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Monday, 6 March 2017

BLOG TOUR & REVIEW - Incident of Magic (Everlight #2) by Kris Michaels and Patricia A. Knight

Book: Incident of Magic

Authors: Patricia A. Knight and Kris Micheals

Genre: M/M Crime Romance - Alternate Reality

Release Day: 1st March


Sold at the age of twelve to support his mother’s drug habit and rescued from a life on the streets by a cop, thirty-two-year old Tony Locke had had a brutal start in life. He’d risen to the position of homicide detective in the Everlight Police Department—a testament to his intelligence and driving ambition to help other victims of Everlight's prolific industry in sex and drugs. With his promotion to the hush-hush Interdimensional Task Force, he could broaden his reach—if he could just get along with his a-hole of a partner.

Leo Fortan labored under a soul-crushing burden of sacrifice, trapped in a lonely and rigid existence. Hand-picked from that existence and assigned to the Interdimensional Task Force, he thought his life had taken a turn for the better—until he met his partner, Tony Locke. Leo thought it probable they would kill each other.

For a man who thought love didn’t exist and a man who’d sacrificed everything for it, finding common ground may require more than an incident of magic.

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Locke wanted to apprehend the transporters, interrogate them and set up a raid on the locations in Everlight where the kidnapped victims were held. A colossal waste of time as far as he was concerned. He conceded that Locke’s whining about his non-cooperation held some truth. He hadn’t cooperated, but then Locke hadn’t even considered working the case from his angle. With what Silk was beginning to consider Locke’s MO—everything the man did lacked thorough planning—Locke had charged off, engaged in an ill-conceived cowboy shootout, screamed at him to chase the perp down, then stormed after the suspect and KO’d himself. Silk’d had to abandon his stealthy pursuit and watch the perp vanish through a transient portal into Elysium. Yeah, he had a few things he wanted to say to Kavaliro and Chief Hocinka about his Everlight ‘partner,’ like, how soon could he be reassigned?
The passenger door swung open, and Locke collapsed onto the car seat. Silk dug into a pocket on his tactical vest pulled, out an emergency trauma kit and offered it to Locke. “Should be some gauze pads in there.”
The man crossed his arms over his chest, glared straight ahead and muttered a nasal, “Fuck you,” that came out, “Nuck ooo.”
“You’re getting blood on the upholstery.”
“Nuck ooo.”
“I’m taking you to the emergency room. Your forehead’s going to need stitches.”
“Just drive.”
“Your door’s still open.”
With a groan, Locke leaned over and pulled the car door shut.
“If you feel like puking, make sure you roll down the window.”

Locke turned his bloody face toward Silk and snarled. With a chuckle, Silk started the engine, put the car in gear and drove to St. Mercy in blessed silence.

5 out of 5 (exceptional)

Incident of Magic is the second book in the Everlight series. In this one, we start with Locke and Silk, a detective from Everlight, and a monk from Elysium, who are not getting on, to say the least. These two are coming at the same problem from opposite ends of the spectrum, and not communicating with each other. Hacinka and Kavaliro are sure they will work together, and put them in a situation where they HAVE to succeed or die. Locke does get injured, because he doesn't trust Silk, and it is during his recovery that they actually start talking to each other. The groundwork is laid, and these two become the latest hot couple. 

This book is as excellently written as the first book, full of sarcasm and humour. It was with great pleasure that I saw Hiro and Sable playing a part in this story too. Silk and Locke's relationship is different to theirs, and that makes it all the better! It's not just a carbon copy of Hiro and Sable, which so too happens, but instead is individual to these characters. 

Now, I can be an emotional wreck when I'm reading, but this book, jeez, this book made me cry when something happened to a character that up until then you hadn't actually heard much about! Yes, the reactions of one of the main characters had a bearing on that, but still... absolutely amazing. 

With no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt the reading flow, this is a stunner of a book, and highly recommended by me. Can't wait to continue with this series.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *

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4 out of 5 (very good)

An Evidence of Magic starts off pretty gruesome! Someone is being murdered, you don't know who, but you do know they are looking for something. You realise pretty quickly that this story will have an inter-dimensional aspect to it, but that only adds to the enjoyment. Hiro is our Detective, hard-bitten, with a string of arrests behind him. However, he hasn't seen anything like this before. Knowing that the Mafia have a ruling hand in his department, he takes some evidence with him as he is determined to find whoever is doing this. After mistaking Sable for a suspect, Hiro is convinced by Sable that he is from another dimension. Quite simply, Sable takes him to Elysium so that Hiro can see with his own eyes. That works! Once these two get together, the story really starts going.

I loved the interplay between these two. Hiro is just hard-bitten enough to be 'gravelly', whilst Sable is his smooth opposite. Don't mistake smoothness for lack of power though! Sable packs a powerful punch. Hiro is grumpy, Sable is conciliatory. It would seem like these two are perfect opposites, and as such, they fit together seamlessly. The sex scenes with them are off the charts HOT, and yet they don't detract from the main story, which will keep you guessing until the end. 

Extremely well written, with a fast and smooth pace, there is humour and wit to spare, whilst still being gruesome in places, and full of action. As the first book in a new series, this was an excellent start, and I can't wait to read more. Definitely recommended by me.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *

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Patricia A. Knight is the pen name for an eternal romantic who lives in Dallas, Texas surrounded by her horses, dogs and the best man on the face of the earth – oh yeah, and the most enormous bullfrogs you will ever see. Word to the wise: don’t swim in the pool after dark.

Kris Michaels is the alter ego of a happily married wife and mother who loves to write erotic romance with a twist of military flavor.

A chance meeting and immediate friendship with an established author propelled Kris into a world where her lifelong fantasy of publishing romance novels came true! Her vivid imagination and erotic fantasies evolved into the Kings of Guardian Series now under contract to be published with Troll River Publishing.

Kris believes in meeting life head on…as long as there is an ample supply of coffee, whiskey and wine!  She believes love makes this crazy life worthwhile.  When she isn’t writing Kris enjoys a busy life with her husband, the cop, and her two wonderful sons.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for such a lovely review! Kris and I are so pleased that you enjoyed the story. Glad we were able to make you feel the characters, but sorry to make you cry! Hugs, PAK