This was a great start to an urban fantasy series I’m excited to continue! This book had a little bit of everything in the best way. Good writing, a flawed but lovable main character, a nice cast of supporting characters, a romance that I could get behind with a sweet and sexy shifter, a couple steamy sex scenes, action-packed battles, a world with magic and gods and other supernaturals, and a solid plot about a string of demon-related murders and some power-hungry baddies.
I will admit I was confused about a lot of things (the gods stuff, the different government and military agencies, the way the packs and god packs worked, some case-related details), but it didn’t affect my enjoyment of the book. I think it’s cool the author put so much thought into the world, and it turns out there’s a helpful index in the back, I just didn’t realize it was there until I finished.
Another great thing was just Patrick’s character. He’s a war vet, and the author really kept his military background in mind. He had habits left over from his military days. He had thoughts and reactions that were different than someone without that background. He had emotional trauma and scars from both the war and his childhood. He was flawed and a bit harsh sometimes, he didn’t always handle his emotions in healthy ways, and he felt guilty about things, but ultimately he was a good person.
Jono was great too, in a way that just made me happy Patrick ended up with him in his life. Jono is compassionate and protective of those he cares about.
Overall, I enjoyed this magic and supernatural-filled M/M urban fantasy, and I’m looking forward to seeing what else will happen to Patrick and Jono!
Anyone who likes m/m urban fantasy, magic and supernatural creatures, lovable characters, and sweet romantic and friends/family-like relationships .
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When the gods come calling, you don’t get to say no.
Patrick Collins is three years into a career as a special agent for the Supernatural Operations Agency when the gods come calling to collect a soul debt he owes them. An immortal has gone missing in New York City and bodies are showing up in the wake of demon-led ritual killings that Patrick recognizes all too easily from his nightmares.
Unable to walk away, Patrick finds himself once again facing off against mercenary magic users belonging to the Dominion Sect. Standing his ground alone has never been a winning option in Patrick’s experience, but it’s been years since he’s had a partner he could trust.
Looking for allies in all the wrong places, Patrick discovers the Dominion Sect’s next target is the same werewolf the Fates themselves have thrown into his path. Patrick has been inexplicably attracted to the man from their first meeting, but desire has no place in war. That doesn’t stop Patrick from wanting what he shouldn’t have. Jonothon de Vere is gorgeous, dangerous, and nothing but trouble—to the case, to the fight against every hell, and ultimately, to Patrick’s heart and soul.
In the end, all debts must be paid, and Patrick can only do what he does best—cheat death.
A Ferry of Bones & Gold is a 115k word m/m urban fantasy with a gay romantic subplot and a HFN ending.