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Today is Elizabeth Stevens’ birthday, and not only is it the one-year anniversary of her husband leaving her, it’s also the day her bakery is required to make a cake—for her ex’s next wedding. If there’s a bitter taste in her mouth, no one can blame her. But today, Liz is about to receive a gift. Her Grandma Verda isn’t just wacky; she’s a little witchy. An ancient gypsy ma Today is Elizabeth Stevens’ birthday, and not only is it the one-year anniversary of her husband leaving her, it’s also the day her bakery is required to make a cake—for her ex’s next wedding. If there’s a bitter taste in her mouth, no one can blame her. But today, Liz is about to receive a gift. Her Grandma Verda isn’t just wacky; she’s a little witchy. An ancient gypsy magic has been passed through her family bloodline for generations, and it’s Liz’s turn to be empowered. Henceforth, everything she bakes will have a dash of delight and a pinch of wishes-can-come-true. From her hunky policeman neighbor, to her gorgeous personal trainer, to her bum of an ex-husband, everyone Liz knows is going to taste her power. Revenge is sweet…and it’s only the first dish to be served.


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Today is Elizabeth Stevens’ birthday, and not only is it the one-year anniversary of her husband leaving her, it’s also the day her bakery is required to make a cake—for her ex’s next wedding. If there’s a bitter taste in her mouth, no one can blame her. But today, Liz is about to receive a gift. Her Grandma Verda isn’t just wacky; she’s a little witchy. An ancient gypsy ma Today is Elizabeth Stevens’ birthday, and not only is it the one-year anniversary of her husband leaving her, it’s also the day her bakery is required to make a cake—for her ex’s next wedding. If there’s a bitter taste in her mouth, no one can blame her. But today, Liz is about to receive a gift. Her Grandma Verda isn’t just wacky; she’s a little witchy. An ancient gypsy magic has been passed through her family bloodline for generations, and it’s Liz’s turn to be empowered. Henceforth, everything she bakes will have a dash of delight and a pinch of wishes-can-come-true. From her hunky policeman neighbor, to her gorgeous personal trainer, to her bum of an ex-husband, everyone Liz knows is going to taste her power. Revenge is sweet…and it’s only the first dish to be served.

30 review for A Taste of Magic

  1. 5 out of 5

    Veronica Rosa

    3 and half stars I wasn't sure what to expect when I read this book. It'd been sitting on my kindle for a while and I figured what the heck. It was a nice, light read that amused me. There were some predicable spots where I rolled my eyes but no yelling at my kindle which is always a good thing. I liked Elizabeth and her sometimes cringe-worthy moments. In fact I could put myself in her shoes since we're about the same age. I can't imagine entering the dating scene at this age and hope I won't hav 3 and half stars I wasn't sure what to expect when I read this book. It'd been sitting on my kindle for a while and I figured what the heck. It was a nice, light read that amused me. There were some predicable spots where I rolled my eyes but no yelling at my kindle which is always a good thing. I liked Elizabeth and her sometimes cringe-worthy moments. In fact I could put myself in her shoes since we're about the same age. I can't imagine entering the dating scene at this age and hope I won't have to. There was a decent amount of plot to this story, not just the usual "Woman enters dating scene, has a crappy date or two, falls in love". There were a few side plots and characters that I really enjoyed. Even better, one of her best friends is gay and you wouldn't know it by the way he acted. *gasp* No silly, over-the-top gay guy! It was a refreshing change. I gave this a 3 and half because I liked the story although it's not my usual type of read. Less blood and gore. ;) But I would definitely read more by this author.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Inara

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Really a 3,5 star rating. Elizabeth Stevens is the co-owner of the bakery "A Taste of Magic" together with her best friend Jon but lately they aren´t doing so well. They´d lost some jobs to competition and because of that she even agreed to bake a cake for her ex-husband´s wedding. Although the divorce was one year ago, Elizabeth still isn´t over it but pretends to everyone else to be happy and okay. When Elizabeth opens a birthday card from her Grandma Varda she gets strange glitter all over her Really a 3,5 star rating. Elizabeth Stevens is the co-owner of the bakery "A Taste of Magic" together with her best friend Jon but lately they aren´t doing so well. They´d lost some jobs to competition and because of that she even agreed to bake a cake for her ex-husband´s wedding. Although the divorce was one year ago, Elizabeth still isn´t over it but pretends to everyone else to be happy and okay. When Elizabeth opens a birthday card from her Grandma Varda she gets strange glitter all over her and she´s sure she saw the writing in the card sparkling. Of course she thinks nothing about it until, well , until her whispered wish came true while baking the cake for her ex-husband. A sneaking suspicion arises in her and she confronts her Grandma about her "gift". When her suspicion is confirmed she learns about her ability to add a "wish" into her pastries... This book is a fun and light read with humorous situations and a heroine who has to learn that not always what she thinks is best for someone else is really the best for them, even with all her good intentions. When she decides to "spice up" her life a bit with dating, she creates a situation she isn´t really comfortable with. Does her object of desire (Nate) really have any interest in her or is it only the magic? What I didn´t really like was Elizabeth´s playing around with a second (very nice) guy when it was rather clear from the beginning whom Elizabeth really wanted. I didn´t like her dating Kevin (the second guy) and giving him the impression that she was interested in him because she wanted to feel good and desired (therefore the half-star deduction, I hate to have a very nice guy getting hurt because of a feeling-sorry-for-herself heroine). All in all this book is enjoyable and entertaining and I will surely read the sequel "A Stroke of Magic" (due in July 2009) because I´m curious how the one will fare whom she passes her "gift" on... Website of the author: http://www.tracymadison.com/

  3. 5 out of 5

    Blodeuedd Finland

    This was a sweet book, and then I am not only talking about the yummy things that she was baking. Those sure made me crave cake and pie. Liz got divorced a year ago when her husband of many years left her for a much younger woman. Now she just lives, without really leaving. But as her 35th birthday comes to pass something is about to change. There is gypsy-blood in her and it's magic, by accident she sets the first magic free and more will follow. I liked Liz, she felt real, and I do like the scen This was a sweet book, and then I am not only talking about the yummy things that she was baking. Those sure made me crave cake and pie. Liz got divorced a year ago when her husband of many years left her for a much younger woman. Now she just lives, without really leaving. But as her 35th birthday comes to pass something is about to change. There is gypsy-blood in her and it's magic, by accident she sets the first magic free and more will follow. I liked Liz, she felt real, and I do like the scene where she first meets her hunky police neighbour. There is some chick-lit in here and that was perfect for my mood. She is a bit insecure, but who can blame her. The gift of magic is perfect for her because so grows stronger and you get to see how sweet she is. Because she does try to make others feel better too, even if the results are not always great. Hunky neighbour Nate, yes I do like him. He wants the best for her, he is nice, and he is so sweet around his nephew. Giggle, and then there is really hunky personal trainer Kevin. The girl knows how to spice it up when she finally starts walking among the living. Grandma Vera is love, I love quirky grandmother's, and the books gets funnier with her in it. Many other side characters too, her buddies Jon and Maddie, her idiot ex, and her sister Alice who is the main character in A Stroke of Magic, a book that I really want to read now since there is big things in store for Alice at the end of this book. This book has the romance, sweet, but with a few sidesteps and mix ups, because it's not an easy road to finding love. There is the paranormal, not big really, yes there is magic in her baking but it feels so normal and real. Makes me wish I had a gypsy ancestor who had given me some magic. There are the funny parts that just keeps you reading and wanting more. All in all a sweet ride to the end, you keep turning the page to know what happens to them all, oh and to see what else she is baking.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    I read this book in two sittings. This author is definitely going on my must-buy list, this book was that good! A Taste of Magic is a light, quirky, fun read with fabulous characters that I bonded with immediately. The heat level is mild to medium but I'd still call it a sensual read. I love how Liz uses her magic and oh, is this book funny! All the characters are wonderfully drawn and distinct. When I finished the book I wished I had the next one by my side to read but it's not out until July. I read this book in two sittings. This author is definitely going on my must-buy list, this book was that good! A Taste of Magic is a light, quirky, fun read with fabulous characters that I bonded with immediately. The heat level is mild to medium but I'd still call it a sensual read. I love how Liz uses her magic and oh, is this book funny! All the characters are wonderfully drawn and distinct. When I finished the book I wished I had the next one by my side to read but it's not out until July. I've already preordered it! I highly recommend A Taste of Magic. Normally I only give star ratings. I loved this book so much I wrote my first review for it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Geli

    I would actually like to give this book 2 1/2 stars. While I didnt love it, I did enjoy most of it. I thought at the beginning I would love it. Elizabeth seemed a lot like me, totally a character I could relate to. But as the story progressed...not so much. Elizabeth is a baker dealing with a bad divorce and suddenly finds out she has magical powers to make her wishes come true. Great concept, I really liked where the story seemed to be going. Somewhere in the middle, the story seemed to get mud I would actually like to give this book 2 1/2 stars. While I didnt love it, I did enjoy most of it. I thought at the beginning I would love it. Elizabeth seemed a lot like me, totally a character I could relate to. But as the story progressed...not so much. Elizabeth is a baker dealing with a bad divorce and suddenly finds out she has magical powers to make her wishes come true. Great concept, I really liked where the story seemed to be going. Somewhere in the middle, the story seemed to get muddled and slightly dragged on. I think the turning point for me is when Elizabeth was on her way to deliver a cake to her best friend but got super distracted by her so-called "hot" neighbor (sorry but his description did nothing for me). Elizabeth so far had been pretty level headed but suddenly shes so turned on she cant think straight? Just didnt seem to fit well with the character we met in the beginning. And made me lose respect for her. Then after that guys being hot seemed to be her reasoning for everything. She knew she didnt have feelings for a guy but he's hot so why not? ugh.... The magic element was great though, and I am very picky on how magic gets portrayed in books. Quite frankly it usually comes across as dull and unbelievable. So I was surprised how well it was in this one. I would have liked to have read more of her using the magic and more about Miranda. I dont think I will go on to read more in the series. The story of Alice and her creepy ex wasnt very interesting to me. I suppose if youre looking for a paranormal romance without all the blood and vampiness this one would work fine for you.

  6. 4 out of 5

    ♡Karlyn P♡

    I ended up scanning the last half of the book, not reading it entirely. Because of that I wont say if its good or bad, just not my cup of tea, so I wont give it any star rating just to be fair. It has a light and quirky writing style that I know many will enjoy. It's written in first-person, and the writing level seamed to be aimed at the young adult croud, which just isn't what I enjoy. The romance part of this book appears to be the heroine deciding between two men through much of the book, an I ended up scanning the last half of the book, not reading it entirely. Because of that I wont say if its good or bad, just not my cup of tea, so I wont give it any star rating just to be fair. It has a light and quirky writing style that I know many will enjoy. It's written in first-person, and the writing level seamed to be aimed at the young adult croud, which just isn't what I enjoy. The romance part of this book appears to be the heroine deciding between two men through much of the book, and deciding very near the end who it will be. There appeared to be one very mild sex scene toward the end, so I would rate the sensuality of this book just above 'kisses' but barely 'warm'.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sally906

    Elizabeth (Liz) Stevens, joint owner of ‘A Taste of Magic’ bakery is having a horrible birthday. Not only is it the first anniversary of when her two-timing rat of an ex-husband left her for another women, she is actually baking the wedding cake for his upcoming marriage to said floozy! Her wacky Grandma Verda comes by with a birthday card that has a surprise in it – a bit of an electric shock and some sparks – and other than that, nothing! Well it’s not actually nothing, what Grandma Verda has Elizabeth (Liz) Stevens, joint owner of ‘A Taste of Magic’ bakery is having a horrible birthday. Not only is it the first anniversary of when her two-timing rat of an ex-husband left her for another women, she is actually baking the wedding cake for his upcoming marriage to said floozy! Her wacky Grandma Verda comes by with a birthday card that has a surprise in it – a bit of an electric shock and some sparks – and other than that, nothing! Well it’s not actually nothing, what Grandma Verda has given Liz is the Gypsy magic that has been passed down from woman to woman for generations. Of course Liz doesn’t realise that she has been empowered and as she stirs the mixture for her ex-husbands wedding cake she wishes that he is impotent for his honeymoon. With her newly acquired Gypsy power whenever Liz makes a wish while baking it will come true. Of course the results are not always predictable so while she hones her skills she spends a lot of time trying to undo the chaos she causes. I enjoyed this light and fluffy read, and if you read a paranormal romance and expect rocket science then you are going to be disappointed. I didn’t expect rocket science – so wasn’t disappointed! A TASTE OF MAGIC is a debut book and the first of a series. It has a good plausible plot, great pacing, humour and lots of magic. Liz really grows as a character during the story which I always like to see – and I loved how she first meets her love interest Nate. Liz has had a night out and is a tad tipsy and can’t find her front door key. She decides to climb through her bathroom window and gets stuck, so her head is in the house – and her bum in the air outside. Nate is a policeman so thinks she is a criminal breaking in. As with all good romantic plots there is attraction and then a misunderstanding before the HEA can occur. There are quite a few backstories going on with the ex-husband, Liz’s partner, her sister and also with her best friend which are all tied up before the end of the book. If I can get my hands on the next few in the series I will happily read them – but there doesn’t seem to be e-book versions although this version is an e-book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jess the Romanceaholic

    Free on Kindle What worked for me: *I REALLY enjoyed the fact that Lizzie made a LOT of mistakes with her magic before she finally got everything figured out. *Who DOESN'T love a man in uniform?! What didn't work for me: *The angst of a cheating spouse -- while this was integral to the story, it was a bit too angsty for me, especially since this was a journey of acceptance and forgiveness for the heroine. I'm not a forgiving person lol Let's just say the second spell wouldn't have been for what she Free on Kindle What worked for me: *I REALLY enjoyed the fact that Lizzie made a LOT of mistakes with her magic before she finally got everything figured out. *Who DOESN'T love a man in uniform?! What didn't work for me: *The angst of a cheating spouse -- while this was integral to the story, it was a bit too angsty for me, especially since this was a journey of acceptance and forgiveness for the heroine. I'm not a forgiving person lol Let's just say the second spell wouldn't have been for what she made it for, but would've instead been an extension of the first spell, only one intended to last the entire marriage. Srsly. *Her family annoyed the pie out of me. Overall, an easy read. A bit heavy on the chick-lit/self-empowerment side for my tastes, but not enough to give it a bad rating. 3 Stars

  9. 5 out of 5

    Megan Schiffour

    This wasn't the best book I have read but it wasn't the worst book by far. Honestly it started out amazing, a head start straight from the starting block and then it got bogged down and picked up enough that it wasn't painful to finish. I will however say I have glad when I was done. The book follows a young, divorced woman through a journey of self-discovery with the addition of gypsy magic. The main character, Elizabeth explores her new magic through her baking and causes a few screw ups on th This wasn't the best book I have read but it wasn't the worst book by far. Honestly it started out amazing, a head start straight from the starting block and then it got bogged down and picked up enough that it wasn't painful to finish. I will however say I have glad when I was done. The book follows a young, divorced woman through a journey of self-discovery with the addition of gypsy magic. The main character, Elizabeth explores her new magic through her baking and causes a few screw ups on the in between. I loved the male characters, they were all the perfect gentleman, save for Marc but the female characters fell short for me. Overall the book wasn't as magical as I like them but I would recommend it to anyone for a quick flirty read; would be an excellent beach companion!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kathy (Kindle-aholic)

    This was a fun enough, short romance. It kept my attention, and the magic part was interesting (although the best part was her first spell when she didn't even know she had magic). I'm not a fan of the "all of a sudden every man wants her" book. It doesn't matter how we get there - in this case a spell - it just gets old. I think that the author was going for a more "realistic" portrayal of a fledgling couple - who knows if it will all work out, enjoy what you have while you have it, but that's This was a fun enough, short romance. It kept my attention, and the magic part was interesting (although the best part was her first spell when she didn't even know she had magic). I'm not a fan of the "all of a sudden every man wants her" book. It doesn't matter how we get there - in this case a spell - it just gets old. I think that the author was going for a more "realistic" portrayal of a fledgling couple - who knows if it will all work out, enjoy what you have while you have it, but that's not what romances are about. If I'm reading a romance, it's because I already know how its going to end, I'm just interested in how they get there.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    This was a pretty decent read. I loved the witchy aspect and loved the yummy guys all around Liz. Loved her quirky grandma..who wouldn't? I would love to have the ability to make things happen just by baking something tasty! Myself..I would have went hardcore on the ex husband. All in all, I thought it was well written and amusing. It has magic, romance, and sweet revenge..a great combination! I read this in just a few hours as it is a fun but fast read. I look forward to continuing the series a This was a pretty decent read. I loved the witchy aspect and loved the yummy guys all around Liz. Loved her quirky grandma..who wouldn't? I would love to have the ability to make things happen just by baking something tasty! Myself..I would have went hardcore on the ex husband. All in all, I thought it was well written and amusing. It has magic, romance, and sweet revenge..a great combination! I read this in just a few hours as it is a fun but fast read. I look forward to continuing the series and seeing what other people are featured.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Natasha

    This book was a such a great read. I really Loved and enjoyed the flow of the writing and the pace that the author set for the story. The sexy moments, the funny moments, the magic moments and the nail biting moments all fitted together like the perfect cupcake. It was to die for. With that said. I can't not wait to read more books from this author and I recommended you try this book. It's a 5 star book for me. Will you be adding "A Taste of Magic by Tracy Madison" to your reading list or have yo This book was a such a great read. I really Loved and enjoyed the flow of the writing and the pace that the author set for the story. The sexy moments, the funny moments, the magic moments and the nail biting moments all fitted together like the perfect cupcake. It was to die for. With that said. I can't not wait to read more books from this author and I recommended you try this book. It's a 5 star book for me. Will you be adding "A Taste of Magic by Tracy Madison" to your reading list or have you all ready had the pleasure of reading it? If so. Let's talk.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Elle

    This is a great book! I was so surprised. I picked it for no other reason than I liked the cover and the synopsis seemed good enough. I am so pleased to say that I enjoyed the book so much that I am going to keep an eye out for other books by Tracy Madison. The book has some great characters, believable situations (and she's a witch ... so that is saying something) and a great plot. I am starting the next book as soon as I can get my hands on it! This is a great book! I was so surprised. I picked it for no other reason than I liked the cover and the synopsis seemed good enough. I am so pleased to say that I enjoyed the book so much that I am going to keep an eye out for other books by Tracy Madison. The book has some great characters, believable situations (and she's a witch ... so that is saying something) and a great plot. I am starting the next book as soon as I can get my hands on it!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Meredith Watkins

    This by book is under the genre of cozy books, meaning get cozy because you'll probably finish them soon after. Personally I love these because most of what I read are crime novels, history, thriller/suspense etc.. This book was a gem to read, a woman who discovers she comes from a long line of gypsy magic, and hers is activated when she cooks/bakes! A few times I was laughing so hard I was crying. An absolute joy to read. This by book is under the genre of cozy books, meaning get cozy because you'll probably finish them soon after. Personally I love these because most of what I read are crime novels, history, thriller/suspense etc.. This book was a gem to read, a woman who discovers she comes from a long line of gypsy magic, and hers is activated when she cooks/bakes! A few times I was laughing so hard I was crying. An absolute joy to read.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rachel- Goodbye Borders

    This was a fun book. However, it took awhile to read because it didn't hold my attention for more than a chapter or 2. It was very easy to put down and come back to. I appreciated Elizabeth's growth throughout the book. I liked that she wasn't selfish with her magic. There is a love triangle, luckily it gets resolved. Some laugh-out loud moments....getting stuck in your bathroom window anyone? This was a fun book. However, it took awhile to read because it didn't hold my attention for more than a chapter or 2. It was very easy to put down and come back to. I appreciated Elizabeth's growth throughout the book. I liked that she wasn't selfish with her magic. There is a love triangle, luckily it gets resolved. Some laugh-out loud moments....getting stuck in your bathroom window anyone?

  16. 4 out of 5

    VLynch

    What do I think? I think I want to move next to Nate! What a yummy hunk! : ) This book was a cute and delightful book about love and the mistakes we make along the way when we try to find love. There is even a creepy ex-husband for those who like a little revenge in your love stories. Great book to escape life craziness.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Paloma

    surprisingly, this book was good. I don't know how many people stared at me as I laughed really loud at some of the things that Liz did. surprisingly, this book was good. I don't know how many people stared at me as I laughed really loud at some of the things that Liz did.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Karissa

    Elizabeth has spent the last year in a fog of broken promises and what-ifs, mourning the downfall of her marriage and subsequent divorce, working but not really living. The rather unusual birthday card her grandmother gives her, and a fulfilled wish, propel her on a journey of discovery. On this road is closure for her failed marriage, a new romance, new friendships, challenges in both her work and private life, and finally believing in herself again. She is assisted by her eccentric grandma and Elizabeth has spent the last year in a fog of broken promises and what-ifs, mourning the downfall of her marriage and subsequent divorce, working but not really living. The rather unusual birthday card her grandmother gives her, and a fulfilled wish, propel her on a journey of discovery. On this road is closure for her failed marriage, a new romance, new friendships, challenges in both her work and private life, and finally believing in herself again. She is assisted by her eccentric grandma and a very old relative although it takes many mishaps before she gets the hang of this 'gift'. This book absolutely enchanted me. I loved the characters, the mysticism and whimsy, the humor, and the realistic portrayal of a woman learning something new. Bumbling, fumbling, not fully trusting herself, making mistakes and having to fix them, doubting; it all feels so honest and true-to-life. She also had the most hilarious inner monologues and found herself in the most ridiculous of situations. I can picture myself so easily in her place and would love to imagine coming out on the other side like she did. In full command of her professional and private life, with a man who loved her and whom she loved, and knowing who she was and what she was about. She went from a mouse to a lion, from barely existing to fully living life. I would definitely recommend this book and look forward to reading other books by this author.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Blesie

    Took me a month to finish a book because of my work and didn't get a time to relax and read but still manage that I could finish this book, I like the taste of magic especially when there is baking involved that motivates me to work everyday and create all the wonderful desserts. I so badly want to read the next sequel of it although I am not sure if the copy of the sequel of the book will still be available. Hope I could find one. Took me a month to finish a book because of my work and didn't get a time to relax and read but still manage that I could finish this book, I like the taste of magic especially when there is baking involved that motivates me to work everyday and create all the wonderful desserts. I so badly want to read the next sequel of it although I am not sure if the copy of the sequel of the book will still be available. Hope I could find one.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    This was a fun book to read and the author had a good sense of humour. I don't often read romance, but this was a delightful break from my normal genres. This was a fun book to read and the author had a good sense of humour. I don't often read romance, but this was a delightful break from my normal genres.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Anitajt

    Just loved this book and I’m eager to start the next in the series

  22. 4 out of 5

    Taylerr

    This was quite an entertaining book. I personally love quirky, light hearted stories. The authors writing style was very enjoyable as well. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Katie(babs)

    What if you were given the ability to make magic? What would you do and who would you help? Would you get your revenge on those who have made your life miserable? These are the questions that arise for bakery owner, Elizabeth Stevens. She and her friend, Jon own A Taste of Magic Bakery. It has been a big year for Elizabeth as she is turning thirty-sex. Her ex-husband is getting married to the woman he cheating on Elizabeth with. Plus, they hired Elizabeth to bake their wedding cake. Elizabeth sw What if you were given the ability to make magic? What would you do and who would you help? Would you get your revenge on those who have made your life miserable? These are the questions that arise for bakery owner, Elizabeth Stevens. She and her friend, Jon own A Taste of Magic Bakery. It has been a big year for Elizabeth as she is turning thirty-sex. Her ex-husband is getting married to the woman he cheating on Elizabeth with. Plus, they hired Elizabeth to bake their wedding cake. Elizabeth swallows her pride because one simple sell can help her bakery and repay the loan her lousy ex-husband Marc gave to her to keep the bakery going while they were still married. Elizabeth’s eighty-five year old grandmother Verda gives her an extra special birthday gift. It seems that their family is from a long line of gypsies and now Elizabeth has this magic she can use in the treats she bakes. She makes a wish for the person she bakes a desert for and when they eat it, the wish will come true for them. With a bit of this and a bit of that, Elizabeth can change a person’s life, but she must be careful because there are consequences to her actions. Not only is Elizabeth trying to figure out how to use this new ability of hers, but her dry spell in the romance department is over. Her new next door neighbor is Nate, a police officer, who first meets her under the most embarrassing of situations (she was drunk, couldn’t find her apartment key and got stuck trying to climb through her bathroom window) is very interested in Elizabeth. Then there is her personal trainer, Kevin the gym hunk, who wouldn’t mind helping Elizabeth work out in other ways, such as some bedroom aerobics. With two men courting her, an ex-husband who won’t leave her alone and her magic spells that do more damage than good, Elizabeth wonders how her life has become so out of control and how she can bring it back on track. A Taste of Magic is a cute read that has its moments of hilarity. Tracy Madison has written some engaging characters and Elizabeth is a woman you can sympathize with. I liked how Tracy wrote the interactions with Elizabeth and her family and friends. It was also fun the see how Elizabeth juggles both Nate and Kevin, but at times the use of her magic becomes bit too much and almost overtakes the story. If that was toned down a bit and Tracy had stuck more to the relationship side of things, A Taste of Magic would have been a much better read. Overall I think most readers won’t mind and don’t be surprised if you will be hitting up your own bakery for a few muffins or cupcakes after finishing reading.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    Elizabeth is a baker dealing with a bad divorce, when she finds out she has magical powers to make her wish come true. Great concept. However as a character, Elizabeth, annoyed me to no end. For me, I found her the type not the properly think of the consequences before taking any action. Something she doesn't properly learn until about half way through the book, when she tries to make amends, but takes her time in doing so. I overall didn't enjoy this story, but for those who enjoys cliched romant Elizabeth is a baker dealing with a bad divorce, when she finds out she has magical powers to make her wish come true. Great concept. However as a character, Elizabeth, annoyed me to no end. For me, I found her the type not the properly think of the consequences before taking any action. Something she doesn't properly learn until about half way through the book, when she tries to make amends, but takes her time in doing so. I overall didn't enjoy this story, but for those who enjoys cliched romantic books, then this is for you.

  25. 4 out of 5

    LP King

    While there are numerous romantic elements to this story, it's more of a chick lit tale than a romance. It was enjoyable enough as a light read, but suffers from several flaws. The stream of consciousness of the protagonist, Liz, is often too detailed and loosely written. At times, the reader feels like she's chatting on the phone to her angst ridden best friend, rather than reading a novel. In romance, exploration of the characters' motivations and thoughts can be more detailed and explanatory t While there are numerous romantic elements to this story, it's more of a chick lit tale than a romance. It was enjoyable enough as a light read, but suffers from several flaws. The stream of consciousness of the protagonist, Liz, is often too detailed and loosely written. At times, the reader feels like she's chatting on the phone to her angst ridden best friend, rather than reading a novel. In romance, exploration of the characters' motivations and thoughts can be more detailed and explanatory than in other genres, but Liz's self-justifications and self-examinations could have used editorial tightening. At times, the story meanders. Some sub-plots and side stories are distracting. They don't serve the purpose of moving the story along or revealing Liz's character and growth. Because the story is chick lit, I wouldn't expect a detailed examination of the psyche of Liz's love interest, but I felt three secondary male characters were fleshed out better than the man with whom Liz is falling in love. Her interactions with her ex-husband were instrumental in Liz's maturation, her process of moving past her nasty divorce. However, I felt the balance between revelation of her ex's character and that of her business partner and her personal trainer was suboptimal from the perspective of developing the story arc. The magical element, Liz's inherited ability to cast spells through her baking, is an effective story mechanism for highlighting her personal growth. Before she tries out her newly acquired powers, she's stuck in a holding pattern a year after a nasty divorce. If this book were literature, I'd say the magical ability is a metaphor for moving past self-absorbed early adulthood and into maturity. Though the novel is light entertainment, there is some element of the literary device in the paranormal aspect of the tale. However, this book is designed more to appeal to readers of chick lit than paranormal romance.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Samantha March

    Elizabeth Stevens is turning thirty-five alone and single. If that wasn’t bad enough, she also has to bake the wedding cake for her ex-husband and the woman he left her for. Her partner at their bakery A Taste of Magic booked the event without knowing, and the bakery is in serious need for cash and clients, so the Liz refused to turn them down. Then, her grandmother, kooky Grandma Verda, reveals to Liz that she has inherited magical powers on her birthday. Turns out, Liz is from a line of gypsie Elizabeth Stevens is turning thirty-five alone and single. If that wasn’t bad enough, she also has to bake the wedding cake for her ex-husband and the woman he left her for. Her partner at their bakery A Taste of Magic booked the event without knowing, and the bakery is in serious need for cash and clients, so the Liz refused to turn them down. Then, her grandmother, kooky Grandma Verda, reveals to Liz that she has inherited magical powers on her birthday. Turns out, Liz is from a line of gypsies, and now the magic has been passed down to her. But she needs to find a way to control her gifts, because simple mistakes can lead to drastic changes for her family and friends. On top of that, Liz is trying to balance between the hunky cop neighbor and her perfect boyfriend material trainer, while juggling her overly nosy family and damn ex husband. A Taste of Magic by Tracy Madison is cute and quite funny at times. Liz is very relatable, well, besides the whole gypsy magic part, but other than that, she is very down to earth and women would be able to connect with her. I liked the humor in some of the scenes, but the writing didn’t sit well with me. Madison tends to jump forward then back in the timeline of events, often confusing me. And there were a few plot points that I thought were simply unnecessary and could have been cut out. I thought Liz’s character was well built, but some of the supporting characters needed more development. Overall, it was a light read, not my favorite, and the writing needed to be sharper. I know A Taste of Magic is the first in this series, and I hope the others are more engaging.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    This book was fun. Cute books like this can really go either way with me, but this one worked. It managed to keep itself from being too cute (which I find a little horrifying) and yet it never felt forced (my biggest pet peeve with books of this ilk). It was fun. Fun with magic! I did have a few moments when Liz was experimenting with her spell casting in the beginning where I was shaking my head. I wanted to be like the person in the movie theater watching a scary movie yelling at the dumb girl This book was fun. Cute books like this can really go either way with me, but this one worked. It managed to keep itself from being too cute (which I find a little horrifying) and yet it never felt forced (my biggest pet peeve with books of this ilk). It was fun. Fun with magic! I did have a few moments when Liz was experimenting with her spell casting in the beginning where I was shaking my head. I wanted to be like the person in the movie theater watching a scary movie yelling at the dumb girl to look behind her because you could just see a world of hurt getting ready to land. Yet, Liz managed to pull it off. Eventually. Nate was fun. I thought Kevin was... well, the best word I can come up with is boring. I liked Liz's family. I really disliked the ex. I don't know. He just rubbed me wrong on a whole bunch of levels. I disliked him enough that I've managed to completely block his name from my memory. So, yeah. A fast, light, fluffy read. I would definitely say that while this genre isn't my usual cup of tea, this book wasn't bad. I have a strong suspicion that the paranormal elements coupled with a breezy writing style and a hankering on my end to read something that didn't tax me too greatly are what elevated it for me. -Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Holland

    A Taste of Magic had a really great premise. Elizabeth is the descendant of a gypsy and has been passed magical powers that will grant her any wish she decides to make. At times, I loved the characters. Other times, I wanted more than the formulaic characterization that Tracy Madison gives us. The misunderstandings between Elizabeth and Nate made me think of that Three's Company episode. You know, the one with the misunderstanding. Though the book is entertaining and is a fun read, I wish that Ma A Taste of Magic had a really great premise. Elizabeth is the descendant of a gypsy and has been passed magical powers that will grant her any wish she decides to make. At times, I loved the characters. Other times, I wanted more than the formulaic characterization that Tracy Madison gives us. The misunderstandings between Elizabeth and Nate made me think of that Three's Company episode. You know, the one with the misunderstanding. Though the book is entertaining and is a fun read, I wish that Madison would have taken the time to give her heroine real problems. Elizabeth is quirky at times, but we don't really know what makes her tick. I would have liked to see the "real" Elizabeth, then the heartbroken Elizabeth, before being introduced to learning-how-to-be-strong-because-I-can-talk-to-my-dead-great-great-great-great-grandmother-through-magic Elizabeth. It would have made for a much more dynamic read. The same applies to her cast of supporting character. I feel like I didn't know Maddie, Alice, Jon, or Nate very well. What makes them tick? Again, it would have been a much more dynamic read should they have been fleshed out a bit more. All in all, not the best book I have read, but it was entertaining. There were parts where I couldn't put the book down (the middle). Others were ho-hum - especially the beginning and the end.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cj W

    Really a book for the ladies, not really 'smut' necessarily, but.... close. lol. I just read the back, and decided that maybe it would be a light and fun easy read. It was $2 at Wal-Mart so I figured, Hell, Why not! There are some funny parts in it. She's a divorce' who is having a hard time moving on with life. Has had to learn the hard way what kindof sex toys she likes, "thank goodness for websites and plain brown packages" she says. lol. Her Grandmother passes onto her a gift of magic, which comes Really a book for the ladies, not really 'smut' necessarily, but.... close. lol. I just read the back, and decided that maybe it would be a light and fun easy read. It was $2 at Wal-Mart so I figured, Hell, Why not! There are some funny parts in it. She's a divorce' who is having a hard time moving on with life. Has had to learn the hard way what kindof sex toys she likes, "thank goodness for websites and plain brown packages" she says. lol. Her Grandmother passes onto her a gift of magic, which comes out for Elizabeth when she is baking, which her life's work and her passion. (Hence the name of the book) Before she learns about this gift, she inadvertently casts a spell on her ex-husband while baking the wedding cake for his new marriage. Won't tell you what, but it's a little funny. I would just read it if your looking for an easy, quirky fun read. Its definately not 'deep', although there is a moral to the story. Which I took as, keep your eyes and your ears open, and think before you speak, or you may end up pushing your loved one away, and think it's all their fault. Like I said, not really a deep book, not one that I'd say to spend more then $2 on, but, might be a good read if your bored and waiting for the next edition of your fav series to come out. Check your local library for it though! lol. Easy is best with this one. Sad but true I think. CJW

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dorri

    I give this book a solid three and a half stars. Simply because it was enchanting and sweet. A little predictable, but it still charmed me. Unknowingly, the main character, Elizabeth, gets a gypsy gift from her grandmother Verda on her birthday. A little special sparkle in the writing on the card. Later the same day she is forced to make a wedding cake for her ex-husband and the mistress he left her for. It makes for a bitter taste in Liz's mouth. So in order to get through the making of the cak I give this book a solid three and a half stars. Simply because it was enchanting and sweet. A little predictable, but it still charmed me. Unknowingly, the main character, Elizabeth, gets a gypsy gift from her grandmother Verda on her birthday. A little special sparkle in the writing on the card. Later the same day she is forced to make a wedding cake for her ex-husband and the mistress he left her for. It makes for a bitter taste in Liz's mouth. So in order to get through the making of the cake, she whispers a little curse over the batter. As she is actually unaware of the gift her Grandmother gave her, she actually does curse the her ex, along with her freinds, neighbors and a few other unsuspecting people. Going from a mouse who hid in her house doing latch-hook rugs to a confident woman who tries to have a few good flings causes more than a little upheavel in her life as she tries to get this magic thing under control. With a little help from her dead great-great-great-great grandmother, Miranda, her very spry Grandmother Verda and her best freind, she makes it through to beleive in her self. You also meet her family and get a little twist at the end that makes this such a sweet book. I can't wait for the sequel about ehr sister Alice.

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