Carnal Magic by Lila Dubois

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Carnal Magic by Lila Dubois
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (262 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Lisianthus

Voted BoM by LASR Readers 2013 copy

What if the one you wanted more than any other was the only one you couldn’t trust?

The Wraith Accords, Book 1

Two hundred years after the Tuatha de Danaan and Vampires formed a fragile alliance, the Wraith Accords are unraveling. Isabel Santiago is a leader in one of the most powerful of the vampire cabals, and she agrees to join the Fae court as a gesture of goodwill—and damage control.

While Aed mac Goll’s loyalty to Fae is absolute, he’s never supported the accords which gave the Vampires sanctuary and restored the Tuatha de’s link to humanity. The very idea he could desire an undead human is unthinkable, yet he’s drawn to Isabel’s dark beauty and fierce intelligence.

Despite their mutual mistrust, they soon find themselves lost in a dangerous game of lust and power. When the treaty shatters amid calls for Isabel’s head, Aed realizes their connection is more than physical. And to save it, they’ll have to unravel a mystery that’s been a thousand years in the making.

I love fantasy worlds, and this was a new and fun world that had enough myth and history to make it somewhat familiar. It has both the fantasy aspect of the Fae with the gritty paranormal aspect of vampires. I enjoyed this mash up of two strong mythos, especially since they were weaved together with expert care and attention to detail.

Isabel is a record keeper for the vampires, it’s her job to keep the history and she’s great at keeping her cool, so she’s the perfect candidate to be the ambassador to the Fae. She doesn’t expect to be attracted to one of them, certainly not the one tasked to protect her.

Aed is loyal to the Fae first and the throne second, but he finds himself putting Isabel before the throne even, with his intense attraction.

These two act on their attraction quickly and it works for the story. I loved their chemistry and the creativity used in the scenes. They then have to work together to unravel secrets within the Fae, and trust each other, and trust doesn’t come easily to two sworn enemies.

I really hope this is a series, because I love the world the author has built here. I highly recommend this story and this world, I will be following this author.

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