Sleight of Hand by Katrina Strauss

Samhain Publishing

Gay Paranormal

ISBN: 978-1-60504-272-5

Reviewed by Cassie

   

 

Sickly Edwin is on a train, traveling with his mother and sister to his sisterís fiancť, when he begins to have odd dreams.  Then he meets the magician, Satori, and things get even stranger.  With a history of spells of black despair, Edwin canít be sure if his attraction to the strange magician is real or notÖ

Sleight of Hand is an odd and hot paranormal tale in which things are not as they seem.  Katrina Strauss did an excellent job of evoking an atmosphere that was mysterious, and even a little spooky.  I couldnít always determine what was reality and what wasnít right away, which kept me reading to find out.  It was easy to sympathize with fragile, earnest Edwin.  Satori was a bit harder to get a handle on.  His motives were murky and although he clearly wanted Edwin, I wasnít sure I bought that he loved him.  Thereís a big twist at the end that sort of explains Satoriís behavior, and quite a few other things.  Overall, Sleight of Handís hot, kind of creepy vibe held my interest, and I enjoyed the story.  While the romance part might not have been the most convincing Iíve read, Sleight of Hand was certainly a memorable and page-turning tale.

     

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