Sapphire Montrose always felt like a loser in the struggle of life, but when she becomes the airline manager of a run-down airline she starts to believe she is a winner – until she unwittingly propositions her new boss and all her hard work is undone.
In a moment of recklessness air stewardess, Sapphire Montrose throws caution and her dress to the wind by propositioning a handsome stranger in a hotel in Florence, only to find herself waking up alone and embarrassed in her hotel room.
Unfortunately for Sapphire, it turns out that her new boss, Marco Cavarelli, is the man she failed to seduce and she is now fighting for her job and her self-respect when he tells her there is no place in his revamped airline for an alcoholic woman with lascivious tendencies. To make matters worse she is increasingly attracted to him and he seems to be giving out the same vibes. Or is he simply testing her? One wrong move could be the end of her career. But what if he really is offering love – and is he worth the risk?
About Jackie Ladbury
Jackie Ladbury was desperate to become a journalist when she left school but was ousted within minutes on the day of the exam at her local rag because she’d forgotten to bring a pen.
Short and sharp lesson learned.
Her budding writing career was not on hold for long, though, as Jackie found herself scribbling love stories of pilots and ‘hosties’ while she flew in aeroplanes of various shapes and sizes as a flight attendant herself.
Fast forward a good few years and, after being short-listed in a couple of prestigious romantic writing competitions, Jackie decided it was time to discard her stilettos, say goodbye to the skies and concentrate on writing romantic novels, where the only given is a guaranteed ‘happy ever after.’
Set in the romantic city of Florence, The Magic of Stars starts with a bang and doesn’t let up until the very last page. The story is lead by two powerful personalities in the form of whimsical Sapphire and ruthless Marco. What begins as a misconception paves the way for a frustrating and fiery romantic read.
Sophie is a young airline stewardess who takes pride in her work and is, usually, a ray of sunshine. Unfortunately, an awkward encounter with Marco has her on her toes and fighting for the job she worked so hard for.
Initially, Sapphire is a sympathetic character. However, her personality lacks consistency once Marco takes over the company. Marco is just as frustrating. With is preconceived prejudices, he comes off more childish than a business mogul. He is quick to jump to conclusions and make uninformed decisions based solely on those conclusions. Sapphire and Marco also fought more often than not, so that when they became attracted to each other, it felt more strained than natural.
Overall, The Magic of Stars is an emotional ride that with will grab the reader by the heartstrings and grip them until the very end. It’s full of laughter, anger, and heat written by a talented author who knows how to write an engaging story.