Disclaimer: I am friends with this author; however, I purchased this ebook for full price.
A novella is a tricky length for a story, especially one that includes fantasy worldbuilding. However, Zabo does an amazing job with this sweet yet steamy romance between two unexpected characters. Jonathan is both something like a dream come true and at once completely impossible for Ari to decipher, but they know they need him in their life – in all sorts of ways. On the fantasy side of this paranormal romance, the slow reveals are the sort that are unexpected yet perfect in retrospect. On the romance side, the connection between Ari and Jonathan flips plenty of expectations set by the cover description.
This is usually where I share my wish for a full-length novel set in the same universe, but I’ve already read Zabo’s Close Quarter. Instead, this is where I’ll wish for more of Zabo’s writing in general because their storytelling (whether paranormal or contemporary) never fails to captivate me with unique characters and fascinating nontraditional romance arcs. They weave spells with their words that never disappoint.
Rating: 5 (out of 5) stars. Cross-posted to Amazon and Goodreads.