- Release Day Review: Mage of Inconvenience by Parker Foye
Release Day Review: Mage of Inconvenience by Parker Foye
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Dreamspun Beyond (Book 16)
About the Author
Parker Foye writes speculative-flavoured romance under the QUILTBAG umbrella and believes in happily ever after, although sometimes their characters make achieving this difficult.
An education in Classics nurtured a love of heroes, swords, monsters, and beautiful people doing stupid things while wearing only scraps of leather. You’ll find those things in various guises in Parker’s stories, along with kissing (very important) and explosions (very messy). And more shifters than you can shake a stick at.
Used to living out of a suitcase, Parker is currently of fixed abode in the UK but still travels regularly via planes, trains, and an ever-growing library.
March 20, 2018
ePub, Mobi, PDF
Read an excerpt at Dreamspinner Press.
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.
Left Me Feeling Blah
This was my first Parker Foye novel, and I thought the premise looked like a fun deal, so I grabbed it. There are parts of the book that I really enjoyed, but I have to say that overall it just didn’t resonate with me. Before you read on, please remember that your mileage may vary – you may very well later think I’m a lunatic because you adored it when you read it.
West is hiding from his pack. As the ‘spare,’ the second son, his father didn’t have much use for him, and he was given his mother’s surname instead of the pack name. However, the elder brother hates him, and it was either leave or die. Unfortunately, leaving doesn’t seem to have been quite enough, and when the protection spells around his cabin are breached, he needs them fixed lickety split.
Enter Julian. Powerful mage. Playboy, elitist, narcissist – or is he? Having just learned that there is a caveat in his beloved mother’s will that requires him to marry, with the repercussion being the loss of her estate should he fail to do so, he flies home from Las Vegas to figure out how to proceed.
Marriage of convenience. When West’s cabin is burnt while he’s meeting with the cocky mage, Julian proposes a partnership. A place to live and protection from whomever broke the shields and burned his cabin for the required period stipulated in the will, and all that is required is to marry the mage for six short months.
This is a theme written frequently, and it generally works. However, in this case, it seemed that the plot meandered about slightly disjointedly. Curiously, though, the pacing was on point through most of the book, a dichotomy which baffled me a bit.
The protagonists are each interesting in their own right, though it took me some serious time to really warm to Julian. Unfortunately, they never gelled to me as a couple. With vastly different backgrounds, experiences, etc., I kept thinking they’d come together with their varied pasts, but other than their sexual desire for each other, which they don’t actually reveal to one another until quite late in the book, they appeared as different three quarters of the way through the book as they did the day they met. As would seem appropriate based on all of the above, there is only one scene in this book that qualifies as adult only.
The secondary characters are many, but very limited in interaction with the MCs. The most prominent are Lauren, Julian’s best friend and business partner in a business that Julian has virtually nothing to do with, and Dana, a pack enforcer who is West’s bestie and has remained in touch with him since he left the pack lands. There are two cousins who form the antagonists in theory, but even their appearances are quite limited, and confusing at best. My favorite by far, though, is Mariko, an attorney with zero qualms about saying what’s on her mind.
There is, however, quite the surprise toward the end in the reveal of a tertiary antagonist that came completely out of the blue. I really enjoyed the shock that came from that reveal.
All in all, this felt like a first book to me, though it is not. I will most certainly try something else by this author, though, because I am not a “one and done” kind of person. Go forth and make your own conclusions.
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