It’s the Roaring Twenties in foggy San Francisco. Prohibition is on, inhibitions are low, and dark magic is rolling into town…
Archaeologist Lowe Magnusson is packing something everyone wants. The djed amulet, a priceless Egyptian artifact, will fetch Lowe a hefty paycheck from one of San Francisco’s wealthiest. But when the handsome Swede runs into his patron’s uptight daughter, what he once considered easy money becomes maddeningly complicated…
Cursed with deadly spirits as her constant companions, curator Hadley Bacall must keep calm to hold her dangerous specters at bay and prevent them from lashing out at anything—or anyone. Trouble is, Lowe is driving her crazy, but her father needs the artifact he’s transporting. While Hadley can feel the amulet’s power, she can’t fathom the destruction—or the desire—it’s about to stir up.
While naming this series the Roaring Twenties certainly has historical precedent, there is an argument to be made for "the Steamy Twenties". Amid the magic and intrigue, Bennett creates two nuanced and well developed characters who chase treasure, test wits, and generate enough sexual heat to curl this book's pages.
If I were going to list my favorite things about GRIM SHADOWS, I'd start with the sexual fireworks between Lowe and Hadley, followed by the singular impact of Lowe's dirty talk, and follow these closely with the mix of quiet and spectacular magic that Bennett so deftly describes. Lowe himself doesn't quite manage to displace his older brother as my favorite Magnusson man, but that's a simple matter of preference between the "dashing adventurer" and the "dangerous business man" tropes. Fans of HEART OF STEEL's Archimedes Fox, or even The Mummy's Rick O'Connell, will enjoy Lowe's swoon-worthy dashing.
While the character development, world building, and romance elements of GRIM SHADOWS out performed some of the flashier action scenes, flying gryphons and flame goddesses were still a ton of fun to read. Another fantastic romance wrapped up in adventure, the Roaring Twenties is my new favorite historical paranormal series.
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