Bell, Book, and Scandal | Josh Lanyon

Bell, Book and Scandal (Bedknobs and Broomsticks #3) by Josh Lanyon published 12 April 2020

Cosmo Saville loves that his husband has finally accepted his witchy ways. And in return, his promise to stay out of police business guarantees them a happily ever after. At least, until he discovers he might be responsible for a dangerous game of blackmail…

Police Commissioner John Joseph Galbraith feels relieved that his marriage is back on track. Especially since he has his hands full with a high-profile suicide and rumors of a city-wide extortion ring. But when he stumbles across Cosmo breaking his vow by playing cop, John agonizes over old wounds.

With the commissioner’s badge and family in jeopardy, Cosmo has no choice but to put his life on the line…

Can the witch expose a dark conspiracy, save John’s career, and return to love’s delicious spell?

Bell, Book and Scandal is the third book in the Bedknobs and Broomsticks romantic gay mystery trilogy. If you like quirky characters, snappy spells, and madcap suspense, then you’ll love Josh Lanyon’s supernatural story.

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How was it? Oh my god I remember what was so frustrating about this series, the lack of communication. Then I remembered that they’re still getting to known each other despite being married. This series is a weird one for me, I’m not enamored with it but I seem to come back for more. Despite a rocky start for me with Mainly By Moonlight, I Buried a Witch delivered in more ways than the first book.

This time around I couldn’t care less about the mystery that was unfolding here. I didn’t try to unravel it with the character. I’m not sure that I could if I try since I was like a friend listening to the musing of an acquaintance, so not paying much attention.

What kept me somewhat engaged was Cosmo and John’s evolving relationship. There’s a clear progression from book one to book two to now, even if we had to ignore some major red flags along the way. Things are getting better though and their relationship doesn’t seem as toxic as it was. However I still weighed each plot points to the potential damaged it could cause to the relationship.

I found Bell, Book and Scandal easier to enjoy and a tad more engaging. I read it faster than I anticipated to the point that the ending didn’t feel like one since I thought I had more chapters to go through. As turns out there’s a fourth book in the works, it has a title and everything (Hex in the City).

This book was about me finishing the trilogy I started but this entry warrants a look at the next. Bedknobs and Broomsticks seems to be on a slow but steady climb toward becoming a solid book series, entertaining and easier to read as the whole picture is laid out.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Previous books in the series:

Bedknobs and Broomsticks 1
Review | Book | Audiobook
Bedknobs and Broomsticks 2
Review | Book | Audiobook

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