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The Guardianship of Julian St. Albans

(Consulting Magic #3)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  117 ratings  ·  10 reviews
In the third Consulting Magic novel, after a peaceful holiday interlude (Rosemary for the Holidays short story), Julian St. Albans and Alexander Benedict return for more murder, mystery, magic, and... marriage?

Julian and Alex want to begin building a new holiday cottage near the Magical Source on the St. Albans' land, and working on a magical garden for their Guardian fr
Kindle Edition, 312 pages
Published October 10th 2017
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Len Evans Jr
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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This third book in the series was as much a joy to read as the other two and the two short works as well. After all the books in this series, Alex, Julian and the cast of secondary characters feel like dear old friends and well-loved by myself. The author is a master storyteller and I can only hope that she adds to this series in the future. The world she has built for this series is one so very familiar yet also quite different from ours. I loved this series and this book as well!
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm a big fan of Alex and Julian, and the first two books in this series are among the few MM books I've read more than twice. While it was nice to revisit our favorite whistlin' mage and his botanical boy, this book didn't do for me what the first two did. Another reviewer mentioned the generous descriptions of food, which there were, but I actually enjoyed that for the most part (although it could have been toned down). Where this one lost me is in the long and large chapters where essentially ...more
Jan 11, 2018 rated it liked it
While I liked the book in general, as I have the other books in this series, this one seemed to be very slow moving. I would have liked to see more action and less food descriptions. It's nice that they have good cooks and use the food from the Benedict and St. Albans lands, but there was so much description of what they were eating now (again and again), that it became tedious. Even the confrontation with the "bad guy" and the end was over so quickly and easily, it was a bit of a let down. The ...more
Maria Lima
Oct 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Sadly, I was less enchanted by this third book. There was a LOT of food/descriptions of food/cooking, etc, that seemed extraneous to the plot. Frankly, for the most part, nothing happened. People sitting around, talking, eating, planning, but that's about it. The action, such as it was, seemed to be mostly offscreen and low stakes.

I loved the first couple of books and really was looking forward to this one. Sad to be disappointed. :(
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this book and this series! The book can be read as a standalone but will be better enjoyed if the series is read in order. It seems as if this may be the last one and I'll miss these characters and their adventures, also the descriptions of food - oh, such food!

The writing is great, the characters are loveable, the adventures are exciting and sex doesn't overwhelm the story. Amy Crook, whatever you have in store for us, please hurry up and write it.
Jenn (not Lily)
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have no idea how a book can be about a murdering psychopath and at the same time be so gentle and comforting! This universe, IMHO, has all the best parts of a cozy mystery, a fairytale, a historical, and a pure romance, with just a pinch of gastroporn and m/m sex thrown in for seasoning. This story was precisely what I needed to read right now -- thank you, Amy Crook!
Chelsey Nixon
Dec 17, 2018 rated it liked it

I’ve mostly really enjoyed these books, the story was always sweet and fun and adventurous. Although I do have to say that this last book really dragged on. I think I skimmed the last 10% of the book. It definitely could have been done differently, with a nice long epilogue instead of 12 chapters blathering on.
All around a beautiful story.
Mar 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing

This has been a delightful ending to a great series. Beautiful to see a love like Akex and Julian bound together so strongly. My only regret is that there aren't any more stories in the series!
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 I really like the series about Alex and Julian and this book is no exception. It has an old foe, new friends and lots of food, as always. There are some minor editing issues, but overall a very entertaining and descriptive read.
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Amy Crook has made her living since the 90s with writing, art, and design. She lives in San Leandro, CA, with two cats, a roommate, and a pair of custom-made tentacle pillows. She loves tea, gin, and pumpkin spice chai, and has no shame about much of anything, really. She has collections of all sorts of things, including Halloween socks, unread books, and friends from all over the world.

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