Reviewed by Heather C
Title: Flight of Magpies
Author: K.J. Charles
Series: A Charm of Magpies #3
Heroes: Stephen Day/Lord Lucien Crane
Genre: M/M Historical Romance
Length: 212 Pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date: October 28, 2014
Available at: Samhain Publishing, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Danger in the air. Lovers on the brink.
With the justiciary understaffed, a series of horrifying occult murders to be investigated, and a young student who is flying—literally—off the rails, magical law enforcer Stephen Day is under increasing stress. And his relationship with his aristocratic lover, Lord Crane, is beginning to feel the strain.
Crane chafes at the restrictions of England’s laws, and there’s a worrying development in the blood-and-sex bond he shares with Stephen. A development that makes a sensible man question if they should be together at all.
When a thief strikes at the heart of Crane’s home, a devastating loss brings his closest relationships into bitter conflict—especially his relationship with Stephen. And as old enemies, new enemies, and unexpected enemies paint the lovers into a corner, the pressure threatens to tear them apart.
OhMyGodOhMyGodOhMyGod! Is it already time for a new Magpie book?? It’s been sooooo many long months, hasn’t it? Nine months I’ve been waiting for more Lucien and Stephen!!! FINALLY!!!!!
Okay, let me compose myself a bit…
Fight of Magpies is the third book in the A Charm of Magpies series featuring Lord Lucien Crane and justiciar Stephen Day. These two rocked my world in The Magpie Lord and then again in A Case of Possession. Can they do it once again? Hahahaha…stupid question!
I’m not going to rehash the blurb because if you’ve already read it, then you can tell that it sums up the story quite nicely. And if you haven’t yet read the blurb, then it’s probably best that you don’t…unless you are trying to decided if you want to read this series for the first time. If that is the case, stop where you are and run and get yourself a copy of The Magpie Lord…NOW!!
OhMyGod. I must focus!
So I’m just going to dive right in list some of the things I LOVED about this book.
Lucien and Stephen! They are so amazingly HOT and in sync with each other…in the bedroom, out of the bedroom…against the wall. It doesn’t matter! They ARE the Magpie Lord and I cannot get enough of every interaction and each thought they have.
Merrick! Oh man, how much I love the banter between Lucien and Merrick! There was this one scene that I want to quote from so badly, but I’m not…because I’m evil that way. I will just say that a stove was involved. *this is me going back to reread that scene* Those two crack me up so hard!
The tattoos! Holy crap, could those things get any crazier?! I can’t say what they do, but I love their purpose and everything they represent.
The gore! Yes I gagged…more than once. OhMyGod do you realize how hard it is to make me gag?! I’m a nurse! But anyway, there were some icky, gross bits that were so graphic and detailed…no, I don’t want to picture it again… Come to think of it, K.J. Charles is the master at making me squeamish. No lie. On the plus side: there were not rats!
Why 4.5 stars? Ah, that’s just me being picky.
First, there were so many character names being mentioned that I couldn’t tell if I was supposed to have remembered some of them from previous books, or if they were entirely new to this book. I actually found myself searching back in the other books to refresh my memory…pulling myself away from the story. Remember? It’s been nine months. Now, if it would have all been “fresh”, then I probably wouldn’t have had a problem with this.
Second, I think it was a little too obvious that the murdered detectives were related to the thefts…that were directly related to Lucien and Stephen. I don’t know…I wanted it to be more complicated than that and the story was just too short to twist it up any more that it already was. I want MORE!!!
Now I have to wait for Jackdaw; I want it NOW dammit!! And A Case of Spirits is also on my radar.
Overall Impression: I Loved It
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*