Review: Inked Magic by Jory Strong

Tuesday, February 7

Title: Inked Magic*
Author: Jory Strong
Series: N/A
Genre: Erotic Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Berkley Heat
Format: Trade paperback & e-book
Date/Year: 2/7/2012
Reviewed by: ElaineReads

*This book was provided to reviewer by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Summary from the publisher:

Skin didn’t lie to her. It was her gift, sometimes her curse. To feel what others felt. To see the things held in their memories… 

With the touch of her palms to the skin of a crime victim, San Francisco tattoo artist Etaín can see the faces of the guilty and draw them. Changeling elf but unaware of it, at odds with her police captain father and FBI brother, magic and gift have put her on the path of two compelling men

Cathal Dunne, the son of an Irish mob boss, needs Etaín’s help finding the rapists who left his cousin for dead. Eamon, a powerful elf lord, is determined to make her his consort-wife.

Her gift once made permanence impossible when it came to a lover. Now as she approaches the transition to fully Elven, her survival depends on keeping two. One of the men is willing to share her. The other isn’t—until the search for a sexual predator turns deadly—and only by paying magic’s price will there be any future at all.

My Musings:

First off, let me say I am a big fan of Jory Strong’s books.  My favorite series is Supernatural Bonds . . . or Crime Tells . . . or maybe, Fallon Mates.  Anyway, I love her books.  Inked Magic is the beginning of a new paranormal series and I am already longing for the next book.

Etain is a changeling elf although she thinks she is human.  She knows she has the gift of seeing crimes through the victim’s eyes, but she does not associate it with magic.  Cathal, who really is a human, needs her to find his cousin’s rapists.  The final member of the menage is a full Elf Lord named Eamon.

The only character I really liked is Etain.  She uses her gift to help others even though it makes her extremely ill.  Her family has abandoned her unless they need her help, but that has not stopped her from making a new family of friends.  These friends have wonderful and distinctive personalities and I cannot wait to meet them again in subsequent books.

I really did not care for Cathal.  He originally approached Etain in order to use her gifts.  Although he did end up falling in love with her, he never appeared to really want to love her.  Eamon, however, accepted her as his forever wife from the first meeting.  Part of that was a power play due to her gifts, but I felt that he actually cared for her.

The storyline was engrossing with a number of subplots woven into it.  Many of these were addressed in the book, but a few were left for the sequels.  There a number of characters that I want to read their story.  Etain’s brother definitely needs his own book.

The sex scenes were handled well.  They were explicit without being coarse.  My only concern was that the book is classified as a MFM menage and it was really more of a sharing relationship than a true menage.  I expected the three of them to have sex together at some point which I do not remember happening.

As I previously stated, Jory Strong is a favorite author of mine.  Inked Magic is another addition to her long line of wonderful books.  She is already writing the sequel and I cannot wait for it to be published.


Overall: 4 stars
Sensuality level:  4

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Jory Strong February 7, 2012 at 4:28 PM  

Thanks so much for taking the time to read and review Inked Magic, and for inviting me here!

I hear you about the MFM label :) Unfortunately there's no easy way to convey the full scope of a story in a label that also works for marketing purposes. In this case, better safe than sorry as those who want ONLY one man/one woman in their romances wouldn't be happy to pick up Inked Magic. If it's any consolation though,the sequel--now 25% done!--evolves the story into a more solidly MFM menage.

Elaine February 7, 2012 at 5:39 PM  

Jory, Callista's Men was the first menage I ever read and they are still my favorite form of "hot" romances.

Can you tell us who the main character of the new book will be?

Jory Strong February 7, 2012 at 8:34 PM  

Calista's Men remains one of my favorites too. It's the only story I've ever written that pretty much dropped into head all there, leaving me racing to type the scenes before they were lost forever! I could barely stand to leave the keyboard for fear of having the story go away.

The Inked Magic sequel continues Etain, Cathal and Eamon's story (it was too big to finish in just the one book, given her being changeling and Cathal's family). If the series gains an audience and Berkley wants more, then the third book would be a story about one (or two) of the men introduced. Parker, Sean, Rhys, Liam, Trent, would be possibilities, as well as a couple more I'll be introducing in the current story.

Carol L. February 8, 2012 at 6:50 AM  

Jory is a new Author for me but not anymore. :) I 'll look forward to reading your books , especially this new release.
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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