Title: Deductions (Aberrant Magic #1)
Author: Lyn Gala
Release Date: June 20, 2016
Page Count: 206
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Darren is proud of his work on the FBI’s magical Talent unit. However, his own lack of magic means he can never be with Supervisory Special Agent and Shaman Kavon Boucher. The shamanic magic poses a real danger to any mundane who gets too close, so Darren tries to hide his attraction and keep a professional relationship at work. That resolve begins to crumble when a new man sets his sights on Kavon and Darren can’t control his resentment.
Now they have a brutal new case of a suspect targeting magical adepts. Darren tries to keep focused on that crime, but when he starts to show signs of his own magic, he hopes that maybe he can not only be a more effective part of the team but also a real partner to Kavon. He might have a second chance at love if only Kavon can learn to trust his new and unpredictable magic that has changed the rules of the magical game.
Paranormal books are outside of my usual contemporary comfort zone, but I love Lyn Gala’s work and I’m always looking to expand my reading horizons.
First off, this is not a romance. It is listed as LGBTTQ, Multicultural, Fantasy & Paranormal, Urban Fantasy so know that this isn’t a romance going in. The book does focus on two men who eventually have a sexual relationship, but any romance doesn’t happen until the last chapter. And the best way to describe their relationship is that they are “mates” but not quite. I’m not going to spoil it, so you’ll have to read the book yourself to know what I mean, 😉
This book is about magic users. There are spell casters, shamans, spirit guides and many other types of magic users in varying degrees of power. To be quite honest, I was confused by all the different Talent and who did what, but that is probably because I’m not used to reading paranormal and my old-lady brain got a bit overwhelmed. But I fully understood Supervisory Special Agent and Shaman Kavon Boucher’s Talent and Darren’s new Talent. Since they are the main characters, I was good to go.
There is a serial killer on the loose killing people with Talent and the FBI’s magical Talent until needs to work together to find him/her. Darren goes through a change in the book after living his entire life as a mundane, or “normal” human. Suddenly he has extremely powerful Talent. He took it in stride and broke a bunch of rules while keeping his sense of humor and was honestly my favorite part of the book.
Since this is a series, a few of us on GoodReads were debating the next book in the series, thinking that since Darren and Kavon ended with a relationship HEA and the serial killer was still at large, the next book in the series would feature another set of characters, but Lyn personally cleared that up by posting this on GoodReads:
The next book does still focus on Kavon and Darren. They love each other and have committed, but that doesn’t mean that all the wrinkles have been ironed out of their relationship. They need to deal with the plot stuff (magic and case), but they also need to figure out how to be a real partnership.
So, there is no cliffhanger in the traditional sense, but the story is not over.
Fans of creative world building and paranormal will absolutely love this, I have no doubt, and since I am more into the romance than the story, book two sounds like it will open Kavon and Darren to new romantic and sexual avenues. I anxiously await Aberrant Magic #2!