Book Reviews

Quill Me Now (Bad Valentine 2) by Jordan Castillo Price at JCP Books

Genre Gay / Fantasy / Magic / Wizards & Witches / Romance / Holiday / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 02-February-2019

Book Blurb

Spellcraft isn’t exactly a respectable business, but it does pay the bills. At least, it should. Unfortunately, Dixon Penn failed his Spellcraft initiation. Instead of working in his family’s shop, he’s stuck delivering takeout orders in his uncle’s beat-up Buick.


Winning a Valentine’s Day contest at the largest greeting card company in the tri-state area would be just the thing to get his life back on track—but something at Precious Greetings just doesn’t add up. And despite numerous warnings to quit pestering them about his contest entry, he simply can’t stop himself from coming back again and again.


It doesn’t hurt that the head of security is such a hottie. If Dixon had any common sense, he’d be scared of the big, mysterious, tattooed Russian.


To be fair, no one ever accused him of being too smart….



Author's Note: Quill Me Now is part of the lighthearted Bad Valentine collection, along with Love Magic by Jesi Lea Ryan, Hidden Hearts by Clare London, and Temporary Dad by Dev Bentham.

Book Review

Due to its somewhat unconventional name of ‘Bad Valentine’, this series does not contain any “typical” Valentine’s stories, and I love that idea. All of them do have Valentine’s Day as a theme, love and romance is in the air, but there are obstacles. This second story is set in a world where Spellcraft is practiced by a selected few, the talent is usually inherited and closely guarded within families, and there are some special (and somewhat unusual, as fantasy books go) conditions to working a spell. I am happy to report that ‘Quill Me Now’ exceeded my expectations – it was not only an unusual take on Valentine’s Day with a cute romance, but also stars great characters, contains a vexing mystery, and is a suspenseful adventure of the magical persuasion.

Dixon has failed his family’s expectation of becoming a Scrivener, one half of the pairing needed for creating Spellcraft. His initiation was a complete bust, he can’t work in his family’s store, and instead he delivers takeout orders, barely making a living. Dixon still feels the need to write, so when he finds a contest for the best Valentine’s greeting with a thousand dollars in prize money, he is hooked. Even though his entry does not win, he feels compelled to keep coming back to try again.

Between the darkly threatening, creepy owner, the big, tattooed, and very hot head of security, and several odd occurrences, it quickly becomes obvious that something weird is going on. Dixon cannot resist a mystery, no matter how dangerous it is to him to keep digging. And when he figures out what is making Yuri, the security guy, do his boss’s bidding, instead of backing away, Dixon redoubles his efforts. Of course all hell breaks loose and things become really dangerous, but Dixon is not one to give up easily.

If you like stories with magical elements, if irreverent heroes with a quirky sense of humor and a self-deprecating voice are your thing, and if you’re looking for a suspenseful magical mystery with greedy villains, courageous heroes, and a few twists and turns, then you will probably like this novella as much as I do. I just love surprises like the ones that keep popping up here!





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 82 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-February-2019
Price $0.99 ebook
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