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The Magic of Magical Romance

by Julie Laszczak

I’m in love with magical romances.

I guess I should probably back-up and explain that comment. To truly understand where my love affair with all things magical romance came from, we have to start at the beginning.

With Nora Roberts.

(I feel like many peoples’ love affair with romance starts at Nora, but I digress)

Flashback to Winter 1999: High School Senior Julie cracks open Jewels of the Sun by the legendary Nora for the very first time, fresh from the bookstore. She falls deeply down the hole of Irish magic woven with threads of true love. Her very first book boyfriend is undoubtably Aidan Gallagher and she starts wondering how she can be an exchange student so she can find her own Irish magic.

This rapidly turned into brand new High School Graduate Julie who wasn’t quite out celebrating her impending freedom, but instead found herself sitting in the hot July sun with the second installment of the Gallaghers, Tears of the Moon. She’s definitely unsure anyone will beat Aidan in the race for the best book boyfriend, but sigh…his brother Shawn brings the magic yet again. His leading lady? Well, let’s just say she gives him a run for his money in all the best ways.

Which brings us to the last magical memory. Of First Semester in College Julie. Terrified and scared but finding her own way in the world. The best way to remember who she is while surrounded by so much uncertainty? Well, my friends – that would be the release of the very last book in the Gallagher trilogy. Heart of the Sea comes out just as she’s readying herself for her very first round of finals. This is the ultimate treat. With Darcy’s book, she’s pulled into not only a world of magic, but the world of a strong female finding herself. Figuring out what exactly it is that she wants in the world and who she is. Much like the scared college freshman whose fingers grasp the pages.

That Julie has definitely grown and never did quite find her Irish magical male (but did find a Polish dragon). She still consistently comes back to this trilogy whenever she needs a safe place to land. Whenever she needs to remember the fact that the magic is truly within herself.

Which brings us to now, and this 38-year-old version of myself and my obsession with magical romance. You see, it’s not always about the actual magic — although man, is that the coolest thing ever. It’s about the inner workings of someone finding themselves through the magic that makes my heart go pitter pat. So, after this long, crazy intro, without further ado, here are six of my most favorite magical romances.

You didn’t think I would start with anything else did you?

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

Okay, okay. This may not technically be romance, but can you really have a magical book list without this one? I think not.

Scandal’s Bride by Stephanie Laurens

Lady Catriona Hennessy. That’s all I have to say about that.

Psst! If you are like me and have to start at the beginning of series, start here:

No magic but still MAGICAL!

Wildest Dreams by Kristen Ashley

The whole Fantasyland series — READ IT!

From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L Armentrout

I lost days of my life for this series (warning! It’s still in progress!), and would do it again 10x over. The magical world building in this is unparalleled.

Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews

Again, READ THE WHOLE SERIES and then come talk to me about how much you looove Kate Daniels.

ONE LAST THING…

I’m knee deep in a binge read of pretty much everything Lexi C. Foss writes, so stay tuned for a full-on breakdown of that in the next few weeks. Want to talk about magical? These books are IT.

About Julie

Julie is Book+Main’s Content-Marketing Operations Manager. She lives happily by the water while enjoying all things magic, coffee and a good old-fashioned. She can be reached at julie@bookandmain.com or @Julie on Book+Main Bites.

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