Author: Lyn Gala
Publisher: Loose Id
Cover Artist: Mina Carter
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 06/21/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Gay Fiction
Darren is proud of his work on the FBI’s magical Talent unit. However, his own lack of magic means he can never be with Supervisory Special Agent and Shaman Kavon Boucher. The shamanic magic poses a real danger to any mundane who gets too close, so Darren tries to hide his attraction and keep a professional relationship at work. That resolve begins to crumble when a new man sets his sights on Kavon and Darren can’t control his resentment.
Now they have a brutal new case of a suspect targeting magical adepts. Darren tries to keep focused on that crime, but when he starts to show signs of his own magic, he hopes that maybe he can not only be a more effective part of the team but also a real partner to Kavon. He might have a second chance at love if only Kavon can learn to trust his new and unpredictable magic that has changed the rules of the magical game.
This is a tricky one to rate. On one hand the general world building is fantastic but as often is the case in the first book of a new series there was a LOT of information to take in and I became a bit lost as to who did what at the beginning. There isn’t a great deal of romance here and it wasn’t until almost the end of the book that I felt a connection between Darren and Kavon so I have my fingers crossed that we will see their relationship develop in the next book.
The premise is that some people are born with magic and as is so often the case where somebody is different they are not always treated well. The FBI has a Talent Unit which introduces us to a great cast of characters – every person on this unit is magical apart from Darren who is referred to as a mundane. Darren’s job is to act as an intermediary to the human force and its’s a job he loves but there are problems that go along with it. The biggest of those problems is that he is infatuated with his boss who is a powerful Shaman.
I don’t think I’ve read a book before where there were spirit animals and I found them fascinating. Kavon’s animal seems apt to his character as he is bullish and stubborn and when they take off walking on the spirit plane the bull is often found stamping his feet. To walk the spirit plane, and Kavon walks often looking for answers to the cases he is working on, a Shaman needs a guide and these come in the form of adepts. They are vital to his safety and bonds are often formed and this is the biggest, and probably only, reason that Kavon and Darren can’t become anything more than friends. Kavon can never get involved with a Mundane no matter how much he wants to.
The case they are working on was secondary to me with the most important thing being the changes happening to Darren. We are not really given any answers as to what and why Darren is changing so much but it alters everything between him and Kavon. The ending came too fast so I’m hoping the next book gives us more of their relationship as this is definitely a series I will be continuing on with.
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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