Friday, August 13, 2010

A HIDDEN MAGIC by Angela Benedetti

Sentinels book 1
Publisher: Torquere Press
Date published: May 2010
ISBN: 978-1-60370-992-7
M/M Paranormal/Fantasy
Reviewed by Dawn
Obtained by publisher

The fey are on the move into the human world and it’s up to Paul MacAllister to try to figure what the Elven King is up to. He just never imagined stumbling upon a young man who has a rare gift, one that leaves him open to attacks. Rory Ellison has been told for years what he sees is not real and when he meets Paul and the rest of the Sentinels, he thinks they are as nuts as he is-except they aren’t-nuts that is and Rory will have to believe in things he thought were fairy tales in order to survive. Can Paul keep Rory safe even as his feelings grow for the quiet young man?

A HIDDEN MAGIC is a story that sucked me in from the beginning. I love fantasy books and this had everything I enjoy-devious elves, goblins, magic and more all wrapped up with a bow. I loved the writing in A HIDDEN MAGIC. It had a fast paced storyline, simmering sexual tension and characters that really intrigued me. Ms. Benedetti is a new to me author and one I plan to read more of in the future.

Meet Paul MacAllister, a sentinel who is trying to figure out why the fey are making more excursions into the mortal world and what the local elven king is up to because his gut is telling him it isn’t pretty. Rory Ellison thinks he is nuts and when he is caught in a goblin attack, he finds himself in disbelief when Paul and his fellow sentinels come to rescue him then turn around and tell him he isn’t nuts at all. The things he was told that he saw are actually real and if Rory wants to stay alive, then he needs to trust Paul and his friends to keep him safe because the alternative is something far worse-death. I loved Paul, his fellow sentinels and Rory. Lots of laughter, smart comments and action keep the story flowing smoothly. I enjoyed how Paul and Rory danced around their attraction while fighting the bad guys. It made me sigh at times while rooting for them to finally give into their desires. The secondary characters kept the story flowing smoothly and I found some light hearted moments that had me laughing at times.

A HIDDEN MAGIC is one action packed ride that will leave you eager for more. I enjoyed the way this author created her world building and hope to see more of the Sentinels in the future. If you enjoy a manlove fantasy romance that is full of action, adventure and more within its pages, then grab A HIDDEN MAGIC and settle in for a wild ride.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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