Title: A Most Unusual Wedding
Author: Nancy M. Griffis
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Adventure brought unlikely lovers Lord Leonard “Leo” Harris and Master Leathersmith Gerald Smithson together. Now it threatens to tear them apart. Three weeks before their wedding, a plague strikes Victorian London—the worst to engulf the city in five hundred years. The symptoms are eerily reminiscent of the Black Death with boils, a horrific death, and immunity to magical cures. As one of the most powerful mages in the country, Leo searches for a cure and the person behind the scourge all while Gerald must finalize wedding plans and try to thwart a persistent—and unwanted—“admirer.” It’s a race against time as Gerald shows symptoms, and Leo must fight a powerful Dark Mage to get the cure before he loses the love of his life.
A Most Unusual Wedding is the first book in author Nancy M Griffis urban fantasy series The Mage and the Leathersmith. There is a short prequel, A Most Unusual Courtship, that I would recommend readers start with. It is being offered free by the publisher.
This story continues with Leo and Gerald planning their wedding. While most of the people in their lives are happy for them, Leo’s uncle is not and does cause a little bit of a problem for them. But that is not the only obstacle that these two lovers have to overcome. First there is a new plague that needs Leo’s attention since he is such a strong mage; however, at times I wondered how they would find a cure. Then there is the fact that it appears that Gerald has a stalker.
Gerald is a gentle soul who does not particularly like mages, with the exception of Leo of course, so when magic is being used to stalk him he does not immediately pick up on it. It is not until the gifts start showing up that Gerald starts to worry. Readers will easily be able to figure out who the stalker is, but the results are a little surprising.
For me, the best part of this story had to be Granddad. Gerald’s grandfather, Daniel, raised Daniel from the time he was a small boy. However, Daniel has some secrets and when they come out readers are sure to be surprised. I loved the way this old man did not take any gruff, saying what came to mind without worry, and doing whatever it took to protect his grandson.
The urban fantasy sub-genre is not one I normally read, yet the author pulled me into the world in which A Most Unusual Wedding takes place, and left me wanting more. I would easily recommend the book to anyone who loves the M/M genre and will be looking for more from this author.
Reviewed by: Lydia
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