Rating: 4.75 stars
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Length: Novel

 

Wally and Bez have successfully steered clear of The Collective’s detection for six months and are making a life for themselves. Wally spends his time cataloguing and working on artifacts, but he misses the wealth of the repository. Bez, wanting to give Wally a treat, manages to get him to a once-a-century outing put on by the Fae. But their world changes in an instant when Baron Novus, the fae lord in charge, shows an interest in Wally.

Bez learns that Novus’ plot is not all it seems, and he and Wally take the job, knowing it could lead to a trap. But things are even more nefarious than they expect, and each secret they uncover leads to more. Even with Mora and Kell’s help, the danger just keeps mounting. With their lives on the line, and bodies destroyed, it will take everything they have just to keep breathing, let alone put the wrongs to rights. But Bez is nothing if not determined to preserve the love he has for Wally, and the man himself, if it comes to that.

This is the second book in the Diabolic Romance series, and M.N. Bennett had done it again. The world this author has crafted is complex and engaging, and the characters are thoroughly entertaining. I was sucked in from the start and couldn’t stop reading.
Bez is as sassy and snarky as ever, a little bit mean in his words, but his heart is there on his sleeve. And his heart beats for Walter Alden. Whatever Bez is, he’s wholly invested in his mage and I love to see it. Raining down death and destruction is par for the course for this demon when he’s keeping Wally safe. Wally, for his part, still overthinks and overanalyzes. But he’s also learning to trust his magic, his intuition, and his impulsivity. Above all, their love is what fuels this story and has them persevering in the end.

The plot isn’t quite as twisty as in the first book, but no less compelling. Here, the clues weren’t as readily available, but Bennett has no trouble weaving them all together to create an engaging tale. The is more than bad guy, and the twists this book takes dives into not just physical altercations, but mental ones too. There are more themes explored here, including insecurity and hopelessness, and I really enjoyed the layers throughout the conflict.

Overall, I’m a fan of this author’s work and this series in particular. The plot builds seamlessly on the story that came before, the layers deepen, and most of all, two men love each other unconditionally. It’s a great read, and I highly suggest you pick this one up.