*I received an ecopy of this book via NetGalley. This has not influenced my review.*
This was a nice romance with cool magic and an atmospheric lighthouse setting!
The main character, Vincent, was attractive and charming and came from a well-known family with money, so he was good at smoothing over situations and getting what he wanted (not in a bad way, he didn’t abuse it or act entitled), but none of that worked on the surly, hostile Rafe. It was fun to see how much Rafe sort of intrigued Vincent, and how, as the relationship progressed, he enjoyed knowing Rafe didn’t just want him for his face or his name.
Speaking of, the romance started out so tantalizing. I loved the numerous “almost” moments. The tension between Vincent and Rafe. Not a slow burn though, they got together after not too long, but that was nice too. They had some lovely moments, and Rafe’s hesitancy and hard outer shell added to both the tension and ultimately the sweetness.
There was disability rep. Rafe was blind. He could see the spirit realm, so I think he could sort of see where people were by their spirits, but I think that was the only way in which it aided him, so it didn’t erase his disability. He still used a cane and had some trouble in unfamiliar places.
The magic was interesting. Vincent could turn things into other things. Rafe used earth magic, though I’m unclear on exactly what he could do. Margaret was a weather witch. Rafe’s mother could find people. Oliver was a water witch. Rutger was good at rituals. Then there was the Ferox Cor, a magical item I won’t say too much about just in case of spoilers.
The isolated lighthouse setting was atmospheric and a bit mysterious.
There was no cliffhanger, but the ending did leave an opening for the story to continue, and according to the author’s note at the end, it will most likely be a series.
Overall I enjoyed these characters, their romance, and their magic.
Anyone who likes magic, lighthouses, m/m romance, and grumpy characters with a hard outer shell.