Flax’s Pursuit by Angel Martinez & Bellora Quinn

Flax’s Pursuit by Angel Martinez & Bellora Quinn
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (267 pgs)
Other: M/M, Ménage, Multiple Partners, Anal Play
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Cholla

A murderer haunts the city, turning the unwary to stone. Between hunting this evil and corralling new arrivals, Flax struggles to guard both his life and his heart.

Quinn and Valerian have come through the trials of facing an undead lich queen and the perils of falling in love. Now they work to restore AURA to its previous strength and efficiency while navigating their new life with each other. Fortunately, they’re not in this alone.

Kai Hiltas has taken over as the head of the research department at AURA and has become everyone’s favourite workaholic, everyone except his lover Tenzin, who has had enough of his late nights and broken promises. As Kai tries to salvage his relationship, he finds a teacher for Quinn, who also happens to be one of Valerian’s new officers, Flax Wolfheart, a sexy elf with trouble written all over him.

Flax has motives beyond simply teaching Quinn to control his magic. He’s trying to recover from his own losses and failures, but he has a plan. The two newest elvish crossovers, Ash and Sage, are sizzling hot and might even like him. With them as backup as he tracks a deadly stone mage and figures out how to teach Quinn, Flax sees his chance to impress Val and snag a place by his captain’s side. On the hunt for both danger and redemption, Flax’s pursuit leads him ultimately down trails he never expected.

Both recovering from and basking in the glow of the defeat of the lich queen, Val and Quinn are settling into their new life as a couple. But nothing is ever as simple as it seems and a new threat looms on the horizon, threatening to destroy the delicate peace everyone has found. A new event has everyone scrambling to secure the new arrivals before more trouble can form, but will they be fast enough?

Although Quinn and Val both figure prominently in this second novel, the focus is more on Kai and Tenzin, as well as three newcomers elves – Flax, Ash and Sage. Flax is an officer with AURA and has been tasked with teaching Quinn to control his magic by Kai himself. Unable to tell the drow no, Flax finds himself teaching a human to use magic. In the process, his hero-crush on Val becomes nearly unbearable. I spent a lot of time feeling awful for Flax. He comes across as a bit of a jerk at first, but he’s lonely and desperate for companionship. You really just want to give him a big hug and tell him it’ll be okay in the end.

Ash and Sage are a pair of bonded elves who are ripped from their homeland and dropped into Tokyo without warning. Flax is one of the first on scene and is the only one able to get through to the pair, causing them to latch onto him as their only port in this new storm they’re forced to endure. They’re different from the other elves we’ve met to date, and similar at the same time. They make for a nice contrast to the characters we’re already come to know.

Although I thoroughly enjoyed Quinn’s Gambit, this sequel was even better. The mystery surrounding the victims being turned to stone was an interesting one and not something I expected in the end. I did have a slight issue with how quickly the issue with the bad guy was resolved, but at least it was a full resolution. Hopefully in the next installment we get to learn more about all the characters I’ve come to adore, especially the reticent and reluctant Kai Hiltas, who had his own bit of good fortune in this sequel, even if he had to go through heck to get it. With each installment getting better and better, I eagerly look forward to see what we’re getting next.

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