Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the complimentary ARC. All opinions provided are my own.
📖 Q: do you *have* to read series in order?
I must have been feeling wild on Netgalley one day because I snapped up Allie Therin’s Proper Scoundrels—book 4 in her Magic in Manhattan universe—without having read the previous 3.
It was a choice that really, really paid off.
Just to be clear, this book is part of a series, but books 1-3 focus on a different couple.
Also just to be clear, this book has so many things that are fantastic.
🖤 A super grumpy to the point of rudeness lead named Lord Wesley Fine. He’s frequently referred to as unlikeable & he thinks that his own heart is made of ice or a similarly inhospitable material.
🖤 Another lead named Sebastian de Leon who is both gentle + deadly, an intriguing personality combo described as a “dangerous marshmallow” by others. Add to that a hefty dose of guilt bc he was forced into doing bad things bc of blood magic & conditions are ripe for a real beautiful pairing.
🖤 There’s at least one scene in here that had me cracking up (and it involves handcuffs!), an only one bed sitch, a fast-moving romance spurred on by danger that still feels based on something solid, scares + entertainment.
Some of the magic stuff took a little work for me to understand at first—maybe that’s why you’re supposed to start reading a series at the beginning 🤔😆—but this book is a real joy & pleasure & I soaked it up.
5 ⭐️. Release date: 12/28.
Give me that HEA, please.
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