
But there’s a casting call for a new reality show called Magic Mansion that could change everything for these two gay stage magicians, one recovering from the loss of his partner, the other awe-struck by the presence of his idol. Each is poised for a critical second chance: at fame, and at love.
Who will win? Step into the Mansion, and find out….
This story was originally written as a serial for the author’s newsletter. It reads a little that way but overall it’s like most books in the change of chapters. I am always amazed by some author’s ability to take prompts and turn out a story week by week with little or no solid structure for the story. These authors that amaze me manage to turn out a story that makes sense, isn’t all choppy and is really an entertaining/interesting read. Jordan Castillo Price managed that with this story.
John “Professor” Topaz is a fascinating character. He is an older man in his 60’s. He has been through quite a bit in his life starting with his mother telling the world she was his aunt. He has had tragedy with losing his life partner to a horrible traffic accident. You feel for the man fairly quickly. John is a bit of a straight-laced man but very passionate about his craft.
Ricardo “the Magnificent” Hart is a more colorful character. He is out and proud. Ricardo is almost the total opposite of John in outward appearances. Both men are both True Magic welders. They have a heart for their magic.
The concept of the story is wonderful. It really fits with today’s world of reality shows. The set up of the story fits perfectly with the story being serialized. It also makes the book version of the story feel more like it is being told in the context of a reality show. The setting made sense to me. A sense of magic even added to how the show was filmed.
The story was really good in the set up and the telling. The romance didn’t strike me as being as good. It felt a little shallow. I just didn’t see how the two could start saying I love you with very little knowledge of each other.
In the overall I loved the writing and the concept of the story. The characters were entertaining and engaging. I was engaged by the characters and story. I read until late and was anticipating what would happen in the next chapter. I was a little disappointed walking away from the story. There seemed like there was a “wow” factor missing to make this amazing. Still all in all it was a story I couldn’t put down until I finished.
Posted on Wednesday, July 24th, 2013, in Book Review, Contemporary, Four Roses, M/M Romance, Novel: 150 pages and above, TJ and tagged Four Roses, JCP Books, Jordan Castillo Price, M/M Romance, Novel, Paranormal. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.