A lord in danger. A magician in turmoil. A snowball in hell.
Exiled to China for 20 years, Lucien Vaudrey never planned to return to England. But with the mysterious deaths of his father and brother, it seems the new Lord Crane has inherited an earldom. He’s also inherited his family’s enemies. He needs magical assistance, fast. He doesn’t expect it to turn up angry.
Magician Stephen Day has good reason to hate Crane’s family. Unfortunately, it’s his job to deal with supernatural threats. Besides, the earl is unlike any aristocrat he’s ever met, with the tattoos, the attitude…and the way Crane seems determined to get him into bed. That’s definitely unusual.
Soon Stephen is falling hard for the worst possible man, at the worst possible time. But Crane’s dangerous appeal isn’t the only thing rendering Stephen powerless. Evil pervades the house, a web of plots is closing round Crane, and if Stephen can’t find a way through it – they’re both going to die.
Rating: Narration – A : Content – A-
Last year, when K.J. Charles announced that many of her backlist titles were going to appear in audio format, I may just have jumped for joy. I’ve listened to and reviewed almost all of those titles now and had been anxiously awaiting the release of her A Charm of Magpies series which, luckily for listeners, was released in one fell swoop at the end of January. There are three books in the main series – The Magpie Lord, A Case of Possession and Flight of Magpies as well as two books that are set in the same universe, Rag and Bone and Jackdaw, AND the audios also include the short stories that come between the Magpies books, which was a lovely surprise. (Now all we need are the audios of The Ruin of Gabriel Ashleigh and the short stories from the Society of Gentlemen series, and I’ll be an extremely happy bunny!)
Lucien Vaudrey, Lord Crane, has recently returned to England from China, where he’s lived for the past twenty years. Exiled by his cruel, dissolute father, with nothing more than the clothes on his back and a manservant – Merrick, to whom the old Lord Crane made it clear he’d be happy if his son were to disappear overboard on the way – Lucien survived the voyage, and endured horror and privation as he struggled to survive. Twenty years on, Lucien has made his fortune as a trader, and even though he is now Earl Crane – following the deaths of his father and brother, both of whom were hated and reviled in the village near the Crane country estate of Piper – he doesn’t intend to stay in England, having come home only to assume the title and sign paperwork before heading back to Shanghai.
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