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Publisher's Summary

Magic in the blood. Danger in the streets.

Lord Crane has never had a lover quite as elusive as Stephen Day. He knows Stephen's job as justiciar requires secrecy, but the magician is doing his disappearing act more than seems reasonable - especially since Crane will soon return to his home in China. When a blackmailer threatens to expose their illicit relationship, there's only one thing stopping Crane from leaving the country he loathes: Stephen.

Stephen has problems of his own. As he investigates a plague of giant rats sweeping London, his sudden increase in power, boosted by his blood-and-sex bond with Crane, is rousing suspicion that he's turned warlock. With all eyes on him, the threat of exposure grows. Stephen could lose his friends, his job, and his liberty over his relationship with Crane. He's not sure if he can take that risk much longer. Crane isn't sure if he can ask him to.

The rats are closing in, and something has to give....

©2014 K. J. Charles (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Blackmail, Giant Rats, Ghosts & weeping Eyeballs

It is like two contiguous novellas, not one novel. There are two distinct stories dealing with the increasingly inseparable Lord Crane and Stephen Day, and the inestimable manservant Merrick.

Dramatic tense scenes - mystery that is not easy to solve, giant rodents and more practitioners. Still has the humour of the first book, and not quite as dark.

Definitely getting the third book!

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Will Listen Again!

These books go by so quickly, which is great, but it's also not, because I want to listen to more! I'm so glad that there's another book in the series, I'm just sad that it's the last. I enjoyed this one just as much as the first. While there wasn't as much of the same danger/action as the first, the romance part of it was so delightfully fulfilling that it kept the book feeling complete and utterly enjoyable.

I wish that I'd found this author ages ago. I'm definitely going to keep listening!

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  • Andrew
  • 2019-05-28

From strong to even stronger

A fantastic story and a brilliant romance.

Everything great about the first of the series but with the refining and perfection needed to perfect the series. Any problems I had with the series are gone and everything I loved about the first book is even better in this instalment.

Well worth a read.

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  • Virago
  • 2020-09-20

Excellent Sequel

This book picked up where the first left off. Lucien Crane and Stephen Day are lovers, they also keep finding themselves caught up in shenanigans.

Lucien's acquaintances from Shanghai have been caught up in intrigue that has followed them back to London. There's a supernatural force using mutant sized rats as weapons. It's up to them for figure out who, how and why.

The story was fast-paced and well written. The plot was interesting, and the same narrator returns from the first audiobook. He did an excellent job. I'm invested in this series and look forward to the next book.

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  • Carla Wiessing
  • 2020-07-31

Collin is capable to read every book in the world

Collin has the most talented voice and resonance. I would listen to him read a grocery list.

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  • Jennifer C.
  • 2022-07-27

An absolute must listen!

After listening to book 1, narrated by Charles Cornell, I decided that there was no point in reading any of the series. I was going to hear Cornell's voice for each of the major characters, so I might as well listen to him narrate the book.

For this sequel, Stephen and Crane are back in London, and they are carrying on their affair. Unfortunately, the drastic increase in Stephen's power has been noticed, and he has been placed on a watch list for being suspected of being a warlock. At the same time, Crane is threatened with blackmail.

As Stephen and Crane are dealing with those issues, a series of murders begins, with people being killed by giant rats. The discovery of one victim and a thwarted attempt on another provide a link between the blackmailer and events that occurred during Crane's time in China. Will Stephen and Crane be able to stop the attacks and the perpetrator in time? Will they be able to protect their relationship?

This book didn't have quite as much action as the first book, but it still didn't feel slow. There was more mystery surrounding this one, and I liked that we learned more about Crane's time in China. Indeed, not only did we learn more about Crane and his history, but we got to know each of the major characters more. At this point, I'm really pulling for their relationship to succeed, despite London's view on homosexuality and its criminality of it.

I am definitely looking forward to listening to book 3 and finishing this series.

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  • Slippery Vowels
  • 2022-04-17

Still absolutely wonderful

This author is amazing and does wonders woth magic and storytelling. Cannot wait to het may hands on book 3 to see what these two get into now. This is indeed a really good series.

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  • Ash
  • 2022-04-03

Enjoyed

I really loved the 1st book in the series, and the 2nd book I can book is almost just as good. Their narration is completely fantastic as it was in the 1st one as it shall be in the 3rd one.

I felt the overall story was a little more lacking than the one in the 1st book. Somehow it just didn't feel quite as compelling and the tension between the 2 main characters was obviously not as strong strong as it was in the 1st one although their relationship has grown and that's really fun to read.

All in all, if you enjoyed the 1st one, you'll enjoy the 2nd one.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2022-03-06

again love your books

i can't seem to stop listening to them as soon as I start one. already got the next book lined up hopefully I will learn more about how magic works in your world.

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  • Phx17
  • 2021-07-30

Monster rats and meat puppets, oh my!

Book 2 provides a solid, gritty supernatural escapade, with book 1’s same great melding of gothic horror, Chinese mysticism and shamanic power. No problem here with telling instead of showing … if anything, these books could use a tad more telling on how the magic systems, judiciary (aka the magic police), or even Crane’s tattoos work, But, maybe that’s what makes these books so engaging; the author plunges you right into the deep end, where you just experience the Sleepy Hollows vibe, run with the justiciary as it investigates monster rats, and revel in the sexy, edgy relationship of Stephen and Lord Crane.

This was a dark, delicious and quick story, phenomenally narrated by Cornell Collins. The actual book clocks in at just under 5 hrs, followed by a 1hr short story involving the regular cast, and a .5 hr preview for book 3. At that length, wait for a sale.

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  • CH she/her
  • 2020-11-23

Outstanding

This is the second book in a series of three. I continue to love this fantasy romance that leaves you holding your breath.
Do yourself a favor, the audio version is a must. Cornell Collins rocks His audio performance is exquisite. I adore Lord Crane his portrayal makes you feel like you can reach out and touch him.
I do believe that KJ charles is a master at her craft.

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  • Trio
  • 2020-07-05

Fantastic! Cornell Collins' Performance is Amazing

Fantastic!
These two are incredibly hot together, and K.J. Charles writes a spectacular mystery. Very clever plot, and nicely gruesome *shudders*!

Audio by Cornell Collins who crafts this story from the very first word. I couldn't have Crane performed by anyone else.