Rating: 5 stars out of 5
While trapped in a stalled subway train on his morning commute, PR rep Byron Cole flirts with Levi, a young waiter with adorable curls. But Byron’s hopes for romance crash and burn when Levi saves him from a brutal explosion—with outlawed magic.
When Levi is imprisoned, Byron begins to question everything he’s ever believed. How can magic be evil when Levi used it to save dozens of lives? So Byron hatches a plan to save Levi that will cost him his job and probably his life. If he doesn’t pull it off, Levi will be put to death.
Byron discovers that he isn’t the only one questioning America’s stance on magic. And he learns that Levi is stubborn, angry, and utterly enchanting. Time is running out, though. Byron must convince Levi to trust him, to trust his own magic, and to fight against the hatred that’s forced him to hide his true nature his entire life. The more Levi opens up, the harder Byron falls. And the more they have to lose.
This was my first book by Kit Brisby and I wasn’t disappointed. This story takes place in a world where those who have the ability to do magic are oppressed or imprisoned because of it. And due to Byron’s uncle’s company many are quite afraid of what those with magic could do even though they have never seen it at work.
Byron has pretty much kept himself closed off after his parents’ deaths having to live in boarding schools and having an unloving uncle as his guardian. He feels an instant connection to Levi when they meet which scares him since he has kept everyone but his best friend at arm’s length for so long. He can’t help but keep thinking about Levi after his arrest and he starts to doubt everything he has ever been told about magic.
We get to see this story from a few different characters’ points of view and that goes a long way towards understanding the characters and also the world they live in. Byron really has to prove himself to Levi and his friends through his actions for them to trust him, which he does with flying colors because when he decides to do something he goes at him 110%, even when his life is being thrown in to turmoil right along with everything else. I loved how this author got the story across and how engaging it was. I look forward to reading more of her books.
Cover art by LC Chase is wonderful; I love the visual we get of Levi and his curly hair.
ebook, 328 pages
Published: January 30, 2017 by Riptide Publishing
Edition Language: English