Under His Nose by Candice Gilmer

Under His NoseTitle:  Under His Nose
Series:  Guys and Godmothers #1
Author:  Candice Gilmer
Genre:  Contemporary Romance with a dose of Magic
Published:  July 9, 2013
Publisher:  Samhain Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  Owned, Kindle Edition
Cover Description:

“All it takes is faith, trust, and fairy dust. A swift kick never hurts, either. ”

Christy is due for retirement from her fairy godmother gig, but she agrees to take one last case. Helping Roark Turner find his perfect girl shouldn’ t be much of a challenge after all, she is a veteran fairy godmother.

What makes this case interesting? She must use as little magic as possible to bring Roark his much-desired Happily Ever After.

Roark s perfect match is his best friend Stephanie Bowers. It should be simple to bring two people together who have been best friends since kindergarten, and let their free will take its course. It probably would have been, too, if Cupid hadn’t started shooting arrows into Roark, forcing the mortal to fall in love.

Now Christy must use every skill at her command just not her magic to thwart Cupid s meddling and get Roark and Stephanie together without changing their free will or ruining her perfect record. Or she’ll never get her own Happily Ever After.

Warning: Magic, fairy godmothers, a rambunctious god, and two stubborn people who need a kick in the butt to see what s obviously meant to be.

Read on for my thoughts on Under His Nose.

I can’t remember the last time I chuckled more at the antics happening in a romance.  Under His Nose definitely made my evening.

Fairy Godmother Christy is due for retirement.  It’s time but she’s set up a challenge with two other Fairy Godmother friends as her send off case.  Three friends have just watched another of their friends get his happily ever after, and the guys admit that they want what he now has.  The love of his life, the marriage, the house, the one day kids, all of it.  But so far their luck hasn’t actually run toward the happily ever after dates.  Usually the charges of the Fairy Godmothers are girls – but for this challenge it’s going to be three guys to get their HEA while using as little magic as possible.  Surely for a trio of experienced Fairy Godmothers this is a simple task.  Yeah.  Right.

Roark was once again his friend Stephanie’s stand in date.  A wedding planner, and a long time friend it wasn’t unusual for them to be each other’s go to date for these types of events.  Roark and Stephanie had known each other since childhood and often worked together as a result of their chosen careers.  Her’s as a wedding planner and his as the “nose” of his family’s perfume company.  If there was ever a shimmer of something more between then neither one acknowledged it.  Especially Stephanie.  While Roark has grown up in a secure, wealthy family, Stephanie’s mother was perhaps one of the most unstable mothers around.  She was always looking for that ticket to wealth and status among the wealthy men who passed through her life.  But she was the affair and never the wife and over the years her bitterness towards the wealthy had filtered down to Stephanie as well.

Stephanie would never, ever admit that she had a soft spot for Roark and if life had been different for her she might have tried for more… but she was the girl from the wrong neighborhood, the girl that Roark and his father had always rescued from one of her mother’s neglectful periods.  He would never in a million years look at her romantically, and she’d never pull him down by not being perfect for him.  So best friends was all she ever expected.

Enter Christy and a few of Cupid’s minions set on mischief and you have a wonderfully charming, smile a  minute, happily ever after kind of fairy tale.  Eventually.  It’s going to take a lot more magic than Christy had allowed for to get these two to see how right they were for each other.  Not to mention keeping a trouble making Cupid at bay.  Just when it seems all is lost, Roark is offered a bit of Matrix style magic and understanding why suddenly makes Stephanie’s actions more clear.  But she’s still stubborn, so Roark is going to have to work hard to get his happily ever after – and Christy as well if she ever expects to retire, let alone win the challenge.

I adored this story and the smile factor is certainly high.  If you’re in the mood for a lighthearted touch of magical romance then Under His Nose is a perfect match.   I would definitely recommend this and look forward to two more friends finding their happily ever afters.

Available for the Kindle