Book Reviews

Mage of Inconvenience (Dreamspun Beyond) by Parker Foye at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Urban Fantasy / Romance / Magic / Shifters / Wizards & Witches
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 21-March-2018

Book Blurb

Can they find the magic in a practical union?


West is on the run from his werewolf pack, but if he cannot renew his magical defenses, he won’t get far. What he needs is a mage….


Julian is part of a wealthy and ancient family, and one day, his legacy will include his mother’s vast library of spell books—and the knowledge he needs to correct his past mistakes. But his inheritance comes with a stipulation: he has to be married before he can collect. What he needs is a husband….


West and Julian can help each other, and at first they don’t want anything further. But as they dodge meddling cousins, jealous rivals, and an insidious drug, it becomes clear that their lives are entwined in ways they never imagined—and they’re in greater danger than they thought possible.


Book Review

What an adventure! Set in an alternative-reality version of Ontario, on the north shore of Lake Huron, this is a story about werewolves, other shifters, and mages – now called metas. They are ruled by Metaschemata law after revealing themselves to humans and fighting for their rights, but the alliance is not an easy one. As the story progresses, some of the issues are revealed, and I was intrigued by the detailed and imaginative worldbuilding. This is a story about a battle for territory, the “right” way to live, and two men’s journey from lonely lives toward a joint purpose and, eventually, a relationship. The title is a great play on words: marriages of convenience can serve multiple purposes, but while the two main characters hope that getting married will solve their problems, inconvenience is a very polite way to describe their union. While the underlying story is quite serious, the way this novel is written also shows the lighter side of life, and the various shenanigans made me laugh more than once.

West is a werewolf, second son to the Hargreaves pack’s alpha, and on the run. He works at a diner and is trying to learn “the human way” – with very mixed results. He is also a lover of history, and his online classes, led by an intriguing professor West likes to have e-mail discussions with, take up a lot of his free time. West now knows that the world is much larger than his wolf-centric father made him believe, and that there are more types of shifters than he was taught. All of that is connected to the reason why he left the pack and why West wants to hide. But then West’s protection spells are broken and need to be renewed, and only a mage can do that.

Julian is a mage, and at first glance seems harmless, if a total player, and not serious in the least. He has a trust fund that keeps him in money, and whatever else he does is just for fun. As I got to know him, it becomes clear that he carries a lot of guilt – the cause of which had me guessing for a while – and it adds a layer of reality to Julian’s character that makes him a lot more dangerous than he looks. Then there is the business with his mother’s will and a provision that needs to be bonded magically if he wants to inherit – and that ends up causing him a lot of grief. Suddenly he needs a life partner, and how the heck is he going to find one when his longest relationship so far was five months?

West and Julian feel some attraction from the moment they meet, but they never would have considered dating without the need for a marriage to allow Julian to inherit, and the need for West to find a way to pay for the expensive protection spells so he can stay hidden from his powerful father. So their union starts out as a purely practical arrangement with neither of them intending it to become anything more. But then – as they say – life happens and things begin to change. It’s a slippery slope and I loved every second of watching these guys falling for each other without wanting to admit it. Between that and the constant action as they fight off various threats, ‘Mage of Inconvenience’ is a highly entertaining novel.

If you like your romances with lots of supernatural action and a side of humor, if you want to watch two men inch their way from practical to head-over-heels in love, and if you’re looking for a read that combines suspense with heat, then you will probably like this novel as much as I do. It’s got worldbuilding that pulled me in, characters that held my attention, and more than one twist and turn to keep me on my toes – what more could I want?





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 212 pages/52414 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 20-March-2018
Price $4.99 ebook, $9.99 paperback, $9.99 bundle
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