Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Mage of Inconvenience
Author: Parker Foye
Series: Dreamspun Beyond #16
Heroes: West & Julian
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 212 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 20, 2018
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
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Blurb: Can they find the magic in a practical union?
West is on the run from his werewolf pack, but if he cannot renew his magical defenses, he won’t get far. What he needs is a mage….
Julian is part of a wealthy and ancient family, and one day, his legacy will include his mother’s vast library of spell books—and the knowledge he needs to correct his past mistakes. But his inheritance comes with a stipulation: he has to be married before he can collect. What he needs is a husband….
West and Julian can help each other, and at first they don’t want anything further. But as they dodge meddling cousins, jealous rivals, and an insidious drug, it becomes clear that their lives are entwined in ways they never imagined—and they’re in greater danger than they thought possible.
I won’t go into details of the story itself because I think this is one you should discover on your own. I don’t feel the blurb is exactly right (some details are a little off, IMO) but it gives the gist of the story. What I will say is that West and Julian are very different. Julian is a bit of a self-righteous, arrogant and dramatic mage while West is more of a humble wolf and just wants to live a life that he can live. When they meet, it starts off badly but Julian is determined to get West to help with his plan and West just wants someone who can renew his magical defenses. The deal they make is pretty simple but it’s very obvious the two won’t be able to keep it at just that.
I really loved West as a character. I adored the fact that he was trying to make a life of his own while still pursuing school (although I’m a little unclear on what exactly he was study or why). It was nice to know that even though he ran away from home, he didn’t leave everything behind. Julian is very dramatic and likes to be the center of attention. It was interesting to see things develop between them because Julian likes things to be done this way and West isn’t exactly typical in his responses or actions. I really enjoyed seeing them get to know each other, build a fake relationship that actually started to bloom into a real one. I loved the fact that Julian had no idea the bond he was trying to fake was actually a real thing until it smacked him upside the head. I just really loved these two when they finally got together and realized the potential they have as one.
This was a very good book but I felt like at times we were expected to know about the world already instead of letting it unfold for the reader. It almost felt as if this was book two or three of a stand-alone series. For instance, the whole meta thing. At first it felt like it was a secret but then as the story progressed, it seemed like the entire world knew about them? Also, West’s whole background is a big question mark. We’re told on certain things but I’m still unsure why he ran away and honestly baffled how no one knew what was happening within his own pack. Add to that, Julian’s history is just a big a mystery as well. There’s tons of hints about how Julian is hated by Meta Law but why? I have so many questions that just didn’t get answered or we’re given vague answers that didn’t satisfy my desire to know more about the world itself.
All in all, this was a fabulous book. I loved the characters and how different they are. Opposites surely attract in this one! But I felt like the author could have done a better job of building the world and giving more depth to the characters back stories since so much emphasis is put on their past and why/how they’re in the situations they are. Overall, I really enjoyed this one. It’s fun, light-hearted with a bit of dramatics and a touch of suspense. Definitely give this a go if you’re looking for a story that’ll suck you right in!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*