Nothing up her sleeves … or so she’s been led to believe.
Showgirl Holly Starr is sick and tired of assisting her dad, a celebrity magician, in his Las Vegas casino magic show. As soon as he keeps his promise to her and shares the secrets to his tricks, she can break out on her own. But can she really make it? For years Holly has taken medication to stave off crazy hallucinations that she can levitate objects. Just when she thinks she’s ready to make a career and a life for herself, her medicine — and her luck — run out.
Elijah Brown suffers from a similar delusion — that he can read minds — and he’s out of medicine too. Determined to save himself and his old flame Holly, he kidnaps her and takes her straight to the source, a town high in the Rockies where their medicine is made. What they discover there leads them to suspect their powers are not imaginary after all … and neither is the intense attraction they feel for each other.
They make a pact to stick together as they return to Vegas to confront the people who kept them in the dark so long. But soon they’re pitting their powers against each other in a dangerous world where the nightlife is seductive, domination is addictive, the sex is beyond belief … and falling in love is murder.
How would you react when you found out your parents have been lying to you?
When Holly learns that her parents have been lying to her, she’s angry. She feels betrayed, hurt and very confused. Why would her parents do that to her? Of course, they have their reasons. But Holly believes they owe her not just an explanation, but also her innocent teen years, her sense of freedom, her choice of free will. Feeling bitter and vindictive, all she can think of is to do something that would make her parents feel sorry for what they’ve done. I guess if you like stories that have vengeful characters, maybe you’ll like this story. But for me, while I can understand where the anger is coming from, I can’t quite relate to Holly’s behavior. I mean, she acts out – I get that. But her behavior seems extremely childish. And in case you’re wondering, it’s not the fun type of childish behavior that seems so sweet and cute in chick-lit. And so, while I really want to like the story, I feel kinda put off. But to be fair, I’d say if I could look past the annoying part, the story is not that bad.
What makes the story entertaining is the strange paranormal world that Echols created. This is not a world with wizards, warlocks, vampires or werewolves but a world with people who have powers. As you may have guessed, Holly has power. So does her love interest, Elijah. Their powers are dangerous, but what’s even more dangerous is the brutal bigger picture that they are not aware of and when they’re being manipulated into taking sides in this ruthless power play, my heart breaks for the harsh brutality and unfairness that they have to face.
Is Elijah likeable? Yes – he is someone who would probably make you smile. He is sweet, protective, foolish (I mean this as a compliment) and selfless. Combined with his power, let’s just say he becomes this powerful, awkward guy who happens to also be the cutest, most awe-inspiring and luckiest savior that I’ve ever encountered in books.
Levitating Las Vegas is a quick-read. While it may not be among my favorites, I like the cute vibe that’s going on between Holly and Elijah.
And here is my most favorite line from the book:
… You’ve got your mind closed tighter than a nun’s eyes at a nudist camp.
That’s a fun one, isn’t it? 😉