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The Enchanter's Flame

(The Ellwood Chronicles #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  1,613 ratings  ·  226 reviews
Strange things are happening all around Brinnswick. Things that remind me of a piece of my past I’d rather forget. Girls are being killed, drained of blood, and left with strange markings on their bodies. When I finally connect the cases together, a specialist is called in—though, what he’s a specialist of is beyond me.

When the chief assigns him as my new partner for the
Kindle Edition, 364 pages
Published August 18th 2018
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Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, m-m, paranormal, fantasy
4 The Sage and His Soulmate Stars

My first read by this author and what an enjoyable one! Michele Notaro created such an interesting world. I’m not really into magic but I really liked this world with its people (witches) in it. Both characters were likable but I liked Ailin a bit more, especially his possessiveness over Sebastian. I enjoyed their banter, a lot. Told mostly in single POV, 1st person. It’s the first installment in "The Ellwood Chronicles" and is cliffy (book 2 is out). It’s well-w
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: urban-fantasy, dnf
DNF 42%

That was some simplistic, unsophisticated writing, which minimized any potential enjoyment of the story. When a book becomes a chore to read, I move on.
I love magic! Anything from unicorns and necromancers to fae and witches! Every author always creates something new and unique and this time it's no exception. This book has a very good world-building, well-developed characters and isn't cluttered with sex. There is plenty UST and denying of one's feelings but it blends well into the book and enhances the characters. (Don't worry, lovers of smut, there are hot and bothering moments to tide you over until the next book) I like that this is not in ...more
Interesting start

Sebastian is a detective working for the BCA. He is assigned to a new partner on a case where numerous bodies of young females keep popping up. Each case seems to have a distinct trade mark making Sebastian believe it is a serial murder, however, his new partner has other ideas. Ailin Ellwood is a specialist that is about to open Sebastian's eyes to whole new world he never knew existed.
The second half of this book was much better than the first. If you can get passed the fact t
Aug 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: could-not-finish
Not sure what this author has more trouble with: grammar ("he kneeled down and pet the cat"), world-building (it's modern-day US, but it's named something else), concept of magic (Ailin can apparently do anything), or definition of mystery (as in there should be one). The second MC is a bit of a blank oaf as well (never questions if Ailin is actually reading his mind, never seems to wonder what happened to his parents - at least not in the first 50% that I sort of got through).
There was nothing
One of those books that leave me undecided, unsure if I like it or not and if I ever come to liking it I'm not entirely sure why. Oh, it's a big festival of bickering and some banter, even a little snark thrown into and that counts, that a counts a lot and there is one of my favorite themes showing a hidden world of magic and paranormal creatures parallel to the human one and I enjoyed the writing style which kept me reading and reading and reading but then there is Sebastian ... nice guy, reall ...more
DNF 25%

The only thing I'm feeling towards either MC and the story is annoyance, so I'm putting a pin in it.

Sebastian whines and complains constantly and at the 25% mark I still know nothing about Ailin, except that he's pushy and a bit of a bully. I need more than that to get my interest, much less keep it.
"How in the hell did I wind up in my car with an asshole, a cute kitten, and a creepy as fuck snake? That sounded like the beginnings of a bad joke."

I loved this! Full of snark, magic, danger, and a slow-burn romance, this book hit all my buttons. I really loved the characters, Sebastian especially, and the 1st person narration worked perfectly to keep the audience in the dark about magic and supernatural creatures. Seb's narration allows the reader to make discoveries along with him
avid reader 1
Apr 25, 2019 rated it liked it
2 ½ stars
I was torn about whether or not to post a review for this book. I do not like leaving reviews with three stars or less but the longer I thought about it, the more I leaned towards sharing the truth, as I see it. I believe that other readers should be equipped with sufficient knowledge to enable them to make an informed decision as to whether or not to buy a book. I read a lot of the reviews posted, and it would seem that I read a different book than those reviewers.
It took me six days
Joyfully Jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.25 stars

The Enchanter’s Flame was a bit of a muddle. Some parts were intriguing and even enjoyable. And others sections had me wanting to bang my head against a wall. Even several days after finishing it, I’m not sure how I feel about it.

Sebastian and Ailin both have strong personalities that come through clearly. There isn’t much backstory on either of them, but there’s a prequel coming so at the very least Ailin’s past will be more fully developed at some point. Theirs
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal, favorite
Magic, Witches, Vampire, Werewolf, Soulmates.... What's not to love!!!
Well, the fact that now I have to wait for what's next... That's what!

So this is told from Sebastian PoV.
Sebastian is human (or is he?...) He works as a cop. Dead bodies are piling in and he starts to see a pattern so he decides to talk to his boss... And then enters Ailin... 'Consultant' for all strange cases. Sebastian doesn't really know him but he heard about him and when he finally see him... Well...


He's very confuse
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
I finished this, but just barely. There are the bones here of a great story set in a potentially interesting world. Unfortunately, the execution was clumsy and juvenile, with the barest sketches of characters whose reactions were consistently over the top without any real reason. I have no idea what Sebastian looks like, other than he is taller than Ailin and has a darker complexion, and the fact that it took Sebastian two-thirds of the book to realize that Ailin could hear his thoughts was just ...more
Jenni Lea
Dec 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible

Though the storyline was fascinating, it read a little too YA for my tastes. The narrator made the MC a bit too whiny, though that could have been due to the writing. Not sure I'll be continuing on with the series.
Apr 29, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
DNF chapter 1. The writing is too childish for my taste.
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
Book Reaction:
Rating: 4 Stars – minor quibbles but I loved it to bits
Detective Sebastian Fitz, a recent transplant to the Central borough, is concerned about a new case he's been assigned to. An apparent ritualistic murder of a college girl ending with her body branded with a symbol and drained of blood. More concerning is that it isn't the first such case requiring Detective Fitz to report his finding to his superior, Chief Gillman.

This starts a chain of events that culminates in Sebastian gaining a new partner, Ailin Ellwood. Tall, dark, antisocial, and sexy,
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
OMFG THIS BOOK!!!! The characters, the slow burn romance, the priceless banter, the overall plotline everything about it was right up my alley. I absolutely loved it, it's exactly what I have been looking for.

I really wish I didn't stay up until 5am to finish this because I can't wait to read the next one.
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love paranormal stories. With magic and paranormal creatures, authors have the potential to create a world that’s unique and fun. LGBTQ+ books that aren’t contemporary are pretty rare. So when I saw this, I had to pick it up!

Sebastian is a police officer who is stumbling upon some really weird murder cases. Cases he can’t completely figure out. When he gets assigned a “specialist” for a partner, he finds himself in a whole new and bizarre world. With girls being murdered all around Brinnswick,
re-read: February 2020
Read for the third time and still loved it.

re-read: April 2019

Loved it as much the second time as I did the first.

Rating: 5 stars

I really loved this book and the start to the Ellwood Chronicles. I loved both of the MCs. I loved their banter and thought they had great chemistry together. I really liked that their relationship developed over time and while there was instant attraction, it wasn’t an inst-love situation. I thought all the side characters were great, especially
October 2019
Loved it even more the second time around ... maybe because I knew of the faults and adjusted to them.

Now to the next book 💃

**Warning: this text may contain spoilers** This book is sooo hard to rate:

on one hand I loved it, adored it ... the story was real good and I really, REALLY want to have more!

on the other hand, the characters missed a certain depth and I found it a bit hard to connect with SEbastian. I loved Ailin.
but I find Ailins power a bit simple ... so just chant a bit an
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Usually I would give a five if the book can make me laugh but what can I can say... Its a thriller!
It's one of the books where you don't check how much of the book is left.
The book is on Seb's POV who is ex- Special Force and currently a detective. Sadly the author has shown him scared of supers, which would be fine but it goes to the side of coward. Hopefully his personality improves in #2. The other MC is a witch (mind you not a warlock). Ailin has had a early start in his life as a supporter
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a great fantasy story!

If you like sarcastic wit, evil demons, sexy witches, and sexy humans all mixed up to make a explosive read this is the series for you!
It covers everything from fantasy to who done it, and a little romance . However it is all entertaining. I can't wait for the next installment!
May 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, 2020
Promising story. Bad execution. Serious problems with the tone leading to emotional whiplash and many WTF moments.

MCs call each other names and argue like overgrown (since the F-bomb explodes every other dialogue line) kindergartners.

The narrator can't decide what his personality is or if he actually has any. I can't really call him a protagonist because he does, like, one active thing throughout the entire book: he connects three murder cases together at the beginning and decides to take it t
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
It would have been a great book if it haven't been for:
A) The MC and narrator named Sebastian. I wondered if he was supposed to be demented. He, a kid growing in a tough environment of an academy, afterwards serving in the military and in the police, keeps reacting as a 15 year old girl. That was seriously beyond my ability to suspend disbelieve. Second, an average man would grasp the magic stuff and come to terms with it much faster that Sebastian. He just keeps wailing 'why me' and 'this isn't
Pandora  Phoenix
Dec 11, 2019 rated it did not like it
I always hesitate to low star books from small authors because I also work in an industry where reviews effect my income so I have been avoiding reviewing anything but.....

With this book?
I just can't.

It is to very rare to find a m/m book with a POC main character so I eagerly grabbed the whole series.
To my misfortune.

The author has the bones of a good story but.... the story lacks depth, the writing style is juvenile at best, I'm sure the witch MC has a black male fetish based in meeting the
Jan 29, 2020 rated it did not like it
As boring and unoriginal as it gets.
caroline wilson
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received this book by the author and this is my honest opinion.
I loved this book. It started a little slow and a bit what, why, where but by heck it hit the ground running after that. This is fantasy, romance, and a touch of mystery.
Sebastian is part of the police force and tends to keep quiet especially about the mysterious cr*p that he tends to see out of the corner of his eye. When he spots a pattern of murders that hit scarily close to a foggy memory back in the days in the army he heads s
K.R. Phoenix
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 5 stars
🔥🔥🔥 Heat Level: 3.5
🎧🎧🎧🎧🎧 Narration: 5 awesome headphones!

Just fantastic! I loved it!!

This story has the perfect balance of intrigue, magic, and mystery with great characters and a good bit of lust and adventure thrown in. I loved both Ailin and Sebastian and their chemistry flies off the page. They have a great love/lust/hate thing going on and the antics within this connection are hilarious!

Ailin is such a little spitfire and such a great character. I loved his sass and snark, humo
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I’m married to an awesome husband that puts up with me and all the characters in my head—and there are many. We have two young boys who also put up with me and my craziness. We live in Maryland with our two dogs and a fish. And yes, I had to include the fish, otherwise my three boys—hubby included—might just disown me. They love that damn goldfish we won at a carnival. *sigh*
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The Ellwood Chronicles (5 books)
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