Publisher: Tor Books
Publish Date: April 24, 2012
Origins: From Publisher for Review
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Order From: Amazon / Barnes & Noble
Synopsis: Free-spirited artist Stormy Jones-Smythe was raised by two talented Wizard fathers but never showed the slightest hint of magical abilities. Which is why she’s totally surprised when three famous fairy godmothers show up at her door to tell her she’s one of them.
Surprised, and none too happy. The godmothers are fugitives, framed for treason, and the last thing the magical Council wants is another fairy godmother going rogue. Hence Stormy’s new full-time Guard, Hunter Merrick.
Stormy quickly realizes she’s not going to escape Hunter’s watch…and before long, she’s not sure she wants to. But her freedom depends on her ability to expose the plot against the godmothers, and that means getting control of her magic. Despite the growing chemistry between them, Hunter is fiercely loyal to the Council—and duty-bound to keep Stormy from doing either of those things.
But he didn’t count on Stormy’s irrepressible exuberance and passion for life. Before long, even Hunter isn’t sure which side he’s on, and he can’t contain Stormy either way.
Review: Stormy Jones-Smythe is a Groundling, a person who cannot perform magic. Both of her fathers are Arcani (magic-users), but Stormy has never been made to feel as if she is lacking some way – even though she feels it from time to time. Imagine her surprise when she is interrupted in her art studio by the three fairy godmothers and informed she is one of the next fairy godmothers. The rub is all of the fairy godmothers are considered outlaws at the moment and are accused of treason, but Stormy accepts the great honor. In order to keep Stormy from running to the godmothers and being considered a traitor, she is assigned a Guard (aptly named Hunter) who is Oathed to the council. While sparks of magic and passion fly between Stormy and Hunter, will she be able to clear the godmothers’ names?
‘Wishful Thinking’ is the third book in the “Time of Transition” series, the first two being the stories of the other 2 new fairy godmothers. I wish (pun intended!) I had read the first two books in this series before reading ‘Wishful Thinking’, but there was still enough detail to understand and enjoy this installment. Regardless, I did like ‘Wishful Thinking’ very much and I would love to see other books featuring the Arcani and other magical beings/creatures. Stormy definitely embodies her name, as she is determined and quick-tempered, but full of love and generosity. She’s new to having magic and the learning curve is steep, but she’s spending time honing her skills under the watchful eye of the Council. I liked the characters and the world Ms. Stevens has created, plus the heat factor will knock your socks off!
Time of Transition series: The Wish List (1), As You Wish (2), Wishful Thinking (3)