Any Old Diamonds by K.J. Charles

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5stars

“It turns out I’m slightly braver than I am afraid when it comes to you.”

Title: Any Old Diamonds
Author: K.J. Charles
Series: Lilywhite Boys #1
Number of pages: 320 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: The story and characters were great.
Bad things about this book: I would have loved an epilogue but since there are going to be more books, maybe we’ll see more of the characters? Who knows.
Do I recommend it? I do!
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

This book was much more than I expected it to be. I knew I was going to love it because I love this author with all my heart, but then I found myself at 3am reading the book and not letting go until I finished it at 8am, when I had to get ready for work.

I give up sleep only for certain books. I love sleeping.

The dynamics between Alec and Jerry was genuine. They come from very different backgrounds, and they are thrown into this without really knowing if they can trust each other. The lust comes first: raw, unfiltered, much needed. Their relationship evolves naturally without taking anything from the story, the vengeance Alec wants to achieve from the start.

“The truth is that I love you. That I’ve been coming to love you for so long, and with so little care and attention on my part, that by the time I realised you’d walked off with my heart and soul it was already too late.”

There were a lot of references from the Sin of the Cities trilogy. This story takes place at least 20 years after the ending of those books; I found myself smiling and missing the characters and reminiscing about their misadventures and romances. Can’t wait for the next book, maybe we’ll actually see some of the characters!!

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Rag and Bone by K.J. Charles

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4stars

Title: Rag and Bone
Author: K.J. Charles
Good things about this book: Magic and mystery and Stephen Day!
Bad things about this book: Nothing.
Do I recommend it? Yes, but read the prequel first!
Rate: 4/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

Magic. I just love magic. I fell in love with the world K.J. Charles built in the Charm of Magpies series; loved the characters, magical ones and not. I think I need to read again the whole series. I’m in need of Stephen and Crane! Honestly, I could read thousands of books set in that magnificent magical Victorian England.

Rag and Bone has been in my kindle library for months, untouched, unread, with no logical reason whatsoever. If you want to read it, I recommend you read first the small prequel that is like a long prologue for the story. I think without reading A Queer Trade you’re missing a lot of the story; it tells how our two main characters meet and what the hell is going on at the beginning of this book. I really think that without reading the prequel there’s too many things that not make much sense. The prequel is a must read.

Crispin and Ned meet under weird circumstances and they find themselves involved in even weirder events. Thanks to this misadventure, they seem to be in a stable relationship now, with its ups and down of course. So, pretty normal. But Crispin isn’t a normal human being, he has magic and, after spending so many years using it in illegal ways, now he’s finding it so hard fitting in the practitioners’ world. Ned used bone and blood magic that it’s illegal and only warlocks use it. And if you’re a warlock, it means you’re evil: but our Crispin may be insecure, a little judgey, a bit self-centred, and naïve, but he certainly isn’t evil.

Ned, on the other hand, is no magician: he is a waste-man and he is good at what he does. He has a hearing talent, though: he can hear magic but can’t use it. This hearing talent is a main resource to solving this book’s mystery case but not without Ned wanting to punch every single practitioner on Earth. Ned doesn’t like magic, he doesn’t trust it. He sees how magic influences Crispin, how bad it can be and how practitioners think only magical people deserve help, forgetting how non-magic folks are somehow innocent victims of their wrongdoings.

Crispin and Ned are very good for each other but they have issues they need to get through to be able to be 100% happy. I got mad at Crispin, I really did, he was making bad choices because he didn’t see how much value he had as a person; he was always seeing how he was not enough and that was self-destructive. I cheered for him and his happiness. I wanted him to be able to use his magic legally and easily. I wanted him to be proud of himself. I wanted people to see how worthy of a second chance he was, just the way Ned saw him. Ned thought Crispin amazing, and he was afraid of always being second place to magic. Those two were going to have a tortuous road to happiness but it was going to be worth it.

Do you want to know what I loved about this book and its prequel/prologue? I loved the importance that was given to kisses. I have always thought kisses to be the best romantic gesture of all, the most intimate. You give me a couple that kisses with such love and passion, and you have in me their number 1 fan.

I pray to our Lord Crane to have more stories set in this magical world! Lord Crane, do this for me, please! Just this once!

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Spectred Isle by K.J. Charles

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5stars

“People create poetry and mustard gas. We invent gods and monsters and gods that might as well be monsters. We act with extraordinary grace and unfathomable cruelty. We’re so terribly intelligent, and dreadfully easy to fool.”

Title: Spectred Isle (Green Men #1)
Author: K.J. Charles
Good things about this book: Paranormal and wonderful romance written perfectly.
Bad things about this book: Nothing.
Do I recommend it? Yes!
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

If there’s something I like to read more than books with happy endings, are fantasy books with happy endings. Spectred Isle has that and I loved all of it: mystery, ghosts, spirits, magic, great characters, and great chemistry between said characters. I can reconfirm that K.J. Charles can and will steal my heart with every book she writes. The story flows flawlessly with the need to know more about everything, the need to know these characters you’ve loved, possibly from page 1, are going to be happy and okay in the end.

Saul, an archaeologist dishonourably discharged from the war, is now working for the only man that doesn’t mind what he did in the past. This man is a paranormal fanatic and is looking for everything out of the ordinary in London and surroundings. Saul helps him going to the places he points out to see if he sees something strange that can’t be explained. Saul doesn’t believe in the paranormal but he needs money so he refrains himself from criticizing his boss’ hobby. I would love going to a ghost/treasure hunt but maybe I’m not that brave, or for that matter, that adventurous.

“You were a pawn in a damned complex game, and you were played and sacrificed as such. I’m glad you weren’t taken off the board altogether.”

During a weird episode of a tree catching fire without apparent reason, Saul stumbles upon Randolph, the last occultist of the Glyde family. After that peculiar event, Saul runs into Randolph everywhere he goes. Saul wonders why he is always meeting this fascinating and handsome man in the weirdest places. Randolph wonders why this seemingly normal man is always involved in strange paranormal events. Something is happening, the veil that separates the worlds is thinner every day, things are looking bad. To answer Randolph perplexities comes a vague prophecy and maybe it can explain why Saul is always where he isn’t supposed to be.

Saul realised, the painful prospect of hoping again was better than the dull knowledge he never would.

The prophecy may explain why they run into each other more often than not, but it doesn’t explain the feelings they are both experiencing. Feelings they are both afraid of but are hoping for them to be reciprocated. Saul and Randolph have great chemistry; from the very first time they meet they can’t get the other out their minds. They have both had difficult love lives or none at all, only casual encounters in a world that sees their sexuality as a crime. I love that they are straightforward; they don’t leave things to unnecessary misunderstandings. They say what they have to say, what they hope: they open themselves, exposing vulnerability because what they may have seems worth it.

“I have a sinking feeling, based on no prior experience whatsoever, that I love you.”

Randolph is a wonderful character and I loved him from the beginning. You notice him changing because of Saul, talking more about what he wants and what he feels, being sassy and clever, and fighting for what he treasures. The book has a little bit of an open ending because there’s going to be more than one book, so I hope there’s going to be more of Randolph and Saul in the future.

“My shoulders ache in wet weather. Unfortunately, I live in England.”

I was left happy and wanting more. There’s nothing better than that to confirm how much you enjoyed a book, right?

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[ARC] An Unsuitable Heir by K.J. Charles

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5stars

Title: An Unsuitable Heir (Sins of the Cities #3)
Author: K.J. Charles
Release date: October 3rd 2017
Good things about this book: Happy ending.
Bad things about this book: The series is over and I’m going to miss the guys.
Do I recommend it? Yes, the third and final book didn’t disappoint.
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

*I was given this ARC by Netgalley and I love them for it*

You could say I am a K.J. Charles fan and you wouldn’t be wrong. You could say I am a K.J. Charles super fan and you wouldn’t be wrong, not at all. You could say I am a K.J. Charles mega fan and you would see my heart-eyed expression while nodding enthusiastically. I am a fan, that’s 100% right.

What is with K.J. Charles that makes me love everything she writes? Hell if I know, that woman owns my money and me!

This third and last book of this trilogy was the perfect ending to a mystery series with characters that you can’t help but love. Each of them layers and layers of surprises and wonder. The first half of “An Unsuitable Heir” is set at the same time as the second half of the previous book. The events take place simultaneously and you see the story unfolding from a different point of view.

Mark, a man we know because he is friends with Clem and Nathaniel, is the private enquirer asked to find the heir to the Moreton fortune. By the end of “An Unnatural Vice” we know who are the twins, the children of the late Lord Moreton, children he had from his first wife, one of them male so the rightful heir. The twins are the famous Flying Starlings, trapeze artists well known among Londoners.

The real names of the twins are Repentance and Regret. What kind of woman gives those names to their children no matter how much hatred she had for their father? Of course the poor kids went by the names of Pen and Greta, much better alternatives. Greta is a great woman, strong built, she doesn’t left words unsaid, she knows what she wants, and loves her brother with all her heart. She would do anything for him.

Pen is genderfluid; he feels like a man some days and some other days she feels all woman. Pen likes wearing feminine clothes, he has very long hair and loves earrings: his body doesn’t always fit the image he has of who he is inside. Pointless saying how people treat him because of it. Oh, the anger!!! Mark accepts Pen and everything about Pen is precious to him. Mark is new to what Pen is and asks for directions, for explanations, for whatever thing may Pen feel uncomfortable. Mark is sweet and the love blooms almost immediately between them yet it doesn’t feel forced or rushed. It all feels right. They have some issues along the way, with the earldom and all but the story is set to have a happy ending so we must enjoy the journey knowing it will end the best way it can.

The infamous Fogman, the killer that’s been murdering people since book 1 is finally revealed and, surprise surprise, I didn’t see it coming. I should’ve seen it but I’ve been distracted by the romance. The romance was really nice, steamy and adorable; it has their flaws but they all know love is not perfect and they have to fight for it to work.. All the characters are trying to be comfortable in their own skin, with their own sexuality, in a world that does not go easy with people like who doesn’t resemble their idea of normality.

This series is really worth your time: mystery, nobility, murders, and romance. There’s a little bit of everything and it won’t disappoint. I’m glad I got to read the ending of this story a few months before its release. I hope once everyone have read it, the love for this series will spread!

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[ARC] An Unnatural Vice by K.J. Charles

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5stars

“The sky’s a funny colour.”
“It’s blue.”
“That’s what I mean. I think I’d forgotten it did that.”

Title: An Unnatural Vice
Author: K.J. Charles
Good things about this book: Victorian England.
Bad things about this book: The mystery isn’t solved and I want to know, I need to know.
Do I recommend it? Yes, it’s a sequel so maybe read the first book first, you’ll like it.
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

ARC from Netgalley
I will check the quotes when the book comes out as the author requested

This is the sequel of An Unseen Attraction and its story takes place overlapping a little bit with its prequel and then it goes further ahead. The mystery, violence and murder theme is still very present; we see Clem still trying to save his boarding house while trying to uncover the truth about his late brother’s heir. There are so many things that need to happen for everything to be finally peaceful. I guess we will still have to wait for the third and last book. I can’t wait to get to know more about that certain character. That was what I call an epic entrance!

I love how this author writes. It’s easy, it traps you, and it treats you well. You get cuddled into the narration and enjoy every single page of it. I really love this Victorian England setting even without the magical component of the Magpie series that I loved with all my heart.

Roy had spent his overbearing, self-righteous, privileged life denouncing vice, and Justin was vicious to the core.

Nathaniel Roy is an ex lawyer now a journalist who wants to expose the lies of all the spiritualists in London. He wants to destroy the Seer of London’s reputation and goes, under a false name, to one of his séances. He doesn’t know what he is in for. That was an amazing spiritual session, with lots of double entendre, and with the sitters hanging from Lazarus’ lips, believing every word he says. 

Justin Lazarus was without question a disgraceful fraud, but as his lips moved in silent prayer, Nathaniel could not help the thought that he looked like a glorious fuck. The bad kind, of course; the kind that left a man feeling dirty and ashamed and degraded in his own eyes.

Justin Lazarus is an excellent spiritualist; he certainly is the most expensive and the London’s elites go to him and spend part of their immense patrimony for beautified lies that give them hope. Justin is, against his will, involved in Nathaniel’s search for the lost heir and he may be in more danger that he’s ever been. Justin doesn’t trust easily; he doesn’t seem to trust anyone because he has many secrets and also, I think, because he doesn’t want to get hurt.

Justin and Nathaniel have to work together to help Clem and to help themselves because there is still a murderer at large and it seems he won’t stop at anything to avoid the truth from coming out. Who the hell is this murderer? I want to know. I have an idea but it’s too obvious, it may be wrong. They start on the wrong foot but we see how their relationship evolves and becomes something they can’t deny.

“A rabbit.” Nathaniel made no effort to hide his amusement. “You must be familiar with the breed?”
“Only in pies, and then they’re usually cats.”

They have many funny moments, steamy moments and hard moments. Both of them have something keeping them from letting go and have a nice life. They will have to make a leap of faith and see what is going to happen if they just get what they want.

I’m repeating myself but after those last chapters, I really can’t wait to read the last book of this trilogy. There are characters I want to know more about and I know, loving the author, that I won’t be disappointed.

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[ARC] An Unseen Attraction by K.J. Charles

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4stars

Title: An Unseen Attraction
Author: K.J. Charles
Good things about this book: It takes place in Victorian England.
Bad things about this book: I wanted more mystery!!
Do I recommend it? Yes, if you already liked the author then it’s a must.
Rate: 4/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

[ARC received via Netgalley]

Victorian England, ugly weather, two men falling in love, rude family members, a mystery, and a murder. I want to say I loved everything about this book because I’ve read the Magpie series and loved it with all my heart, but this book lack a bit of everything. It was enjoyable and, even if I wanted to give it 3 stars, I’m rounding it up to 4 because I just love how this author writes.

While Lord Crane and Stephen of the Magpies series were excellent even when they were annoying, I found Clem annoying even in non-annoying situations. I wanted to like the guy, flaws and everything, but I couldn’t do it. I didn’t have a problem with his flaws. I hated how blind he was when it came to one very important thing. When showed clear evidence of something very wrong, he got angry and decided it couldn’t be true because he knew best. He didn’t give the situation the benefit of the doubt and his excuses for that were quite childish. I understand loyalty and family, but if someone is showing me the wrongdoings of a person I know, it is important to have a little bit of doubt because nobody is perfect. If you are positive it can’t be true, then investigate and try seeing all points of views. Clem wasn’t my favorite person in this book.

On the other hand, Rowley Green, the preserver and lodger of the lodging house Clem runs, is a beautiful human being and deserves all the nice things in the world. He has a creepy job, there’s no doubt in that, but nobody can deny how talented he is in what he does. The creations in his shop are magical and it’s clear, seeing them, that he loves his job. He has found a good friend in Clem when he first moved in the lodging house and he knows what he feels for the other man is more than friendship. He drowns in Clem’s eyes and sees the beauty in a man who cannot see it for himself. The way he thinks of Clem is pure and beautiful. Rowley is a character that I want to know more about. He is the other reason I’m giving this book half a star more than it deserved in my opinion.

While these two men try to have romantic and sexy encounters, a lodger is murdered and left in front of the house. This event starts a chain reaction that will inevitably get the two men to question the reality they live in and believed in up to that day. Rowley will face his past ghosts and Clem will need to let go of an image he has in mind that it’s clouding his judgement. The twists weren’t really twists but they kept the story interesting. While I think the mystery was pretty important, I think it was the romance the main theme of the book. They both are trying to start something and they put their bodies and souls in each other’s hands. We see how Clem starts being a goofball and then becomes a master in the bedroom, and we see how Rowley embraces his kinks and let go of a few inhibitions.

This series has potential and I’m very curious to see what the sequels are going to offer. I truly want to see more of Clem and Rowley together; that’s for sure!

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Flight of Magpies by K.J. Charles

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Two for joy. That would do very well indeed.

Title: Flight of Magpies
Author: K.J. Charles
Why you should read this book: Third and last book of this marvelous trilogy. If you’d made it this fare you can’t miss this one.

Summary from Goodreads:

Danger in the air. Lovers on the brink.

With the justiciary understaffed, a series of horrifying occult murders to be investigated, and a young student who is flying—literally—off the rails, magical law enforcer Stephen Day is under increasing stress. And his relationship with his aristocratic lover, Lord Crane, is beginning to feel the strain.

Crane chafes at the restrictions of England’s laws, and there’s a worrying development in the blood-and-sex bond he shares with Stephen. A development that makes a sensible man question if they should be together at all.

When a thief strikes at the heart of Crane’s home, a devastating loss brings his closest relationships into bitter conflict—especially his relationship with Stephen. And as old enemies, new enemies, and unexpected enemies paint the lovers into a corner, the pressure threatens to tear them apart.

“Stephen is the best man among you by a ten-yard start, and he’s a pointlessly self-sacrificing, prideful idiot two steps from nervous collapse.”

Third and last book of the Charm of Magpies series and I loved every single one of them. The story is so much more complex than I was expecting and it left me wanting for more. I want to know more about that world full of magic; I want to know more about Lucien and Stephen’s life together. I want to read about their adventure all over the world, of all the places they are going to visit in which they can love each other freely.

He had spent his adult life in China, where nobody cared who he slept with, and he did not like the way England’s laws and expectations were creeping into his consciousness, making him fearful about what had been normal.

This book sees old enemies resurface and a little friction between our two lads. I was scared because everything could go wrong but I was hopeful they were going to make things work. Stephen is so busy with work, it seems he has to do everything. Why is the Council not doing anything about the murders and the weird things happening around London? He has so little time to breathe, and of course he has close to zero time to spend with his lover Crane.

If I’d wanted a life trammelled by obligation, I could have stayed in this bloody country in the first place.
Then again, if I wanted a life without Stephen I’d be back in Shanghai already.

Crane is of course really angry about it. He is giving up a life full of young attractive men giving him unimaginable pleasures in a country that doesn’t think is illegal to love whoever you like, and what is Stephen doing?? He is spending almost all of their time together at work, risking his own life every single day. Crane is on the verge of exploding and, at some point, he does explode. He is allowing himself to be a little bit selfish because he wants Stephen to be happy, to relax and not be forced to do what the Council wants him to do.

Crane frowned. “Is this about the power?”
“No. I’m sure it’s not. Don’t fret.”
“I do not fret,” Crane said, offended. “You fret.”
“You fret like a mother hen every time I mention the Council.”

Old enemies, new enemies and traitors are on their way to ruin everything they are building together. No no, you won’t lay a finger on my boys while I’m here reading you, book! You will assure me they will fight, make peace, fight evil, kill whoever disrupts their peace and move on with their happy lives. If one more person wants to kill Crane, I don’t know what I’m going to do. Stephen won’t allow anything to happen to his lover and is willing to sacrifice himself. That goes also the other way because Crane is crazy about his Stephen and nothing is going to stand in his way when it comes to his tiny magician’s well-being.

“My life has been an unending barrage of strange things ever since I set eyes on him.”

I love Crane so much. He is sweet, straightforward, caring, he knows exactly what he wants and he is willing to wait. Maybe he is not the most patient man but he giving it a try. All because of that tiny little man with ugly clothes and terrible job, who stole his heart. Crane, you can’t honestly think you want to sleep around at your age, you need to settle down and you have a wonderful man who loves you as much as you love him and is powerful as hell!

“I like the way he says ‘furthermore’,” Merrick observed quietly. “Cos you can tell he means ‘wankers’.”

Stephen is indeed very powerful, not only because of the Magpie Lord’s ring, and also not because he does perverted things with Crane in bed (on desks, against walls, on a rug, etc…). Stephen is powerful because he is a damn good practitioner, one of the best. I love Stephen. I love Crane. I love Stephen with Crane.

Why had he let himself get tangled up with a Vaudrey in the first place?
Because you fell in love with him, said the rational voice that refused to be silenced, and that was a worse thought than all the rest.

I also love the side characters. There’s a lot of Merrick because, as I correctly guessed, he is interested in Jenny Saint, one of Stephen’s scholar justiciar. She is 18, he is much more older. Stephen is mad about the situation; one thing leads to another and everyone fight! I love Merrick, he is loyal and he loves Crane. The fact that he is interested in another human being so long after his wife’s and unborn child’s death is sweet and Crane, even if he is angry at first, can’t be against it. If it’s consensual, then what’s the point opposing it? I hope Merrick and Saint can have a wonderful and adventurous life together!

“You are the most colossal degenerate. So am I, I suppose, but I blame you.”

“All right?”
“Mmm.”
“You look devastatingly whorish.”
“Thank you.”

hahahahahahahaha wonderful!

There are a little less steamy scenes in this book than in the others because things get ugly, but I was still satisfied by them. There are more kisses, deep and loving kisses between two men that love each other with all their hearts. It’s sweet and the right amount of cheesy. Crane can say the cheesiest things but you don’t cringe, you grin and your heart skips a beat. He is the best and I love him. I’ve already said that but it’s true every time, he is surely the best.

“But I do hope you are aware, my sweet, somewhere in that absurd heart, that I am ever, entirely, and quite pathetically yours.”

I loved these books, all of them. The short stories between the main stories were as important. I want to recommend these to everyone because they are intriguing and filled with mystery and magic. Who doesn’t like these elements in books? I know I do.

Do I recommend it? Yes, perfect ending.
Rate: 5/5

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A Case of Possession by K.J. Charles

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“Everyone can do evil. Some people can be forced to it, and some fight against it, and some don’t even need an invitation.”

Title: A Case of Possession
Author: K.J. Charles
Why you should read this book: Because this is the sequel of that marvelous book that is The Magpie Lord and it’s worth your time.

Summary from Goodreads:

Lord Crane has never had a lover quite as elusive as Stephen Day. True, Stephen’s job as justiciar requires secrecy, but the magician’s disappearing act bothers Crane more than it should. When a blackmailer threatens to expose their illicit relationship, Crane knows a smart man would hop the first ship bound for China. But something unexpectedly stops him. His heart.

Stephen has problems of his own. As he investigates a plague of giant rats sweeping London, his sudden increase in power, boosted by his blood-and-sex bond with Crane, is rousing suspicion that he’s turned warlock. With all eyes watching him, the threat of exposure grows. Stephen could lose his friends, his job and his liberty over his relationship with Crane. He’s not sure if he can take that risk much longer. And Crane isn’t sure if he can ask him to.

The rats are closing in, and something has to give…

“I like to make you know your master,” Crane said. “It’s only fair. The rest of the time you’ve got me so thoroughly enslaved, I might as well be wearing a collar with your name on it.”

There may be spoilers from the first book here, beware!

This sequel had so many more feelings than the first book and I’m still grinning because those two are going to break my heart for sure. Break it because of so much love or because something bad is going to happen in the third and last book and I’m going to cry for eternity.

In this sequel we have only Crane’s pov so we don’t really know what Stephen is thinking. He is there, and then he isn’t there anymore. He is really a busy tiny man. There is a plague of giant rats in London and the practitioners are trying to figure out who is sending them and they have to figure it out soon because these giant rats are killing people.

“Earl Crane. Shouldn’t there be an ‘of’ in that?”
“No. It’s like Earl Grey.”
“The tea?”
“The lord.”

While Stephen is busy with rats, Crane is suffering. He is bored in London and even if he wants to go back to Shanghai, he can’t go, his heart won’t allow it. Stephen goes away for hours and even days without leaving a note. He is scared of people finding out he has a male lover since it was a serious crime. He doesn’t want to lose his job. This situation leaves Crane miserable. He wants to be with Stephen without being scared of the consequences. That little man makes him so happy. Crane is an adorable almost 40-year-old man!

“Mr. Day didn’t turn up, then?” said Merrick, homing in on his thoughts as ever.
“Been and gone.”
“Came and went?”
“Oh, shut up.”

Their precarious balance of love and life is disturbed by the arrival of Rackham, a shaman both of them know very well. He is trying to blackmail Crane for money or he is going to reveal their sinful relationship. That man, I wanted to punch him, you can’t stop their love, how dare you!?

Apparently, Stephen and the other practitioners need help from Crane for translation and this way Crane is involved in their investigation. Investigation that seems to involve him more than he expected.

“You look like the cat that swallowed the cream,” Stephen said softly.
“That comes later. Here’s the dining room.”

This series is great because it has so many interesting elements. Yes, it has steamy scenes and I love it, of course. We get to see them interact as lovers, intimately. We also get a lot of mystery and magic. There is always someone trying to kill everyone and of course there is a twist followed by another twist and everything is different than you imagined. And guess what? It’s perfect! I love not really knowing what is going to happen but being a little bit sure about the future of Crane and Stephen. I just need them to be okay and to live together happily ever after.

How long can you take?”
“How long do you want?”
“The rest of your life.” Crane watched Stephen’s eyes widen. “For now, how about a fortnight?”
“Done,” Stephen said. “And…done.”

Long story short, this book is about an investigation for murder and abuse of magic, and in the background we have these two wonderful men trying to make their love work out in these difficult circumstances.

I want to protect them both, and Merrick, and Stephen’s friends and everyone else (the good ones)!! Let’s protect their happiness!

Do I recommend it? Yes, more feeling so pain in coming soon, I know that.
Rate: 5/5

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The Magpie Lord by K.J. Charles

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There’s no good doing the right thing unless you stop people doing the wrong thing.

Title: The Magpie Lord
Author: K.J. Charles
Why you should read this book: Because there is magic, a handsome Lord, a tiny an powerful magician and it’s set in what maybe is vistorian London? It’s worth your time for sure.

Summary from Goodreads:

Exiled to China for twenty years, Lucien Vaudrey never planned to return to England. But with the mysterious deaths of his father and brother, it seems the new Lord Crane has inherited an earldom. He’s also inherited his family’s enemies. He needs magical assistance, fast. He doesn’t expect it to turn up angry.

Magician Stephen Day has good reason to hate Crane’s family. Unfortunately, it’s his job to deal with supernatural threats. Besides, the earl is unlike any aristocrat he’s ever met, with the tattoos, the attitude… and the way Crane seems determined to get him into bed. That’s definitely unusual.

Soon Stephen is falling hard for the worst possible man, at the worst possible time. But Crane’s dangerous appeal isn’t the only thing rendering Stephen powerless. Evil pervades the house, a web of plots is closing round Crane, and if Stephen can’t find a way through it—they’re both going to die.

Warlocks are magical cannibals, yes?”
“That’s a…vivid way of putting it.”

Murders, suicides, a tattooed Lord just back from 20 years in Shanghai, a very short magician with a terrible taste in clothing; that’s pretty much the whole story. Put a little bit of flirting, a couple steamy scenes, a seemingly hunted house and you have me turning page after page until this too short book is over. Thank goodness the series has more books because I need more. I really need more of Crane and Stephen!

Lord Crane is such an interesting character. Exiled by his father to Shanghai with his manservant Merrick, he became a trader and had his fair trade of bad and good luck. He has to go back to London after his hideous father and even more hideous brother commit suicide. After he starts wanting to unwillingly end his life, Lord Crane seeks help in a magician, or better, practitioner, to find out what the hell is going on.

“Well, I didn’t like to say so, but that is a dreadful suit,” Crane agreed, as he pulled up the horses outside the house. “You’d look much better out of it.”

Who is said magician? A barely 5 feet tall scrawny little guy called Stephen with one awful suit after the other. At first he doesn’t want to help because Crane’s father ruined his father a lot of years before but then he met Lucien and he is nothing like the Lords who preceded him. Maybe he is not so bad after all. Yeah, well, my little magician, he is charming beyond compare, knows his way with words and you will be begging him to do bad things to you in beds, desks, against walls, etc. You little fox!

Stephen, you’re the only spark of light I’ve encountered in this whole vile country.

To go to the core of the mystery and to find out who wants Crane dead, they travel to Crane’s very old and sinister house, Piper House. Stephen feels there is something really wrong with it, there’s no doubt in it, and something is swallowing the magic in things. During their stay in this house infested with magpies, Lord Crane’s so also the Vaudrey’s family symbol, they find out that there’s so much more to what they initially thought. Mysteries everywhere. I thought I knew what was going on but no, I was half wrong. I loved that it kept me wondering until the very end.

“There’s something very old and odd and quite unpleasant about this house.”
“Yes, it’s Graham.”
Stephen grinned and followed him into the long room.

There were so many interesting things going on and I loved every single one of them. The story kept me guessing, it kept me rooting for them, for the triumph of good magic. I’m not revealing anything important even if I want to because there were so many good scenes. Stephen is brilliant, a talented practitioner; he goes from grumpy to smiley and I loved it. I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen next!

Do I recommend it? Yes, it had me craving for more.
Rate: 5/5

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