Monday, April 9, 2018

Magic Runs Deep by Alex Whitehall

Title: Magic Runs Deep
Author: Alex Whitehall
My Rating: A-

Genre: Paranormal Romance (m/m)
Main Characters: Veier and Elrid
Release Date: April 2018
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
For the last five years, Veier has been chained to a king’s throne in his bear form. When a neighboring kingdom overthrows the crown, Veier’s imprisonment ends, but true freedom is not so easily earned. With blood on his hands, he needs someone with patience, strength, and trust to help him become the person he was before and prove to the invaders that he isn’t the monstrous king’s loyal pet.

Elrid, the invading king's brother and a powerful mage, is everything Veier despises. He’s also the only thing between Veier and execution, because he thinks he can help Veier change from an aggressive bear shifter into a reasonable man. While the pair have a rough start, with long talks and mutual leaps of faith, they begin to care for each other.

However, the closer Veier gets to his freedom, the closer he is to losing Elrid. He must find balance in his heart and his life if he wishes to truly claim the freedom he’s been given—and the man he loves.
My Review:
This story is definitely more about the paranormal world that Veier lives and has survived in, rather than a true love story. Yes, there is somewhat of a romantic storyline, but it plays second to Veier's life and what he's trying to come out of. I think that's important to know going into it if you need a die-hard romance story line. 

Because once you accept that, you can truly appreciate the story of Veier and what exactly he's been through the last five years and how difficult that is to overcome. He definitely would not have done that without Elrid's help...and that's where the relationship part of the story comes in. Because Elrid saves him by helping Veier find his humanity again...not exactly an easy prospect after what he's been through. 

They both suffer trying to get him there in a very quick timeframe. The story was interesting and fascinating. I loved Elrid because he is definitely the hero of this story. His empathy for Veier is what keeps him alive and makes their developing relationship even more precious. It was a highly entertaining and engaging story. 

I liked it and definitely recommend it. Just don't expect it to score high on the romantic scale. This is about two men thrown together who slowly build respect and trust and eventually (and slowly) that evolves to more. But it was good. 
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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