Witchbane | Morgan Brice

Witchbane by Morgan Brice published 19 February 2018

Seth is used to risking his neck. He never intended to risk his heart.
Seth Tanner swore to avenge his brother’s death. But when his quest for vengeance brings him to Richmond to stop a dark coven’s next ritual murder, he’s hell-bent on keeping Jackson Evan Malone from becoming the warlocks’ next victim. He just didn’t expect to fall in love with the man he’s sworn to protect.
Evan thinks Seth is crazy. Maybe that’s true—but Seth could still be right about the danger. Evan doesn’t believe in witches, and he’s still healing from past betrayals. He might trust Seth with his life—but what happens when he starts to fall for his handsome, dangerous protector?
Witchbane is a supernatural, second chance at love thrill ride packed with hurt/comfort, deadly magic, immortal witches, determined hunters, spells and curses, true love, impressive explosions, spooky chills and sexy thrills!

How was it?

The plot in Witchbane is riveting with a satisfying pace. It’s a nice mix of paranormal mystery and steamy romance, with scary and gruesome scenes included. The main characters, Seth and Evan, are interesting on their own but they make for a good pair. They have great chemistry, making the romance as well as the quieter moments work.

The dual point of view allows for a better understanding of each of the men, but I don’t get Evan, I really don’t. Through their inner monologues and conversations, we get to know Seth and Evan and empathize with them. However, it doesn’t stop me from questioning Evan’s reasoning no matter how it’s explained.
How could he let his baggage dictate his actions after what he’d seen and experienced with Seth? I don’t get it. Denial is real, I know that it’s a strong feeling, but I think that gay guys – particularly ones with a history similar to Evan’s – and most queer people know a thing or two about denial. He shouldn’t have been so willing to deny something he experienced himself. Putting aside what Seth might have told him, He saw what was happening. It’s one of the things that bugs me in the story, and the slight lack of communication on Seth’s part.

Anyway, Witchbane is like a great episode of Supernatural in book form, minus the queer-bating, they kiss and f**k here.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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