Reviewed by Heather C
Title: A Case of Posession
Author: K.J. Charles
Series: A Charm of Magpies #2
The Heroes: Lord Crane (AKA Lucien Vaudrey) & Stephen Day
Genre: M/M Historical Romance, Paranormal
Length: Short Novel
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date: January 28, 2014
Available at: Samhain Publishing, Amazon & Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf at: Goodreads & Booklikes
Blurb: Magic in the blood. Danger in the streets.
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…
Contains m/m sex (on desks), blackmail, dark pasts, a domineering earl, a magician on the edge, vampire ghosts (possibly), and the giant rats of Sumatra.
Have you ever finished a book and said to yourself, “Dammit, how the fuck am I supposed to review that!” I mean, if you look at my review for The Magpie Lord, I was obviously in the same situation, as evidenced by the measly 86 words I was able to sputter out. But I’m going to give it a try anyway…
This was just all around perfect for me. Like an idiot, I started reading it after I was already tucked into bed…on a Sunday night! A few hours later (yes, I’m a slow reader), I had to force myself to hide my Kindle under my pillow so I could at least get a few hours of sleep. As soon as the sun popped up, I was back to reading it and didn’t stop until I was finished!
The Pace: Like I said, I’m a slow reader, but the pace was NON-STOP action packed with some steamy romance in between. That leads me to…
The Romance: So we know after finishing The Magpie Lord and Interlude with Tattoos, that Lucien and Stephen are pretty much an item now. The surprising bit is how Stephen has unexpectedly become the center of Lucien’s existence. (Notice how I now think of Crane as Lucien? I feel like I now know him more intimately now than I ever did before.) So yes, these guys have definitely moved beyond just fucking (oh, but there is still some good fucking), but there is also a love story intertwined with the mystery. Now I must talk about…
The Mystery: From blackmail to murder to the attack of the killer rats…yes, this story has an intricate mystery that I couldn’t figure out until the very end. And don’t forget the magic! The special bond that Lucien and Stephen share that is the Magpie Lord, hasn’t gone unnoticed. Its starting to interfere with Stephen’s work (he can’t be a warlock, he just CAN’T) and Lucien is now getting preyed upon by a human “rat” from his past (he has a very questionable past indeed). And this all gets smoothly tied into the major arc of the story that brings in a whole new cast of characters…
The Secondary Characters: Of course, Merrick is back; kicking ass and not taking names. Love, love, LOVE him! And we finally get to meet Stephen’s partner Esther; you’ll have to decide for yourself if you can trust her or not. Plus, Leonora Hart; a long time best friend to Lucien. Umm, yeah, she’s a “character” alright!
Eh, so yeah, I loved every moment of this book…from the beginning to the end and all the disgusting rats in between. What more can I say?
Oh, wait, I will leave you with this quote…the only one I took the time to highlight on my Kindle. Can anyone guess who spoke it?
“I’ll fuck my hand if you fuck my mouth.”
Overall Impression: It Was Amazing!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*