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Mainly by Moonlight

(Bedknobs and Broomsticks #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  457 ratings  ·  113 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. And if he can’t undo a powerful love spell, uncertainty threatens his nuptial magic. But when he’s arrested for allegedly killing a longtime riv

Kindle Edition, 252 pages
Published August 1st 2019 by JustJoshin Publishing, Inc.
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Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, mystery, m-m
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
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.
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
Annelie Lange
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
Joyfully Jay
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Lori S.
I hesitate calling this romance, so I won't despite the overall wedding aspect of this story.

John and Cosmo fall in love a bit too fast, and are getting married two weeks after first meeting. I know people do do this sort of thing in reality, but, when you add in John's initial hostility toward Cosmo, Cosmo's best friend's interference with his fiance (she lays a love spell on John), and the way Cosmo lies his way through their relationship about his magical heritage, among other things, it's ha
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
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
Waleska 'Wally'
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.

I just reviewed Mainly by Moonlight by Josh Lanyon #MainlyByMoonlight #NetGalley
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)
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
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, lgbtq, 4-star
A great start for this charming new series. As is often the case with Lanyon couples, I loved the POV MC and am somewhat conflicted about his romantic partner. No doubt John will be everything Cosmo sees in him, but I enjoy the tension of wondering whether he’s worthy of our young witch. Book 2 is due on Halloween so thankfully we have only a short wait for more.

Note: Can anyone fill me in on this item in the author's note at the end? (view spoiler)
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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.
Kasia Bacon
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A mix of mystery with a dash of paranormal plus very likeable characters. Fun!!!!!
Oh, this is hard to rate. On the one hand, I really liked our witch, Cosmo, his squabbling friends and family, and the overall idea. It was light, and fun, and could have been really great in my opinion. It's a lot lighter than other books I've read by Josh Lanyon, less murdery, so if you're in the mood for a light, fun, paranormal series with just a hint of murder…

But there were a few things that just bugged me.
- This book is merely a HFN, and the story will continue. Cosmo and John had so man
Stephanie Anderson
Has the classic hot and cold angsty romance we know and love from Lanyon. A HFN and the blurb for the second book killed me dead, gah!
I loved it!

Edit 8/1 I wrote this feedback over in the discussion thread on Lanyon's patreon so spoilers :D
(view spoiler)
Jenna R
**I received an electronic ARC from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for honest review.**

Josh Lanyon brings forth a murder mystery fantasy LGBTQ whirlwind romance. Cosmo is a witch who is all set to marry the love of his life, the new police commissioner, John. But when Cosmo is found at the scene of a homicide, that just might put a strain on the relationship.

If all of that sounds like there's a lot going on, it's because there absolutely is a lot going on. Too much to keep reigned
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 - 5 I'm kinda both looking forward to and dreading the next book in the series.

Cosmo was one of those fun, quirky characters that you definitely wouldn't think of becoming the perfect match for a straight-laced Police Commissioner. Stranger things have happened though, especially in Cosmo's life.

The supporting characters were great - even when they weren't being, well... supportive. They definitely kept things interesting, that's for sure. The mystery wasn't transparent and aside from the
Michael S.
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 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this was really interesting.. i felt like i was watching an old tv show.. it made me curious and happy.. it was interesting and made me happy and made me laugh and i enjoyed it a lot.

Josh Lanyon is almost always a good read for me, but this one it saddens me to say, this was a complete miss. The characters were underdeveloped and did not act their age.
I kept feeling like I missed a whole book, since I really had trouble keeping up.

Cosmo seems like a spoiled brat who can't make up his mind if he wants to be a mortal of follow his heritage.
John is, and I can not believe it, a police commissioner who has not figured out what his husband-to-be is up to.

I was so confused at th
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book of a trilogy, and leaves much to resolve. From the way Josh talks about plot arcs and character arcs, I knew that she'd save a good deal of that for the second and third books. It seems that there will be much more coming in the way of the character arcs.

Cosmo and John are engaged, and soon to be married, without knowing a lot about each other. Cosmo has kept a lot from John, including that he's the son of a duchess in a French court of magicians. Magic is kept hidden from
Mainly by Moonlight, the first in Lanyon’s new Bedknobs and Broomsticks series, falls right in the middle for me. I loved the idea of a witchcraft based mystery suspense and the pairing of a by-the-book police commissioner with an antiques dealer who is also a witch seemed like a great start. However, there were quite a few components that left me questioning things and others I wasn’t keen on. That said, the story was interesting and I found myself pretty invested in the outcome...I’m just not ...more
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sh-2019, sh-aug, 2019, glbt
A great urban fantasy and murder mystery! I soaked this book up like a sponge, it was great. Another Lanyon hits high marks for me. Great premise for a new series, light hearted, yet mysterious intrigue.
Best quote that reflects everything “little white lies—and some very black magic—are about to bring his fairy-tale romance to an end.” Warning: the real mystery continues into the next book!
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful start to a series. It has a soft cliffhanger but such a wonderful book. Highly recommended it.
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Usualy, as you know, i'm not a big fan of series but i will make an exception for this one. I try to be patient 😥 but josh please speed up 😭
Cute story with lots of potential. I look forward to reading other books in this series.
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Expecting some angst in 2nd book... Cosmo hasn’t come clean and... he will pay, I think, unfortunately!
John is the golden example of the type of strong, silent but tender older man written by Lanyon that I come to love so much.
Dieter Moitzi
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay-book-reviews
More accurately it's 4.5 stars.
I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
This review has been originally posted at Gay Book Reviews - check it out!

I’ve already confessed how big a fan of murder mysteries and books with magic I am, so you can easily imagine how excited I was about Josh Lanyon’s new release, which is a mix of both. Once more, true to her usual swift and effective writing technique, Josh doesn’t dilly-dally but throws us in medias res, which means that afte
Lisa The Novel Approach
~ 3.5 Stars ~

What? Josh Lanyon has written a cozy murder mystery with a hint of magic and a smidge of insta-love, you ask? Yup, she has, and it’s a good bit of fun.

Written in the first person, Cosmo Saville tells his story in a conversational way, and I liked the style for its authenticity. Much like sitting across the table from a friend and listening to them talk about what’s been happening in their life, Cosmo gets ahead of himself, backtracks to catch us up and fill in blanks, and gives us
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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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Bedknobs and Broomsticks (3 books)
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  • Bell, Book and Scandal (Bedknobs and Broomsticks, #3)