Title: Mage of Inconvenience
House Line: Dreamspun Beyond
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Publication date: March 20, 2018
Length: 212 pages
Reviewed by Morningstar
Can they find the magic in a practical union?
West is on the run from his werewolf pack, but if he cannot renew his magical defenses, he won’t get far. What he needs is a mage….
Julian is part of a wealthy and ancient family, and one day, his legacy will include his mother’s vast library of spell books—and the knowledge he needs to correct his past mistakes. But his inheritance comes with a stipulation: he has to be married before he can collect. What he needs is a husband….
West and Julian can help each other, and at first they don’t want anything further. But as they dodge meddling cousins, jealous rivals, and an insidious drug, it becomes clear that their lives are entwined in ways they never imagined—and they’re in greater danger than they thought possible.
I genuinely enjoy the Dreamspun Beyond books. Each one a unique but magical world I get lost in. Mage of Inconvenience was a mix of snarky romance meets hardcore magical fiction.
Julian was the character I loved the most. He was snarky and fierce and so full of personality that I was drawn to him. Whereas West was subdued and quiet but with a soft, flirty core that only peaked out behind the rest.
They made a good match, one balancing the other. They were both hesitant at the start. Which had the beginning being a bit slow as the author built the story, but once their bond started to grow and they began opening up, did things get started and interesting.
I loved Julian’s magic in the story! The way the author described it, the why’s and how’s as they were described like it was its own character. The Phil and Emily track of the story, although it seemed tied up and finished, the loose end of the “blackness” that attached and followed Emily was left without an answer. Especially with Julian’s concern over what it was. It was almost left as though she was going to get her own story, but as far as I know, these books aren’t a true series.
Other than that loose end and the slowish beginning I’m adding this book to the list of hits for this line!
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