Author: Evelyn Elliott
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Christine Griffin
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 10/28/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Gay Romance, Menage/Poly
Morality is relative. At least that’s what young sorcerer Regis Teller convinces himself. He’s done what he must to survive: working for a witch since he was nine, helping her throw the kingdom into anarchy, and taking his only comfort in her mysterious son, Crow. And soon, Regis is going to commit his first murder.
A do-gooder named Jonathan White has information the witch needs, and it’s Regis’s job to get that information and slit Jonathan’s throat. But then Regis actually meets Jonathan. And Jonathan is perfect—a hero with a passion for justice and little regard for civility.
Lucky for Regis, Jonathan has a weakness for attractive men. Lucky for Jonathan, Regis is fast developing a conscience and a heart. But for Regis, keeping both of them alive at their adventure’s end means breaking a magical oath and surviving his ruthless boss—all without telling Jonathan the truth. Falling in love is never easy, especially when everyone involved is lying through their teeth.
Evelyn Elliott is a new author and this is her first book; I must say she did a wonderful job! I loved the fantasy and adventure plot, I liked the dynamic characters, and I was fully immersed in the world.
Bad Magic is vibrant and colourful. It isn’t sweet or fluffy but has humour, tragic pasts, treachery, and snark. The few steamy scenes don’t overwhelm the fantasy story but serve to support the romance plot thread. I felt the fantasy and romance were blended well.
Regis, Jonathan and Crow all were wonderful and awful in their own way and nobody was perfect. This is not a hearts and flowers romance; the love triangle was truly a tangle. I wasn’t sure which pairing I should root for. Though I was happy with the end I am glad there is a sequel!
I loved Chartreuse the Dragon, she was an excellent and humorous supporting character and I hope we see more of her.
The end is not a cliffhanger, but it definitely leaves a few things unfinished and a one of our characters unhappy. Hopefully the sequel will fix this! Definitely recommend.
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