“Magic Runs Deep” by Alex Whitehall provides an intriguing look at shapeshifters and the connection between the animal and human sides. The gradual unveiling of each of the main characters’ strengths and weaknesses as well as the establishment of a bond between them kept me riveted and rooting for a positive outcome. I liked the transition as the animal nature of Bora started receding once he was treated as a man and the quiet stubbornness of his rescuer was enjoyable to watch. I would love to know more about this world and its denizens and I hope there are more stories set in this universe as I was intrigued by both the main and the secondary characters. I think there is a great combination of excitement, imagination, and heat in this tale and I look forward to reading more stories by this author.
This adult m/m paranormal romance follows the changes in a captive and abused bear shifter’s life after he is freed by those from a neighboring kingdom. Only one man is willing to risk rehabilitating the shifter but he may be gambling his life if he can’t connect with the male’s human aspect.
For the last five years, Veier has been chained to a king's throne in his bear form. When a neighboring kingdom overthrows the crown, Veier's imprisonment ends, but true freedom is not so easily earned. With blood on his hands, he needs someone with patience, strength, and trust to help him become the person he was before and prove to the invaders that he isn't the monstrous king's loyal pet.
Elrid, the invading king's brother and a powerful mage, is everything Veier despises. He's also the only thing between Veier and execution, because he thinks he can help Veier change from an aggressive bear shifter into a reasonable man. While the pair have a rough start, with long talks and mutual leaps of faith, they begin to care for each other.
However, the closer Veier gets to his freedom, the closer he is to losing Elrid. He must find balance in his heart and his life if he wishes to truly claim the freedom he's been given--and the man he loves.