Saturday, February 28, 2015

ARC Review: Jackdaw by K.J. Charles

JackdawFrom the blurb:

If you stop running, you fall.
Jonah Pastern is a magician, a liar, a windwalker, a professional thief…and for six months, he was the love of police constable Ben Spenser’s life. Until his betrayal left Ben jailed, ruined, alone, and looking for revenge.
Ben is determined to make Jonah pay. But he can’t seem to forget what they once shared, and Jonah refuses to let him. Soon Ben is entangled in Jonah’s chaotic existence all over again, and they’re running together—from the police, the justiciary, and some dangerous people with a lethal grudge against them. 
Threatened on all sides by betrayals, secrets, and the laws of the land, can they find a way to live and love before the past catches up with them?

Heather's rating:

Warning: Though this is billed as a standalone, it really is an offshoot of The Magpie Lord series. It works best if you read it after reading Flight of Magpies because, honestly, many plot points of that book are spoiled in Jackdaw. Read with caution if you aren't caught up on your Lord Crane/Stephen hotness!

I'm not a huge fan of established couple stories but I really enjoyed this one. Maybe I'm being a little misleading: Jonah and Ben aren't an established couple, not exactly, but rather a couple that gets back together after a time apart. Jonah was the slippery man that I wanted to strangle in Flight of Magpies, and I was curious to see how he would be redeemed. I shouldn't have had any doubts: K.J. Charles is a magician.

I loved the level of intensity between Ben and Jonah. Their relationship felt so charged, so important. There were sky-high highs and crushing lows, and I was on the roller-coaster with them all the way. I thought that these two men felt like a perfect match, and I was rooting for them hard.

This story, again, has a good amount of action. I was breathless in anticipation of what would happen next, and hoping against all hopes that these two men would catch a freakin' break! I also loved when Jonah got to play around with his wind-walking skills, and we got to see his huge personality come through. It felt dangerous and exhilarating, which I adored.

I did miss seeing the start of Jonah and Ben's relationship, other than in flashback. Flashbacks always feel "blah" to me, and the starts of a love story tend to be my favorite parts. Also, this book was a little less erotic than her other works. However, I was very satisfied with this one and I think all fans of The Magpie Lord series will be too.
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