Beholden (Maya’s Review)

Title: Beholden
Author: Kris T. Bethke
Publisher: JMS Books LLC
Release Date: April 18, 2018
Genre(s): Fantasy, Wizards
Page Count: 124
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5


Julian Thomas made the unpopular decision to become Beholden and focus his magic only on scrying. Because of it, he’s the best at his job and the top scryer for the Department of Extranormal and Magical Affairs. Which why Investigations Agent Wes Caldwell goes right to Julian for help locating a missing person.

When Wes needs to use his magic to boost Julian’s, they find a magical resonance between them that quickly leads to more. Julian doesn’t want to move too fast, but Wes knows Julian is it for him. He’s fine with waiting, as long as Julian stays close as they work through it.

But then Julian falls ill, and it’s clear there’s a magical reason. Wes will stop at nothing to find out what’s plaguing Julian, and when they realize just how deep the plot goes, they have more questions than answers. Magic is increasing in the world, and no one can figure out why. Julian and Wes have found love, but will it be enough to get them through what’s to come?

This had very interesting world building and it helps forge connection between two men.

Julian and Wes met on the job, as they both work for magical law enforcement agency. After the case Wes is working on causes complications in Julian’s life he uses it as an excuse to stay closer to the man he was attracted from the first.

I liked the blurb which is why I asked for the book, but it didn’t live up to my expectations. I did finish the book because both characters and the world the story is set in are interesting, but it didn’t have the depth it deserved. It’s a shame since the story was brimming with potential. I liked the idea of Beholding (interesting plot device) and how Julian’s problem was framed and Wes’s role in it. I wanted to know how it ended, but I can’t say I liked the book. It seemed like it skimmed the surface of what could have been really great story.

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