Magenta Mine: Invertary #3 by Janet Elizabeth Henderson

Magenta Mine: Invertary #3 by Janet Elizabeth Henderson

Every now and then I want something a little wacky and offbeat. Janet Elizabeth Henderson writes just that sort of story – full of love, laughter and tartan in her Invertary series. A collection of misfits who, not surprisingly, fit beautifully together in the little Scottish hamlet.  Please read on for my review of

Magenta Mine

Harry Boyle and Magenta Fraser grew up in Invertary: he left to pursue an education while Magenta rather lingered in town, doing her best never to fit in and exploring all the old abandoned mines and caves peppering the town.  A touch of the goth, with her plain-spoken take no prisoners approach, Magenta is bold, brash and abrasive. Until Harry returns.

Harry left town after high school, fueled by his genius, and is now returning to Invertary. He wants to check in on the friend he never could forget, and the one who pushed him away years ago.  Finding Magenta still pushing him off is frustrating, and it doesn’t seem that his new friend Lake or his wife and Magenta’s boss Kirsty are helping at all with their interference.

It isn’t until Betty – as wide as she is tall, with a talent for interference speaks up, does Harry dare to make a move. He is, however, locked in a tunnel for his efforts, and Magenta is the logical option to rescue him.

So – this isn’t perfect by any means, but a perfectly delightful lighthearted and funny story. The quirky characters manage to intrigue, amuse, interfere and support our budding couple of Harry and Magenta with equal measures of poke, prod, tease and outright trickery.  Add in a series of ‘you’ll only get this in small towns’ humor, a touch of prankster and a dash of the twisted progression that is familiar with a novel by Henderson and you’ve got a great read for anywhere.  It isn’t necessary to read this in order, but you might want to start with Lingerie Wars to affix the town and the people in your head.

Magenta Mine: Invertary #3 by Janet Elizabeth Henderson

Title: Magenta Mine
Author: Janet Elizabeth Henderson
Series: Invertary #3
Also in this series: Lingerie Wars, Calamity Jena
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy, Humor elements, Scottish, Small Town
Published by: Self-Published
ISBN: 1507786409
Published on: 3 February 2015
Source: Self-Purchased
Pages: 198
Rated: four-stars
Heat: One FlameOne Flame

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Harry Boyle’s genius IQ has failed him. The alpha geek stupidly followed relationship advice from Invertary’s resident evil mastermind—eighty-seven year old Betty. That’s how he ended up trapped in an abandoned mine waiting to be rescued by his high school crush. The same crush he still loves. The one he’s come back to town to claim.

Magenta Fraser doesn’t want to be claimed—what is this? The Stone Age? The sarcastic Goth with a fondness for hitting first and asking questions later has been avoiding Harry. He’s her Kryptonite. Around him she loses her badass powers and becomes a pathetic giggling girl. As the local caving expert, she has no choice but to rescue the man. But that doesn’t mean she has to talk to him. Or touch him. Or do any of the other X-rated things that keep popping into her mind. All she has to do is resist him, rescue him and then run from him—before he uncovers her secret.

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A copy of this title was provided via Self-Purchased for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

About Janet Elizabeth Henderson

I grew up in Scotland, but after I met my Dutch husband in America we decided to move to New Zealand and that's where we've settled. We bought a patch of land that we've filled with other people's unwanted animals - we didn't advertise for them, they found us! So far we have three miniature horses (we took in two and were surprised 11 months later when a third appeared - yep, we know nothing about horses!), three anti-social alpacas, a grumpy cow, one pet sheep who wants to live in the house, a crazy goat who keeps eating my manuscripts and an escape artist chicken who breaks into our house through the cat flap. And that's just the pets who live outside the house - don't even get me started on the demented, farting dog who keeps burying my shoes! On top of this I have two small girls, one DIY obsessed husband (I said "obsessed" not "skilled") and a 92 year old neighbor who thinks she lives with us.

In between cuddling animals and herding kids, I write books. If you'd like to sign up for my newsletter, which happens sporadically - usually when books are being released - then you'll find a form on my website. In the meantime, happy reading! 🙂