Title: Mage of Inconvenience
Author: Parker Foye
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 20, 2018
Genre(s): Paranormal, Wizards, Werewolves
Page Count: 212
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.7 stars out of 5
Can they find the magic in a practical union?
West is on the run from his werewolf pack, but if he cannot renew his magical defenses, he won’t get far. What he needs is a mage….
Julian is part of a wealthy and ancient family, and one day, his legacy will include his mother’s vast library of spell books—and the knowledge he needs to correct his past mistakes. But his inheritance comes with a stipulation: he has to be married before he can collect. What he needs is a husband….
West and Julian can help each other, and at first they don’t want anything further. But as they dodge meddling cousins, jealous rivals, and an insidious drug, it becomes clear that their lives are entwined in ways they never imagined—and they’re in greater danger than they thought possible.
I actually read one book from this author previously and while I wasn’t thrilled with the book, the style left an impression. I am very glad I decided to read this one, because I had really great time reading it.
This was incredibly easy read. The first chapter gives only hints about West’s past but it certainly piqued my interest. The backstory is sparse for Both West and Julian but it gives solid portrayal of both characters and the world they live in.
West needs magical help. It just so happens that mage he turns to needs a favor. Once they reach agreement, it turns out they not only need each other, they want each other.
I was delighted as the old trope “have-to-marry-for-inheritance-ploy” came into play. I love them! There were even dastardly cousins to spice things up. I had my eyes peeled for their first meeting and it didn’t disappoint. It dripped with snark and humor. Their interactions continue to be engaging. I liked how West came out of his shell with Julian and it was amusing watching Julian reining his impulsive nature not to hurt West. The relationship moves at relaxed pace and not even secrets lurking in the background can spoil the fan. Sly comments winding into story just upped the ante.
The suspense part chugged along in the background until the end, where several hints dropped into place making for unexpected and excitement filled ending. I was like “so that was what that meant !” several times during this part. The plot definitely held my attention.
To summarize: I liked the characters, the relationship progressed naturally, the world was intriguing and the plot was interesting. I rather liked this book and can sincerely recommend it.