Read my review of Proper Scoundrels – a perfect blend of mystery and paranormal romance, part of the Magic in Manhattan series by Allie Therin.
Publication date 28 Dec 2021
Publishers: Harlequin Carina
Sebastian de Leon is trying to atone for his actions while under the influence of blood magic. So it’s no wonder when he jumps in to help protect the grumpy and cynical Lord Fine who becomes the target of a magical serial killer. Unfortunately, Lord Fine remembers Sebastian from his time in Manhattan and is reluctant to trust him. Can they work together to find the magical killer and help each other learn to trust again?
I received a copy of this book from Harlequin Carina for an honest and unbiased opinion.
This book is a standalone book in The Magic In Manhattan series but can be read alone with reading the others(it made no difference to me following the story). The book is told from the points of view of the two main characters – Sebastian who is dealing with PTSD from his time being controlled by blood magic and Wesley, Lord Fine who is dealing with the aftermath of World War I.
Both Wesley and Sebastian are well written and the chemistry between them is real, unforced, and beautifully written. Wesley was perfectly placed to understand Sebastian’s difficulty in the aftermath of his ordeal and this helped convey the distress caused by PTSD. I liked the fact that Sebastian wasn’t cured instantly by just falling in love.
I must confess, the grumpy Lord Fine was my favourite but Jade and Zhang, Sebastian’s magical friends were equally fascinating and left an impression despite not having a lot of page time.
The underlying mystery of a magical serial killer is intriguing, and the villain is creepy with an interesting backstory of his own.
The world-building and magical systems are well described with some unique types of magic. The book has lots of humour mostly provided by Wesley’s grumpy interactions with almost everyone he comes across.
My only criticism is the use of the word Fall instead of Autumn by the very English Lord Fine which felt very out of place (unless I received the US version).
Descriptions of past self-harm
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This is the first Allie Therin book I have read but I will be reading more.