A most unusual Courtship by Nancy M Griffis

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A Most Unusual Courtship by Nancy M Griffis
Publisher: Torquere Press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (30 pgs)
Other: M/M
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Fern

When a wizard knocks on Gerald Smithson’s shop door, Gerald refuses service to him just as he would any other mage, considering them all untrustworthy by nature. As a master craftsman, he can take commissions from whomever he does, or doesn’t, choose. Leo Harris, born to noble blood and magic ability, was rarely refused by anyone and intrigued by Gerald’s instant dismissal. As Leo and Gerald work together to protect the Royal Family, Gerald admits that Leo might just be the exception to the rule and admit his attraction to the wizard… something Leo is all too happy with.

Gerald learned leather-crafting at the knee of his father and loves nothing more than the hedonistic scent of leather. When Leo – a magic-wielder – enters his shop, Gerald tells him in no uncertain terms he will not work with any wizard. Shortly afterwards, Gerald is attacked by other wizards in his store, and Leo is witness to his kidnapping. What follows is a hilarious and utterly unique series of events.

I really enjoyed the different style of world the author has created, part magical, part old-school London. It’s a really interesting place I’d love to read more stories set in it. Gerald and Leo are both strong, independent characters who both clash but also seem to be strongly compatible and the energy between them is fantastic. Gerald’s verbose grandfather adds a lovely light note and the action keeps the pages turning really quickly. Part of me would have loved for this to be a few pages longer – to finish what was started, but the chemistry almost burned the pages, and the story was deeply satisfying. An excellent and different short story.

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