Charmed & Dangerous by Jordan Castillo Price, KJ Charles, Jordan L. Hawk, Rhys Ford, Astid Amara, Gin Hale, Nicole Kimberling, Andrea Speed, Charlie Cochet, Lou Harper ~ Book Review by Teresa

charmed-and-dangerousTitle: Charmed & Dangerous

Author: Jordan Castillo Price, KJ Charles, Jordan L. Hawk, Rhys Ford, Astid Amara, Gin Hale, Nicole Kimberling, Andrea Speed, Charlie Cochet, Lou Harper

Publisher: JCP Books

Cover Artist: Unknown

Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 08/25/2015

Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)

Genre: Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, M/M Romance, Mystery, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Blurb:

Magic takes many forms. From malignant hexes to love charms gone amok, you’ll find a vast array of spells and curses, creatures and conjurings in this massive collection—not to mention a steamy dose of man-on-man action. Charmed and Dangerous features all-new stories of gay paranormal romance, supernatural fiction and urban fantasy by ten top m/m paranormal authors.

Rhys Ford – Dim Sum Asylum

For Detective Roku MacCormick, working Arcane Crimes is his passion. Now cleared of any wrongdoing for shooting his last partner, MacCormick is given back his badge… as well as a new case and partner. Trent Leonard isn’t exactly what he’d expected, but then nothing in San Francisco’s Chinatown ever is.

Ginn Hale – Swift and the Black Dog

When Jack Swift killed a tyrant and won the revolution he became a national hero. But someone in the new government prefers dead heroes to living, swearing, cynical wizards. Caught between bullets, revenge and desire, Jack had better be swift indeed.

KJ Charles – A Queer Trade

Apprentice magician Crispin Tredarloe returns to London to find his master dead, and his papers sold. Papers with secrets that could spell death. Waste paper seller Ned Hall can’t resist Crispin’s pleading—and appealing—looks. But can the wasteman and the magician prevent a disaster and save Crispin’s skin?

Nicole Kimberling – Magically Delicious

Occult attacks against NIAD agents aren’t remotely Keith Curry’s department. But when his lover, Gunther, is assaulted, Keith refuses to just sit back and fill out paperwork. He’s on the case—even if that means enraging powerful mages, crossing leprechaun picket lines, or braving dinner with Gunther’s goblin parents.

Jordan Castillo Price – Everyone’s Afraid of Clowns

Psychic medium Victor Bayne can spot a ghost any day of the year, but Halloween holds some special surprises. His psych-groupie boyfriend Jacob coaxes him to the location of an old spirit sighting, but they can’t ghosthunt without enduring a cheesy “haunted house” that’s even more disturbing than they realize.

Jordan L. Hawk – The Thirteenth Hex

Hexman Dominic Kopecky doesn’t understand why dashing crow familiar Rook wants his help investigating murder by patent hex. For one thing, Dominic isn’t a witch. For another, the case is already closed—and someone is willing to kill to keep it that way.

Charlie Cochet – The Soldati Prince

Riley Murrough goes from serving lattes to being chased by demons. If that wasn’t bad enough, he bears the mark of a shapeshifter king from a magical realm. Riley’s determined to get answers, but if the demons out for his blood don’t kill him, the urge to strangle the arrogant king might.

Lou Harper – One Hex Too Many

Veteran detective Mike Mulligan is an expert on violent crimes—of the occult variety. He might even be cursed. Detective Hugh Fox is eager to partner up and prove himself, but Mulligan is accustomed to flying solo. Can they trust each other enough to track a killer who’ll stop at nothing, not even summoning a demon?

Andrea Speed – Josh of the Damned vs. the Bathroom of Doom

It’s a boring night at the Quik-Mart for Josh and his friend Doug. Until a vampire with a grudge—and the most adorable backup ever—crashes the store. Can Josh survive the Bathroom of Doom?

Astrid Amara – The Trouble With Hexes

P.I. Tim Keller has a problem. And the only person who can solve it is his ex-boyfriend, Vincent, whose job as a hexbreaker was the reason they broke up. It’s hard admitting he was wrong, especially when coughing up organs. But there’s a missing person to find, a hexmaker to hunt down, and a romance to repair before Tim breathes his last.

My View:

 

As soon as I found out this anthology existed, I had to read it! Some of my favourite authors are in here as well as a few new to me ones. I loved most of the stories and they all fit the theme of Gay Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy. From dark and gruesome to humorous, fans of the genre will find a favourite story. Many of these introduced new worlds that I would love to see grow into full novels or sequels of these stories. Below are some of my thoughts on each story.

Rhys Ford – Dim Sum Asylum, 4.5 Stars
I loved the world Rhys created. Although we don’t get a lot of back story as to why the world is the way it is, I still liked the blending of fae and human, magic and mundane. The action was fast paced and I loved the chases through the city. I could feel the atmosphere and was right there with the characters.
Roku was a sympathetic character and I liked his pairing with Trent. I would love to see more of them together.

Ginn Hale – Swift and the Black Dog, 4.5 Stars
I haven’t read a lot of Ginn Hale’s work so I don’t have much to compare to, but I found this story to be quite engaging. I liked the dystopian feel of the world, a new government that is trying to not be corrupt but seeds are there. There were a few story threads that got lost and I would have liked to delve into the story more, but I liked what was there. I would definitely read more!

KJ Charles – A Queer Trade, 4.25 Stars
Set in the world of A Charm of Magpies, we are once again faced with arcane rights and magic gone awry. I liked that the characters had varied backgrounds and racial profiles, but that race wasn’t an issue dwelt upon. The story was entertaining and I liked seeing Mrs. Gold again, however briefly.

Nicole Kimberling – Magically Delicious, 4 Stars
This tale features the characters from Cherries Worth Getting in the Irregulars anthology, Keith and Gunther. It was nice knowing some back story on them, but reading the previous story is not necessary to appreciating this one. I liked seeing the established couple although this story focused more on the magic goings on than the relationship. It was an interesting mystery with some humour to it.

Jordan Castillo Price – Everyone’s Afraid of Clowns, 4.25 Stars
It was great to see Vic and Jacob again! This book takes place sometime later in the series, I’ve read up to GhosTv and this didn’t spoil anything. It was a great spooky interlude set at Halloween. Don’t worry if you are afraid of clowns, you’ll still enjoy this!

Jordan L. Hawk – The Thirteenth Hex, 5 Stars
I loved this story! I loved the unique world and would love to see more stories set in it. Rook and Dominic felt so right together and the mystery was sound. The combination of familiars, witches and hexmen was intriguing and I wanted to know more, but there was enough to be satisfied. I especially liked the flying scene. It was so detailed.

Charlie Cochet – The Soldati Prince, 3.5 Stars
Though the beginning was a little on the horror side, I felt the rest ventured into shifter novel territory. The difference being the mate, Riley, wasn’t totally weak and helpless as many in that trope are. Charlie Cochet does write some good characters. Despite the plot, I really liked Riley and Kahlon’s team. Kahlon himself wasn’t my favourite person but I did warm up to him in the end. The end is left open for more stories in this world and it felt a little “to be continued”.

Lou Harper – One Hex Too Many, 3.5 Stars
Good mystery to the story. I had my suspicions as to the culprit, and I liked the resolution. Pacing was good, and there are some new and different terms for the magic world that show some thought. I wasn’t as enamoured with the relationship. The culmination didn’t feel quite right. However, it was good addition to the anthology over all.

Andrea Speed – Josh of the Damned vs. the Bathroom of Doom, 4.5 Stars
I haven’t read any of the other books in the Josh of the Damned series but this story makes me want to. It was hilarious! It was so much fun, with witty dialog and colourful characters. It brought to mind Clerks, by Kevin Smith, but paranormal edition (perhaps because of the setting).

Astrid Amara – The Trouble With Hexes, 3.5 Stars
This story was slower than the rest and definitely more character driven. While I like both characters well enough, I wasn’t totally engaged with either of them. The mystery and magic was suitably creepy and dangerous, but I had the culprit figured out early on. Never the less, I did enjoy it over all.

 

Links

Charmed & Dangerous on Goodreads
JCP Books
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

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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