(AURA, Book 1)
by Bellora Quinn & Angel Martinez
Genres: Paranormal, Fantasy, M/M, Romance
An unregistered human con wizard and a duty-bound, straight-laced elf cop. As New York explodes with dangerous creatures, their passion goes nuclear.
After a terrible magical accident at Berkeley created unpredictable holes between realities, all manner of non-human creatures started popping into our world. These displacements, called Random Anomalous Reality Events or RARE, have taken magic out of fiction and relocated it firmly in reality, resulting in a great deal of chaos and confusion. Displaced elf Valerian works with AURA, the Agency of Unnatural Resettlement and Assimilation, to intercept these beings as they appear in the human world, helping the peaceful ones and subduing the violent, malevolent ones. It’s good, satisfying work, and Val would be happy if he wasn’t so lonely.
Quinten is a young mage just trying to get by, but New York isn’t the easiest city to make a living in. If his methods are sometimes morally dubious, his heart is still in the right place. Of course, for Quinn, the right place means firmly locked away, protected at all costs. Living by his wits and sometimes magically induced luck, he works as a ‘freelance magic user’, or unregistered mage and small-time con, according to the authorities. The last thing Quinn wants is to draw the cops’ attention, but when an Event happens right on top of him, he’s forced to turn to AURA for help. Valerian isn’t at all what he’d expected in an AURA cop, and he certainly wasn’t expecting to join forces with the sexy elf, a snarky drow and a bitter incubus, when certain individuals in power try to stop the RARE by any means necessary.
Things are not all what they seem at AURA headquarters, and a greater evil lurks at the top than anyone could have imagined.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Quinten lives his life flying under the radar; deliberately under-preforming when his magic levels were tested. Intelligent and resourceful, Quinn chooses to stay independent, without the burden of society's expectations.
Valerian couldn't be more opposite if he tried. Once a battle prince, his skills as a warrior are formidable, but he has difficulty fitting into his new life in New York. Oftentimes confused by the mixed signals of those around him, Val longs for someone to call his own.
Valarian is instantly attracted to Quinn, but the mage is emotionally withdrawn, and rebuffs Val's admittedly awkward overtures for something more. Drawn together by a magical disaster of epic proportions, they are forced to overcome their differences in order to work towards the greater good.
I read QUINN'S GAMBIT in a single day. The witty dialog, unique variety of magical characters and dramatic story-line instantly engaged me. Quinn and Val are delightfully entertaining and have sexual chemistry to spare. Their friends are loyal, sometimes to the point of being painfully honest, and I frequently found myself turning back the pages to re-read my favorite parts!
My Favorite Quote:
"Still, I can't imagine elf has anything on centaur. All those things they say about centaur lovers? It's all true. Every luscious, fucking word."
Quinn waved his hand airily. "Yeah, yeah, I've heard. Cheryl told me all about them. Course, you can't believe everything you hear. After all, you should hear what they say about you!"
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(Released to major book distributors on March 6th, 2015)
Originally hailing from Detroit Michigan, Bellora now resides on the sunny Gulf Coast of Florida where a herd of Dachshunds keeps her entertained. She got her start in writing at the dawn of the internet when she discovered PbEMs (Play by email) and found a passion for collaborative writing and steamy hot erotica. Soap Opera like blogs soon followed and eventually full novels.
The majority of her stories are in the M/M genre with urban fantasy or paranormal settings and many with a strong BDSM flavour.
The unlikely black sheep of an ivory tower intellectual family, Angel Martinez has managed to make her way through life reasonably unscathed. Despite a wildly misspent youth, she snagged a degree in English Lit, married once and did it right the first time, (same husband for almost twenty-four years) gave birth to one amazing son, (now in college) and realized at some point that she could get paid for writing.
Published since 2006, Angel's cynical heart cloaks a desperate romantic. You'll find drama and humor given equal weight in her writing and don't expect sad endings. Life is sad enough.
She currently lives in Delaware in a drinking town with a college problem and writes Science Fiction and Fantasy centered around gay heroes.