Since the death of his father, Trick Grigsby has fought to keep his head above water. Following in his father’s footsteps as a talented architect, he hopes to work his way up at the firm. Unfortunately, the company’s new owner barely resembles the man who was once Trick’s father’s best friend. Trick’s days are filled with drudgery and cruel remarks from the man who was supposed to be his mentor—along with his two sons, whose only jobs seem to be making Trick’s life miserable.
But all that is about to change.
Edwin Goodmaker struggled through his fairy godparent curriculum, but his mother—the reigning Fairy Queen—has a simple solution: Edwin will go to New York City and get some practical experience. When he meets Trick, Edwin knows he’s found a worthy charge, and he’s sure he can help Trick achieve all of his heart’s desires. Edwin falls for Trick, but with everything standing in their way, a fairy-tale ending might remain nothing more than a dream.
I’ve made the holiday plunge and have been submerging myself in sweet stories and this has been my favorite this year so far! I’m a huge fan of Nico and enjoy Cate as well, and together their styles mesh splendidly. I haven’t read much fantasy lately and this reminded me how much fun a great fantasy escape can be. Real world and make-believe world are woven together in this dreamy story and it was executed magnificently.
Edwin is struggling to complete his ‘fairy godfather training’ and is given the opportunity for some hands on experience in the moral realm. He leaves his home in Paravale, which of course is in Kansas, and heads to New York City. He is gobsmacked with the wonders of the city and runs into a stranger within moments of his arrival. Literally runs into him. During their tangle of limbs he is gifted with an impression of how rotten this man’s luck has been. He wants to change that; turn his luck around and takes him as his first charge. Blending in turns out to be more difficult that Edwin imagined but thankfully, he’s up for the challenge. I found Edwin to be extremely lovable and hilarious. He radiates warm fuzzies and brightens up the pages as you read along.
Life hasn’t always been kind to Trick. He’s fallen into a pit but he refuses to allow the despair to consume him. His boss abuses him and turns his head while his pathetic sons take their turns using him. He tolerates their wrong doings with grace and vows to stand strong and steady while maintaining his course. He wants to honor his father’s legacy and become a partner in the firm. Every miserable day he trudges onward fueled with desperation to make it…just one more day. Then suddenly, his luck begins to change. When his eyes are opened to the possibilities around him, he realizes being happy and loved are the true winnings in life. And living a full and happy life would honor his father’s legacy a million times more than being a tortured partner in his old firm. Life is what we make it and we’ve only got one chance, so make it good!
As I mentioned earlier, the styles of Ashwood and Jaye compliment each other well. Smuff makes me happy and this story was delightful. Visiting NYC through Edwin’s wide eyes and bright smile was thrilling. He adds a quirky, perky vibe that makes things fresh and exciting. Wands, fairy dust, cotton candy…everything you would expect and I enjoyed all of it. I felt badly for Trick and couldn’t wait for Edwin to help Trick find his heart’s desires.
Trick and Edwin are quite a pair. So different yet so compatible. Edwin is acutely aware that his time with Trick is limited but can’t hold back from giving Trick what he needs most…love. He has fallen for his charge and he knows this doesn’t change his obligations at home. But he allows himself to love Trick anyways. I adored how Trick cared for Edwin and gently took everything Edwin had to offer. They loved each other deeply and purely. They savored the power of the present and it was lovely to witness.
Angst free sweetness and a craving for more. It’s not as though it wasn’t complete or unsatisfying, because it was both. BUT…I’m dying for more. Perhaps we will be gifted with a Valentine’s sneak peek? *shamelessly begs* I can only imagine the fun they could have if Edwin took Trick to meet his mother!
If you like a whole lotta sweet with a bit of heat and need a happily-ever-after, make this your next holiday treat.