Title: Rogue Magic
Author: Kit Brisby
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Expected Publishing Date: January 30, 2017
Genre: Paranormal, MM Romance
Format: eBook, Paperback
Page/Word Count: 328 / 81,000
Rating: 3.75 Stars
While trapped in a stalled subway train on his morning commute, PR rep Byron Cole flirts with Levi, a young waiter with adorable curls. But Byron’s hopes for romance crash and burn when Levi saves him from a brutal explosion—with outlawed magic.
When Levi is imprisoned, Byron begins to question everything he’s ever believed. How can magic be evil when Levi used it to save dozens of lives? So Byron hatches a plan to save Levi that will cost him his job and probably his life. If he doesn’t pull it off, Levi will be put to death.
Byron discovers that he isn’t the only one questioning America’s stance on magic. And he learns that Levi is stubborn, angry, and utterly enchanting. Time is running out, though. Byron must convince Levi to trust him, to trust his own magic, and to fight against the hatred that’s forced him to hide his true nature his entire life. The more Levi opens up, the harder Byron falls. And the more they have to lose.
♦ Personal Thought ♦
This is a nifty debut from Kit Brisby, a story set in AU New York where people with magic were treated like pariah and using it could mean death sentence. The hero is not someone with physical power. Byron had a way with words though, and was considered a PR savvy. There’s moral dilemma when he struggle what he saw with what he had been raised to believe. Making matter more tricky was his attraction to, Levi, the captive mage.
I enjoyed the author’s writing style and how the chemistry played between Byron and Levi. The circumstances in the story somehow mirrored today’s state of affairs where repression for minorities happened, where people questioned their own actions and – when their conscience called for it – trying to do the right thing. Told alternately from the MC’s POVs in third person, the book conveyed the warring thoughts inside the characters quite well.
There was no mystery of who the bad guy here, the story was very clear on that from the get go. Not to worry though, there’s the twist between the pages! 😉 There was also the anticipation of keeping secret and how the risky plan would reveal and the building tension as it neared the end.
Yes, I was a bit disappointed in how the big bad wolf came to their end. But it didn’t spoil my overall enjoyment of the story. I’ll be on the lookout for Kit Brisby‘s next book, that’s for sure.
Advanced copy of this book is kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.