“Fragile Magic” is a paranormal romance short story, written by Sharon Ashwood.
It is listed on Goodreads as #4.5 in the Dark Forgotten series. At the time I read it, I thought it was a standalone, and it read fine as one.
This short story was published in 2010 in the Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance 2 anthology by Running Press. It was republished as a separate ebook since then, but I read it in the paperback anthology.
Blurb for “Fragile Magic”
No furry friend is too unusual.
The sign on the local veterinarian clinic should be warning enough. Fine art dealer Selina Pearson doesn’t embrace the extraordinary, or messy, or chaotic, and the last thing she needs is the injured baby gargoyle she rescues from the cereal display in the grocery store.
Dr. Jake Hallender is a smoking hot veterinarian and leader of the local werewolf pack. Selina’s focused on her career in a prestigious art gallery, but Dr. Jake’s bedside manner is a masterpiece in itself. Things go from frisky to fabulous before she can summon the will to refuse.
But bliss only lasts so long. Jake is the healer, but his pack needs Selina’s fey talents to thrive. Revealing her powers will cost Selina everything, and then what? Can she trust the fragile magic they’ve built between them?
Jen’s Review of “Fragile Magic”
(This review was first posted on Books That Hook. I’ve updated it some for this post.)
I haven’t read all the stories in this anthology yet, so I’m not going to review the entire thing. I just wanted to talk about this particular story by Sharon Ashwood because I really liked it (way more than the few other stories I read in this anthology).
In “Fragile Magic,” the main character rescues a baby gargoyle. He is injured, and she has to find a veterinarian. The man she takes him to is a werewolf, albeit super-hot werewolf. She helps the vet save a patient using her previously tenuous fae magic.
I loved this short story. Part of the reason might because I’m a sucker for stories with cute animals. Still, it was well-written, and it didn’t suffer from insta-love like some of the other stories I’ve read.
I’ve heard that this story is set in the same world as other books, but since the characters are different, it is a stand-alone. (Edit: as I said at the beginning of this post, it is now listed as #4.5 in the Dark Forgotten series.)
Based on this short story, I’d like to read more by Sharon Ashwood.
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (A)
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