Book Reviews

Some Kind of Magic (Being(s) in Love 1) by R. Cooper

Genre Gay / Urban Fantasy / Elves/Fairies/Sidhe / Magic / Shifters / Wizards & Witches / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 14-February-2020

Book Blurb

Los Cerros is Detective Ray Branigan’s town, his to protect in a way that satisfies his werewolf instincts, even though most humans are afraid of him. Los Cerros is famous for its fairy village and its supposedly welcoming attitude toward magical beings like Ray, but Ray is one of only two beings on the police force. While dealing with human prejudice, Ray and his partner have to solve crimes relating to magic, and are forced to rely on the department’s part-time magical consultants, something Ray tries to avoid—and not only because werewolves are uncomfortable around magic. 

Enter Cal Parker, the son of the department’s most admired detective. Cal is brilliant, contemptuous of the police, and half-fairy. He’s also Ray’s mate, a fact that Ray has kept secret despite his every instinct screaming for him to claim and worship, because weres mate for life, and fairies… don’t. Everyone knows that. Fairies are beautiful, flighty, and fickle. 

But perhaps it’s not only the humans who have prejudice about beings. Cal isn’t shy about his desire for Ray—not that fairies ever are—and Ray’s resistance is crumbling. But the situation is growing more dangerous as they get closer to the killer, and by the time Ray accepts the truth of a fairy’s heart, it might be too late. 

 


Author's Note: Being(s) in Love ~ Magical creatures known as beings emerged from hiding amid the destruction of the First World War. Since then they’ve lived on the margins of the human world as misunderstood objects of fear and desire. Some are beautiful, others fearsome and powerful. Yet for all their magic and strength, they are as vulnerable as anyone when it comes to matters of the heart.


First edition published by Dreamspinner Press, May 2011.


Book Review

Prejudice is a very human thing – or so I thought until I read this book. R. Cooper has built an intriguing supernatural world, in which “Beings” of all types have come out and are now more or less integrated into human society. They have faced prejudice against them with varying degrees of success, and you’d think they wouldn’t have the same issues within their society. You’d be wrong. Part of what I found so interesting about this world is the fact each species has it own society, and doesn’t always know a lot about the others. Take werewolves, for example. They have their rules and ways of doing things including Mating for life. Then there are fairies, who live a totally different existence, and are all about the pursuit of happiness. According to Ray, the narrator and one of the main characters in this heart-wrenching love story, that means fairies cannot be faithful, nor do they have lasting relationships. As it turns out, that is not entirely true, and Ray’s prejudice almost costs him everything he wants most.

Ray is the epitome of a werewolf. Big, strong, growly, and convinced he knows best. He is controlled at all times, because losing it could cost lives. He has faced human prejudice and is a successful police detective, but his own view of the world is not as open and tolerant as you might expect. The truth about his beliefs emerges only slowly, through his interactions and attempts to solve a particularly complicated series of murders that may or may not be connected. This is very well done, and I loved the gradual reveal of his back story with Cal. All of his sensory perceptions, centered around smell, fascinated me as much as the way he thinks. Or doesn’t think, as the case may be.

Cal is a half-fairy and an extremely fun character. He lives off sweets, is always happy, and tries to make others happy as well. He surprises Ray with his tenaciousness and dedication to solving the cases, and his insights are spot on. The entire fairy society in this world is one I have not seen described like this before and I want to know more! Cal’s attempts at seducing Ray are fun to watch, and his ability to intuitively understand others (a skill Ray lacks) come in very handy.

If you like stories about unusual supernatural beings, if a werewolf who thinks he knows everything and has to learn to set aside his prejudice sounds like an interesting character, and if you like mysteries who are as hot as they are full of suspense, then you will probably enjoy this novel. I wish it were longer and cannot wait to return to this world in the next volume of this series!

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 152 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 14-February-2020
Price $2.99 ebook
Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/Some-Kind-Magic-Being-Love-ebook/dp/B084G6526T