Title: Deductions (Aberrant Magic #1)
Author: Lyn Gala
Publisher: Loose ID
Release Date: June 21 2016
Genre(s): Fantasy & Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Page Count: 225
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.1 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.
The book drops us immediately into the middle of action. It’s smoothly done – I was in the middle of the book before I even realized.
Since it’s the first book in series we get a nice background on characters and quick run down on how their world works. (Since I started the series with book number 4, I sorely missed this)
Daren was the first agent to join Kavon’s team and only mundane. He is attracted to his boss, who returns his feelings, but is unable to make a move.
A new agent on the team is trying to manipulate and remove Darren from the team. His friends are oblivious to guy’s machinations and worse, even his boss is oblivious so Darren is not in a good place.
Then the circumstances change. Suddenly there are no barriers between Kavon and Darren, but Darren now has powerful enemies. To top it all, the case they’re working on grows more complicated.
Both the plot and Darren’s struggle with his feelings are nicely balanced and develop naturally. I liked him more than Kavon(but there are three more books in the series so I’m not heartbroken about this) The villains were an inspired choice (it’s hard to find good, motivated villain)
There is sort of cliffhanger but it’s a tiny one and the ending is great.
Very happy with this book and looking forward to the new one!