Title: Rogue Magic
Author: Kit Brisby
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: 01-30-2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance, M/M Fantasy
Page Count: 310
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 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.
To say I loved this book is the understatement of the world! It was so good, I urged everyone I knew to read it too. We meet Byron while he’s on the subway playing a game when a man catches his eye in the midst of an emergency. Out of nowhere, Byron’s crush, Levi, raises his arms and saves the lives of so many people only to be enslaved for using his magical power.
I know, it doesn’t sound as intriguing as it is, but trust me, this is a true gem – and I hardly ever read fantasy. What was so amazing about this book, is how Brisby created an awesome world that was just like ours today, but with magic being the “type” of person discriminated against. It was so well done, and along with that, the characters were people I wanted to get to know better and fell in love with throughout the story. And wow, they all grew up along the way in ways that I hoped would be possible for them. Along with the magic throughout, there’s some great action and suspense – all wrapped into the same fantasy world.
Byron goes from an entitled lackey into an activist with heart while Levi grows from a hidden figure to a hero more than once. How could you not love that combination? This isn’t a story full of heat, but it’s all about the story. It’s a great read for anyone – really, don’t let the fantasy thing be a barrier – it’s SO good. I can’t wait to read another Brisby book!