Title: Quinn's Gambit
An unregistered, human con wizard and a duty-bound, straightlaced elf cop. As New York explodes with dangerous creatures, their passion goes nuclear.
After a terrible magical accident at Berkeley created unpredictable holes between realities—all manner of non-human creatures started popping into our world. These displacements, called RARE—Random Anomalous Reality Events—have taken magic out of fiction and relocated it firmly in reality, resulting in a great deal of chaos and confusion. Displaced elf Valerian works with AURA—the Agency of Unnatural Resettlement and Assimilation—to intercept these beings as they appear in the human world, helping the peaceful ones and subduing the violent, malevolent ones. It’s good, satisfying work, and Val would be happy if he wasn’t so lonely.
Quinten is a young mage just trying to get by, but New York isn't the easiest city to make a living. If his methods are sometimes morally dubious, his heart is still in the right place. Of course for Quinn, the right place means firmly locked away, protected at all costs. Living by his wits and sometimes magically-induced luck, he works as a ‘free-lance magic user’, or unregistered mage and small time con—according to the authorities. The last thing Quinn wants is to draw the cops’ attention, but when an Event happens right on top of him, he’s forced to turn to AURA for help. Valerian isn’t at all what he’d expected in an AURA cop, and he certainly wasn't expecting to join forces with the sexy elf, a snarky drow and a bitter incubus when certain individuals in power try to stop the RARE by any means necessary.
Things are not all what they seem at AURA headquarters, and a greater evil lurks at the top than anyone could have imagined.
Author: Angel Martinez, Bellora Quinn
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Boots
Series: AURA #1
Published by Totally Bound Source: Publisher
Published: March 6, 2015
Genres: Erotic Paranormal Romance, Male Male Romance, Urban Fantasy
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A ‘free-lance magic user’ living by his wits and sometimes magically-induced luck, the last thing Quinn wants is to draw the cops’ attention, but when an Event practically drops someone on his head he catches the attention of Valerian, an AURA agent and displaced elf in this bewitching m/m paranormal romance.
Traumatized by events in the past, Quinn is pretty much a loner that gets by on his wits and luck using his magic that he carefully keeps hidden and Valerian is an elf that was brought to our realm through an Event and his loneliness is wearing on his very soul. The reader can’t help but get caught up in the emotionally stirring story that brings these two together but keeps them from making the final commitment because while their attraction to each other burns hot, Quinn is just to relationship shy to admit how much he really desires Valerian.
The characters are strong compelling and grab the reader’s attention from the very beginning and the steady to fast paced and smooth flowing plot along with the well written scenes and details draw the reader in and keep them from putting the book down with lots of suspense, excitement and passion. Spine tingling anticipation builds throughout the story as things begin to go horribly wrong when the higher ups decide they have the solution to the Events, and there is an evil hiding in the shadows as well which adds lots of exciting action and magical thrills while some surprising twists and character conflicts keeps readers on their toes.
I have to say that the authors have created a very fascinating world with an abundance of intriguing magical characters from all walks of life and some unique and interesting elements that make for a very entertaining read. I was completely caught up in Quinn and Val’s story from the very beginning and I can’t wait to find out what happens next.