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Book Title: Unholy: Witchbane #5
Author: Morgan Brice
Cover Artist: Lou Harper
Release Date: February 8, 2020
Genre/s: Urban fantasy MM paranormal romance
Trope/s: monster hunting, paranormal, supernatural, magic, ghosts, curses, cursed lovers, hurt/comfort, established couple
Themes: loyalty, brotherhood, found family, keeping promises, trust, commitment
Heat Rating: 2 flames
Length: 66 000 words/ 224 pages
It can be read as a standalone, but is book #5 of the Witchbane series.
A deadly curse on Seth and Evan means time is running out.
Can they find a way to turn the tables, or is Charleston their final destination?
A cycle of ritual murders. A coven of dark warlocks, drawing their immortality from the magic of their dead master. Two men sworn to stop the deaths, destroy the warlocks and avenge the victims. Except this time, the killer is hunting the hunters.
Seth Tanner swore vengeance on the dark witches who killed his brother, Jesse. He rescued Evan Malone from one of the witches, and they’ve fallen in love despite the danger and chaos, going on the road to complete the quest and bring an end to the ritual murders. Their relationship is still new, tested at every turn by danger and magic.
Seth and Evan head to Charleston to stop the next warlock and save his intended victim. But this time, they’re too late. The warlock has already powered up, and he’s determined to destroy the two hunters one way or another. A deadly curse on Seth and Evan means time is running out. Can they find a way to turn the tables, or is Charleston their final destination?
Unholy is an urban fantasy MM paranormal romance with plenty of supernatural suspense, hurt/comfort, hot sex, found family, dark magic and paranormal thrills. It is part of a series but can be read as a standalone and features an evolving, established romantic relationship with all the feels. Intended for readers 18 years of age and older.
MMy Thoughts and Review:
What do you think of when you think of a “fate worse than death?” Perhaps your armpits infested with fleas or your home infested with an odor you can’t disguise or distinguish? How about never being able to taste your favorite food or even worse, not being able to touch the one person you love most in life because doing so brings you both excruciating physical pain? Well, this happened to our sweet Witchbane guys once they hit Charleston.
Thankfully, Simon Kincaid (from Badlands) had the foresight to send them aid in the form of people he knew personally, who were both magically inclined, one was family, and the other was a dear friend and immortal…kinda. **giggle…
It seems word of Seth and Evan is spreading to the other Witch-Disciples and the one they came to hunt in Charleston taken up the offense rather than defense and struck first. His blow to the guys was a swift and hard one, and had it not been for Simon’s vision and getting them back up, I’m not sure Seth and Evan could have made it through this battle alone.
Charleston has a rich history of witchcraft and other magical practices. Seth and Evan learn quite a lot while on this hunt, and one lesson, in particular, is that not everything is black and white in the world. There are shades of grey that are just as valid, strong, and exacting and this goes for people too. As Seth and Evan meet more people willing to help them fight the evil that is consuming so many lives, they discover some are witches, others rootworkers, and even a vampire.
Making these discoveries about there being good in those they assumed were all bad, the guys must let go of their way of thinking and soon realize, perhaps they have gotten it wrong regarding witches and perhaps even some of the “monsters”.
The more information that comes to light regarding the Witch-Disciples, the more Seth and Evan wonder just what the exact role the warlock that started this whole curse plays. More and more they are beginning to wonder if they have the legend all wrong as well. Could he be a prisoner, held in limbo somewhere, at the mercy of his so called “disciples?”
Cities in the South such as Charleston, Savannah, New Orleans, Augusta, and St. Augustine carry great legends and rich histories. Most unfortunately because of all the slave trading that occurred in them. However, in a positive light, the slaves brought their heritage to these shores and because of that, there is a blending of many philosophies, theologies, and other schools of thought and practice.
While Brice drew from her imagination to create this story, set in Charleston, she also gathered information from historical places, peoples, and practices to make this one heck of an adventure.
If you haven’t read any of Brice’s books, you are missing out on some great paranormal fun. AND, YES, you can absolutely read any of the books in the Witchbane or the Badland series as a stand-alone and enjoy it greatly. However, I believe it is much more fun to enjoy both series from the beginning. This way you meet the guys, Seth and Evan, when they meet each other, and you get all the effects of the romance from the very start.
Now, I must part and see about these other series of Morgan’s these characters keep popping up from. Stay tuned…
4.75 you-put-a-spell-on-me-stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟•✨
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange I am offering an unbiased review. 🍀
From Chapter 3
“Hi, and welcome to Charleston,” Alicia said. “I’ve heard a lot about both of you.”
That left one other person. He looked to be in his late twenties, with blond hair in a trendy cut, high cheekbones, and gray eyes the color of the sea after a storm. Unlike the others, he didn’t have a drink or a plate in front of him. The man’s appraisal made Evan shiver, although nothing in his manner seemed hostile.
“This is Sorren,” Cassidy said. “He’s my business partner, and he and my ancestor founded Trifles and Folly—my shop—back when Charleston was first chartered.”
Seth and Evan exchanged a glance. “But Charleston is over three hundred years old,” Seth protested.
Sorren smiled, and Evan caught his breath as he glimpsed the tips of fangs behind his lips. “You’re correct. And I am nearly six hundred. I am deeply interested in finding out about this witch-disciple you hunt. He has, apparently, gone to great lengths to avoid my notice.”
As soon as Sorren spoke, Evan wondered how he could have thought the man was close to his own age. Sorren had a presence that made it easy to believe he was immortal. Instinct warned him not to meet Sorren’s gaze, and he remembered stories about a vampire’s ability to glamour mortals and bend their will.
“Don’t worry. You’re safe here,” Sorren said, apparently noting Evan’s uneasiness. “You are guests in Cassidy’s home, and allies. That puts you under my protection—something I take very seriously.”
Evan pasted on a smile and nodded. Holy shit. What have we gotten ourselves into?
“You already know Teag, and I believe he and Seth have bonded over hacking to get information on some of the cases we’ve worked on. But his ninja computer skills are really an outgrowth of his Weaver magic,” Cassidy said, “which you know at least something about, from the spell-woven braided bracelets you gave each other for your birthdays.”
She sat at the table beside Teag. “Eat first, and then we all want to hear your story.”
Evan wasn’t sure what might pass for normal conversation with this crew, but the banter felt comfortable and familiar. They obviously knew each other well and were friends as well as colleagues. While they ate, the conversation drifted to local happenings, upcoming events, and the shared frustration that went with having to avoid road construction. Even Sorren commented now and again, and Evan noticed that no one at the table seemed to regard him fearfully. Evan glanced at Seth and knew from the look on his boyfriend’s face that the mental wheels were turning, appraising their new allies.
When everyone had their fill of the pizza and had topped off their drinks, the chatter stopped, and they all looked to Seth and Evan. Teag stepped away and returned with his laptop.
“We know a little bit about your hunt for the witch-disciples from the information Teag helped you find in the past,” Cassidy said.
About the Author
Morgan Brice is the romance pen name of bestselling author Gail Z. Martin. Morgan writes urban fantasy male/male paranormal romance, with plenty of action, adventure and supernatural thrills to go with the happily ever after. Gail writes epic fantasy and urban fantasy, and together with co-author hubby Larry N. Martin, steampunk and comedic horror, all of which have less romance, more explosions. Characters from her Gail books make frequent appearances in secondary roles in her Morgan books, and vice versa.
On the rare occasions Morgan isn’t writing, she’s either reading, cooking, or spoiling two very pampered dogs.
Series include Witchbane, Badlands, and Treasure Trail. Watch for more in these series, plus new series coming soon!
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