Salt Magic, Skin Magic

Salt Magic, Skin Magic by Lee Welch: Review by Lost in a Book

Salt Magic, Skin Magic

Blurb:

Lord Thornby has been trapped on his father’s isolated Yorkshire estate for a year. There are no bars or chains; he simply can’t leave. His sanity is starting to fray. When industrial magician John Blake arrives to investigate a case of witchcraft, he finds the peculiar, arrogant Thornby as alarming as he is attractive. John soon finds himself caught up in a dark fairytale, where all the rules of magic—and love—are changed.

To set Thornby free, both men must face life-changing truths—and John must accept that the brave, witty man who’s winning his heart may also be about to break it. Can they escape a web of magic that’s as perilous as love?

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4.25 Stars

Well, Well, Well. This is a captivating (and a tad gruesome) read. Sign me up for immediate membership into Lee Welch’s fan club. I’ll patiently await my official VIP card, please and thank you.

Lord Thornby is trapped on his father’s estate. Still. After being kept there somehow for well over a year, the days are bleeding together and he’s barely keeping a hold on his sanity. Thornby’s father and step-mother arrive back in town and there’s an increase in the already peculiar happenings taking place around the Yorkshire estate. Luckily, John Blake shows up to investigate some unexplainable magical happenings.

Thornby and Blake have an immediate dislike and are forced to work with each other to make sense of what is holding Lord Thornby hostage. Their dislike changes fairly quickly and a necessary companionship is formed. They have great chemistry, entertaining banter, lots of heat, and are frequent passengers on the orgasm express. Apparently danger turns them on…

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Salt Magic, Skin Magic is a historical paranormal romance that is very well done. I was enthralled from the very beginning and didn’t want to stop until the end. Once the plot picked up, I was on edge until the end. There are many PNR/fantasy elements taking place. Some of them made sense and other elements weren’t fully explained and left me wondering if it’s slightly lacking world building is setting up another book? I’d definitely read it.

I wanted to give it more stars but I needed more at the end. There’s a HFN but where do they go from here? That could be me just being picky but I didn’t feel completely settled at the end. Still, very enjoyable and definitely recommend.

Copy provided for honest review.

A Trust to Follow

A Trust to Follow by Diana Waters: Review by Lost in a Book

A Trust to Follow (Wild Magics #1)

Blurb:

Daymon is the second prince of a kingdom in which Evokers—those who possess intuitive magical abilities—have long since been treated with fear and mistrust. Marked as an Evoker himself, Daymon is captured by those who wish to take advantage of these powers. Now, the prince must put his faith in Rhyder, the captain of his guards—and the man Daymon has claimed as his own—to free him.

 

 

 

 

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3.5 Stars

Thinking about my rating and review for A Trust to Follow had me spinning around in circles. I liked it, really liked it and yet I felt like I was dropped in the middle of a story and what I really wanted was like a dangled carrot I could never quite reach.

Prince Daymon and the Captain of his guard, Rhyder are long time lovers. Prince Daymon claimed him for himself and they spend their days trying to change the prejudice and fear surrounding those with magical abilities (Evokers). Prince Daymon is an Evoker and gets into many dicey situations trying to change perceptions and thwart harmful acts against other Evokers. This lands him in trouble as he tries to save a fellow mage from an attack and gets himself captured.

We follow along in Daymon’s mind as he lives through his captivity and the enormous faith he has in Captain Rhyder.

As I mentioned above, I liked it. The writing kept me connected, the ‘story’ was interesting, and at the same time I wanted more. This seemed more like an extended scene rather than a full story. I want the story of how Daymon and Rhyder met, became friends, allies, and then eventual lovers. I want the parts of them fighting off evil acts to make a better name for Evokers as they fall in love. Instead, we are dropped in when there was already a claiming, most of the scene/story they are separated, and we are provided very little flashbacks on how they came to be.

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I’m not sure if this should be the start to a series but it does a decent job of explaining Evokers and the trials they face to make it in a world that’s set to hate them for merely existing. I think if Daymon and Rhyder got their story, this would be a nice bonus addition. Still, it worked in its own way. Recommended.

Copy provided by author in exchange for honest review.

The Student Prince

The Student Prince FanFic by FayJay: Review by Lost in a Book

Synopsis:
A modern day (BBC) Merlin AU set at the University of St Andrews, featuring teetotal kickboxers, secret wizards, magnificent bodyguards of various genders, irate fairies, imprisoned dragons, crumbling gothic architecture, arrogant princes, adorable engineering students, stolen gold, magical doorways, attempted assassination, drunken students, shaving foam fights, embarrassing mornings after, The Hammer Dance, duty, responsibility, friendship and true love…

Location: Find it here on AO3
Page Count: ~330

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5++++++++++ Stars

This book.

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Ok, that may be a tad dramatic but it should be a warning to all that there will be much squeeeeing, gushing, professions of love, etc., coming up in this most likely incoherent review of The Student Prince. You’ve been warned.

I think that most of the population has heard of the names Merlin and Arthur at some point. That’s pretty much my experience prior to reading this book. I knew their names and that there was a sword in a rock(stone?) but hadn’t watched movies or TV shows about them. However, you dangle the carrot of a M/M Merlin + Arthur (Merthur) and I’m all…

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Sign.

Me.

Up.

This turned out to be *so* much more. First point scored is that it takes place for the most part at St. Andrews which just happens to be one of my favorite places on Earth. Then we are quickly treated to the adorable, endearing, epicness of Merlin and the arrogant yet likable Prince Arthur. They both just happen to be “Freshers” at St. Andrews and the adventures that take place are insanely entertaining.

I don’t want to provide too much information because it’s truly so much fun to experience all that is this story. It’s a sloooooooooooooooooow burn but the chemistry is on point.

What else did I love besides everything?

~It’s a modern retelling with unique changes and clever characters

~There are tons of Harry Potter references. #Win

~A very entertaining dragon

~Twatwaffles as an insult… that I may steal in the not so distant future

~English accent saying Twatwaffles multiple times on the audio

~How it could make me feel so exceptionally giddy one moment and then gut punched the next

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I loved Merlin and Arthur as friends as much as when they got together. They had great chemistry without the need to have a sexfest. They were quirky, witty, and lots of back and forth banter. I’m not completely blinded by my love for this that I didn’t realize there were some draggy parts (minimal) but I still couldn’t put it down and had to know what would happen next. Some of the action mentioned takes place off page. Did I care? nope. Audio is available on AO3 as well which I took advantage of for when I was driving and couldn’t read. Again, it isn’t the best quality audio but it didn’t matter. And it’s FREEEEEE. FayJay has a beautiful speaking voice that sounds so proper and made me laugh that much more when she said bad words.

This was completely captivating and I would recommend to everyone. Please excuse me while I go find more Merthur reads.

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SQUEEEEEEEEEEEE. That’s all.