Skeletons in the Closet
Author: Kayla Bain-Vrba
Title: Skeletons in the Closet
Pairing: M/M, Bi
Rating: Three Petals
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It's no secret that Riley used to practice dark magic, but he gave it up gladly when he fell in love with Landon. But Riley has spent the last year trying to shield Landon from just how dark his past really was, desperate to keep him safe and hold on to their fragile relationship.
Then Dyami, Riley's old partner, returns to town and threatens to kill them both if Riley doesn't return to his old ways…
I received this book as an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This story was a cute bit of fun. Riley has sworn off dark magic and is very happy in his relationship with Landon. He had to suppress the part of himself that used to revel in his evil power in order to create a happy life, which I thought gave him a nice touch of depth. Landon was also an interesting character. He knows Riley is holding back, but can't figure out how to convince Riley that Landon is able to handle even Riley's strongest powers. Then Dyami appears and throws a wrench into their relationship.
Riley and Landon both share the spotlight, but at times I found myself struggling to keep track of whose perspective was in charge. I think that was because Riley and Landon's voices were too similar. While they were both interesting people, it did feel like the only significant difference between them was their upbringing, which made them hard to tell apart. I did like the dynamic between them and I did feel their love and their desperation to keep each other alive while fighting against Dyami's schemes, which I feel saved the book from becoming monotonous.
The story also felt a bit like a snapshot: a single, significant spot of time in the characters' larger story. I feel like there could have been a much larger plot and this small section was chopped off instead. Which isn't to say I didn't enjoy reading the book, but there was something missing because of it.
I found this story cute and fun, so I do recommend it. However, I had difficulties telling the two main characters apart at times and felt like there was something missing to the overall plot. This was a good read that needed just a bit more to be great.
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