Mainly by Moonlight
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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I didn't get any connection between Cosmo and John (view spoiler)[with or without the "love" spell (hide 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)[how the actual hell do you marry a man and live with him and hide *forever, supposedl ...more
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 ...more
Note: Can anyone fill me in on this item in the author's note at the end? (view spoiler)["....the relative of an old villain you may re ...more
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.
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 ...more
I loved it!
Edit 8/1 I wrote this feedback over in the discussion thread on Lanyon's patreon so spoilers :D
(view spoiler)[It was a fast paced and engaging read. I liked Cosmo as an MC but feel like he kind of invites his own disaster, which to be honest he was amateur sleuthing.
It was a bit chilling that he might have got his friend Oliver killed/hurt or that Olive ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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!
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.
I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more