Author: K.Z. Snow
Publisher: Loose Id
Cover Artist: Fiona Jayde
Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Carny Jessup here. The best part of my life began when my aunt’s homophobic squeeze smashed his fist into my face. I already knew a wizard named Jackson Spey lived on my side of town, so I figured I’d turn things around by becoming his apprentice.
Problem was, Spey didn’t want an apprentice. He was going through a midlife crisis. All he wanted was to build beautiful furniture and get cozy with his beautiful husband, Adin. He still took me in, though. Guess he felt sorry for me. And he was intrigued by the red paths I’d been seeing in the air.
I’m only 19, so how could I have foreseen the rest? That I’d fall for a breathtaking boy named Peter, who was at the center of some strange magic tied to Jackson’s past. And that I’d have to deal with a sorcerer named Bezod, an evil pig who plagued all four of us and threatened to destroy our relationships.
Hey, sometimes you just have to fight for what’s right. Like love. I might’ve been new to the boyfriend gig and Jackson might’ve been a reluctant wizard, but when the time came, we were ready to kick some supernatural ass.
Note:This book contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language, and material that some readers may find objectionable: male/male sexual practices.
I did not realize this had ties to an established series when I volunteered for this review. Apparently Jackson and Adin have several books dedicated to their journey. There were some interactions that took place in this book and some insecurities that were mentioned that I am sure I would have better understood if I had read the previous books, but since this was mainly Carny’s story, I did not need their tale to understand or appreciate this one.
Part one did a great job of capturing my interest and setting things up. I’m not usually a fan of 1st person POV, but it worked in this case. I enjoyed Carny’s internal dialogue and I liked being able to see his rationalization of the strange things happening around him. His tone was slightly snarky and his horny mind was perfect for a 19 year old constantly thinking about boners.
I will say I was a bit confused at first about Peter. I knew there was something going on, but after a while I was more confused than interested. I am glad the author finally filled in the gaps because I was starting to get past the point of amusing confusion into the realm of annoyance because nothing seemed to add up or flow particularly well. However, it made sense after finding out about Peter.
The POV changed here to 3rd person and focused more on Jackson and Adin. I am torn on how I feel about this. One the one hand I understand the need for it. I understand that Carny does not have the history or magic abilities to give the reader the development needed to figure out motive and path forward. But on the other hand, it is almost as if Carny’s story has been hijacked just to give readers another go at Jackson and Adin. I like the information I learned here and the plot advancement, I just wish the author would have found a way to include the Main Character more.
The author returns to Carny’s 1st person point of view for this part. The reader can once again see into his thoughts and see action from his perspective. This is once again necessary so that the reader can see the relationship develop between Peter and Carny. It was another good section as the big bad is defeated and love conquers all! But there were holes. I am still not convinced of the true love between Peter and Carny. Yes, there is super attraction and lust, but is that true love? Or is this just two men finally finding someone caring and latching on for dear life? I guess time will tell and maybe these characters will reappear later in another book in the series.
Overall, this was a good read. It kept me interested and kept me guessing. If you are looking for some magical times or are a fan of Jackson and Adin, this one is probably for you.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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