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    An uneven read

    I had a very mixed reaction to this book. The writing was fun and engaging, and the world-building was interesting. I do wonder, though, how a society of witches all using magic in such excessive ways manages to stay under the radar. I wish we had gotten a better understanding of where John was coming from. It was really hard to connect with him at all and I ended the book having no clear idea of who he is or what makes him so sure he's in love in Cosmo. ****Spoiler Alert**** Although Cosmo can be fun at times, I found his childishness to be a little grating. Overall, though, my biggest issue, the one thing I couldn't get over, was Cosmo's willingness to use magic to alter John's memories, not once but TWICE. Okay, I get that the fact that John resisted is a key to some bigger secret about him, but seriously, what kind of person thinks it's okay to do that? It's incredibly invasive and abusive and made it very hard for me to root for them being together. I felt a little skeeved the first time he did it, but after the second, I intensely disliked him. What kind of real, honest relationship is Cosmo ready to have if he thinks any time the "love of his life" doesn't agree with him, he'll just zap his mind into submission. Talk about creepy. Having said that, I'm curious enough about John's role in all this that I'll probably read the next book. Cosmo is going to have to work REALLY hard to win me over, though. If his self-centeredness continues through book two, I don't think I'll be able to continue.
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    A good series starter

    Is it a hasty marriage or is it true love? I seriously enjoyed the author's foray into the paranormal. The great characters, murder mystery (where one groom is the main suspect), and magic made this a very enjoyable read. I'm already looking forward to reading more in this series.
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    Adorable Paranormal

    A new delightful romp from master mystery writer John Lanyon blends the world of witches and mere mortals. A paranormal feast that captured me from the first page. Antique dealer Cosmo Saville a non practicing warlock falls head over heels in love with police commissioner John Galbraith. Their impending nuptials are shocking everyone since they have only known each other mere weeks, yet both men are desperately smitten and to them the rushed wedding seems perfectly normal. Dark times threaten their relationship when Seamus, a rival of Cosmo is found murdered and Cosmo becomes the number one suspect in the killing. The police are thrilled to pin the death on him as they believe their beloved commissioner is making the mistake of his life with this hasting marriage.. One of the many facets of the book that intrigues me was the set of ultra quirky and mystic relative and friends that revolve around Cosmo. Trying to prove his innocence, juggling the paranormal world, wrongly placed spells, attempts on his life and trying to keep John from finding out his true heritage are a lot to deal with right before a wedding. I highly recommend this sexy celestial adventure and cannot wait for the next book in the series.
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    When Practical Magic met Bewitched

    Mainly by Moonlight is a mixed bag of magic, a witch , a whodunit murder mystery , a wedding , love potions , all wrap around the romance between Cosmo and John. Yep, lot of things going on simultaneously on the first book of what I expect will be a series. Sort of liked it but didn't love it. I just reviewed Mainly by Moonlight by Josh Lanyon. #MainlyByMoonlight #NetGalley
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    Must Read & Brilliantly Fun Magical Series Opener

    Another absolutely brilliant bit of storytelling from Josh Lanyon, and yes, it really is storytelling not just writing. I'll start off by saying that this is a series that continues on, not just with the same people but the story as well so don't expect everything to be answered, everything to be revealed, everything to have closure. I am on pins and needles waiting for book two. Now, let's talk Mainly by Moonlight. I loved how it made me nostalgic for the endearing comedy of Bewitched, the magical drama of Charmed, and the spell-driven romance of I Married a Witch. Magic, romance, murder, spells, mystery, these are all there. We quickly learn that John is under a love spell and as much as Cosmo wants to do the right thing and break off the engagement when he learns it, he doesn't but continually searches for signs that the love John feels for him is real once he demands the spell be removed. Throw in Cosmo being a likely candidate for murder suspect and you have plenty of room for romance, hi-kinks, and drama. Sure there are times I want to kick both characters in the backside and whack them upside the head to make them see sense but there is just as many times I want to wrap them up and say its going to be okay. It's this contradicting hit-and-hug scale that kept me going, that fueled the need-to-know-now speed with which I read Moonlight and had me equally kicking myself for not savoring the story once I reached the final page. That push and pull feeling of needing to know versus savoring is how I know this is a great read for the win-win column. I have theories percolating for book two(and beyond perhaps) but I won't divulge them as I don't want to spoil anything from Moonlight. It's these theories that make a few things in John and Cosmo's(mostly John) behaviors and actions acceptable. Does that mean if my theories don't pan out I'll rethink how much I loved this book? Not at all because I know the author will further the story in an equally entertaining way. Now for those who aren't fans of insta-love and question the believe-abilty behind how fast the boys get everything ready in just two weeks time, even throwing out the magic bit that John knows nothing about, I still found it reasonable how he could believe it gets done in just 14 days. Both families seem to be in-the-know when it comes to getting things pushed through fast so magic or not, 2 weeks to set it all up is definitely acceptable. I'll admit, insta-love isn't always well written in the fiction world but when its as well done as Josh Lanyon has with Cosmo and John, it's not only acceptable(even with the magical element) its entertaining and fun. Josh Lanyon definitely has another winner here in Mainly by Moonlight but as I said above not everything is revealed, not what I would label a full-fledged cliffhanger ending but there are questions yet to be answered. I mention this because not everyone is a cliffie-lover so if you don't like the waiting-for-answers bit, you might want to put this one on hold but if you love well written world-building magical romantic mysteries than you'll definitely want to put her new Bedknobs and Broomsticks series at the top of your TBR list, its not to be missed.
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