Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Double Alchemy
Author: Susan Mac Nicol
Heroes: Quinn Fairmont/Cade Mairston
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 280 pages
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Release Date: March 25, 2014
Available at: Boroughs Publishing Group, Amazon & Smashwords
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Blurb: Powerful yet tormented warlock Quinn Fairmont must initiate the silver-eyed Cade Mairston into the world of witchfinders, Withinners, and what can happen when two men fall truly, madly, deeply in love.
THE WORLD IN SHADOW
In modern London,, there lurks a warlock. Quinn Fairmont. Dangerous, powerful, tortured. Sharing his body with the soul of an ancient Welsh sorcerer, Quinn is never alone—and never wholly himself. He fights against all those who would exploit his kind. He also takes pleasure where he can find it.
In the forest of Hampstead Heath, Quinn’s hometown, Cade Mairston appears like a waking dream. Lithe, lean and silver-eyed, he evokes feelings in Quinn unlike any other: along with lust comes true affection, immediate and shocking. Cade is clearly more than he seems. And yet, though a man of the world, Cade knows nothing of warlocks, witchfinders or Withinners. He knows nothing of what he is, what he might be, what he might feel. For him, the story is just beginning, and magyck, peril and passion await.
What an exciting new world to be introduced to! I absolutely loved the unique paranormal story being told here. It takes a little while to really get the gist of what’s going on, especially with Quinn and his Withinner. But once you do get the hang of things, it is quite a tale.
Quinn isn’t just any warlock, he’s like the king of warlocks. Every warlock, at around the age of 7, is paired up, body and soul, with a Withinner, or ancient sorcerer. Quinn’s Withinner is Taliesin. They can communicate and feel each other but can not be in the same place at the same time. Tal, as I liked to call him, remains back in his century, except for the times when Quinn invokes him, at which time, they change places with Quinn then being sent to Tal’s century. They work together, combining powers to keep not only Quinn safe but the other warlocks as well. Unfortunately, every time Quinn calls Tal forth, it makes it easier for the witchfinders to hone in on him.
The witchfinders, or, more accurately, witch hunters are out to destroy all warlocks and witches. One, in particular, has been wreaking some havoc, but he has yet to be found. Every time a warlock is killed, it takes a little something from Quinn. This really only skims the surface of what’s going on here. There is a bit of mystery as to who is truly involved, who isn’t as they seem, etc.
When this story begins, Quinn meets Cade, and there is instant attraction. But there is more to this than meets the eye. Unbeknownst to him, Cade is part Fey, or Water Sprite to be exact. This acts as somewhat of an aphrodisiac to Quinn which he tries to resist by magycal means. Setting that aspect aside, these guys still hit it off and they realize there is more to their feelings than just the magyk. All of this leads to some pretty hot sex. We never really find out very much about the Fey side of Cade, and I found myself getting just as frustrated as Cade about this lack of knowledge, as well as the fact that Quinn was keeping things from him in this regard.
I have to mention Tal again, because he was one of my favorite characters here, although he wasn’t present nearly as much as I would have liked. He’s snarky, cocky and arrogant, always trying to put his two cents in and even being a bit of a sneaky bastard at times. He finds ways to disobey Quinn, especially where Cade is concerned. But after he does something particularly not nice, I think he learns a tiny lesson and actually works hard to make up for it. Needless to say, there are people who won’t like this initial turn of events, but I wasn’t one of them.
There were times I felt this was a little bit more drawn out than it needed to be, but I was engrossed until the end to find out the truth. While some questions were answered, there are many that were not and many new ones kept popping up. I am a huge fan of Ms. Mac Nicol’s writing, and this story really expanded on that for me, as it isn’t like anything I’ve ever read by her before. This ends on a HFN note, with lots of unanswered questions and things still needing to play out. It left me longing for more, and I cannot wait for the next installment.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*