Author: Jacob Z. Flores
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 4 stars
Type: Novel in a Series
Received from Publisher
Blurb: The Warlock Brothers of Havenbridge: Book Two
Thad Blackmoor’s heart is as cold as his icy magical abilities. He considers emotions a waste of his time and prefers to study the arcane, using the sacred books of his coven to grow in his craft. He aspires to supersede his father and elder brother Pierce in power, and now that his younger brother, Mason, has tapped into the rare warlock power of darkness, he needs to work harder than ever.
But Thad’s ambitions are halted when he saves Aiden Teine, a fire fairy, from a banshee. Thad’s immediate attraction to Aiden catches him off guard and thaws his cold heart for the first time. As Thad, Aiden, and his brothers investigate the connection between the banshee attack and the vampyre and shadow weaver who almost killed them, Thad tries to dodge Ben, a sexy warlock who won’t let him be after a one-night stand.
Their search for answers leads them to the Otherworld, where something even more insidious is at work—something Thad will need more than logic to stand against.
Review: Thad Blackmoor needs to go home for Samhain. When he has a one night stand with Ben he doesn’t expect he’ll spend an extra day sleeping it off. Thad has to get home ASAP. Going home for the holidays is bittersweet after the loss of his mother. On his way home Thad is able to save a fire fairy, Aiden, from a banshee attack. Upon arriving at home Thad has to help his dad set up for the holiday and the rituals. Thad is very shocked to see Ben is a guest of his older brother, Pierce. It’s an odd coincidence to say the very least. Thad is immediately mistrustful of Ben and does his best to protect family secrets. As it’s one of the important holidays, the other local magical families will be showing up. They all tolerate each other and nothing more. When a battered Aiden shows up the delicate balance of the holiday goes to crap and to top it off Otherworld is under attack. That’s when the banshees show up.
After all the families decide something seriously hinky is going on they decide to contact the Conclave. Something hinky is definitely going on and the Conclave is aware of it. They had some hopes that wasn’t what was happening, but they know the score. The Conclave decides the Blackmoor brothers are best suited to going to Otherworld and neutralizing the threat. Unfortunately, it could neutralize the Blackmoor brothers.
Holidays with big extended families are miserable. It doesn’t matter how magical you are or how dire the straits of the world are, holidays can really be horrible. Thad was surrounded by his big, dysfunctional, extended, magical family while stuck between a one night stand and a fairy he felt he could really like. It wasn’t pretty. Then the Conclave shows up and suddenly everyone feels like they’re stuck at the kids’ table again waiting for what the grown ups have planned. It doesn’t help that the Conclave has known what they’ve all been up against this whole time. It also doesn’t help to learn the Conclave helped create the disaster.
I had a little trouble liking Thad. I get he was in a similar situation as Mason, dealing with the death of his mother amidst a serious threat to the magical realms, but his iceman style was a touch off-putting. I did like that as a person who felt the intense need to control himself he found himself in so many situations in which he couldn’t control himself. Much like Mason and his desperate need to be cool and grown up continually found himself looking like an idiot. It makes me wonder what humiliation is in store for Pierce.
So, again, despite the immediacy of the situation being resolved, there are still serious problems looming for the Blackmoor family and the sons’ new beaus. Mason and Thad have grown to be extremely powerful warlocks and their boyfriends are… other. I’m a little fascinated with this set up.