From the blurb:
Lord Thornby has been trapped on his father’s isolated Yorkshire estate for a year. There are no bars or chains; he simply can’t leave. His sanity is starting to fray. When industrial magician John Blake arrives to investigate a case of witchcraft, he finds the peculiar, arrogant Thornby as alarming as he is attractive. John soon finds himself caught up in a dark fairytale, where all the rules of magic—and love—are changed.
To set Thornby free, both men must face life-changing truths—and John must accept that the brave, witty man who’s winning his heart may also be about to break it. Can they escape a web of magic that’s as perilous as love?
Who are you, Lee Welch, and where did you come from?!
I. AM. GAGGED.
Salt Magic Skin Magic took me completely by surprise. I had never heard of Lee Welch before picking up this book, but I decided to give it a go because it reminded me of a K.J. Charles-ish story. I was completely blown away by what I found.
If you are looking for that perfect blend of magic and historical romance that is so hard to find, look no further. I loved the gloomy, dark English countryside setting with the crumbling castle and murky, magical vibes. I loved the contrast of the high-born, proud English lord and a working-class magician. I liked the sexual tension and I loved the magical world, though I could have used more world-building, for sure. In fact, I hope we get other books in the series with other MCs, just so I can learn MORE about Lee Welch's creation.
The plot kept me guessing, and it had that elusive quality that makes you think, just one more page. I needed to know what was going to happen next.
I was also really surprised that Salt Magic Skin Magic was this author's first full length book. It felt polished and professional, and really reflected all of the hard work and editing that must have gone into it, which I really appreciated.
I was going to give this book 4.5 stars because it's not quite perfect, but I stayed up past 2 am last night to finish; I just could NOT put it down. Any book that has me reading all night is a winner. Lee Welch is an author to watch.
*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*