Book Title: Unholy (Witchbane #5)
Author: Morgan Brice
Publisher: Darkwind Press
Narrator: Kale Williams
Release Date: March 30, 2021
Genre: Urban fantasy, MM paranormal romance
Tropes: Supernatural suspense, hurt/comfort, hot sex, dark magic, evolving relationship, ghosts
Themes: Trust, the power of found family
Heat Rating: 4 flames
Length: 6 hours and 33 minutes
It is the 5th book in the Witchbane series but can be read as a standalone.
A cycle of ritual murders. A coven of dark warlocks, drawing their immortality from the magic of their dead master. Two men sworn to stop the deaths, destroy the warlocks, and avenge the victims. Except this time, the killer flips the script.
Seth Tanner swore vengeance on the dark witches who killed his brother, Jesse. He rescued Evan Malone from one of the witches, and they’ve fallen in love despite the danger and chaos, going on the road to complete the quest and bring an end to the ritual murders. Their relationship is still new, tested at every turn by danger and magic.
Seth and Evan head to Charleston to stop the next warlock and save his intended victim. But this time, they’re too late. The warlock has already powered up, and he’s determined to destroy the two hunters one way or another. A deadly curse on Seth and Evan means time is running out. Can they find a way to turn the tables, or is Charleston their final destination?
Unholy is an urban fantasy MM paranormal romance with plenty of supernatural suspense, hurt/comfort, hot sex, found family, dark magic, and paranormal thrills. It is part of a series but can be read as a standalone and features an evolving, established romantic relationship with all the feels. Intended for readers 18 years of age and older.
Audio 5 Stars
Audio: Yes, another sensational paranormal by Ms. Brice that is expertly narrated by Mr. Kale Williams. The production of this story is top-notch, and as the action unfolded, I was pulled into this supernatural tale. Bravo to Mr. Williams for handling such a large variety of voices to complement the numerous characters. As the action ramped up, I was riveted to my headphones. There are many details and confrontations with evil but I was able to follow perfectly. The audio skillfully complimented this engaging, and at times spine-chilling, adventure. I can’t recommend it enough!
Story-line: The 5th dynamic installment of Ms. Brice’s Witchbane series has Seth and his boyfriend, Evan, once again going up against the darkest of demons. They are the witch disciples that sacrifice a family member of the original sheriff, and his posse, who executed their master Gremory. This is done in cycles and the men are heading to Charleston to prevent the next murder from occurring. The killing allows the witch to feed off the victim and retain their powers.
After a near-death collision, the men are contacted by Cassidy Kincaid and Teag Logan. The two are part of the Alliance that battles the dark unknown evil forces that are attracted to Charleston. I adored Cassidy and Teag, and love how they work together with Seth and Evan as if they have done it for years. They take the men to Cassidy’s home for safekeeping. A premonition from Cassidy’s cousin, Simon, alerted her to their predicament. If that wasn’t enough a spell has been cast on Evan and Seth, preventing them from touching each other without searing pain. This is torture for this couple as they are deeply in love. All of this happens very early on, so this sets the plot and pacing of the book. Yes, it’s a lot to digest but well worth it.
I don’t want to give anything away but the reasons for the ritual killings are more complex than Seth and Evan thought. The men are desperately trying to escape from the deadly curse, and the stakes are high as they try to prevent future murders. I have read her 4 previous stories in this series and I was thrilled with the freshness of this tale. There were plenty of exciting and unique perspectives, along with fast-paced thrilling twists. I feel you need to read the books in order to get the most out of this story. I strongly urge you to try this heart-pounding and deeply satisfying book and audio.
About the Author
Morgan Brice is the romance pen name of bestselling author Gail Z. Martin. Morgan writes urban fantasy male/male paranormal romance, with plenty of action, adventure and supernatural thrills to go with the happily ever after. Gail writes epic fantasy and urban fantasy, and together with co-author hubby Larry N. Martin, steampunk and comedic horror, all of which have less romance, more explosions. Characters from her Gail books make frequent appearances in secondary roles in her Morgan books, and vice versa.
On the rare occasions Morgan isn’t writing, she’s either reading, cooking, or spoiling two very pampered dogs.
Series include Witchbane, Badlands, Treasure Trail, Kings of the Mountain and Fox Hollow. Watch for more in these series, plus new series coming soon!