|As You Wish is the second of three novels following the lives of three newbie Fairy Godmothers. As You Wish follows Reggie Scott, the magicless daughter of a wealthy magical family.
Reggie Scott likes her life. She owns a bakery, which she operates with two of her best friends Tommy and Joy. Business is good, she can pay her bills and she has lots of colorful regulars to keep her occupied. Chief among them, Nate Citadel, an intensely private person who keeps his entire body covered at all times, besides his eyes.
Business as usual is disturbed with the shocking announcement that Reggie has been selected to be one of the next Fairy Godmothers. Reggie, had absolutely no powers, up until today. Born a Groundling (non-magical person) into an Arcani (magical people) family, Reggie never received any formal magical training. So when she is selected as a Fairy Godmother, and suddenly has the magic she has been missing her entire life, her world is shaken harder than a California earthquake.
To make matters worse, "The Council," which is basically the government in the Arcani community, has appointed Sophronia as her arbiter, who is out to get her and is Reggie's mother Cordelia's worst enemy. Fun. So now Reggie needs to learn how to be a Fairy Godmother and fast. She could just ask the previous Fairy Godmothers, only they are on the run from the law as they are assisting Kristin Montgomery, another new Fairy Godmother who has been deemed unfit by The Council.
Nate agrees to help her learn how to get her newly found powers in check and to help her figure out whether she should side with the council or with the other Fairy Godmothers, because in a world filled with magic, nothing is ever quite as it seems.
To make matters more complicated for Reggie, she is quickly falling in love with the super sexy and powerful Jonathan Bastion, who has taken an interest in the new Fairy Godmother.
As You Wish is an impressive combination of sexy, fun and engaging. The chemistry between Reggie and Jonathan is electric, without being over the top. As You Wish has quite the impressive plot line. I would highly recommend reading the first book in the series The Wish List first if possible as it will help you pick up on all that is happening a little bit faster than if you go into As You Wish cold turkey. If you do read As You Wish as a standalone, you should be able to follow along as long as you are paying close attention.
The characters are well crafted and colorful. Reggie is endearing, strong and sarcastic, which I admire in a heroine. Her friends Tommy and Joy (who have intellectual development disabilities) are very well written and made me smile anytime they factored into the story. The three previous fairy godmothers, who are unifying characters through the series are sassy, funny and, well, just plain fun. And Jonathan is, well, he's a stone cold fox, is what he is. Enough said.
On a whole, I really liked As You Wish and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys paranormal romance. It has plenty of plot twists and turns and to keep readers engaged and buried deep in the universe of the story. I did not find any speed bumps that ripped me out of the story, and the only thing about this story that I found to be a little unsteady is (without going into enough detail here to totally ruin a good chunk of the book) there were certain aspects of the plot which were quite predictable, and I couldn't fully discern if those things were meant to be surprising or not. But it certainly didn't ruin the book for me or anything.
So if you are looking for something flirty and entertaining to read, pick up a copy of As You Wish and stay tuned for Gabi Stevens new book, the third and final in the trilogy, Wishful Thinking which is due out on April 24th, 2012. I certainly know I'll be at the bookstore on the 24th, to snag a copy!