Thursday, May 31, 2018

✱✱ Book Review ✱✱ Love's Magic by Janice Jarrell

Love's Magic
Revolutionary Heart - Book One
by Janice Jarrell 

If you love gay romance that contains both heated passion and steadfast love, Love’s Magic is for you! Professor Nate Reese rushes to protect a female student and is severely injured at the hands of her assailant. Traumatized by the attack, Nate sets his feet on a no-holds-barred path of activism designed to force university officials into addressing the issue of on-campus assault. At the same time, terrified of losing his hard-won status at the university, his partner, David Gardener, a veteran of 12 years as a very popular Professor, is reluctant to support Nate’s militant efforts. Seemingly abandoned by his partner, Nate sees David’s aversion to his activism as indifference to the trauma he suffered. Day by day they watch as their relationship disintegrates, while still struggling to resolve the disruptive issues engulfing the school they love.

In the meantime, Irishman Colin Campbell, handsome and charismatic Sergeant for the campus police force, fights his own on-going war against campus assault. But behind his obsessive desire to gain justice for victims lies a devastating secret which could forever destroy his fiercely independent facade and expose his deepest fear. Ultimately, it is Colin’s powerful connection to a steady, dark-eyed Title IX consultant which threatens to tear down his defenses and shatter the barriers protecting his heart.

Cocky and irresistible, the dynamic police officer was everything Joshua Abrams had ever longed for in a man, but Colin simply didn’t ‘do’ relationships. Unless Joshua would settle for a one night stand, or a very short-term liaison, there was no room for him in Colin’s life. Yet even knowing this, he couldn’t keep himself from falling hopelessly in love with his ‘magic man’. Despite the passion between them, he knew his quiet, reclusive nature could never hope to entice the vibrant, freedom-loving Irishman, so eventually he begins to back slowly away.

Eventually, a disagreement over an oddly disturbing case causes Colin’s hot Irish temper to erupt and their relationship is irrevocably shattered. Heartbroken, and convinced that Colin is gone forever, Joshua flees Charlottesville without a word, leaving Colin adrift and inconsolable.

But Joshua Abrams hadn’t merely stepped over the indelible line Colin had drawn between his heart and the dangers of real love, he had burned through it like hot lava. Finally forced to acknowledge his love for Joshua and his desperate need to have the quiet, Jewish man by his side, Colin must now face the dark and long-suppressed memories which are irrevocably linked to his love for the handsome consultant. Without even a forwarding address to guide him, he vows to find Joshua and bring him home. Colin’s struggle to conquer his pride and fear in order to find the love of his life and achieve their happily ever after will touch your heart.

Four lives in turmoil fighting for the relationships they cherish, and at the heart of the struggle, a great university struggles to survive its most harrowing challenge.

Momma Says: 5 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This debut by Janice Jarrell is a well-written, touching romance. Okay, actually, it's two romances. Two intersecting storylines brought together by a topic that is not only current, but one that certainly deserves attention. 
The book starts with David and Nate, who seem absolutely perfect for each other until the aftermath of a traumatic event puts a wedge between them. Then we have Colin and Joshua, who are quite different in personality but have an undeniable chemistry. Each romance is engaging in its own right and the book moves back and forth between the couples with them sometimes interacting as the four men become friends. 
I will say that in most cases, the two stories running along at the same time would be a negative for me as it tends to take away from one or the other, but the author does a wonderful job of making each character distinct and with the writing style, it just works for this book. The only drawback, for me, is around chapter three, we start to get both couples in the same chapter with scene breaks to signal a change. At times that seemed a bit abrupt and I did feel like a new chapter for those changes could've been more effective. Those changes from one couple the next were minor, in my opinion, and the story itself is good enough that it didn't diminish my interest or attention. 
The connecting storyline of on-campus assault is a serious one and Ms Jarrell does a wonderful job of bringing attention to it with fiction without going over the top or detracting from its importance. Each of these terrific characters is affected by assault in one way or another, and it's interesting to see how each one deals with it.
All in all, Love's Magic is a sweet romance with a bit of sexy combined with a story about standing up for what's right and forcing change in the system. It's a thoroughly compelling read from start to finish and I can't wait to see more of Colin and Joshua in the next Revolutionary Heart book.

Read more of Colin and Joshua's story
on Janice Jarrell's short stories on her website. 

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