Release Blitz ~ Spellbound by Ava Marie Salinger (Reviews + Excerpt + Giveaway)

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Release Blitz, Excerpt & Giveaway:
By Ava Marie Salinger

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Fallen Messengers, Book 2

Can Cassius and Morgan overcome an elusive enemy and save a young girl’s life?

Eden Monroe has spent her entire existence believing she has no magic. Shunned by her mother Brianna and the magical bureau Hexa, she runs away from home when she is forced to embrace a future she never chose, only to fall into the hands of ghastly monsters from the Nine Hells. After being rescued by a mysterious Dryad with secrets of his own, Eden realizes there is more to her past and future than she could ever have imagined.

When San Francisco PD asks Argonaut to assist them in solving a series of strange bank robberies, Cassius Black and Morgan King uncover a disturbing plot that points to an unknown artifact hidden somewhere in the city. Their investigation soon has them crossing paths with a desperate Brianna, who seeks their help in finding her missing daughter. When the witch reveals the shocking circumstances surrounding her daughter’s birth as well as the deadly magic sealed inside the young girl’s body, the Argonaut agents realize their case is linked to Eden and the weapon of devastating power the bank robbers are after.

Can Cassius and Morgan defeat the malevolent organization behind it all and save Eden from her cursed fate? Or will the young girl suffer a destiny worse than death itself?

Spellbound is the second novel in the gay urban fantasy romance series Fallen Messengers. If you like your paranormal adventures full of action, magic, snark, and a host of steamy angels and demons, then you’re not going to want to miss this jaw-dropping, fun-filled ride!

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“Hey, guys,” Adrianne Hogan said testily through Cassius Black’s earpiece. “You two know we’re on a mission, right?”

Cassius Black tried to answer. Unfortunately, Morgan King’s mouth was currently locked on his and stopping all attempts from him to communicate with their team. He pressed his hands subtly against Morgan’s chest.

“I don’t think they can hear you,” Zach Mooney muttered to Adrianne across their comm line.

“Doesn’t this count as harassment?” Bailey Green hazarded.

“You mean, is our esteemed leader physically molesting the newest member of our team?” Julia Chen drawled. “All evidence is currently pointing to that, yes.”

The soft sigh that echoed through the earpiece could only have originated from Charlie Lloyd.

Morgan finally ended the kiss. The slow, sexy smile the Aerial flashed at Cassius made his belly clench with desire.

He clamped down firmly on his burgeoning lust and narrowed his eyes at the angel smirking at him. “What are you doing?”

“Blending in,” Morgan replied, unrepentant.

“I don’t think it’s working,” Bailey said through their earpieces. “A group of witches practically fainted when they just walked past you.”

“You guys stand out like sore thumbs,” Adrianne muttered. “We should have had Zach and Julia on the ground instead of you two lovesick fools.”

Cassius swallowed a sigh. Adrianne wasn’t exactly wrong.

The hustle and bustle of the magic market under Chinatown rose around Cassius and Morgan where they stood under a bookshop awning. They were currently on the tail of an alchemist reputed to be selling second-rate Glitterfang to the community of magic users in San Francisco. The cocktail of rat poison and bleach-infused magic powder he’d been peddling had already landed scores of people in hospital. Though Hexa was gunning for the man’s head, it was up to Argonaut as the agency responsible for law and order in the supernatural and magic communities to track down and arrest the criminal.

Their source had told them the alchemist would be making an appearance at the market today, although the wizard hadn’t been certain of the exact location of the makeshift booth their target would erect.

Cassius, Morgan, and their team had been there for two hours already and had yet to spot him. The physical description of the alchemist varied between his victims’ accounts, making it clear he was using an illusion spell to mask his true identity. Cassius’s ability to accurately detect the scent of a person’s soul core meant they would be able to narrow down their options quickly once he made an appearance.

Cassius and Morgan joined the throng of people navigating the alleys, the glow of flame torches casting their shadows on the ground. Though it was still daytime, the underground market saw no natural light and was permanently bathed in a soft, orange twilight. Cassius knew the place would get even busier once the sun set. It was fortunate the alchemist hadn’t chosen to come there at nighttime, when his scent would have been harder to filter out among the host of others that would have clouded the air.

A hint of something familiar drifted past Cassius’s nostrils as they turned onto a narrow path in the eastern district a short while later. The San Francisco underground magic market was the biggest emporium of its kind on the west coast and spanned three city blocks. It was divided into five districts: north, south, east, west, and central. The central district was where the most expensive shops were located. It regularly attracted magic users from nearby cities, the variety of rare goods drawing them in despite the hefty price tags.

Cassius bumped into a witch, mumbled an apology, and carried on walking.

“You got something?” Morgan said lightly.


“Get ready to mobilize,” Morgan warned the rest of their team.

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~ * ~ Jos Review ~ * ~

Fractured Souls

5 Stars
I’ve read a lot of paranormal but surprisingly not much with Angels and Demons. This was so good that I’m tempted to read more but also worried that they won’t live up to this as it was just fantastic.
Set in a world where 500 years ago, there was a great falling where Angels, Demons, and other paranormals fell and ended up on earth. No one is quite sure why but since they have had to live with humans, some of whom now have had magic woken within them. It sounds complicated but there is a glossary at the start and it actually is easy to get into.
Fractured Souls is book one in the Fallen Messengers series and introduces the main characters. Cassius and Morgan are our MCs. Cassius is ostracised by authorities with a reputation of being a bad guy. This couldn’t be further than the truth. Arrested by Morgan, on suspicion of black magic, the chemistry is there from the start. As they start to work together with Morgan and his team, their relationship develops into so, so much more. There is a story arc over the series about fighting an unknown enemy who is trying to cause some form of second rift opening. Each book, it’s clear, is going to have its own story that doesn’t end on a cliffhanger.
This book is funny, exciting, thrilling, and oh so hot. The banter between these two is brilliant and they are so good together, seriously hot. The supporting characters are really well written and very engaging too.
This book is really unique in its plot and setting. A great paranormal adventure with a wonderful love connection between the two MCs. So glad I’m lucky enough to have an arc of the second book because I couldn’t wait to read it.
A must-read recommendation from me. Fantastic fantasy writing.
Brilliant romance.

Loved it.

***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure. A review wasn’t a requirement.***



5 Stars
This is book two of the Fallen Messengers series. If you’ve not read book 1, you must for this to make sense but that’s no hardship. It’s brilliant. I am absolutely addicted to this series already. It’s exciting, totally enthralling and I absolutely adore Cassius and Morgan. Best sarcastic, rebellious heroes ever.
As said in my review of book 1, the background to these is they are set in a world where 500 years ago, there was a great falling where Angels, Demons, and other paranormals fell and ended up on earth. No one is quite sure why but since they have had to live with humans, some of whom now have had magic woken within them. It sounds complicated but there is a glossary at the start and it actually is easy to get into.
Book 2 takes up from book 1; Cassius and Morgan are together, still sarky, hilarious, and hot as hell. They are working together with the other agents to fight the ‘Master’. This story is fast-paced, full of action, and really engaging. This time the focus isn’t just on Cassius and Morgan’s investigations. In fact, it starts with Eden Monroe, daughter of Brianna, head of the Hexa that we met in Book1. Desperately unhappy, she runs away into heaps of trouble as well as a cute boy. The two storylines gradually come together for an epic battle against evil.
This is one of the best fantasy paranormal series I’ve read in a long time. Fast-paced, full of intrigue, lots of laughs as well as passion. Perfect! I cannot wait for book 3.
An absolute must-read recommendation from me.
***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure. A review wasn’t a requirement.***


~ * ~ Jens Review ~ * ~

4.25 Stars!
Spellbound is the second in the Fallen Messengers series, and I would strongly suggest you read them in order. If you thought there wasn’t much romance in the last book, then I will warn you that this one has less. This book is more urban fantasy than romance. It pretty much hits the ground running with Cassius and Morgan and their team finishing up one case, only to land two more urgent cases.

Cassius and Morgan’s bond has definitely grown stronger and tighter. Cassius seems more comfortable in their relationship, which is good to see. Both angels had surprises thrown at them while revealing more of their pasts and powers as well. I liked that Morgan was so protective of Cassius and tried to support him no matter what he learned or saw. I liked all the new characters and learning more about the world that they live in. The end scene felt a little awkward for reasons that I can’t quite put my finger on, but overall this was an action-packed story with plenty of surprises.

I can’t wait for the next installment in this series. I really hope that Cassius and Morgan get more answers about their past and the evil that is tormenting the world and them.
*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure. A review wasn’t a requirement. ***

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About the Author:

Ava Marie Salinger is the pen name of an Amazon bestselling urban fantasy author who has always wanted to write scorching hot M/M urban fantasy. In 2021, she launches FALLEN MESSENGERS, her first M/M urban fantasy romance series. She also writes contemporary M/M romance as A.M. Salinger. When she’s not dreaming up hotties to write about, you’ll find Ava creating kickass music playlists to write to, spying on the wildlife in her garden, drooling over gadgets, and eating Chinese.

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