Title: Rogue Magic
Author: Kit Brisby
My Rating: A
Genre: Paranormal Romance (m/m)
Main Characters: Byron and Levi
Release Date: January 2017
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: spicy
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.
OMG, I was completely blown away by this book. And you should know up front...I'm not a huge paranormal reader, so I was thrilled that this is world is exactly like our own. The only difference is...there's magic that some people are born with (just like everyone is born with race or sexual identity). That magic is regarded with fear and bigotry in society. As a result, it's been outlawed, and the people who have magic have been repressed and tormented by unfair laws and treatments.
The book begins on a subway. Byron works for Cole Industries as their PR spokesman. He's on his way downtown for a press conference to reveal Cole Industries new endeavor...a Harvest Project where they will use the mage's outlawed magic and focus it to create energy for society's use. On the subway, Levi catches his eye and ultimately Levi saves all the riders on the subway when a bomb explodes. He used his outlawed magic to shield them all from sudden death...an act punishable by death. To make matters worse, Levi is immediately labeled as a terrorist who caused the death of 18 other people that day. He's a mage...of course he has to be evil.
Levi is anything but. He's simply a 21 year old waiter who reacted heroically. He's always hidden his magic, never even experimented with it because he never wanted anyone to know about it. His use of it was as surprising to him as everyone around him. But now he's in a heap of trouble.
And Byron is confused. He was there. He saw Levi's shock. He wasn't evil. He wasn't responsible for the other bombs. Byron is pretty positive about that and watching as Levi is branded as evil incarnate by the media, he suddenly starts questioning everything he's ever believed.
This book is so good, just because it's so believable in how it all unfolds. Watching society today, it's so easy (and so scary) to see how a world gets like this. Although they both felt the attraction on the subway, it takes a long time for things to develop between Levi and Byron. Between the circumstances and distrust, their relationship moves very slowly, but I did really love how Byron became Levi's safe place when he truly didn't have one.
The book and plan slowly unfolds. I was at 96% and still wasn't sure if everyone was going to survive. There are tons of twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat...and I loved that. And one that I absolutely did not see coming. Total shocker!
So much about this book spoke to me and the scary crossroads we're at in our real world society. In this fictional society, magic was outlawed because media swayed them using fear tactics to enact hate and unfair change. It's just like what's being done today with rumblings of Muslim registry...it's such a scary, slippery slope just because people are afraid. It makes me sad that things can come to this so easily just based on fear.
From what I understand this is a first book by this author. Wow, I am impressed. It's a fabulous, thought-provoking read. I HIGHLY recommend it.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.