The Magpie Lord by K.J. Charles

The Magpie LordRate: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Historical, Paranormal
Publication day: September 13, 2013
Length:  200 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd

A lord in danger. A magician in turmoil. A snowball in hell.

Exiled to China for twenty years, Lucien Vaudrey never planned to return to England. But with the mysterious deaths of his father and brother, it seems the new Lord Crane has inherited an earldom. He’s also inherited his family’s enemies. He needs magical assistance, fast. He doesn’t expect it to turn up angry.

Magician Stephen Day has good reason to hate Crane’s family. Unfortunately, it’s his job to deal with supernatural threats. Besides, the earl is unlike any aristocrat he’s ever met, with the tattoos, the attitude… and the way Crane seems determined to get him into bed. That’s definitely unusual.

Soon Stephen is falling hard for the worst possible man, at the worst possible time. But Crane’s dangerous appeal isn’t the only thing rendering Stephen powerless. Evil pervades the house, a web of plots is closing round Crane, and if Stephen can’t find a way through it—they’re both going to die.

My View: I got this book for a reading challenge. Definitely, not my type of book. This is a case of “it’s not the book, it’s me.” I liked the mystery and the cleverness of the unfolding events but didn’t love the rest. It’s well-written, the characters multi-dimensional, and the connections between them, fantastic, but believable.

I don’t think this story can be considered a romance, not even UST. By the end of the story, the main characters were nothing more than f!@# buddies. Perhaps, a connection between them would have made it more interesting. Or a complete lack of a romantic relationship, bringing the story to the levels of Sherlock and Watson and other team’s books. I think I liked Merrick, for Crane, better than Stephen.

I’d read the other books in the series, but not at the moment.

What I liked the most: The creativity behind the story.

I wanted more of: A relationship between Stephen and Crane.

Who should read it: Fan of historical stories, as well as paranormal.

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