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BLOODSPELL by Lily Luchesi, reviewed by On My Kindle BR
Bound by an ancient prophecy, freed by love.

Mages have lived by a prophecy that states that once there are two mage houses left, one must kill the other to maintain a magical balance. But the prophecy is disrupted when a new mage is revealed and begins killing everyone in his path.

Simon Moonspell and Tobias Bloodworth, the last two mages of the ancient houses, must put their animosity aside in order to stop this new mage and fulfill the prophecy. However, when their hatred slowly turns to love, can they remain impartial or will they be forced to battle to the death?
Source: I received a free copy of this book and opted to post a review.
Genre: Paranormal/Supernatural, 18+, LGBTQIAPK+,
Format: eBook, Print
Publication Date: August 10, 2018

Front cover of BLOODSPELL by Lily Luchesi. A paranormal, 18+ novel.

Review

The blurb pretty much says it all... After only two mage families are left, the two houses must battle it out so only one house will remain. History has demonstrated that when a prophecy is unfulfilled, bad things will happen. The good news is that three houses remain; the bad news is that a new mage from one of the houses is mass-killing mages so that his house is the one that remains standing.

Two childhood rivals are forced to set aside their differences to deal with this mage; however, in doing so, one will have no choice but to kill the other in order to fulfill the prophecy. You'd think this would be an easy feat for childhood rivals, but a mutual attraction develops as the two mages work together to eliminate a mutual enemy.

I don't normally read "adult-only" romance titles and this one is definitely "adult-only." However, I've reviewed Lily Luchesi's books for a couple of years; I love her writing style and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to read another one of her books. I'm glad I didn't pass on this opportunity because I was captivated by the premise and the plot! 

Per her usual style, Luchesi is able to quickly develop characters that readers will empathize with and grow to love in a short amount of time. The protagonists' inner narratives are witty and amusing, and there is plenty of snarky banter to keep the growing attraction between the two mages from being too sweet or "cute." I am particularly grateful for this as displays of affection between two homosexual men are often portrayed as "cute" in the hetero-centric media and generally lack any ounce of realism.

There are a couple of awesome magical, action scenes in the book. I enjoyed these scenes because they were gritty; kind of like a martial arts battle, but with magic instead. Pretty cool stuff! The sex scenes were pretty graphic and steamy; I'm glad I don't wear reading glasses because they would've fogged right over. As I don't normally read books with graphic sex, I'm a bit out of my depth and can't speak with any real knowledge of how they were written.

If you aren't open-minded and are squeamish (I'm not judging), you'll want to pass on this one. If you are open-minded and not squeamish, I think you'll enjoy the plot and premise; even if you don't normally read 18+ romance. It's a nice, quick read when you're in the mood to read something, but you don't want to commit more than half-a-day to a day to a book. 

About Lily Luchesi

Lily Luchesi, author
Lily Luchesi is the USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of the Paranormal Detectives Series, published by Vamptasy Publishing. She also has short stories included in multiple bestselling anthologies, and a successful dark erotica retelling of Dracula.

She is also the editor, curator and contributing author of Vamptasy Publishing's Damsels of Distress anthology, which celebrates strong female characters in horror and paranormal fiction.
She was born in Chicago, Illinois, and now resides in Los Angeles, California. Ever since she was a toddler her mother noticed her tendency for being interested in all things "dark". At two she became infatuated with vampires and ghosts, and that infatuation turned into a lifestyle. She is also an out member of the LGBT+ community. When she's not writing, she's going to rock concerts, getting tattooed, watching the CW, or reading manga. And drinking copious amounts of coffee.
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BLOODSPELL by Lily Luchesi, book reviewed by On My Kindle BR