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Rogue Magic

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  184 ratings  ·  70 reviews
While trapped in a stalled subway train on his morning commute, PR rep Byron Cole flirts with Levi, a young waiter with adorable curls. But Byron's hopes for romance crash and burn when Levi saves him from a brutal explosion—with outlawed magic.

When Levi is imprisoned, Byron begins to question everything he's ever believed. How can magic be evil when Levi used it to save
Paperback, 310 pages
Published January 30th 2017 by Riptide Publishing
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Truuss / Loveislovereview
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, 2017
Levi and Byron
That was one powerful story about a system who misused and mistreated beautiful people who were capable of doing magical things.
It's about fear of the unknown, about abuse of power. About love and compassion, about healing and forgiveness. All strong put down on paper.

To be a mage was forbidden
Byron worked for his uncles Cole company who were against Mage and all magic.
Byron owes his life to Levi and after that he helped Levi from the inside, but he was absolute no hero. He was
In an alternate universe to our current time, mages are considered threats to human population. They are required to be registered the Department of Occult Supervision and must use a band that suppresses their magic. If not they are considered rogues. Unsanctioned use of magic can result in prison sentence (or even death).

The idea felt familiar to me since I consumed hundreds of Merlin fan-fictions few years back; the ban of magic was one of the recurring theme. In fact I remember one of them
3.5 stars for this story with adorable MCs and magic in the air !!

In a futuristic world, magic is considered as evil and drastically fought against : all mages have to be registered, their powers neutralized by wearing wrist bands and with only hopes of low life.
Warren Cole built an empire controlling magic and recruited his nephew, Byron, as PR. On his way to a conference, Byron meets Levi, a beautiful young man who, despite trying to hide his magic, uses his powers to save Byron from a
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
3,5 stars.
A fast-paced, pleasant story with very sweet main characters. Romance was slow burn and maybe secondary to the plot but the pull between the main characters was there, you could feel them gravitating to each other. Both Byron and Levi were very cute.
I'm not sure what prevents me from rating the book higher. There's nothing in it I would complain about. It was written very pleasantly and there was nothing annoying about it. I just... didn't feel enough when reading it, I guess. Like,
Jay Northcote
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this story. Lots of plot and a strong romance arc, it had me gripped throughout. I think the author did a great job with the world building and it's a very clever metaphor for some of the politics we're seeing in the present non-magical world.
Hats off to Kit Brisby for a thoughtful, intelligent piece of writing that's entertaining too.
Recommended for people who like plenty of plot with their romance and fancy something a little different (magic/alternate universe).
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rogue Magic was a truly amazing read: I had so much fun with it, and cannot wait to see what else Kit Brisby offers us in the future.

The concept of Rogue Magic is such a simple one, and yet it is done in such a way that throughout reading it will fail to reach your notice just how simple the concept is. In truth, it’s something that has been done before – yet Kit Brisby puts a unique spin on the idea and turns it into something truly amazing. We’re given more than a simple tale of magic being
Leta Blake
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I beta read an unedited version of this book and it was already a 5-star read for me, so I imagine it's like a 100-star read now! :D

This exciting, well-paced, thoughtful, sexy, and intelligent book is chockfull of magic and timely social commentary that never feels heavy-handed. (Though feels more apt than ever, alas.) Byron and Levi are both instantly lovable and in such a terrible jam that it seems impossible for them to ever find their way. One of my absolute favorite reads for
Joyfully Jay
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kris
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.75 stars

Wow. I’m going to start by saying that this book is….incredibly timely. This story is built in a contemporary world, where those who can use magic are forced to register and have their magic bound so that they can never use it. Mages are ridiculed and hated, beaten, can’t get jobs, are denied entrance to college, and are shunned. It’s impossible to read this book and not compare it to our current affairs. But this book ends with hope, and it is sorely needed.

Sam (AMNReader)
This was a nicely written, engaging adventure romance.

Why would I call it adventure romance? It's not about the characters, it's about oppression/registration of magic wielding people. It reminded me of x-men. This is not a bad thing, but I like my tension to come from the characters and relationship in romance.
Kristen Burns
4 Stars

Full Review:
*I received an ecopy of this book via NetGalley. This has not influenced my review.*

This book was a surprisingly realistic look into what it might be like if we had magic in our modern-day world, complete with everything from Twitter stalking hot guys to prejudice and hate crimes against mages, and it was that realism that made the book so good. There were even support groups for bound mages (they had to wear magic-suppressing bands on their wrists) and all sorts of other
I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher via NetGalley.

I LOVED this book! And that's basically where I leave you in my review because to say more will give away the story. :/

There is magic in the world, but instead of being treated with awe and respect, it's feared and outlawed. All mages (those with magic abilities) must register with the government and then are forced to wear these wrist bands which prevent them from doing magic. If you do not register, and are found out, you are
Riina Y.T.
First off I'd like to say that this is one of those books I'm insanely thankful to have gotten a chance to read. So good, so awfully real and thoroughly entertaining.

Thank you for writing this special little gem, Kit Brisby.

Maybe this is your first book or maybe you're writing under a different name, either way, your book—Byron and Levi—made me a very happy puppy. It was a pleasure reading this story over the past couple of days, and I so wish they'd be back for more!

They'll always remain in
Michael S.
Jan 31, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the writing style and the blend of urban fantasy and science fiction. A few things held it back from more stars from me:

- The magic and pseudo-science was fun, but not as well-defined as I tend to like. I don't care much whether the magic in my stories is Vancian, New Agey, or other, but I do prefer a few more "rules" when it figures prominently in the story. Works like Game of Thrones get away with vaguely-defined magic systems because mystery is part of the point; when magic
****Reviewed for Prism Book Alliance****

4.5 Stars, Rogue Magic was a delightful blend of fantasy and science fiction with a dash of romance. I loved the premise and the characters. This is my first book by Kit Brisby and I’m glad I took the risk on a new to me author. The story flowed well, kept my attention, and made me think.

There was plenty of tension and action, and I could totally see this as a movie. It had good strong female characters as well as sympathetic main characters. I really
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Review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2-star
Repetitious with a bit of action at the end. Spends lots of time on the mistreatment of magic-users, but the romance isn't developed enough.
3.75 stars

This is a nifty debut from Kit Brisby, a story set in AU New York where people with magic were treated like pariah and using it could mean death sentence. The hero is not someone with physical power. Byron had a way with words though, and was considered a PR savvy. There's moral dilemma when he struggle what he saw with what he had been raised to believe. Making matter more tricky was his attraction to, Levi, the captive mage.

I enjoyed the author's writing style and how the chemistry
Judi Easley
My Review:

I felt this was an excellent debut novel! It was so fun to read and I would certainly read it again.

Ms. Brisby has created a world where magic is outlawed and mages are controlled and registered. Each mage has a little bit different type of magic and their magic comes from within them without spells or chanting, just the force of their own will. Some mages are weak and some are very strong.

In any society where a segment of the population is controlled like this, there is abuse of the
Feb 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: sf, m-m
Ugh, I super hated this, which is not entirely the book's fault. I knew going in that it was a dystopia, which I don't like in general and really shouldn't have read right now, but I'd thought the description and first chapter seemed charming, so I read it anyway. My fault thus far.

Much worse... it contains one of my hardline squicks (detailed, on page, torturous medical experimentation on a prisoner), and while I finished the book and I suppose there was a happy ending at the end, I didn't
Intriguing debut novel

Set in an alternate universe where the use of magic is outlawed, Byron has never questioned these laws until the day he is trapped on a subway only to be saved from an explosion by the magic of one of the other passengers.

Levi's selfless act in saving Byron and the other passengers forces Byron to take a hard look at what is really happening in the world and the answers he finds are worrying and dangerous.

As he uncovers the truth and gets to know Levi, he realises that he
Devan Huff
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this book at no charge from NetGalley. Review first published on Nautical Star Books. All opinions are my own.

Rogue Magic by author Kit Brisby was truly an awesome story. Very light on the romance, which I was a bit bummed about, but the plot, character development and a few key twists and turns kept me reading even without the sexual tension I was hoping for.

This story is set in present day in a slightly altered universe than our own. Earth has magical beings on it, but those mages
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
That is a pretty good book by a new author.

What if magic powers were real? Hm, let me think. A powerful majority of non-gifted people - a potentially powerful minority of gifted people. What to do, what to do...

In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man... gets stoned to death.

Action, magic, romance. My kind of book. Highly recommended.
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 stars

Very nice debut from rookie author Kit Brisbane. A respectable piece of urban fantasy set in AU New York that was fast paced, imaginative, populated with interesting characters, with an engaging storyline and some heart-pounding scenes.
Jul 01, 2018 rated it liked it
I don't know if my problem with this book was me, the book, or the climate in which I find myself reading it. Ultimately I really, really didn't like reading about Levi was tortured and denied all rights because of a category that he fit into. It was too much. I also wasn't able to get into the idea of Levi and Byron having a relationship, considering how much power Byron had over Levi and the power differential. It would have been one thing if Levi had been presented as strong and secure in ...more
Liam (Hey Ashers!)
Jan 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtqia, paranormal, adult, gay
This is the spoiler-free version of a critique originally posted on Hey Ashers! You'll find the full, spoilery review here!

Hey Katie,

Check it out, my second ARC! This one has magic and gay guys and super important anti-bigotry messages. And—check it out—a good rating from me, holy heck.

It's Rogue Magic by Kit Brisby (whom I erroneously assumed was a gay male author, whoops), and will be released for purchase tomorrow, January 30. I received my advanced reader copy from Riptide Publishing, who
Christi Snow
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My Review:
OMG, I was completely blown away by this book. And you should know up front...I'm not a huge paranormal reader, so I was thrilled that this is world is exactly like our own. The only difference is...there's magic that some people are born with (just like everyone is born with race or sexual identity). That magic is regarded with fear and bigotry in society. As a result, it's been outlawed, and the people who have magic have been repressed and tormented by unfair laws and treatments.

Angel Hatfield
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Mages are people who can do magic and at this time are a threat to humans because of the way they have been brainwashed against Mages. If you are a Mage you must register with the Department Of The Occult Supervision and must wear a wristband that will suppress the magic. The use of any magic no matter what the reason can result in prison or even death. Bryan believed as everyone else that magic was a bad thing that was how he was raised by his uncle who ran/owned Cole Industries. Bryan had no ...more
Feb 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Ooo boy, is this book timely. In a world very much like our own magic is a real thing. Not everyone can use it, and those who can are forced to register with the government and are vilified by the public. (See that? Yup.)

Bryon works for the company that confines mages and believes the party line until he meets Levi, who saves his life with a well placed magical shield. Bryon wrapping his brain around this new information is one of my favorite parts of the book. We watch him struggle with long
Dee Wy
4.5 stars - My first time for this author, but very impressed. Well written and kept me engaged throughout. In this society those who are born with magic must wear special cuffs that cancel out their magic, which unknown to the public at large actually causes them a great deal of harm and discomfort. But magic users are dangerous right? Haven't we been told that they are like terrorists killing people on the streets with explosions etc. Well, Byron, working for his gruff uncle who happens own ...more
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Kit Brisby lives in Tampa Bay, Florida, with her two young sons and two rescue dogs. A graduate of the University of Florida, she's been writing professionally since 2002. Her career has taken her from writing think pieces on breastfeeding to writing erotica for the adult industry—and nearly everything in between. She works in digital marketing and helps businesses find and tell their stories.
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