by M. L. Rhodes

January 2007
ISBN: 978-1-59279- 656-4
Reviewer Graphic Button Amber Quill Press

Christian Wetherly, head of the Bureau of Dark Magic Affairs, travels to the U.S. to investigate several murders he believes may have been committed by dark mage Rogan. He poses as an undercover cop and is assigned a partner in the Illinois police department. While in London the existence of mages is not necessarily a secret, in the U.S. Christian has to be careful to keep his powers hidden from the Ordinaries, or non magic folks.

Alec Anderson is not happy when he learns heís been assigned to escort a visiting cop. Heís overwhelmed by recent murders and his inability to find any clues as to the identity of the killer. Heís also still getting over the death of his previous partner and lover. But upon meeting Christian he feels much less averse to having a new partner.

Christian is not openly gay and has only admitted to himself in the last few years that heís more attracted to men than women. He senses Alec is interested in him, and confused when he begins acting standoffish. What he doesnít understand is Alecís guilt over being attracted to someone new when he still mourns the loss of his lover.

One night, while working the case at Alecís home, they open up about their personal lives and things begin to heat up between them. But when something happens and Christian reveals his powers, Alec is shocked and angry. Christian tries to explain everything, but Alec doesnít want to hear it.

But whether Alec wants to believe or not doesnít matter when Rogan appears and causes overwhelming havoc. The two men find themselves fighting for their lives as Alec is plunged into an unimaginable situation.

While Iím not unfamiliar with gay stories, most of the ones Iíve read have had a more dominant/submissive type of flavor. How refreshing to read one in which both men are equals and arenít interested in games or in being in control. Both of these men are strong and sexy and the sex scenes are fun and loving and, in one particular scene, quite imaginative.

Whether M.L. Rhodes writes male/female or male/male stories, she does so with an intimacy and sensuality that leaves you breathless. Thankfully we have to wait too long to read the sequel Ė Magic.

This book is available in both e-book format and as a tradesize paperback.

Reviewed in February 2007 by Jackie.

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