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The Courtship of Julian St. Albans (Consulting Magic Book 1) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Amy Crook

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Alexander Benedict is a misanthropic thirtysomething magical consultant, working with the Agency's top homicide detective, and perfectly content with his life, thank you very much.

Julian St. Albans is the youthful heir to his family's fortune and affiancéd to his beloved Cecil Mandeville, a family friend as well as Julian's lover.

When Mandeville is murdered using magical means, Alex is brought in on the case. It's the worst day of Julian's life, but until they meet, it's just another case for Alex. Neither of them have any idea how their lives are about to change.

Alex has to disentangle the magical threads until he can catch the murderer, and to do that he has to put himself right in the thick of things. His long-denied family connections get him invited to participate in Julian's Courtship as a Suitor, where he can observe the suspects firsthand. He just has to stay alive long enough to figure out which of the competition thinks Julian is a prize worth killing for.

Biographie de l'auteur

Amy Crook has made her living for the past 15+ years with art and design. She lives in San Leandro, CA, with two cats, a roommate, and a pair of custom-made tentacle pillows. She's a dilettante geek and non-practicing goth. That means that she loves in-jokes and things with skulls on them, she tends not to go too deep into most geeky pursuits, and she rarely dresses up as a Goth (though she does use her purple tentacle parasol to ward off the sun). Strangers stop her on the street to tell her that her hair is long. She loves tea and gin, and she hates it when the trees try to have sex in her sinuses. She's a real geek girl, for certain values of “real,” “geek,” and “girl.”

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8 internautes sur 9 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 my favorite book of 2013 29 juin 2013
Par Kimbermcfar - Publié sur
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What a wonderful book from a new author. It is so great to find quality authors! Never a dull moment in this book. Very long at almost 12000 locations. well worth the money!!! I would have got on prime , but this is one book I'll be rereading!!!! It is set in Victorian London, but must be an alternative universe because magic is quite common. Their is also many same sex couples and it is the norm there along side het couples. The story revolves around Alex Benedict who is from a very well to do family. He is a very powerful mage and his family tormented him because was more interested in magic and not the social games of the upper class. Alex makes his living consulting with the police about magical crimes, he kind reminds be of a Harry Dresden/Sherlock Holmes cross. This is how he meets Julian ST Albans. Alex was investigating the death of Julians's Fiance'. He made an impression on Julian so was invited to court him. The story moves in two parts ,investigating the murder, and Alex finding himself under attack from magical constructs, and falling in love with Julian and wooing him with the help of his family. I liked how Alex's family did come forward to help him when he needed them.
Alex has allot of friends to help him out also and I really enjoyed reading about their every day interactions! I really enjoyed this book and am really hoping for a sequel!!
3 internautes sur 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 A nice surprise. 24 juillet 2013
Par R.Parklane - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I really like the setting of the story with its very original magics in this alternate world which is a mix of Victorian period, modern day and fae. That said I do have a few niggles. The execution certainly need improving. My English is so so but I am annoyed with the constant use of verbs like grinned, laughed, chuckled, smirked to deliver the dialogue, especially chuckled. Such verbs at times make the character using it seems silly. Maybe the writer tried to convey a light atmosphere throughout but it is not needed. Romance is not the focus but I wish more thought is given to Julian's character. Afterall Julian is Alex's love interest and the center where the plot evolves. As one reviewer already commented Julian could easily be a damsel. Thankfully Julian does have a backbone towards the last 15% of the story. I like Alex but this character seems a bit inconsistent as he turned more mellow as the story progresses. I think I prefer the snarky and rebellous impression at the beginning of the book.

The plot is really very refreshing. Murders, mysteries and of course the wonderful execution of magics which is the strength of the story. Certainly I will remember the magics because it is so different from other fantasy. The little bird on the cover already tells you so! I also like the injection of some fae characters into the story. Oh I would love my own butterfly fairy! For an over 11500 locations book, this is worth reading if you are into MM romance fantasy, even if I feel it would be a tighter story if it is shorter. I certainly like it as I got used to the tone and pace. This story is obviously a labor of love from this writer and likely her debut, which I appreciate. And yes I will definitely watch out for this writer and would love more of this world but please rein back the light tone.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 I LOVED the main character... 8 février 2014
Par Specs - Publié sur
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...until he fell in love. The concept and execution of the story was fantastic until the romance began. It's not that I don't approve of romance. I just wish Alexander had chosen a worthier prospect and that his personality didn't do such a complete 180. Furthermore, the title character began to grate on my nerves after he "giggled" for the umpteenth time! The romance seemed too contrived and the book began to be frustrating to read. When you begin to actively dislike a character who's supposed to have your sympathy it's time to put the book down for a while. Which is what I did.
Sadly, re-reading it later made no improvements. If you're reading it for the storyline and humour, go with it. If interesting characters intrigue you, you'll love it. Up to a point. Which is a shame because this had so much potential.
3 internautes sur 4 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Intriguing idea, but I think it could have been better 13 novembre 2013
Par Charly T. Anchor - Publié sur
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Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.

Rating: 6/10

- I found the premise amusing: turning the conventions displayed on modern dating shows such as The Bachelor into an historical ritual known as a Courtship.
- The extreme formality of the Courtship allows for Alex and Julian to get to know each other well before anything physical happens. (Readers looking for sex should move on. The book is long--approximately 11,000 Kindle locations--and the only sex occurs at about 95%.)
- There is an impressive amount of detail in the descriptions of the procedures Alex follows when performing his magic. He comes off as more of a scientist than a magician. (see cons below also)
- Alex's focus on music and other sounds lends an unusual angle to the story. This book is far more auditory than most romances I have read, and I enjoyed that.

- Because the book focuses on the character of Alex, we get to know him quite well but barely know Julian at all by the end.
- The tone and setting of the story are a bit awkward. There are modern phrases ("Smedley's pretty ticked") and inventions (cell phones, the Internet, etc.) mixed with historical details (waistcoats and cravats, Victorian sensibilities related to propriety and social graces) and archaic language ("In Which We Meet Our Hero and a Corpse, and the Story Begins"). But there's no clear explanation as to WHY the world of the story is such a curious mix of modern and historical. It's not quite fantasy, not quite sci-fi, and not quite steampunk.
- There is a LOT of description throughout the book. This creates a rich environment in which every sight and sound (and taste, when the characters are eating...which they do very often) is catalogued, but it also makes sections of the story drag. For instance, there is a long section in which a formal dinner is lovingly described about 10 percent of the way in, and I had the urge to begin skimming about halfway through the meal.

Overall comments: The storyline here is intriguing, but I feel that it could have been better. The romantic relationship is a major facet of the story, but there are stretches when it falls very much into the background while Alex is focusing on solving murders. Combine that with the muddled environment, which combines Victorian sensibilities with modern technology and phrases such as "crime scene techs," and I'm left with a slight impression of disappointment.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 a seed of a good idea, but a disappointing flowering 19 août 2013
Par amf0001 - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
this could have been so much better, it had a really good concept, and an interesting world created, but it was so overwritten! It needed to be at least 75 pages shorter, with half the food and clothing descriptions removed. It had a regency feel in modern day setting with magic, which is intriguing (though the necessity for a charmed messenger bird in a world with text messaging is not so clear... )

But it had 2 big flaws - far too many words and words that were overused to death - creamy mounds, teasing, giggling, tea...
and secondly - Julian himself was actually completely a Julia. There was nothing masculine about him. This in no way felt like a m/m romance, it felt like a traditional regency romance with a few quirks. In fact, Julian didn't have much personality at all, and I found their exchanges oddly flat. I liked Alex's interactions with his work cronies far more.

I found the resolution of the mystery unsatisfying too, we never really understood where the malevolent mage came from or why Julian in particular was picked. So I read it to the end, which is an automatic 3 stars from me, but I skimmed a lot. It's really a 2 star rating. But it could have been so much better. 3 or 4 edits down the road, this could have been fabulous!
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