A Man of Character by Margaret Locke

Book 1 in the Magic of Love series

What would you do if you discovered the men you were dating were fictional characters you'd created long ago?

Thirty-five-year-old Catherine Schreiber has shelved love for good. Keeping her ailing bookstore afloat takes all her time, and she's perfectly fine with that. So when several men ask her out in short order, she's not sure what to do … especially since something about them seems eerily familiar.

A startling revelation — that these men are fictional characters she'd created and forgotten years ago — forces Cat to reevaluate her world and the people in it. Because these characters are alive. Here. Now. And most definitely in the flesh.

Her best friend, Eliza, a romance novel junkie craving her own Happily Ever After, is thrilled by the possibilities. The power to create Mr. Perfect — who could pass that up? But can a relationship be real if it's fiction? Caught between fantasy and reality, Cat must decide which — or whom — she wants more.

Blending humor with unusual twists, including a magical manuscript, a computer scientist in shining armor, and even a Regency ball, A Man of Character is a whimsical-yet-thought-provoking romantic comedy that tells a story not only of love, but also of the lengths we'll go for friendship, self-discovery, and second chances.

“In the endearing first Magic of Love contemporary romance, a 35-year-old bookstore owner in Charlottesville, Va., discovers that none of the men she has dreamed up is actually the man of her dreams. After six years of being single, Catherine “Cat” Schreiber suddenly finds herself the object of desire. Curiously enough, three of the men wooing Cat have been conjured up from stories she wrote years ago. The fourth is refreshingly real Ben Cooper, the guy from the local café. Cat is an endearing and engaging protagonist, credible in her disbelief about magic, and amiable in her insecurities and indecision about herself and how to manage her suitors…The magical books, mysterious messages, happily-ever-after endings, dashing modern men, and tastefully sensual sex scenes make for an enticing adventure. (BookLife)” – Publishers Weekly, 3/6/17