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Flight of Magpies (A Charm of Magpies #3) by K.J. Charles



Danger in the air. Lovers on the brink.

A Charm of Magpies, Book 3

With the justiciary understaffed, a series of horrifying occult murders to be investigated, and a young student who is flying—literally—off the rails, magical law enforcer Stephen Day is under increasing stress. And his relationship with his aristocratic lover, Lord Crane, is beginning to feel the strain.

Crane chafes at the restrictions of England’s laws, and there’s a worrying development in the blood-and-sex bond he shares with Stephen. A development that makes a sensible man question if they should be together at all.

When a thief strikes at the heart of Crane’s home, a devastating loss brings his closest relationships into bitter conflict—especially his relationship with Stephen. And as old enemies, new enemies, and unexpected enemies paint the lovers into a corner, the pressure threatens to tear them apart.

Warning: Contains hot-blooded sex, cold-blooded murder, sinister magical goings-on and a lot of swearing.

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Mare's Review


4,5 It’s the end of it all stars

Damn! I can’t believe this series is over. Really. Over.

Dear KJ Charles,

Do you think you can provide us with a 3.5? Just a small itty bitty tinny tiny few lines of some more Lord Crane and some more Stephen??? Just a little story of where they are? And some hot sex on a platter to boot?? Its not to much to ask for I don’t really think….  all us little people who will now have a tiny little fracture, some may be bigger than others, in their hearts because…. because it matters to us… we would probably fall graciously at your feet. Really.


Would forever be grateful, Mare

I loved this series. So very much. Just like my review of book 2 I will repeat: I have never loved two MCs so equally as I do Lord Lucien Crane and Stephen Day. I can’t split them up, I can’t separate why I liked one more than the other because you just can’t.

And then there is Merrick. My Lord. Everyone deserves a Merrick in their life. I’m so glad I have my Merrick. You know those friends that never leave your side, that have your back no matter what. That can go blow for blow with you and it won’t change a thing! Yes everyone deserves a friend like that!

We meet Jonah. I for one can’t wait to sink my teeth into Jackdaw which is currently waiting to be devoured on my Ereader. I’ll let you in on  something. They probably won’t ever replace S&C in my heart. BUT. You never know, stranger things have happened and my mama always told me to never say never.

There is murder and mayhem and laughter and no tears. There is trickery and fights and arguments and the strings of my heart humming. Crane’s declaration. Man. Sex against the wall. Hot. The argument. Worthy.

The way KJ Charles writes, makes reading so effortless. You just fall into it. And… you don’t stop until the end. And it almost feels like all it took from start to finish was just a blink. Its fantasy and magic and fiction and Joy.

“Crane put his hand on Stephen’s tattooed shoulder, pulled him over for a kiss, and felt Stephen’s hands move on him, assertive, cofident, loved. 

Two for Joy, That would do very well indeed.”



For my review on book 1 & 2 click on the pics


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A Case of Possession (A Charm of Magpies #2) by K.J. Charles



Magic in the blood. Danger in the streets.

A Charm of Magpies, Book 2

Lord Crane has never had a lover quite as elusive as Stephen Day. True, Stephen’s job as justiciar requires secrecy, but the magician’s disappearing act bothers Crane more than it should. When a blackmailer threatens to expose their illicit relationship, Crane knows a smart man would hop the first ship bound for China. But something unexpectedly stops him. His heart.

Stephen has problems of his own. As he investigates a plague of giant rats sweeping London, his sudden increase in power, boosted by his blood-and-sex bond with Crane, is rousing suspicion that he’s turned warlock. With all eyes watching him, the threat of exposure grows. Stephen could lose his friends, his job and his liberty over his relationship with Crane. He’s not sure if he can take that risk much longer. And Crane isn’t sure if he can ask him to.

The rats are closing in, and something has to give…

Warning: Contains m/m sex (on desks), blackmail, dark pasts, a domineering earl, a magician on the edge, vampire ghosts (possibly), and the giant rats of Sumatra.

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My Review:

Sometimes I have a really hard time reading series.

Sometimes book 2’s or 3’s or 4’s tend to disappoint.

Sometimes this happens.

Then you get the rare gems.

The authors that can create magic in the blood. Magic in their fingers. Magic woven within pages.

KJ Charles did NOT disappoint with book 2 in this series. 1st off it was such a refreshing change, despite giant rats and gore, magpies and magic. Its fast paced, edge of your seat, who dunnit done right. 2nd in Historic England when 2 men in love, was a crime, KJ Charles gave us supporting characters that could restore faith in humanity.

Merrick- I love him!!!! He is the best!!! Everyone should have a Merrick in their corner. Everyone.

Mrs Gold- I thought she was just pure Gold. You don’t get a lot of her but what you do get, its golden.

The relationship between Crane and Day, a beautiful build up. You find out so much more about them personally. As individuals and as a couple.

I can’t even begin to tell you how I cannot separate Stephan Day and Lord “Lucien” Crane. I love them equally. Because truly they are both…. vulnerable, strong, lovely, charming, sarcastic, and weak in love.  The declaration, IMO, was done perfectly for these 2. As it is with these 2 men, the setting was just right. They always seem to be walking or running from one place to the next. And during and after the declaration it seems I was hit with the vapours. For me, all the right vapours. In all the right places. Sighing and smiling was going down. If I was reading this in front of an audience they would have made fun of me. All good. All worth it.

The ending was passionate and magical and wonderful. Amazing.

Lastly. the book was too short. I wanted more of the scenes we got in the end. But hey, pretty sure we are getting a book 3 out of it and if book 2 is anything to go by, then book 3 should be epic.

4.5 stars


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The Magpie Lord (A Charm of Magpies #1) by K.J. Charles


A lord in danger. A magician in turmoil. A snowball in hell.

A Charm of Magpies, Book 1

Exiled to China for twenty 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.

Warning: Contains hot m/m sex between a deeply inappropriate earl and a very confused magician, dark plots in a magical version of Victorian England, family values (not the good kind), and a lot of swearing.

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I’m gonna let you in a little secret…. Shhh don’t tell anyone!




I’m the biggest scaredy cat you will ever meet in your whole entire life. I do NOT do, ghosts and goblins and things that go bump in the night~ EVER!

With that being said, I went into The Magpie Lord without reading the synopsis of the book, yes yes I did. I find when I read the synopsis or other people’s reviews I don’t end up reading a book and I find that I usually do myself a great disservice most of the time.

And you know what! I LOVED THIS BOOK!

I was in a complete state of Numinous…. what is that you ask???


In all actuality it wasn’t that fearful, but truly who wants to go to bed after reading about a ghost that tries to rip his head off? (not me) but I was completely fascinated! Fascinated because:


Lord Crane was a cantankerous bastard and I LOVED HIM for it

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Stephen Day is a wicked name for a Magician


Merrick deserves a Gold star best friend medal.


The witty banter between Lord Crane and Stephen~ was epically hilarious!

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For the sexy scene in the woods


For good always winning over evil


For finally giving me the sexy ass sex scene right at the end of the book!!!!

And because I now can’t get this damn poem out of my head, I hope it gets stuck in your’s too 😉



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