Book Reviews

A Most Unusual Honeymoon (The Mage and The Leathersmith 2) by Nancy M. Griffis

Genre Gay / Steampunk / Magic / Wizards & Witches / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 01-March-2018

Book Blurb

When Leo and Gerald go on their honeymoon to the English seaside, they expect to spend a lot of time in a luxurious bed and a little in the sun and surf. Unfortunately, a murder on their hotel floor ruins that lovely plan.

With the deceased an acquaintance of Leo’s–and a German diplomat–Leo inserts himself into the perplexing investigation. Gerald has more than enough on his plate to fill the time: a most modern young lady–and her guardian mage–decide that Gerald needs looking after, even as he searches for a young thief with power… a thief who desperately needs his help, whether she wants it or not.

Between the danger and the dancing, Gerald and Leo have a very unusual honeymoon indeed.

Book Review

“Your honeymoon tells the world, and maybe you, who you are.” ~ Ginger Strand (Inventing Niagra)

As a humble, yet well accomplished Leathersmith, Gerald, of 'A Most Unusual Honeymoon’ by Nancy Griffis, never dreamed of experiencing the magic of Leo's world and is in awe of all the new sights and sounds. Leo can't wait to share them with his husband and pulls out all the stops to give him the most magnificent honeymoon anyone ever had, but things seldom go as planned. What was supposed to be the most glorious and intimate trip of their lives is overshadowed by sadness and duty.  When someone Leo knows is murdered in the hotel in which they are staying, Leo feels obligated to help with the investigation and has the wealth and influence and magic it takes to make that happen.

Even though Leo's family is quite wealthy, Gerald often scolds him for his extravagance. Leo wants only the best for his new husband. He loves Gerald with all his heart and would do anything possible to make Gerald happy. Although Leo has travelled extensively and had many experiences in his day, Gerald has not. Leo delights in Gerald's reactions to new experiences like seeing the ocean for the first time or his reluctant first elevator ride. Leo has quite a reputation that Gerald has had to come to terms with, but with the reassurances and devotion Leo shows him daily, he can't help but believe him when Leo expresses his undying devotion. It is amusing when they meet some of Leo's former acquaintances. First of all, they can't believe he has finally settled down. Although they try to be discreet, considering his new husband is present, they can't resist teasing him about his past. Gerald is quick to put them at ease by ensuring them he has heard about his “infamous” reputation, but is now sure that Leo only has eyes for him.

Being the wonderful, understanding person he is, Gerald doesn't begrudge Leo's need to be involved in the murder investigation and guarantees that he is perfectly capable of entertaining himself in the times that Leo must be away. Leo tries to comfort Gerald with the prospect of being able to stay longer than the two weeks they originally planned to make up for the time they miss while Leo is working on the investigation. The investigation goes on longer than Leo thought it would and he feels guilty about leaving Gerald to his own devices. The longer the investigation goes on, the more complicated it becomes, expanding into a considerable list of possible perpetrators who are eliminated one by one by airtight alibis or being murdered themselves. It becomes increasingly clear that whoever the criminal is, he is determined to throw them off at every turn.

I loved reading about Leo, Mage and scoundrel, and Gerald, the big, kind-hearted Leathersmith who won his heart. Even though some of the story is mysterious and dark, Leo and Gerald's love for each other and their banter, not to mention their escapades in bed, lightened even the darkest parts. The difference between the two men makes for a great contrast in personalities and ideals, but their union irons out and complements each other's weaknesses and faults. This is the third book in the series, and although it could be read alone, would be much more appreciated if the first two books are read first(‘A Most Unusual Courtship’ and ‘A Most Unusual Wedding’). Thanks, Nancy, for another delightful book in this great series. I'm looking forward to seeing more of Leo, Gerald, and their family.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 433 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 14-February-2018
Price $4.99 ebook, $12.99 paperback
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