Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Double Alchemy: Climax
Author: Susan Mac Nicol
Series: Double Alchemy #2
Heroes: Quinn Fairmont/Cade Mairston
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 254 pages
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing
Release Date: May 22, 2014
Available at: Boroughs Publishing, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, All Romance eBooks
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Blurb: Powerful modern warlock Quinn Fairmont found ecstasy with the silver-eyed and not-quite-human Cade Mairston, but to know true happiness the pair must best both the shadow of a long-ago lover and an ancient enemy who seeks to destroy love, light and all they hold dear.
A BLINDING LIGHT
It begins with a Book of Shadows discovered by a London coven. The grimoire is as dangerous as it is rare, which is why it evokes modern-day warlock Quinn Fairmont’s desire. He collects objects of great power and beauty—like his lover, Cade Mairston.
Against all odds he and Cade found each other, but their perils have just begun. First is the ex-lover who once held Quinn in thrall. And, someone has been killing warlocks. Could it be one of his own kind? There are those too who would challenge Quinn’s power in their quest to overthrow him as Grand Master. Or is the danger something darker, something invoked inadvertently, rising from the shadows, building from the very inside of a man until it brings an end with a quick flash of light? Of the truth, the surface has only been scratched. Now Quinn and Cade must go deeper and find both answers and an end. They must learn what lurks in the hearts of men…and whether it seeks to love or destroy.
Magic abounds in this conclusion of Double Alchemy. It was so good to see these guys again, and they really seem to have settled into their relationship since we’ve seen them last. As with the previous book, there is a lot going on here, both overall and individually.
Quinn is still the Grand Poobah of the Warlocks and has a lot to deal with there. Not only is he still trying to take care of finding and eliminating the Witchfinder General, but there is dissension among the ranks of the Council. In the search for the Witchfinder General, he is brought back in touch with the Regina of Witches, Valencia, with whom he has a bit of a sordid past. All of this makes things quite interesting, but then there is also the business of Cade and his Fey issues which are carried over from the previous story.
Quinn and Cade have matured quite a bit and even gotten a tiny bit kinkier in their relationship which makes for some hot loving. Even though their sex lives have kicked up a notch, what with the extra Fey mojo kicking in, most of the heavy stuff is off the page, though you never get a sense you missed anything. And while the tables have turned a bit here in that Quinn seems the more insecure of the two, there is no doubt they are committed to each other. Thankfully, Talisen has been a bit more under control and even has a few issues of his own to deal with.
I have to say I didn’t feel quite the same excitement with this one, even though so much happens. There were some events that sort of came out of nowhere and just didn’t draw the emotions I expected. But, there is a lot to love about this interesting world. The descriptions of the settings and locations are vivid and totally give you a sense of reality. I loved the added characters, even or especially Valencia, and what they each brought to the story. As with before, I’m still a bit intrigued by some, most notably, Talisen, and hope to see more from this world some day.
If you’re looking for a different paranormal filled with lots of magic and action, be sure to give these witches, warlocks and fey a try.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.*