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Double Alchemy by [Nicol, Susan Mac]
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Powerful yet tormented modern warlock Quinn Fairmont must initiate the silver-eyed Cade Mairston into the world of witchfinders, Withinners, and what can happen when two men fall truly, madly, deeply in love.


In modern London there lurks a warlock, Quinn Fairmont. Dangerous, powerful, tortured, sharing his body with the soul of an ancient Welsh sorcerer, Quinn is never alone—and never wholly himself. He fights against all those who would exploit his kind. He takes pleasure where he can find it.

In the forest of Hampstead Heath, Quinn’s hometown, Cade Mairston appears to him like a waking dream. Lithe, lean and silver-eyed, he evokes feelings in Quinn unlike any other: lust with true affection, immediate and shocking. Cade is clearly more than he seems. And yet, if a man of the world, Cade is innocent. He knows nothing of warlocks, witchfinders or Withinners. He knows nothing of what he is, what he might be, or what he might feel. For him, the story is just beginning. Magyck, peril and passion await. More awaits in book two…

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  • Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group (March 23 2014)
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1.0 out of 5 stars This book has a great cover. That's the best thing I can say ... Dec 20 2014
By Zarah - Published on
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This book has a great cover. That's the best thing I can say for it. Well, that and I appreciate Quinn and Cade being 36 & 35 years old. It's nice to encounter older leads, or at least not ridiculously youthful ones. But again, those are my only true compliments for this book. And now I'm going to rant a bit.

First and foremost, though possibly backwards to mention it in the beginning, this book is seemingly ennnnnddddllesssss. I swear I prayed and prayed for the end and it always seemed hours off. Even after the baddie had been beaten, the hero gone to the hospital, healed and been released, then returned home, made love to his boyfriend (again) and ensured the wellbeing of his injured business partner, when it seems like there can't possibly anything more to the book there is another 7% left and a new angle is pursued. (One I couldn't have cared less about.)

My god this book is all over the freakin' place. To say it needs to be trimmed and tightened up is like saying one of those people with disgustingly long, curling toe nails needs a pedicure. As a start, the author could cut about 50 pseudo-sex scenes. No joke, I'm not exaggerating.

From page one, the book jumps right into the sexual attraction. It then focuses almost exclusively on it, taking a really long time to find an actual plot (which is pretty darned weak). There is simply too much pseudo-sex, much, much, much too much.

Sure, I love an occasional smut-fest erotic novel, in which I wouldn't expect to have much in line of a plot. But this doesn't seem to have been written with that intent, it just fails to be anything else. Contradictorily, however, despite having a sex scene on just about every other page (and I'm being pretty literally about that) most of it is off screen. The reader gets the kissing, the attempt at dirty talk and is told this or that might have happened, but the actual act isn't shown. Thus, it also fails as porn and I termed it pseudo-sex. And it too is eeennnnddddllesssss (rather, a large part of why the book feels endless).

I also have to inquire, is this romance? I ask because the a huge part of the plot is that a warlock and a fey would always be attracted like magnets. That means ANY warlock and ANY fey would be attracted to one another. Thus the characters could and would be attracted to any other warlock or fey they encountered. It has nothing, nothing at all, to do with THESE characters. That's not romantic in the least. In fact, I find it kind of off-putting. It's kind of like rape in the sense that they have no free will about it. In further fact, when the same magnetic force is used by someone other than Quinn, even he likens it to rape.

So, I am completely unable to figure out how the 'honey' and 'baby' and 'wanting only him' and 'soul mate' make sense. What makes their attraction any different than the sexual pull they would feel with any other person of said genetics? Plus, these declarations of love cropped up AS SOON AS the men had sex, as if by having sex (unavoidable sex at that) suddenly made them a couple for life.

Then there was the annoyingly 'safe sex.' Early on Quinn makes the socially mandated (but utterly unnatural and forced) fuss about ensuring they practice safe sex. Then the next time they're together they 'agreed they trusted eachother enough for a no-condom policy.' Yeah, because the diseases they were previously concerned about are only contagious when two people don't trust each-other, right? Why bother with it if your just going to throw it away?

One of my biggest mm pet peeves is seeing one half of a couple written as a woman. Cade is definitely such a character, complete with an 'inner bitch.' Not to mention calling himself a 'bitch from hell' and 'prima donna' within a paragraph on eachother and having his displeasure called a 'girl fight.' Everything from his personality, thoughts and actions (and all that shame) to how Quinn sees and treats him cues the reader into his role as a female. (And he's not described as a femme.)

Most significantly though, is the way he has no real control over his sexual urges and the implication that all a man needs is access to 'have' him. This is especially obvious when one looks at the magical pull that's supposed to exist between warlocks and fey. It's only Cade (the girl) who is helpless to resist or even think in the face of it. Both Quinn and Taliesin seem to function and hunt just fine under its influence.

(As an annoying side note, it's also inconsistent as the book progresses. It allows Cade different reactions at different times, that according to the rules previous set up in the book he shouldn't have had. For example, we're told it's an effect that always occurs, but Cade meets Percy and Magnus without so much as a twinge.)

Then there is the writing, OMG, the writing. It is really clumsy, not necessarily bad but not such that I sunk into it and lost myself. Things like the use of the word 'happy' three times in a paragraph or boyfriend 33 times in the book, groin 41 times, c_ck 50 times, lover 70 times, lips 71 times, chuckle 80 times, or kiss 110 flipping times. They're noticeable in their repetition. (Eventually, I had a hell of a lot more fun clocking these repetitions than reading the actual book.)

Or passages like this: "...feeling a strange disquiet as well as a familiar sexual stirring in his groin, with his cock slowly rising, scenting a possible conquest. He was used to getting rock hard when he saw something he liked but the speedy progression of his current hard-on surprised him." Well, is it slow or speedy? Or "Jomo chuckled loudly, a deep belly laugh"...a chuckle, by definition, can be neither loud nor a deep belly laugh. It's not being these things that makes it a chuckle. I highlighted a ton of such passages. For example, at one point we're told Cade is lying supine while tied into a chair.

It also often used bigger words than necessary, but not quite in the right context—like the time Quinn kisses Cade on the 'proboscis.' A proboscis is "the nose of a mammal, especially when it is long and mobile, such as the trunk of an elephant or the snout of a tapir." It has been used to describe, in a derogatory way, a person with a large nose, true. But Cade wasn't suggested to have a particularly big one. So proboscis, while meaning a nose, doesn't really describe Cade's nose. So why bother with the $10 word. (And it's worth noting that I generally love big words in my lit, but it has to be appropriately used.

The exposition is clumsy too. There are a number of lengthy and...well, again, clumsy conversation in which a ton of questions were asked and answered. (This usually happens in bed, before and/or after sex was supposed to have occurred.)

The editing is a disaster. Not only because of the not quite right words, but wrong words, missing words, and mishaps; for example, swimming in the pool when someone's gone to the pond. A pond, by the way, that must be huge if it requires a buoy. (Where's the line between a pond and lake?) Plus, good lord, surely an editor would have told the author to cut at least a third of the book.

I found the internal dialogue annoying. Annoying in and of itself, but also because it was italicised in the same manner as Quinn's inner dialogues with Talisen, making them confuseable. The whole thing was also painfully predictable, with a wooden cardboard cut out villain, prone to cliché monologues.

So in the end, I'm throwing this on the short list of worst books I've read this year. Fail!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let this story hook you May 18 2014
By GGR-Review - Published on
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This M/M Paranormal Thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat and turning pages. This is Susan’s first Paranormal Thriller book and as we Americans say “She has hit this one out of the Park.” I’m a HUGE fan of this Author and as she releases each of her books I already have the pedestal for her set pretty high. She did not disappoint me again and actually surpassed my expectations. A Brilliant Job Susan.
This book has 3 Main Characters and 2 of the Characters share the same body. What? you say. Here is the creativity that Susan’s entwines into this story. Quinn Fairmont is a Contemporay Warlock, at a young age the warlock takes a Withinner, in essence this is another sorcerer that will share the body and thoughts of the contemporary warlock. Quinn’s Withinner is Taliesen a very powerful Welsh sorcerer. Quinn and Cade meet up in the forest one day and they both feel a spiritual pull to the other. Cade is a pretty knowing guy, but he has no idea what he is getting himself into with Quinn.
Susan has a way of building a world with her words that make it so easy to see in my head the scenes and locations that this book takes us. Cade lives on one of those flat houseboats that are popular in the UK and Quinn lives in a mansion. I can picture the boat and feel the water lapping at the hull just the same as I can see the immense surroundings of Quinn’s home, I almost can hear the voices resonate through the halls. Susan does the same thing with her character descriptions, she makes me want to run my hands through the hair on Quinn’s chest and caress the smoothness that is Cade. This is the reason that Susan is one of my favorite Authors, she can take me as the reader and drop me into a story that lets me believe what I am reading.
This is a Love story in a true form and what these 2+ characters will go through to protect what they are in charge of and what they hold most dear. This comes into play with so many plot twists and adventures. I found myself asking if Quinn and Cade were ever going to catch a break where they can just stay in bed for 24 hours and explore each other, I wanted it so bad for them. The story has Witch hunters that live to destroy the witches and warlocks even in this contemporary setting. There is also an evil force from Quinn’s past that is hellbent on the destruction of Quinn and the containment of Taliesen. Love plays an extremely important role in this book, it is the love between Quinn and Cade that makes the fight in each other stronger. Remember the 3rd character? He plays an important part in this adventure, you hate and love him at the same time. He’s a precocious guy.
How Susan can come up with all of the different aspects of this story still boggles my mind. For instance Quinn can summon Taliesen and have him appear in today’s time which sends Quinn back to where Taliesen came from. This comes in handy because then Taliesen can teleport them to a different place almost instantly, then when they arrive they switch back to their original times. I think this is brilliant story telling. Can you tell I really liked this book? It feels like I am rambling and that is a good sign, I just want to tell you so much, I just can’t without popping any spoilers. The things that I have just told you happen very early on in the book.
The only thing that we haven’t really talked is Cade, again not much of a spoiler, he is a Water Sprite. Earlier I told you about a pull, this is like a mating call between Quinn and Cade. Here ‘s the twist the Fae blood that courses through Cade amplifies the passion by multiples. Quinn understands this but Cade does not. Cade certainly does not understand why he is so turned on over someone that he barely spent but a few moments with. This sexual frustration was a bit comical. This book is part 1 in a 2 part series. Although Part 1 doesn’t answer all of the questions that come up, it does leave you with closure for this story.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Master storytelling at it's best! March 31 2014
By maria recchia - Published on
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I love Paranormal stories & I'm a huge fan of Susan Mac Nicol's M/M books. In this book, she brings both genres together & gives us this amazing story. With her master storytelling, she takes us into the mystical & magical world of Witches, Warlocks, Withinners & Feys. A world where danger lurks in the shadows.

The story takes place in modern day London. Quinn is human, but he's also a Warlock. He's very powerful & is the Grand Master or king of the Warlocks. He shares his body & soul with his Withinner, an ancient sorcerer named Taliesin, who is there to guard & protect him, give him advice or help him heal if he's been injured. They can't be in the same place at the same time, but can switch places when Quinn invokes Taliesin with a spell. This comes in handy if Quinn has to do some modern day time travel, if he has to get to one place or another that would otherwise take hours, then by switching places he can get to where he wants to be instantly. They can also communicate with each other through their minds.

Cade is an anthropologist & professor at the institute where Quinn is a benefactor. One night he's walking home & sees a cloaked figure while he's walking through the forest. Then his vision is blurred & when it clears, he sees a well dressed man in a suit standing in front of him. What he doesn't know at the time is that it was Quinn & Taliesin switching places. They start a conversation & the longer they stay near each other they both realize they have an instant sexual attraction to each other. What Quinn & Cade don't know at the time is that even thought Cade is human, he's also Fey or a Water Sprite. With Quinn being a Warlock, the sexual attraction is amped up because of Cade's scent. Quinn soon figures out with Taliesin's help that Cade is indeed Fey.

After going their separate ways that night, Quinn arranges for a chance meeting with Cade at a benefit at the Institute where Cade works. He manages to get him into an empty office where they have hot sex & Quinn explains to Cade that he suspects he's Fey & that's why they have such a strong sexual attraction. They start a relationship & fall in love, the strong sexual urges start to fade, but they still have lots of hot sex!

But there are enemies that want to destroy Quinn & any chances of happiness. Another Warlock seeks revenge on him for something he did, vowing to hurt those closest to Quinn first before he finally kills him. Quinn also has to deal with the leader of the Witchfinders Alliance, a group that wants to rid the world of Witches & Warlocks. He's also been betrayed by his own kind, someone who pretends to help him, but is really working with somebody else. Nothing is as it seems! He has to deal with all of this, while trying to carry on a relationship with Cade & help him find out more about his Fey ancestry.

This story had me intrigued from the start. I couldn't put it down. I highly recommend it, especially if you have never read any of Susan Mac Nicol's books. You should definitely start with this one! There's going to be a second book & I'm really looking forward to that!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Can I manage double helpings? April 14 2015
By JR - Published on
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The premise of a double identity as envisioned in this narrative adds depth to the development of the main characters. The author's power of enticing the reader into this world created by words is believable. There was not reservation about accepting the premise,. The exchange of time and locale seems no more incredible than the "beam me up, Scotty!" does for fans of Star Trek.

If I were the protagonist who fell in love, how would I manage the relationship with my lover who also has this other person available for counsel, help, comfort? It remains a questions through the tale and is one of the qualities that holds the reader's interest. In my opinion. However double helpings are not always manageable!
5.0 out of 5 stars BEWITCHING Jan. 1 2015
By Sue Allen Milkovich - Published on
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What a wonderful and refreshing story. The relationship between Quinn and Cade is filled with mystery, intrigue, adventure and death many times over. This story was non stop adventure. From the moment you pick it up you are on a terrific train ride of non stop switch backs, uphill, downhill, overall fast paced adventure. I enjoyed this story very much. I loved the plot, the attention to detail and the characters. The good on our side characters and the villains because they were so well written. This was a magnificently written story. BRAVO!!! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK!!!