Book Review – Brought to Light by Eliot Grayson

Magic Emporium
Publisher: Smoking Teacup Books
Pages: 187
Characters: Callum/Linden
POV: 1st
Genre: Paranormal, Series

A hitman and a fae walk into a café…

Callum always gets the job done—whether he likes it or not—but this job isn’t like any other. The target’s too young, too pretty, and too appealing for comfort, and the clients are offering more threats than cash. And either the target poisoned his hot chocolate or he’s going crazy, because now magic stores and wizard-looking dudes are appearing out of nowhere. It’s really not Callum’s day.

Linden’s on the run, and the human realm’s a good place to hide from evil sorcerers who think Linden’s the answer to a prophecy. But his enemy has found a way to send a very human and very dangerous assassin after him—a man who could kill Linden with one hand. Linden should be terrified, but his knees go weak for all the wrong reasons.

When Linden’s family is taken hostage, spending the night with Callum ought to be the last thing on his mind, but Linden can’t resist the chance to fulfill his deepest fantasies before sacrificing his own life. Callum knows he should walk away—it’s not his fight. But the beautiful fae is under his skin and now protecting Linden and his family feels more important than his own survival. A human learning to feel. A fae learning to trust. Can two worlds merge into one true love?

Brought to Light is part of the Magic Emporium Series. Each book stands alone, but each one features an appearance by Marden’s Magic Emporium, a shop that can appear anywhere, but only once and only when someone’s in dire need. This book contains explicit scenes, a magic flashlight, a prophecy that doesn’t quite work out the way anyone expects, and a guaranteed HEA.

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This is my first book by this author, and I’ll need to read more now. It’s also the second I’ve of the Magic Emporium series and I loved how this author did something completely different with the prompt. Callum and Linden’s story pulled me in immediately and kept me turning pages until the end.

Callum is wonderfully conflicted from the moment he sees Linden and realises he can’t kill him. I loved how he took all the paranormal/other worldly elements in his stride, apart from his initial what the?, and wondering if he’s high. The way his purchase from the emporium takes down the bad guy, and feeds into the prophecy, is very clever. I liked how Callum follows through on his background by his actions and skill at not just fighting, but strategy too. Poor Linden, having a price on his head for something he hasn’t done. Yet. I love Linden’s magic, and how it links to his hot chocolate making skills. It’s nicely different. I like the way it’s made clear that Linden not being a fighter doesn’t mean he should be dismissed as someone who can’t take care of himself. The way Callum gets around Linden’s feeling that he’s a servant is very sneaky, and perfectly in character.

The world building is fabulous, and I liked that it was set partly in our world, and partly in Linden’s. The magic is interesting, and well thought out.

The supporting cast are wonderful. Oskar and Kaspar are good friends to Linden, and I loved the way Oskar and Callum are wary of each other at first, then work together. Brilliant. I also liked how Linden’s mother and Lady Lisandra are both strong women who stand up to their captor. It’s very obvious that Callum and Jesse are friends and care about each other. The conclusion to the story was perfect all round.

5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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