Title: Happy Medium
Author: Julia Talbot
Series: Club Raven
Publisher: Evil Plot Bunny LLC
Release Date: 01-03-2017
Genre(s): M/M Historical, M/M BDSM Romance, M/M Paranormal
Page Count: 116
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5
Andrew is out to debunk Max as a medium, not make love to him…
Max Bellame is working his way through 1870s Baltimore as a medium, even if he knows nothing about spirits. He uses the power of his mind to move objects, convincing his clients he’s the real thing.
Andrew Meechum works for Club Raven, a gentleman’s club that doubles as a paranormal research facility. He sets out to debunk Max, only to be fascinated by the man. Can Andrew convince Max to take a chance on love, and to find his true calling as a medium, or will their personal demons force them apart?
Club Raven is a BDSM gentleman’s club set in the 1870’s and caters to men with special talents: magical special talent. When the story begins, we meet Max he’s holding a seance and portraying himself as a medium. Andrew was an invited guest to the seance with the expressed purpose of identifying Max as a fraud. When Max showcases his actual special power of moving objects with his mind, Andrew was impressed and decides to look into Max a bit more.
From there, the story has MANY different directions, which weren’t necessary and were pretty… eh. Max starts to learn how to use and manage his talent (although that was a bit glossed over) at Club Raven while staying with Andrew there and falling in love. The world building is a bit interesting, but it was missing some significant details that were never revealed – perhaps because the story is so short, there just wasn’t time. But along the way, Max uses his powers, joined with others, and then needs to (wait for it…) exorcise a demon. An actual and random demon. I have no idea why or where or any reason why that is an integral part of the story, but it was a significant part of the last 20 pages or so.
The redeeming quality of this story, was the love plot line between Max and Andrew. There was a bit of insta-love going on, but it was fun reading them coming together, especially with the historical setting and the BDSM twist (very light BDSM). Overall, I wouldn’t recommend this series (more on book two to follow) for anyone other than die-hard historical M/M readers.