SEDUCING THE SORCERER by Lee Welch – a new fantasy m/m romance by the author of SALT MAGIC, SKIN MAGIC and MENDED WITH GOLD.
Release date: 23 September 2021
Length: 100,000 words
Genre: fantasy m/m romance
Homeless and jobless, Fenn Todd has nearly run out of hope. All he has left is his longing for horses and the strength of his own two hands. But when he’s cheated into accepting a very ugly sackcloth horse, he’s catapulted into a world of magic, politics and desire.
Fenn’s invited to stay at the black tower, home of the most terrifying man in the realm: Morgrim, the court sorcerer. Morgrim has a reputation as a scheming villain, but he seems surprisingly charming—and sexy—and Fenn falls hard for him.
However, nothing is as it seems and everyone at the tower is lying about something. Beset by evil hexes, violent political intrigue and a horse that eats eiderdowns, Fenn must make the hardest choices of his life.
Can a plain man like Fenn ever find true love with a scheming sorcerer?
Content warnings: graphic sex scenes including consensual rough sex/spanking/humiliation; kidnapping (named character is tied up and gagged); gun violence (gun is held to a named character’s head); death by crushing (non-named character); mention of suicide.
Author’s note: Seducing the Sorcerer is written from the point of view of a hero whose grammar isn’t perfect. These are not errors in the text but deliberate style choices. Thank you!
Cover art: Tiferet Design – M/M book covers
Editing: May Peterson, May Peterson Books – Books, blogging, and editorial
- Scheming court sorcerer (probably evil)
- Gruff, out-of-work groom (possibly with a heart of gold)
- Magical sackcloth horse
- Spies, lies, saving the realm
- True love and spanking.
“Seducing the Sorcerer is a book that wears its heart on its sleeve, and I loved every minute of it. Beyond being a beautifully written romance, this is a story about kindness, compassion, and what we owe one another as human beings, that will stay with you long after the last page. Outstanding.” – Jordan L. Hawk, author of the Whyborne & Griffin series.
“If you’re looking for fainting pretty boys, this book is not for you. Fenn and Morgrim are grown men: worn, world weary, stronger than they know, and scared to reach for what they want—for a while. The world is tangible, often beautiful, the story complex and engrossing, by turns dark, gritty, humorous, tragic, and rough. It’s the kind of story that stays with you after you’ve devoured the final page.” – Lynn Flewelling, author of the Nightrunner Series and the Tamír Triad.
“Seducing the Sorcerer is tender, sharp, and funny all at once. I was immediately drawn into the magical world that Lee Welch deftly creates and happily stayed up well into the night reading.” – Cat Sebastian, author of The Queer Principles of Kit Webb and the Seducing the Sedgwicks series.
“Seducing the Sorcerer is a classic ‘grumpy one falls for…extremely grumpy one’ romance, featuring two middle-aged cynics who might just be each other’s sunshine. Throw in some magical mysteries, a gothic tower, and a healthy dose of skullduggery. Add libraries, kittens and magical horses. It all adds up to a bracing hug of a book that’s full of heart.” – Dr Sam Hirst, Romancing the Gothic.
~ * ~ Mari‘s Review ~ * ~
First of all, let’s talk about the cover, because it’s absolutely stunning and intense and I just had to mention how much of an impact it made for me.
I loved Fenn so much. He was a down-on-his-luck man in his 40’s that had gone through so much in his life, and finally seemed to catch a break, but of course, it couldn’t just be that easy, could it? Not when the horse he earned himself after a day of hard work, ends up making him a laughingstock, and then turns out to be magical and flies him right to a sorcerer’s doorstep.
Now, here’s the thing, I wasn’t as fond of Morgrim, the Sorcerer, and frankly, I thought Fenn was too good for him. Morgrim felt younger than his age (in his 40’s, too), throwing tantrums and keeping secrets, and trying to take advantage of Fenn’s good nature. He did get better in the end, but by then it was too late for me. I did like that Fenn and Morgrim had things in common because of their age, and they did have good chemistry, it was just that I wanted more for Fenn.
The writing was really good. Lee Welch is really great at writing fantasy stories that feel realistic and relatable. I was completely enthralled with Fenn’s story and was happy with how it all played out, so I have no trouble recommending it!
*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement. ***
Lee Welch lives on top of a hill in the windiest city in the world, Wellington, New Zealand. She shares the house with her partner, two kids, two cats, a dog and quite a lot of spiders. Lee studied ancient history at Auckland University and creative writing at Birkbeck, University of London. By day, she works as an editor and business communications adviser for a large government department. By night, she writes escapist romances, usually with magic in them.
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