*I received an audio copy of this book via NetGalley. This has not influenced my review.*
This is one of those books that is just great in every regard! Lovable characters. Chemistry-filled romance. Hot sex. Interesting plot. Unique magic. Smooth writing.
Robin and Edwin were both lovable characters. Robin for his outgoing, charismatic, boisterous, brave nature. Edwin for his bookish, reserved, intellectual, somewhat anxious nature. Both had depth and struggles. I felt for them both when I learned about those struggles or they came up in the story.
The romance was great. I fully believed it and felt the chemistry. At one point, one of them thought about how it was wild they’d only known each other for a week, or something like that, and in my head, I thought, “Oh, wow, it seems like longer than that!” because the author did such a great job of showing their time together and showing them growing closer. It felt so natural. But I think they didn’t use the word “love” yet, which I appreciated, though I’m certain it’s in their future.
And the sex… It gets its own paragraph, because it was that good. The sex scenes were so tailored to these specific characters and their kinks and desires and feelings, and there was such a strong connection and chemistry between the characters, and sometimes they even had magic involved, and they were overall just really great.
The plot was good too, with some mystery and danger. It made sense and worked well alongside the romance to bring the characters closer. It also added a bit of action sometimes.
That magic was interesting, with a system that involved hand movements.
The audiobook, narrated by David Thorpe, was enjoyable. He brought a lot of life and animation to the characters and the right emotion when needed. Characters didn’t sound super different but were different enough that I could tell them apart. He had an English accent (to match the setting of the book).
Overall, I really liked everything about this book, from the lovable characters to the unique magic to the scorching hot sex, and I’m definitely looking forward to more books in this series!
Anyone who likes historical fantasy, magic, lovable characters, a bit of mystery and danger, and sweet but also scorching m/m romance.