Thanks to the author for the complimentary ARC. All opinions provided are my own.
📖 Q: what’s your current read? I started A Darker Shade of Magic yesterday!
@bisexual_booknerd wrote this in a recent post about KJ Charles’s Will Darling series—how emotionally satisfying it can be to stay with the same couple over multiple books—& Cat Sebastian’s Page & Sommers series is a fantastic example of that.
In the first book in the series, Leo, a spy, comes to the village where James, a physician lives, to solve a murder.
In book 2, The Missing Page, the mystery involved takes on more of a personal slant, as James, his other family members, & Leo try to figure out what happened to James’s cousin Rose—said to have died in a drowning accident over 20 years earlier.
The pacing & drama of the mystery is really well done—I couldn’t wait to see how it ended. Leo & James make a strong investigative team for all that James doesn’t work in the dangerous world Leo does, where darkness & potential violence can lie at every turn.
But it’s the relationship between Leo & James that shimmers & glows in this one & I ADORE seeing how they care for each other. Setting out each other’s pajamas, using words that are less likely to hurt even when someone’s trying to work through difficult emotions, talking about a couch purchase 😭. & more. This book had my heart squeezing many times.
Communication—even when it seems impossible—is an important theme in this book & when Leo & James make themselves work on it, the results are lovely.
I highly recommend this series for anyone wanting
❄️ Captivating mystery
❄️ Two people finding/making a home with each other
❄️ Atmospheric settings
It’s so so good & I’m really hoping there’s a new one soon-ish.
5 ⭐️. Release date: 01/18.
Give me that HEA, please.
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