Salt Magic Skin Magic (Renée’s Review)

Title: Salt Magic Skin Magic
Author: Lee Welch
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: August 9, 2018
Genre(s): Historical Fantasy/Romance
Page Count: 217
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5


Lord Thornby has been trapped on his father’s isolated Yorkshire estate for a year. There are no bars or chains; he simply can’t leave. His sanity is starting to fray. When industrial magician John Blake arrives to investigate a case of witchcraft, he finds the peculiar, arrogant Thornby as alarming as he is attractive. John soon finds himself caught up in a dark fairytale, where all the rules of magic—and love—are changed.

To set Thornby free, both men must face life-changing truths—and John must accept that the brave, witty man who’s winning his heart may also be about to break it. Can they escape a web of magic that’s as perilous as love?

This was a new-to-me author, and I really enjoyed Welch’s writing style. It’s engaging and flows easily.

There was a great deal of potential here, but the plot left me wanting, unfortunately.

Soren is trapped on his father’s estate. He reacts violently every time he tries to leave. John Blake arrives on the estate, and, as a magician, sees about breaking whatever spell, curse, or other thing is keeping Soren trapped on this piece of property.

The romance was done well, and it evolved naturally. With alternating POVs, character development was on point too.

So what was lackluster about this, for me?

This book had everything. Too much. The paranormal aspect of this book was on steroids. I couldn’t keep up, and then another type of “being” would be thrown in the mix.

The pacing slowed a lot for me in the middle of the book, even though there was always something happening. I found myself growing bored, but forcing myself along. It would all come together and make sense soon enough, right?

Well… all went somewhere, but I can’t say that it came together and made sense. I’m still scratching my head about some small tidbits. And, if I’m honest, the ending was a little less than satisfying. I was left with questions about “Where do they go from here?”

Overall, this was a strong story that I’d say needs a bit more polishing. As a historical fantasy from a newer author, I was intrigued and I’d consider something else from this author in the future.

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