Mainly by Moonlight | Josh Lanyon

Mainly by Moonlight (Bedknobs and Broomsticks #1) by Josh Lanyon published 1st August 2019

Cosmo Saville guiltily hides a paranormal secret from his soon-to-be husband. Thanks to a powerful love spell, uncertainty threatens his nuptial magic. But when he’s arrested for allegedly killing a longtime rival, he could spend his honeymoon behind bars…
Police Commissioner John Joseph Galbraith never believed in love until Cosmo came along. Falling head over heels for the elegant antiques dealer is an enchantment he never wants to break. So when all fingers point to Cosmo’s guilt, John races to prove his fiancé’s innocence before they take their vows.
As Cosmo hunts for the real killer among the arcane aristocracy, John warns him to leave it to the police. But with an unseen enemy threatening to expose Cosmo’s true nature, the couple’s blissful future could shatter like a broken charm.
Can Cosmo find the lost grimoire, clear his name, and keep John’s love alive, or will black magic “rune” their wedding bells?

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How was it? This is my first exposure to Lanyon, and I find myself in that weird place where Mainly by Moonlight is not a book that I will remember fondly or am likely to revisit, but might read the sequel of. In other words this book is average, passable is the word that comes to mind, but it has something.

Some kind of “it” factor, or maybe I’m bewitched? Because I don’t see a lot of things that I like in this book. The world building is confusing at times, Cosmo behaves in ways I don’t understand or can’t make sense of. He’s sort of likable – and that’s about it. As for John…I don’t know what to say, we’s suppose to feel bad for him at some point but I didn’t. He comes across as controlling and a bit selfish. I can’t event say that there’s a love connection between the two because like everything it’s a little foggy.

However, I’m impressed with Lanyon’s ability to give me hope through this muddy mess. Giving me the impression that it will all make sense and be worth it at the end. I might be too optimistic but I think enough seeds have been planted for the making of an attention grabbing, exciting overall story arc.

My best guess is that Mainly by Moonlight is like a bad pilot of an otherwise great TV-Show, only time will tell.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Mainly by Moonlight is available on The Book Depository, Smashwords, Amazon, Audible and other book retailers near you.


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