Edwin Goodmaker is the son of the Fairy Queen and a fairy godfather in training. With Edwin having failed two of the practical certifications to qualify, his mother decides he needs field training and sends Edwin from the safety and quiet of Paravale to New York City.
Trick is a trained architect, but treated like a glorified receptionist by his late father’s business partner, Mr. Redden, and his two sons, Jasper and Leif. However, Trick has a plan to save up enough money to buy himself into Redden and Sons as a fully fledged partner and endures their poor treatment of him to keep his father’s memory alive by achieving his dream.
After a particularly bad day in the office, Trick is on his way home to his run-down apartment when he saves the life of a man who is stood in the middle of the street about to be run over. Without realizing it, Trick sets off a course of events that will change his life forever. Edwin is the man he saves, and the moment they touch, Edwin is left with a strong impression and thus Trick become his first charge.
His Fairy Godfather is a wonderful book that seamlessly blends Cate Ashwood and Nico Jaye’s writing styles and I became completely absorbed in this world of magical reality. The story is constructed of so many different elements, including romance, fairy tale influences, humor, and friendship. From the outset of the story it is clear that Trick is playing the role of Cinderella with Mr. Redden as the evil stepmother and Jasper and Leif as the ugly step-sisters! I love the fact that Ashwood and Jaye never attempt to escape from the fairy tale connection, instead making references to it throughout the novel. One of the funniest moments is when Edwin turns an eggplant into a purple VW van, with the animated statue of General Franz Sigel (borrowed from the park) as Trick’s removal man and chauffeur!
It is Edwin’s naivety and devotion to his fairy godfather role that not only makes him hilarious, but loveable too. This stay in New York is his first time in the Mortal Realm and for me, part of the book’s charm is that not only does Edwin’s wonder and excitement about the city infect Trick, but the reader as well.
His Fairy Godfather should be used by the New York visitor’s office, though Edwin and Trick’s sightseeing is mainly by the way of anywhere that sells food! I am desperate to know if Potions and Tonics is a real place, and if it is, I am definitely visiting there. I enjoyed this very real connection with the contemporary world, but it also reminds the reader that Edwin is only a visitor and builds our apprehension about the future for the two protagonists.
Since the death of his father, Trick’s life has been lonely and he is unprepared for Edwin’s eccentricities and unconditional friendship. When Trick is told that Edwin is his fairy godfather whose job it is to ensure Trick receives his heart’s desires, we know that these include the partnership at Redden and Sons and that Trick is infatuated with Preston Ward. Events associated with both of these desires unfold completely unexpectedly – and not without drama – and Ashwood and Jaye keep their reader guessing right up to the end of the novel. I found this exhilarating and the authors know how to write a compelling story.
His Fairy Godfather is not without its sexy moments and for those I recommend having a glass (or bucket) of ice nearby!
This is a feel-good story that perfectly ties in with the holiday season, right from pre-Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve, and Ashwood and Jaye correlate these events with significant moments in Edwin and Trick’s relationship. I just have no words to describe how much I loved this book so go buy it now!
A review copy of this book was provided by Dreamspinner Press.