Forty-year-old, hard bitten, foul-mouthed, homicide detective, Hiro Santos, suspects the owner of the art studio committed the gory killing. Too bad. There are other things he’d like to do to the gorgeous young man than book him for murder. Worse, his sexy suspect is certifiable. The nutcase claims he’s some kind of high wizard from an alternate reality and needs Hiro’s help to save their worlds.
While the striking Sable Campion appears a youthful twenty-five, he’s endured over two-hundred lonely years as guardian of the portal between Everlight and Elysium. None of those centuries offered him any experience finding a vicious killer. That’s where Hiro Santos comes in; but convincing the virile detective to trust Sable will take all his persuasive skills…and perhaps a bit of magic.
I’m so glad I took a chance got this! All my fave tropes- surly, but lovable MC, witty banter, action, romance, but not sappy, fun. I could go on…
Get this book, and the best part, it’s going to be a series. The excerpt of the next book sounds just as awesome as this was.
After re-reading this to gear up for book 2 (Incidence of Magic), I was struck by how original this story line is (I don’t read a lot of fantasy, so I could be wrong). The world building was effortless; I could easily see both realities –paranormal and ‘normal’ and the mystery was engaging.The MC’s were very well written- I loved Hiro, and Sable, he was the perfect foil for Hiro, sweet with a hint of snark and steel. Both had experienced loss in the past, but didn’t let that govern their lives or the developing relationship. The intimate scenes are hot and sensual, really well done. All through the story, there is a thread of humour- whether it’s Hiro calling members of a council ‘Snowcones’, or Sable trying to get Hiro to believe what he’s seeing- this alone made the book for me. The romance between Hiro and Sable is a HEA, but the mystery is not completely solved (hence book 2 with 2 new MC’s ☺ )
5 of 5 stars