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I love this series so much!

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The third entry in this fabulous urban fantasy/paranormal romance sees Sage, Gideon, Fluke and the rest of the gang having to find out what’s happening with the convergence and dealing with a threat that could see Junction literally blown off the map.

Sam navigates through the complexities of the narrative with ease, one moment focusing on Sage’s growing confidence in his own arcane magic skills, at others giving quiet moments of family life with Iris.

There’s the same humour that has been present throughout, the steam level is understandably low as this focuses more on the paranormal/mystery and suspense elements of the storytelling than the romance.

Having said that, Sage and Gideon are as solid as ever, they have a few steamy moments which confirms that they’re still utterly committed to their relationship and each other and there is one particular scene which sees a very vulnerable Gideon that had me having all the feels!

Speaking of vulnerabilities, Freddy in this book almost broke my heart! He’s such a study in contrasts and here he really does prove himself in all ways up as a top bloke who is yearning to not only be useful but also to belong. I’m intrigued by where his story arc may go next!

I said in my review of book one The Fantastic Fluke that the series gives me a Scooby Doo mystery vibe and that remains strong in this particular instalment.

The bad guys were a surprise, not who I had been expecting at all, the suspense element works well, it’s an intriguing twist on what the other two books have used but still in the same we must destroy X Magic because ballpark.

More secrets about Great Uncle Jonathan are revealed and oh boy was he an absolute arse and, speaking of family, we get to find out a bit more about Gideon’s past and his connection with the local Dominus Anson.

Cannot wait for more!

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Release Blitz: The Fantastic Fluke by Sam Burns

The Fantastic Fluke |Sam Burns

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Release Date: August 6th, 2020

Cover Design: Natasha Snow Designs

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Blurb

A lost fox. A gorgeous ghost. And an unlikely partnership to stop a murderer.

Since his mother’s murder, Sage McKinley doesn’t live, he exists. His weak magic has made him an outcast, shadowing his life with self-doubt. All that changes when the spirit of a gunslinger appears in his bookstore with a message that will flip Sage’s world upside down. According to the mesmerizing apparition, a powerful magic lies within Sage… if he can find a way to tap into it.

But dastardly threats accompany this untapped power. Bodies are piling high as a killer hunts for the secrets of the mage that now course through Sage’s veins.

Can Sage find the confidence to embrace all he’s capable of? Or will the next life snuffed out be his own?

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Excerpt

It took about three seconds after I got back to the sidewalk to realize I was being followed. Not by the drunk guys or any other people, but by the distinctive click-click-click of dog toenails on sidewalk.

Dammit.

I kept walking. Maybe it would lose interest or focus, get distracted by the smell of food or a squirrel. But no. In fact, as I tried to pretend it wasn’t there, it drew closer, its steps gaining in confidence.

“I don’t have any food,” I told it. Like it was possible to have a rational conversation with a dog.

Maybe I was alone among humans, but I had never wanted a dog. They were sweet and cute, and who didn’t like petting them? But I didn’t want that kind of responsibility. Maybe it was the single thing I inherited from my father: his aversion to responsibility.

Besides, what was I supposed to do with a dog all day? I couldn’t leave it alone in my house—it would probably pee in there. My backyard wasn’t fenced off, so I couldn’t leave it outside. I sure as hell couldn’t take it to work with me. I could just imagine the complaints I’d get for bringing a dog to the shop.

Mr. Ashwell, who came in twice a week and probably spent a sum total of fifteen dollars a month, would throw a fit. He was very particular. He once berated me for allowing a woman to carry a tiny little purse dog around in the shop with her.

Called a two-pound yorkie a dangerous menace.

Yeah. It’d be a tragedy of epic proportions if I lost that customer. One of Dad’s favorites, of course.

But dammit, I didn’t have time for a dog. Or money. They required food and veterinarians and grooming and constant walks to keep them from crapping everywhere.

I stopped and turned to confront the thing, but . . . but it wasn’t a dog at all.

It was a fox.

Just a plain old red fox, with orangey fur that turned dark on its paws, black-tipped ears, and a white underbelly and fluffy white tail tip. Just like the ones all over the woods outside of town, but this one was staring up at me like I’d hung the goddamn moon.

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About the Author

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Sam lives in the Midwest with husband and cat, which is even less exciting than it sounds, so she’s not sure why you’re still reading this.

She specializes in LGBTQIA+ fiction, usually with a romantic element. There’s sometimes intrigue and violence, usually a little sex, and almost always some swearing in her work.

Her writing is light and happy though, so if you’re looking for a dark gritty reality, you’ve come to the wrong author.

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Epically brilliant and now I hate that book two won’t be out until next year!

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m in a sulk with Sam Burns because I’m not going to get book two in this series until next year! 😱

Which means, as you can probably guess, that this book was utterly brilliant.

It ticked every single box I have for what constitutes a first class urban fantasy/paranormal romance and then added a few more tricks besides.

First up, a novel way to use magic, not hugely different to others that have gone before, but enough that it intrigued me and I needed to know more.

It gave me Fluke, a perfectly perfect foxy familiar with a definite personality who gives Sage unconditional love and friendship.

Then there was Gideon, so swoony. A bonafide sharp shooter straight out of the 1800s, all brawn and muscle but plenty of brains.

Oh, and a ghost, who keeps being sent back to the material plain to train mages, only for them to keep getting murdered.

Which leads me to Sage. How I adored Sage. He’s struggled with so much in his almost 30 years but he still pushes on. I wanted to wrap him in cotton wool from the off.

With a sort of Buffy the Vampire Slayer vibe, without any blood suckers, and a touch of Scooby Doo-esque mystery, this was an epically entertaining read.

While I had eyeballed a likely villain from fairly early on, I was still fooled with a twist which came out of left field and only added to my excitement.

The final chapter though, while wrapping up a lot of the mystery of this instalment, had me wishing there wasn’t an ocean between me and said author and is why I’m now sulking 😁

It’s not a cliffhanger so much as a formal notice that “you ain’t read nothing yet!” and I cannot wait to find out more.

And, as a PS, how amazing is this cover by the incredibly talented Natasha Snow?! ❤

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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