Witchbane (Witchbane Book 1) by Morgan Brice #Audiobook #Review #Paranormal #LGBTQ+ #GayRomance #Contemporary

Erryn reviews ‘Witchbane (Witchbane Book 1)’ by Morgan Brice. This book was released by the author on February 19, 2018 and is 246 pgs long. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Kale Williams and released on March 29, 2019. The audiobook is 7 hrs and 34 mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

Why I read this book: I loved Badlands and couldn’t wait for another Brice/Williams duo.

Seth Tanner and his brother Jesse’s fun evening debunking local urban legends ends with Jesse’s gruesome murder. Seth vows revenge on Jesse’s killer – too bad the murderer has been dead for a hundred years. 

Seth uncovers a cycle of ritual killings that feed the power of a dark warlock’s immortal witch-disciples, and he’s hell bent on stopping Jackson Malone from becoming the next victim. He’s used to risking his neck. He never intended to risk his heart.

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My Review:

I’ll start by saying I enjoyed the book although there were a couple of points that had me confused and I’ll address those first. Revenge is always a strong motivator, and Seth wanted to avenge his brother Jesse’s horrific murder works well with the plot.  I was, at first, confused about exactly who he was seeking revenge against.  It was convoluted and once I understood, it made sense, but it did take me a bit of time.  Also, Jackson’s evolving monikers confused me as well.  I understood it from the plot perspective but – and perhaps it was because I was listening as opposed to reading – I found myself confused more than once.  Eventually the same name was used and my confusion evaporated.

What did I like about the book?  Well, hot guys for sure.  Two sexy men are always enjoyable and these two sizzled.  Fortunately, there was more than chemistry to hold them together.  As I said, Seth is set on avenging his brother’s death and the easiest way to find his killer is to wait for the man to strike again.  Once he figures out that Jackson is the next target, he’s able to set himself up to save the man and avenge his brother’s death.  Two birds, one stone.  But this is a Morgan Brice book so although the set-up is simple, the execution is far more complex.  There is a lot going on in this book and my lack of familiarity with magic meant that sometimes I was playing catch-up.  If you’re familiar with dark arts, you’ll be right in the thick of things.  If you’re not, don’t despair – there are enough explanations to pull you into the story without bogging down the tale.  And there’s plenty of action to keep the reader engaged.

This is the second book of Ms. Brice’s that I’ve listened to and I was pleased Kale Williams was the narrator again.  The two work well together with Kale bringing the characters to life in a  realistic way that was enjoyable.  There are more books in the series and I’m looking forward to listening to them as well.

My Rating:

9/10 Pots of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 4.5/5 Stars

Morgan Brice

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Morgan Brice is the romance pen name of bestselling author Gail Z. Martin. Morgan writes urban fantasy male/male paranormal romance, with plenty of action, adventure and supernatural thrills to go with the happily ever after. Gail writes epic fantasy and urban fantasy, and together with co-author hubby Larry N. Martin, steampunk and comedic horror, all of which have less romance, more explosions. Characters from her Gail books make frequent appearances in secondary roles in her Morgan books, and vice versa.

On the rare occasions Morgan isn’t writing, she’s either reading, cooking, or spoiling two very pampered dogs.

Other books include Witchbane, Burn, Dark Rivers, and Badlands. Watch for more in these series, plus new series coming soon!

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