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Magic and Romance is a cross-genre anthology of Sapphic tales. If you like reading stories with historical romance, vampires, werewolves, ballroom dancing, contemporary rom-com, or even epic fantasy, all with a twist of lesbian romance and a dash of adventure then you will love this exciting, funny, and free collection of Niamh Murphy’s lesbian short stories. - In Rhyth Magic and Romance is a cross-genre anthology of Sapphic tales. If you like reading stories with historical romance, vampires, werewolves, ballroom dancing, contemporary rom-com, or even epic fantasy, all with a twist of lesbian romance and a dash of adventure then you will love this exciting, funny, and free collection of Niamh Murphy’s lesbian short stories. - In Rhythm (Contemporary Teen Romance) Kara Telfer wants to be a great dancer. When she dances with her instructor, Ruby, their chemistry is obvious. The problem is, she has to dance with Felix, and the competition is tomorrow. - Enthralled (Lesbian Vampire Thriller) Stella is a huntress, she only has one mission: to kill. But one night she decides to take on a Vampire hive alone, and with an ulterior motive... - Is She? (Contemporary LGBT Humour) Claire is lesbian, has just started university, and has the most beautiful housemate in the world: Jasmine. But how do you tell if a girl is interested? - The Lady Edris and the Kingdom in a Cave (Adult Myth & legend, Authurian Adaptation) Lady Edris is on a quest to find the cure for a terrible plague when she is captured by the very woman from whom she has sought help. Should she agree to terms and betray her people, or trust a stranger and risk her life? - Reason to Stay (Lesbian Teen Humour) "I admit it, the way I handled this was all wrong. I got a little obsessive, then got a bit freaked out and then made some HUGE mistakes. Now the whole thing has got a little bit messy... but right now I need to run because there is a girl and I need to tell her something before she leaves. Forever." - Mask of the Highwaywoman (Historical Action Adventure) When Evelyn Thackery, the spirited daughter of a wealthy aristocrat, ventures across rough terrain to meet her future husband, she’s abducted by a gang of vicious outlaws, one of whom she finds strangely fascinating. - The Black Hound (Victorian Gothic Werewolf Suspense) When Isobel is forced to live with her beautiful, but cold, Aunt in the crumbling ruins of Lansdowne, her only escape is to walk for a few hours on the bleak and lonely moors, but something sinister lurks in the darkness… - Delicious (Contemporary Lesbian Romance) Realising she is pining for someone out of her reach, Charlotte decides to end her friendship with her cookery teacher, Nadia, and move on. But Nadia is not the type to let her go that easily...


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Magic and Romance is a cross-genre anthology of Sapphic tales. If you like reading stories with historical romance, vampires, werewolves, ballroom dancing, contemporary rom-com, or even epic fantasy, all with a twist of lesbian romance and a dash of adventure then you will love this exciting, funny, and free collection of Niamh Murphy’s lesbian short stories. - In Rhyth Magic and Romance is a cross-genre anthology of Sapphic tales. If you like reading stories with historical romance, vampires, werewolves, ballroom dancing, contemporary rom-com, or even epic fantasy, all with a twist of lesbian romance and a dash of adventure then you will love this exciting, funny, and free collection of Niamh Murphy’s lesbian short stories. - In Rhythm (Contemporary Teen Romance) Kara Telfer wants to be a great dancer. When she dances with her instructor, Ruby, their chemistry is obvious. The problem is, she has to dance with Felix, and the competition is tomorrow. - Enthralled (Lesbian Vampire Thriller) Stella is a huntress, she only has one mission: to kill. But one night she decides to take on a Vampire hive alone, and with an ulterior motive... - Is She? (Contemporary LGBT Humour) Claire is lesbian, has just started university, and has the most beautiful housemate in the world: Jasmine. But how do you tell if a girl is interested? - The Lady Edris and the Kingdom in a Cave (Adult Myth & legend, Authurian Adaptation) Lady Edris is on a quest to find the cure for a terrible plague when she is captured by the very woman from whom she has sought help. Should she agree to terms and betray her people, or trust a stranger and risk her life? - Reason to Stay (Lesbian Teen Humour) "I admit it, the way I handled this was all wrong. I got a little obsessive, then got a bit freaked out and then made some HUGE mistakes. Now the whole thing has got a little bit messy... but right now I need to run because there is a girl and I need to tell her something before she leaves. Forever." - Mask of the Highwaywoman (Historical Action Adventure) When Evelyn Thackery, the spirited daughter of a wealthy aristocrat, ventures across rough terrain to meet her future husband, she’s abducted by a gang of vicious outlaws, one of whom she finds strangely fascinating. - The Black Hound (Victorian Gothic Werewolf Suspense) When Isobel is forced to live with her beautiful, but cold, Aunt in the crumbling ruins of Lansdowne, her only escape is to walk for a few hours on the bleak and lonely moors, but something sinister lurks in the darkness… - Delicious (Contemporary Lesbian Romance) Realising she is pining for someone out of her reach, Charlotte decides to end her friendship with her cookery teacher, Nadia, and move on. But Nadia is not the type to let her go that easily...

30 review for Magic and Romance: A Collection of Lesbian Short Stories

  1. 4 out of 5

    AnnMaree Of Oz

    A neat collection of short stories, some fantasy some contemporary.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Hesch Aut

    This is quite a lovely collection of quick reads. With every story you keep diving into a completely new world. Each new story lets you guess, wonder, laugh, smile and sigh with satisfaction. The writer knows how to actually write a short story, even though sometimes you would like to continue reading. Gladly Murphy listens to her readers and every now and then even makes a proper novel out of a story that originally was meant to just be a quick read („The mask of the Highwaywoman“, for example). This is quite a lovely collection of quick reads. With every story you keep diving into a completely new world. Each new story lets you guess, wonder, laugh, smile and sigh with satisfaction. The writer knows how to actually write a short story, even though sometimes you would like to continue reading. Gladly Murphy listens to her readers and every now and then even makes a proper novel out of a story that originally was meant to just be a quick read („The mask of the Highwaywoman“, for example). „Magic & Romance“ is perfect for waiting rooms at the doc, your gate at the airport, the platform at the station … or when you’re in the mood for something sweet and/or funny.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Heather Jones

    I picked up this collection after seeing mention of the author’s novel Mask of the Highwaywoman, and seeing that it had the original shorter version of the same story (since the novel isn’t yet available for iBooks). I’m always looking for lesbian historical fiction that reaches farther back than the 20th century. Magic and Romance doesn’t have a focused theme (other than lesbian protagonists) and only four of the eight stories fall in my historical/fantasy target interest. The other four (In Rh I picked up this collection after seeing mention of the author’s novel Mask of the Highwaywoman, and seeing that it had the original shorter version of the same story (since the novel isn’t yet available for iBooks). I’m always looking for lesbian historical fiction that reaches farther back than the 20th century. Magic and Romance doesn’t have a focused theme (other than lesbian protagonists) and only four of the eight stories fall in my historical/fantasy target interest. The other four (In Rhythm: A ballroom dancing romance, Is She?: An on-campus student rom-com, Reason to Stay: A teen romance, and Delicious: A New Year’s Eve tale of food and infatuation -- and, yes, the genre-descriptive subtitles are part of the story titles) are contemporary romance and I’ll confess that I skimmed them lightly. Enthralled: A dark vampire hunter story follows the usual conventions of the modern erotic vampire vs. vampire hunter story, with the protagonist infiltrating the lair of a vampire queen to rescue the object of her affection. The story veers away from being a rescue-the-damsel adventure at the climax when the protagonist’s understanding of what’s going on is turned inside out. A dark and violent story for those who enjoy charging single-handedly into danger. The Lady Edris and the Kingdom in a Cave: A tale inspired by Arthurian legends also turns the protagonist’s initial understanding upside down, but is more of a traditional quest-and-rescue-the-damsel scenario. Edris is on a quest to seek assistance against the plague in her homeland from the sorceress-queen of Northgales, their traditional enemy. But the queen has other ideas for the female knight who has penetrated her enchanted realm--ideas that involve the queen’s bed. A deep familiarity with the themes and tropes of Arthurian legend shines through, though the plot feels like the summary of a role-playing game, where the character passes through a sequence of tests and challenges to emerge victorious with the McGuffin and the girl. Mask of the Highwaywoman: The short-story that became a novel is the story that led me to pick this up in the first place. The plot itself follows the usual formula for highwaywoman romance stories: our heroine’s coach is stopped by a masked highwayman (with or without accomplices) who betrays a brief sympathy or erotic interest in the heroine, but takes a piece of sentimental jewelry from her. The highwaywoman uses returning the jewelry as an excuse for another meeting in which sparks fly, and... Well, presumably what happens next is in the expanded version of the story. The Black Hound: A romantic gothic horror distills down the platonic ideal of a gothic novel. Our impoverished heroine has come to a lonely, sinister mansion to be the companion of a tyrannical distant relative. On being warned not to wander the woods as night, of course she does so, and barely escapes an encounter with The Black Hound. Curses, nightmares, and supernatural events come to a head as our heroine takes comfort in the arms of her employer’s lady’s maid. A forced separation, another flight through the haunted woods with the hound in pursuit, and a bloody denouement that...well, that would be giving away whether this turns our to be gothic horror or gothic romance. I liked the story premises and how they dodged around some of the usual formulas, but the writing style was often choppy and too reliant on short declarative sentences and long passages of dialogue. I’m always hoping for something a bit more lyrical. The impression of a choppy style also comes from the stories being broken up into short chapters (as short as 300-400 words), sometimes breaking in the middle of a scene. Murphy has the potential to turn out some very enjoyable historical and fantastic fiction with a bit more work on the technical side and I will probably try out the expanded version of Mask of the Highwaywoman to see if it’s addressed some of these weak spots.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Marie Gabriel

    Magic and Romance is a lovely collection of multi-genre short stories from lesfic author Niamh Murphy. Right up until the very last, I thought I was dealing with sweet romance in an LGBT context which was refreshing and unusual. The stories would make a lot of sense to young girls coming to terms with their sexuality in a gentle way because romantic feelings were made more important than sex. That is how it often is when you are young and to me that seemed original and made a welcome change from Magic and Romance is a lovely collection of multi-genre short stories from lesfic author Niamh Murphy. Right up until the very last, I thought I was dealing with sweet romance in an LGBT context which was refreshing and unusual. The stories would make a lot of sense to young girls coming to terms with their sexuality in a gentle way because romantic feelings were made more important than sex. That is how it often is when you are young and to me that seemed original and made a welcome change from explicit stories in the sort of book you might hide from your Mum. The last story took me by surprise after this, of course, but certainly not in a bad way. It was erotic and explicit but I felt it was written tastefully too. On the whole I was impressed by the quality of Niamh Murphy’s writing. The only criticisms I had were the chapters, which I felt were intrusive and unnecessary in short reads and distracted from the flow, and the “occasional dead foal” in the werewolf story which pulled me up and made me giggle. The fact this this was offered free gave me a chance to explore Niamh’s writing and add her to my list of authors I would like to read more of.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Riska Sleepless

    I expected a lot more from this... it wad neither magical nor romantic in my opinion and some of the storys were a chore to get through... also, in my opinion none of these stories needed chapters...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte Anne Hamilton

    IN RHYTHM - ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 - Cute and fluffy. The writing seemed a bit rushed but it was still a fun read that I enjoyed. It was rather interesting seeing it take place in a ballroom dance competition! I’ve never read that before which is a shame cause it would be rather fun! ENTHRALLED - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 - Oh my god that was actually so good! I would seriously read a full length novel about that because it was so interesting!! IS SHE? - ⭐️ - I just? This was just... no. The MC moves into a shitty apartment IN RHYTHM - ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 - Cute and fluffy. The writing seemed a bit rushed but it was still a fun read that I enjoyed. It was rather interesting seeing it take place in a ballroom dance competition! I’ve never read that before which is a shame cause it would be rather fun! ENTHRALLED - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 - Oh my god that was actually so good! I would seriously read a full length novel about that because it was so interesting!! IS SHE? - ⭐️ - I just? This was just... no. The MC moves into a shitty apartment all because the girl she sees there is pretty? She reads her diary and sees the phrase "she's beautiful" and so assumes she's gay, so then Googles things like "how to tell if someone is gay" and starts keeping an eye on these supppper stereotypical things. Her best friend points out that none of these things apply to the MC, who is gay, so how accurate can it be, but she waves it off. She then goes to this girl, who admits that she likes a girl, but guess what? It's not this creepy one that's just moved in and has had 5 interactions with. The MC THEN HAS THE AUDACITY TO BE UPSET AND THINK THAT THE GIRL THE LI REALLY LIKES IS UGLY AND SO NOT WORTHY OF THIS BEAUTIFUL PERSON. I mean, this girl has moved to London for university and she hasn't done any work because she's too busy stalking this girl. And then in the end, when she goes to her best friend (who she was in love with btw and how she realised she was a lesbian) it turns out the best friend has been in love with her all along and everything works out for the best. I'm just???? No???? God, this one was just so screwed up. I really honestly felt so uncomfortable all the way through it, and it'd be fine if the MC was repentant and learnt things but noooooope. It was just... all manners of wrong. THE LADY EDRIS AND THE KINGDOM IN THE CAVE - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - this was a rather interesting read that I enjoyed. It was another one that I would have loved to have seen explored further in a full length novel but the short story was equally adorable and I loved it! REASON TO STAY - ⭐️⭐️ - honestly I don’t know what it is about these contemporary stories that just don’t sit well with me. This was another one that was just?? It wasn’t bad, but that ending was just??? Odd?? Like the LI’s mother got cancer and she was supposed to go to America to stay with her dad cos her mum didn’t want her to see her going through chemo... but she misses her train because the MC runs to her and says she loves her and *that’s* her reason to stay???? What????? MASK OF THE HIGHWAYWOMAN - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 - I adored this one! I’m actually so happy to know that this idea is already a full length novel and I can’t wait to get started as the short story was a perfect set up. I know that it won’t be exactly the same but just seeing the short story that inspired it will add a certain depth to the novel when I get to it! THE BLACK HOUND - ⭐️⭐️ - this one wasn’t bad?? I just wish it had been explored a little more. It was more than a little confusing and I sort of understand what the author was going for but for me it just didn’t work?? It just ended up confusing me more than anything else. DELICIOUS - ⭐️⭐️ - okay honestly. Becoming obsessed with a stranger just cause you’ve got a crush on them is not healthy or attractive. And I’m talking about “putting your life on hold” (yes that is an actual thing from the book). It’s not romantic or cute. It’s unhealthy. Seek a therapist.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Karen Harper

    Needs editing This book contains some interesting story ideas but most of them do not work as short stories. They feel like snippets of longer novels and there isn't sufficient character or plot development for each to stand on its own. The book is full of spelling and grammatical errors throughout, making it tedious to read. The author would benefit from hiring an editor to help with this as well as sentence structure. I also found the chapters very distracting and unnecessary. I hope the author Needs editing This book contains some interesting story ideas but most of them do not work as short stories. They feel like snippets of longer novels and there isn't sufficient character or plot development for each to stand on its own. The book is full of spelling and grammatical errors throughout, making it tedious to read. The author would benefit from hiring an editor to help with this as well as sentence structure. I also found the chapters very distracting and unnecessary. I hope the author will consider reworking some of these story ideas with an editor. As it stands now, the book is difficult to read and doesn't hold the reader's interest.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Irina

    That was a decent read! I enjoyed most of the stories, the fantasy ones more so than the contemporary romance ones (though the last story was contemporary and pretty great). There are tragic stories, sweet stories, hot stories, a little bit of everything really, and all of it ist gay as hell. <3 The second last story was kind of confusing to me, but apart from that, I'd recommend giving this collection a try! (Also, bonus points for the stunning cover.) That was a decent read! I enjoyed most of the stories, the fantasy ones more so than the contemporary romance ones (though the last story was contemporary and pretty great). There are tragic stories, sweet stories, hot stories, a little bit of everything really, and all of it ist gay as hell. <3 The second last story was kind of confusing to me, but apart from that, I'd recommend giving this collection a try! (Also, bonus points for the stunning cover.)

  9. 5 out of 5

    J Miller

    A quick and delightful collection From magical dark fairytales to bringing in the New Year, this was a wonderfully written collection of shorts that will entertain any wlw story lover.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Janice

    I'm not really sure which story was my favorite. Even those in genres I'm not particularly fond of were magnificent! I revisit this set of stories from time to time, because the writing is just so well done! I'm not really sure which story was my favorite. Even those in genres I'm not particularly fond of were magnificent! I revisit this set of stories from time to time, because the writing is just so well done!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Reaves

    A good light read The stories were engaging and fun. A few of them were over all too soon. I knew the mask of the highway women became a book but a couple of the others would make good books too.

  12. 4 out of 5

    karla

    A collection of short stories of lesbian in both modern settings and magical. As we don't really get lesbians in fantasy settings, and the overall lack of lesbian stories in general, when I first saw this on the kindle market, I was *obviously* going to read it! Although, even with the happy endings (!!!), I wasn't really connecting or thoroughly enjoying it. And a shame, I only got invested in it by the halfway point. The author didn't give us enough time to get to know the character, her motiv A collection of short stories of lesbian in both modern settings and magical. As we don't really get lesbians in fantasy settings, and the overall lack of lesbian stories in general, when I first saw this on the kindle market, I was *obviously* going to read it! Although, even with the happy endings (!!!), I wasn't really connecting or thoroughly enjoying it. And a shame, I only got invested in it by the halfway point. The author didn't give us enough time to get to know the character, her motives, desires, etc., or let the plot thicken. I understand they're short stories, but maybe they were *too* short? I actually tend to shy away from short story collections because of this, yet there is no reason that the characters need to seem so two-dimensional. For the most part, if you're not really looking for the next modern classic, and just want to enjoy lesbians kicking ass and finding love they thought was unrequited, by all means, READ IT! This really had a lot of potential, so I'll be on the look out for Niamh Murphy.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lorraine Rusnack

    This collection has vampires, witches, comedy, tragedy , young adults and a butch Highway man. I enjoyed each story whether it made me laugh or cry. I wish a few of them were a bit longer but that's what we have an imagination for. This collection has vampires, witches, comedy, tragedy , young adults and a butch Highway man. I enjoyed each story whether it made me laugh or cry. I wish a few of them were a bit longer but that's what we have an imagination for.

  14. 5 out of 5

    DR

    Engaging, well written descriptive language that drew me into each story. A worthy collection of shorts that had me wanting for more. I especially enjoyed the story about the knight and the highway woman. The angst of teenage love was endearing. Thank you.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Green

    A nice collection of stories My tastes are a little darker than most of the stories in this collection, but I did enjoy the Gothic wolf tale and the more explicit adventures. Lots of lady love to whet your appetite!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Gail

    A free copy rec'd through Kobo. This is a satisfactory collection of lesbian themed short stories. Ms. Murphy is definitely not your usual "run-of-the-mill" author and I look forward to more of her work. A free copy rec'd through Kobo. This is a satisfactory collection of lesbian themed short stories. Ms. Murphy is definitely not your usual "run-of-the-mill" author and I look forward to more of her work.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Felicia

    What a refreshing read! or should I say ..reads! every story stuck with me. especially the highway woman.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Anna Van

    Wholesome fun Nice mix of storyline’s. All were well written by the different authors. I liked that I could see the action as I read through. Wonderful quick read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    JC

    I really wanted to like this book. It felt like most of the characters lacked characterization and the ending was too abrupt. I know short stories are supposed to be short but these were too short.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mindy

    Some good, some clunkers. When it comes to these short story collection books most of the time they are hit or miss per story within.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kyla

    Delightful These stories are charming, imaginative and sexy. There are just like those delicious dreams I never want to wake up from.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ashley N.

    What a read! This was my first read by Niamh Murphy, and I was not disappointed! I plan to read more of her works in the future!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    Read it twice in a week. A story for every girl. I loved its diversity and how each story made you physically feel something for the characters. You want to cheer them on and hold them up in their challenges.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ren

    Some stories in this were a complete miss for me, while others provided a short enjoyable read.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Bri

    This was okay. I think some of these stories just weren't for me. This was okay. I think some of these stories just weren't for me.

  26. 5 out of 5

    John Gray

  27. 5 out of 5

    L. Scott

  28. 4 out of 5

    Didi47

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

  30. 5 out of 5

    Janet

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