Title: Some Kind of Magic
Author: R. Cooper
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Characters: Ray Branigan and Cal Parker
POV: 3rd POV
Cover Rating: 4
Being a police detective is hard. Add the complication of being a werewolf subject to human prejudice, and you might say Ray Branigan has his work cut out for him. He’s hot on the trail of a killer when he realizes he needs help.
Enter Cal Parker, the beautiful half-fairy Ray’s secretly been in love with for years—secretly, because while werewolves mate for life, fairies… don’t. Ray needs Cal’s expertise, but it isn’t easy to concentrate with his mate walking around half-naked trying to publicly seduce him. By the time Ray identifies the killer—and sorts out a few prejudices of his own—it may be too late for Cal.
In Ms. Cooper’s Some Kind of Magic humans know of the many preternatural creatures that exist. As these special beings life and work alongside humans it is only natural that some would make their way into the police department. Ray is able to work his way up to detective and while his co-workers are willing to overlook his being a werewolf they may not be as understanding if they find out he’s gay. Of course, this causes problems when Ray meets his mate, Cal Parker. Cal is part fairy and with the help of his father he is given the position of consultant to the police. Cal wants Ray from the moment the men meet and can’t understand why the big guy keeps pushing him aside.
As in reality preconceptions come into play, keeping our heroes apart. I have to say that at times I wanted to smack Ray. One of his biggest pet peeves was humans believing the myths that exist about werewolves, yet, he had no problems doing the same thing to Cal and believing the worse about the young man based on the myths he knew about fairies. When they finally do get together I could not help but think it was about time.
As both men are associated with the police department it is only natural that the men have a case to solve. There are a few twists and turns along the way and when the culprit is revealed the reader is sure to say “of course”.
There is one area of the story that is sure to drive the reader crazy. In the beginning of the story when Cal is introduced the author switches between calling him Cal and Parker (his last name) which of course becomes confusing at times. Some Kind of Magic was a very entertaining story however and I can’t help but hope the author plans on revisiting these two men again in the future.
Reviewed By: Lydia