If you stop running, you fall.
Jonah Pastern is a magician, a liar, a windwalker, a professional thief…and for six months, he was the love of police constable Ben Spenser’s life. Until his betrayal left Ben jailed, ruined, alone, and looking for revenge.
Ben is determined to make Jonah pay. But he can’t seem to forget what they once shared, and Jonah refuses to let him. Soon Ben is entangled in Jonah’s chaotic existence all over again, and they’re running together—from the police, the justiciary, and some dangerous people with a lethal grudge against them.
Threatened on all sides by betrayals, secrets, and the laws of the land, can they find a way to live and love before the past catches up with them?
This story is set in the world of the Charm of Magpies series.
Warning: Contains a policeman who should know better, a thief who may never learn, Victorian morals, heated encounters, and a very annoyed Stephen Day.
Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Historical, Paranormal, M/M, GLBT+
189 e-book pages
Series, book 1
January 19-20, 2016
Ratings are 1 to 5 stars and based mostly on GoodReads standards.
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The crow is a pretty bird when the jackdaw is not present.
I can’t help myself. I’m completely smitten with K.J. Charles and her stories.
Yikes. This felt a lot heavier that the books in the Charm of Magpies series. But the prevailing themes here are two of my favorites — insurmountable odds and second-chance romance.
I love carrying the curiosity throughout the entirety of a book for how the characters can possibly get to their happy place. How they can get from the lowest of low points with nothing but pocket lint and a broken heart to find love and a place to belong.
Ben is at the bottom of the barrel, the end of his ropes, and doesn’t have a pot to piss in. He’s angry. And that’s about all he’s got to keep him going.
Jonah is a thief by trade, constantly on the run, and a wanted man who narrowly escapes his tight scrapes by running on the wind. Literally. Dude flies.
The thing is–this is just the tip of the iceberg of what’s stacked against them. These fellas have lots to work through to get to happy including misunderstandings, lies, Ben’s time in the clink that’s left him scarred, scared, and angry as a hornet.
So not only are they working through emotional baggage, they’ve got the law on their tails (the coppers and the office of magical justiciars). They’re on the run as somewhat reluctant companions.
What we get is a story of redemption, forgiveness, and turning a new leaf toward an honest and quiet life.
We also get to visit with the characters from the first three books–and that was a treat.
I’m not generally a fan of flashback sequences. There were a few in the first half of the book. They served the purpose of showing us the happier times of Ben and Jonah, which was definitely needed to solidify what they had in the past. They were hot and sweet and, for me, actually helped propel the story forward without giving me whiplash.
The writing…I’ve fangirled so much over K.J.’s writing in the last week I’m sick of myself. So, I’ll spare you any more adjectives and say it’s on par with the rest.
And, I won’t bore you with these details either, but because I’m a nerdy girl, I had to go Googling jackdaws. And what I found was so, so fitting and amusing to the characterization of Jonah.
This was another epic win.
**Technically, this story can be read as a stand-alone. The characters from the A Charm of Magpies series crop up here and Jonah had a small role in the last book which is discussed in this book in great detail. Personally, I think the knowledge helped.
ALSO! The next books in the Magpie World series are coming SOON. I didn’t know this until last night when I went thumbing through the author’s GoodReads page.
There’s a short story/novella being published in February “A Queer Trade” (Rag and Bone 0.5) coming February 2nd. This is a re-release of a story that was included in an anthology last year. (I didn’t read it, so I’ll be getting it.)
AND a full-length novel “Rag and Bone” releases March 29th.
I. CAN’T. WAIT!
This review also posted on GoodReads.