Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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.
Parker Foye developed a sizable agenda for themselves with Mage of Inconvenience. Foye had to develop a large enough universe to contain both witches and werewolf societies (I’m talking extended families, cultures, laws, set across a sprawling geographical map), then start to tunnel it down to encapsulate the two men at the heart of Mage of Inconvenience, West and Julian. We get alternating povs that let’s us see the desperate situation that each man or being find’s himself in that leads up to their marriage of convenience. A great job in all cases with the world building.
Of particular note is the creation of the drug Rabid that’s spreading through the shifter population with devastating effect. You see this drug through West’s eyes as he observes addicted shifters and through bits and pieces of his memories. It pulls on your emotions as you will make direct ties to today’s drug problems. Julian’s needs seem completely separate and different…at first. He wants to inherit his mother’s estate and keep it out of the hands of greedy relatives. To do that he needs to marry and soon. West fits the bill nicely. Of course there is much more to it than that.
The characterizations are nicely layered, the plot has a great many twists and turns that will keep you suitably shocked and surprised, and, it’s still suspenseful enough to keep you on the edge of your seat right up until the edge of the seat. While it did get a little soft around the middle, I still thought the writing was smooth and flowed all the way to the end.
I liked the slow build to trust and romance here and in some cases, it has the feel of a much larger story.
Love the supernatural? And romance? How about both together? Dreamspinner Press’ Dreamspun Beyond is doing a fantastic job of combining both and Mage of Inconvenience by Parker Foye is a perfect example why. Pick it up and try it out today.
Cover art: Aaron Anderson. Love the cover. Great Job.
ebook, 212 pages
Expected publication: March 20th 2018 by Dreamspinner Press