A Case of Possession

I read just about everything, or I like to believe that I do, but it’s not true. I don’t read books with religious themes if I can help it, I don’t read YA/NA if I can avoid it, I don’t read menage unless I’m in a reading challenge that demands it, and I hardly ever read historicals.

But, there is always a but, isn’t there? I do love some of the YA/NA books I’ve read, I have a few (very few but they exist) religious-themed books that I’ve really enjoyed, and some of my favourite books are historicals.

I often say I don’t read them unless it’s Jordan L. Hawk, and then I might add ‘And I really liked The Magpie Lord by K.J. Charles.’ I did love The Magpie Lord so why it took me so long to I pick up A Case of Possession I do not know.

Once I did, though, I couldn’t put it down. Giant rats! How brilliant. And Lord Crane *swoon*

I love the Britishness in these books, really the world needs more British books LOL. I wouldn’t mind going on a trip with Steph and Lord Crane to China, but for now, I’m just happy to have been able to curl up on the sofa and disappear into the magic world of magpies and lords.

If you haven’t read The Magpie Lord, I suggest that you do, I really do.


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A Case of PossessionMagic in the blood. Danger in the streets.

Lord Crane has never had a lover quite as elusive as Stephen Day. He knows Stephen’s job as justiciar requires secrecy, but the magician is doing his disappearing act more than seems reasonable—especially since Crane will soon return to his home in China. When a blackmailer threatens to expose their illicit relationship, there’s only one thing stopping Crane from leaving the country he loathes: Stephen.

Stephen has problems of his own. As he investigates a plague of giant rats sweeping London, his sudden increase in power, boosted by his blood-and-sex bond with Crane, is rousing suspicion that he’s turned warlock. With all eyes on him, the threat of exposure grows. Stephen could lose his friends, his job and his liberty over his relationship with Crane. He’s not sure if he can take that risk much longer. Crane isn’t sure if he can ask him to.

The rats are closing in, and something has to give…

Change of Heart – For When You Want to Curl up With a Werepanther

First post of the year! It should probably have been about the year that has past and what my hopes and dreams are for 2019, but I’ve just listened to Change of Heart by Mary Calmes. I read this back in 2014, and I remember being a little uncomfortable, but now I saw it as an audiobook in the library catalogue, one of very few M/M books available, and I figured I can ‘re-read’ just for the fun of it.

I’m torn. I like Mary Calmes, I’ve read many Mary Calmes books throughout the years, and you know what you’re getting into. I love the A Matter of Time books – Jory is one of my favourite characters for when I’m longing for those not-really-believable-but-yet-funny-and-quite-hot reads, but Change of Heart? I don’t know.

Jin is a werepanther, and he’s a reah which means he is to mate with the leader of a tribe. The only problem is that he’s a guy and the reah is supposed to be a woman. He was beaten and thrown out of his tribe because of what he is and has spent the last eight or so years running.

I have no problem with there being a lot of ‘My Mate‘ and ‘Mine‘ when in the destined-mate trope but here it was almost all we got from Logan, the alpha who is Jin’s mate. And when there is a lot of ‘Mine‘ and sex instead of communication, I lose interest.

So…I still love Calmes, I’ll continue to read her books whenever I feel like it, but I think I’ll leave Jin and Logan to their destiny…again. But, it’s a new take on shifter stories or at least lots of new words to explain pack/pride/tribe life.


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Change of HeartAs a young gay man—and a werepanther—all Jin Rayne yearns for is a normal life. Having fled his past, he wants nothing more than to start over, but Jin’s old life doesn’t want to let him go. When his travels bring him to a new city, he crosses paths with the leader of the local were-tribe.

Logan Church is a shock and an enigma, and Jin fears that Logan is both the mate he fears and the love of his life. Jin doesn’t want to go back to the old ways, and mating would irrevocably tie him to them. But Jin is the mate Logan needs at his side to help him lead his tribe, and he won’t give Jin up so easily. It will take time and trust for Jin to discover the joy in belonging to Logan and how to love without restraint.

Monster Till Midnight

Halloween! We have arrived, people.

I’ve picked stories after species up until now, but today I went with the story that had a pumpkin on the cover, and I did not regret it for a second.

Monster Till Midnight by E.J. Russell is a delight. I haven’t read anything by Ms Russell before, can’t even remember seeing her name which I must have because I realised she has quite a lot out there, but her books must have swished by in my feed without me noticing. Not any more, though. I really enjoyed this.

Brady loves Halloween, he loves haunted houses, costumes, and scary props so of course, he’s gonna have a haunted house. He spends days arranging it, advertising in town, and perfecting everything, but no one comes.

Well, someone comes. Rej, arrives and shoots Brady’s vampire. While talking to Rej and contemplating calling 911 he realises the pumpkin mask he’s wearing is blinking when he’s blinking, frowning when he’s frowning, and smiling when he’s smiling.

Rej is an Interdimensional Law Enforcement officer out hunting bad guys through different time threads…or something, time travelling is way too complicated for me LOL, and he recognises the evil mastermind behind Brady’s transformation.

I loved this story and I will head over to E.J. Russell’s website and see what else she has to offer. This will not be the last thing I read by her.

Monster Till Midnight is free to the 2nd of November here.

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42509627Brady dearly loves Halloween. But the haunted house extravaganza he staged in his new town–in a house that’s actually supposed to be haunted–is a total bust. But then, an unexpected visitor barges out of his corn maze…