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The last thing half-dragon, half-fairy private investigator Twig Starfig wants to do is retrieve a stolen enchanted horn from a treacherous fae, but there’s no denying the dazzlingly gorgeous unicorn who asks Twig to do just that. Literally, no denying, because compelling the reluctant detective is all part of a unicorn’s seductive magic.
To add to his woes, Twig is saddled with the unicorn’s cheeky indentured servant, Quinn Broomsparkle. Dragons are supposed to want to eat humans, but Twig’s half-dragon side only wants to gobble up Quinn in a more . . . personal way. Making matters worse, it’s obvious the smokin’ hot but untrustworthy sidekick is hiding something. Something big. And not what’s in his trousers. In the PI business, that means trouble with a capital Q.
Throw in gads of zombies, a creepy ghost pirate ship, a malfunctioning magic carpet, and Twig’s overbearing fairy father’s demands to live up to the illustrious Starfig name. Naturally, an old but abiding enemy chooses this time to resurface, too. Those inconveniences Twig can handle. The realization he’s falling for a human who isn’t free to return his affections and whose life may hang on the success of his latest case?
Not so much.
I absolutely loved this story! It has everything I love – 1st person POV, humour (snarky, sly), fairytale fantasy (the character names are so good- Broomsparkle, Rainbowpebbles, Brandsome), engaging storyline, wonderful characters and a HEA. There is so much to love about this book. On the heroes side we meet Twig and Quinn. Twig is a half dragon-fairy private investigator with a slight chip on his shoulder (he’s small for a dragon, but large for a fairy, so he doesn’t fit into either world). Quinn, is an indentured servant, and belongs to Brandsome, (a shady unicorn). Brandsome needs something of his recovered and asks Twig to retrieve it for him.
The initial interaction between Twig and Quinn is very funny, and only gets better throughout the book. On the villain side, we have Brandsome, Rainbowpebbles and Twig’s bylaw-spouting dad. Believe it or not, the ‘villains’ were also funny in their own way.
The story isn’t all rainbows and fun, there are issues involving indentured servitude/slavery, discrimination (when you don’t fit in) and trust. But these are addressed and the situations blend in to give the story substance. Add the odd assortment of other characters- a ghost parrot, a red demon and a host of giants and you’ve got a fantastic story.
This is one of my favourite books already. I’d describe it as a fairytale romp and recommend this without reservation.
5 out of 5 stars!