Author: M. Raiya
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht
Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 09/05/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Gay Romance, Urban Fantasy
Betrayed and left for dead by his lover, North has retreated to a secluded island to nurture his coven of witches and their demon partners. His group uses the magic of starlight to bring as much peace to the world as they can. It’s enough. North has no desire to look for love again.
When an accident on a carpentry job reveals that he is a demon, Alan Holsen is sent to North for training. Alan possesses a rare healing ability—one he might be able to use to close the old wounds in North’s heart. While North teaches Alan magic, Alan teaches North to love again, and they both struggle with the leftover resonance of their haunted pasts.
Just when they dare to relax, North’s old enemy returns—and sets his sights on Alan. To save him, North must enlist the aid of neighboring covens, and he learns he isn’t as alone as he thought. But in the end, only North’s love for Alan and the power of the stars have any chance of saving them.
I recently read Another Healing in anticipation of Depth of Return and really enjoyed it so I was looking forward even more to this book. Depth of Return was the same high quality Urban Fantasy read that was book 1 in the series!
I loved both Alan and North. North is old for his age, curmudgeonly and isolated (by choice). Alan is a little younger than him but eager to learn about his Demon powers. We again get a bit of love at first sight, though not as quick as book 1.
We learn more about Witches and Demons and their pairings, which I enjoyed. I loved seeing the magic happen. We also get to see Jules, James, and Ambient again – it was nice to catch up with their lives! Evil is a foot once again and we get a lot of action and tension.
The love scenes are subdued and not overly graphic, plentiful, or long, making it a sweet romance rather than an erotic one. I liked that it focused on love, family, and magic but still gave some intimacy.
I could see a setup for a third book, and am looking forward to reading that as well! Great series!
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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