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Mainly by Moonlight

(Bedknobs and Broomsticks #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  1,291 ratings  ·  274 reviews
A gay high-society wedding. A stolen book of spells. A love-threatening lie. Can a witch avoid a murder rap without revealing the supernatural truth?

Cosmo Saville guiltily hides a paranormal secret from his soon-to-be husband. Thanks to a powerful love spell, uncertainty threatens his nuptial magic. But when he’s arrested for allegedly killing a longtime rival, he could sp
ebook, 222 pages
Published August 1st 2019 by JustJoshin Publishing, Inc.
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Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, m-m, sf
Another book I really, *really* wanted to like but... couldn't.

Mostly because we find out in the second chapter than the MC is marrying a dude he met two weeks prior.

And all I can say is:

And the MC is like, nah, it's fine, see, only my fiancé is under a love spell, not me! I'm totes going ahead with the wedding. And I'm like, wait, but:

And he's like, no, really, I removed the love spell from him, it's FINE, it's ethical now, and I'm still all back at:

And he's like, okay, you're just wondering ho
* A Reader Obsessed *
3 Stars

First things first. Lanyon is definitely a top author that impresses and vexates me consistently, and I return again and again because no matter what, the writing is always top notch where this was no different on all accounts.

This author's rare foray into an AU that contains magic was quite the draw and it was teasingly complex and interesting - probably the best parts in my opinion. Featuring witch Cosmo, who’s adamant about being nonmagical in the human world but who is absolutely unsu
Shin Mon Thway
OMG! 😱 OMG! 😱 OMG! 😱 Where do I even begin with this book? First of all, since the moment Josh Lanyon announced about this book and from that blurb, I knew this is soooooo going to be my cuppa. 😍 So I was waiting really impatiently about the release of this book. 😅 But when Josh again announced that the audio is coming very soon after the release of the print, I knew I gotta wait again because I love Josh’s audios even more than I love Josh’s books. ❤️ And boy, was the wait worth it! Yes!!! Yes ...more
3 Stars

WARNING: this review may contain mild spoilers.

I love me some magic and I love me some mystery in my books, and I also love me some Lanyon quality storytelling, so this should have been a slam-dunk for sure. But although I enjoyed it, I also came away from this one with more than a handful of quibbles — quibbles that kept me from loving this story the way I was hoping to.

My first issue revolved around to the whole two-week whirlwind romance thing. Love spell or no love spell, this just
Oct 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: zz-2019
This was fricking terrible. I can't get my head around this being a Lanyon book.

Stuff I hated:

*Instalove (which you don't see, they're together when the book starts)

*Starts in the middle of an ongoing plot, leaving the reader to scramble to catch up

*The mc's have zero chemistry between each other

*Too many side characters

*I needed to suspend way too much believe (they buy a house, plant a giant garden, plan a wedding and more in two weeks??)

*All the characters were unlikable

*Their entire relati
Oct 30, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: my-own-work
I LOVED writing this. I really lost myself in the world I created (which is, I think, the closest a writer can come to experiencing their work as readers do).
I sure wish I hadn't already been thoroughly spoiled when I picked this up. But when the blurb of the second book blares out the answer to the Big Suspenseful Question of the first book, well... there goes any possibility of actual suspense. The whole "Will he or won't he?" moral dilemma was a complete wash, because I already knew the answer.

Still, I enjoyed it more than I expected, given that (and given the number of lukewarm reviews from my friends). It's light and frothy for a murder mystery,
Dec 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
3.5 stars

This one was difficult to rate because the story isn't finished, but I guess for a first book in a series it was very enjoyable.

I liked Cosmo and John, although I think there wasn't much room for any character development here. There were elements to their relationship that didn't seem believable, but that didn't bother me that much. I'm actually really interested to see how things will work out in the next book. Both when it comes to their relationship and the mystery part of the stor
I really enjoyed this! It was "lighter" than the usual Lanyon, but still had the murder mystery element. I wanted more development of our MCs, so I can't wait for Book 2, when shit will really hit the fan when John finds out about all the magic. No cliffhanger though. ...more
Annelie Lange
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
As a patron of Josh's I was able to read the not-quite-finalized/polished manuscript before release. I love the concept, I love Cosmo, but everything else about this one fell far below my expectations based on previous Lanyon novels (and I've read almost all of them!) I'm hoping that when the finalized version arrives to my kindle this week I will find it much improved. The purchased version unfortunately is the same manuscript with all the same sloppy editing mistakes (missing words, incomplete ...more
Different from Josh Lanyon’s usual. While not without its setbacks, it was still an entertaining ride!

Cosmo Saville hides his witch pedigree from his soon-to-be husband, police commissioner John Galbraith. It’s been fairly easy so far, but then they’ve only known each other for a whole two weeks.

However, when a murder and series of mishaps occur right before the wedding, Cosmo and John’s whirlwind fairytale comes crashing down.

I’ll acknowledge the elephant in the room right up front - the two we
Beth doesn't write  enough reviews
I expected better.

I struggled here. Really struggled. I had to keep putting it down because of Cosmo being stupid. Then I would try again only to get aggravated and put it back down.

So many lies. You don’t lie to someone you supposedly love, use forget spells on then go ahead with the wedding after finding out your husband to be didn’t even like you until your best friend cast a love spell on him. That’s not even the worst of the lies.

The murder investigation is not close to be solved even if
Oct 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
Book Reaction:
Rating: 3.5 Stars – that place between like and love

A San Francisco Police Comissioner with a Scottish surname? Check. Coupled with a sexy spouse/fiance considerably younger than him? Check. Murder, mystery and mayhem ensue as they get involved in solving crimes? Yup, another Check. Oh, and the young fiance practices The Craft (Witch, that is) occasionally and has a family of quirky crafty characters. I quickly got a "McMillan & Wife / Bewitched" vibe from this tale, and had to laugh when reading Josh's authors note: "I wanted to write something
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mainly by Moonlight is a stellar start to a new Josh Lanyon series! I love the new, magical world Lanyon is showing us in this first book of the series. I love the fact that everything wasn't neatly spelled out, that we were left with several unsolved mysteries to look forward to. Overall, reading this book felt like peeling a big onion, layer by layer. Every single page brought out a new surprise, new problem, new exciting aspect, some tears even. At some point in the middle of the story I real ...more
Well now. That was THE most frustrating story I've read in a very long time. Probably one of the worst cases of insta❤love ever. I can't believe I finished it. Guess I kept hoping "the issues" would somehow be resolved.

Why didn't I like this book?

(view spoiler)
This doesn't "feel" like a Josh Lanyon book, in any way. With the magical aspect, I should have loved it. But too many things felt off.

I didn't get any connection between Cosmo and John (view spoiler), Cosmo was too inconsistent and couldn't stick with either practicing magic or living as a human, too many ends left hanging and are you kidding me, (view spoiler)
Aug 04, 2019 rated it liked it

A great start for one out of three. We've just been lead into the story and now we, I, await for more.

Lanyon has obstacles galore all set against our heros, so I'm going to just roll up my sleeves and start jumping along.
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This was a pretty good read I have read this author before. A gay high-society wedding. A stolen book of spells. A love-threatening lie. Can a witch avoid a murder rap without revealing the supernatural truth? Cosmo Saville guiltily hides a paranormal secret from his soon-to-be husband. Thanks to a powerful love spell, uncertainty threatens his nuptial magic. But when he’s arrested for allegedly killing a longtime rival, he could spend his honeymoon behind bars. Police Commissioner John Joseph G ...more
Joyfully Jay
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sammy
A Joyfully Jay review.

5 stars

Stepping outside her usual genre here, author Josh Lanyon delves into the fantasy world of witches and warlocks, with a dash of mystery on the side. Mainly by Moonlight is the beginning of a new series and so go in expecting that there are some loose threads left dangling in this fast-moving novel. With some great side characters and some unfinished business that could still spell danger for Cosmo, this story leaves more questions than it does answers, but that’s ju
Holy Smokes - what a spectacular story! The characters are fantastic for sure, but this storyline is amazing. I'm all a-shiver with the possibilities of where Josh is going to go with this one and I can not wait to read I Burried a Witch!

Fantastic in audio, Kale Williams' portrayal of Cosmo is perfection - he totally nails this one. Williams captures Cosmo's sweetness and his charm, how he opens his heart to John, his friends, and everyone he meets... what a wonderful character.

I enjoyed eve
Michael S.
Aug 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Cosmo is a treat, and the setting is, for lack of a more fitting adjective, enchanting.

John, on the other hand, is impossible for me to like, and I’m not capable of the degree of suspension of disbelief that would make his two-week courtship of Cosmo relatable. Magical interference or not, this goes way out of bounds.

I dig the paranormal intrigue and may read the next book to follow the story, but no part of this is romantic. John is an asshole, and I was extremely disappointed to realize that h
Aug 05, 2019 rated it liked it
When Practical Magic met Bewitched

Mainly by Moonlight is a mixed bag of magic, a witch , a whodunit murder mystery , a wedding , love potions , all wrap around the romance between Cosmo and John.

Yep, lot of things going on simultaneously on the first book of what I expect will be a series.

Sort of liked it but didn't love it.

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So, it wasn't quite 4 stars but I couldn't see rounding this down to 3 given how much I loved Kale Williams' performance and the story as a whole. I love it when my favorites authors go outside their typical genre, which also earns them bonus points. (While almost every title is a mystery of some sort, JL has few PNR/Fantasy stories.)

Something about Cosmo definitely reminded me of Adrien (as did John/Jake) but their relationship evolved in a completely different way (which is a Very Good Thing).
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
Mix aspects of “Bewitched” — magic exists, but is hidden from mortals/normals; an unsuspecting partner/spouse with military or law enforcement career; a witch who is resisting “active witch” status, but can’t quite resist taking certain magical shortcuts; and, of course, meddling in-laws — with an m/m romance and murder mystery, then add the MC’s doubts about his fiancée’s true feelings, and you have the recipe for what promises to be a new favorite Josh Lanyon series. Since the story is told fr ...more
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, lgbtq
I knew it, knew it, knew it. I knew Josh Lanyon could pull this kind of story off. If anyone would be able to write about witches and mystery it was her. This felt kind of cozy, kind of wicked and for sure all kinds of magical. This kicked off my October/Halloweeny reads in the best way! I am a huge fan of witchy reads and this was almost perfect. I loved, loved, loved all the magic. This is my favorite kind of story to read and I would read about witches all day long if I could. All the charact ...more
Kasia Bacon
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A mix of mystery with a dash of paranormal plus very likeable characters. Fun!!!!!
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Josh Lanyon’s latest novel is kind of Adrien English meets Bewitched as the owner of an antique store (who also happens to be a witch) finds himself suspected of murder just a few days before his wedding to the city’s Police Commissioner.  Mainly by Moonlight is an enjoyable romp that’s perhaps a little more light-hearted than some of the author’s other novels - and as it’s the first in a trilogy, it sets up more questions than it answers, so don’t pick it up expecting everything to be cut and d ...more
Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review.

This was adorable!! Not nearly as serious and dark as JLs other stories, and I had the best time reading. I need to do a re-read once the entire series is out. I was so nervous reading because I didn't know what would happen and I was kinda scared they wouldn't end up together at the end of book 1. This is a continuous series and I read the blurb for book 2 and yeesh, it sounds drama filled relationship wise.

The snark and banter betwee
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Josh Lanyon is the author of over sixty titles of classic Male/Male fiction featuring twisty mystery, kickass adventure and unapologetic man-on-man romance.

Her work has been translated into eleven languages. The FBI thriller Fair Game was the first male/male title to be published by Harlequin Mondadori, the largest romance publisher in Italy. Stranger on the Shore (Harper Collins Italia) was the f

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