Monday, September 28, 2015

Review: Get Real (Get Real #1) by Tellulah Darling

25479922Rating:★★★★ stars
Date Published: September 26th, 2015
Publisher: Ta Da Media
Synopsis: Magic and Mayhem in Manhattan

Francesca Bellafiore comes from a nice Jewish family -- one that happens to have magical powers. Underneath her good-girl exterior, though, she’s a wannabe badass with dreams of becoming a paranormal detective.

Party boy Rafael Muñoz does everything possible to publicly disappoint his high profile father. Privately, it's a different story. His carefully crafted bad boy reputation masks the fact he’s a master illusionist, forced into solo covert ops. The role is wearing thin and Rafael longs to be part of a team.

When Francesca and Rafael meet, it’s love at first sight… For about five minutes. Rafael is spectacularly attractive—and, Francesca discovers, fully aware of the fact. Rafael knows from experience that girls like Francesca are more trouble than they’re worth.

So it sucks big time when they’re caught in a web of magic, minions, secrets, and enough sexual tension to power NYC. Their only chance to save the city and survive is to team up, trust each other–and maybe even fall in love.

Provided they don't kill each other first.

Get Real is a romantic comedy, urban fantasy whirlwind with sass, sex, and swoon.

What I Thought:

First and foremost I'd like to say how much I love the cover. That being said, it's deceptive because while it totally conveys Francesca and Rafael's chemistry, it doesn't come close to encompassing the rest of the story. Another truth I'd like to share is that I'd forgotten this book had a paranormal/fantasy twist to it, so when it first made an appearance I was like, "Wha..? Oh, okay." Frankly speaking the magical element was a great way to tie everyone together and make the story work.

I liked Francesca, also known as Frankie. She's a good girl, but she's got dreams. She's intelligent and smart. She's also not one to give up when things get tough. I liked how she was with her friends. I didn't like how afraid she was of her parents, but I understood how much she valued their opinions of her. I really liked how she used her powers for good, and sometimes bad. She might have this quiet outer presence at time, but she was bold and brave when it counted. 

Rafael, or Rafa as he was fondly known by his friends, was a lot like Frankie. Rafa too felt familiar pressure. He wanted to be free to make his own decisions and he had a contentious relationship with his father who held a position of power in their world. I liked how Rafa was with his mother and brother. I also liked how he was with his friends and even with Frankie. I enjoyed seeing him spark with Frankie as they tried to figure out what was going on in their world. While it wasn't pleasurable for Frankie, I enjoyed seeing Rafael experience growing pains. He went from being an somewhat emotionally isolated to a more mature man.

I really enjoyed the mystery aspect of the story. I found it interesting that I both empathized with the culprit while also being afraid of them. While most of the details of the mystery were slowly revealed in the book, there's more to come and while I hope to see more of Frankie and Rafa in the future, I also can't wait to read about their friends and another unlikely pairing as they try to bring the conflict to a desirable resolution. Tellulah Darling really brought all of the aspects of this book together well. If you love to laugh, swoon, and enjoy a great story with action, suspense, mystery, and a dash of magic this book is perfect for you. 

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About the Author
Tellulah Darling
1) YA & New Adult romantic comedy author because her first kiss sucked and she's compensating.
2) Firm believer that some of the best stories happen when love meets comedy and awkwardness ensues.
3) Sassy minx.

Both a hopeless romantic and total cynic, Tellulah Darling is all about the happily-ever-after, with a huge dose of hilarity along the way. Her romcoms come in a variety of heat levels and flavors; straight up romantic comedy, shaken with Greek mythology or stirred with urban fantasy.

Sassy girls. Swoony boys. What could go wrong?

twitter username tellulahdarling

*Thank you to the author/publicist for providing a copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*

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