Book Review – Envy & Other Cravings by TJ Nichols

Mytho #3
Publisher: Indie
Pages: 225
Characters: Edra/Jordan
POV: 3rd
Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Series

Blurb:
Having given into desire and cemented their mating bond, Jordan and Edra are under pressure to keep their relationship a secret. Jordan fears his career will be over if it is discovered the that he is sleeping with the Mytho Liaison Officer.

For Edra, there is no hiding his relationship as the werewolves can smell Jordan on his skin. He finds himself being shunned by some of the Mytho community because they view him as a traitor for bonding with a human.

When a grove of nymphs is attacked and one is brutally killed, Edra and Jordan will need to use every skill they have to prevent more bloodshed. To Edra, that means covering up evidence, and this time, Jordan agrees.

As secrets are exposed and old bribes surface, Edra and Jordan face the reality of what being mates means.

Book 3 in the gay urban fantasy series that follows Jordan and Edra as they solve crime and figure out how to improve Mytho and human relations. For readers who like dragon shifters and forbidden romance.

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Review

I love this series and it’s one I will be collecting in paperback when it’s available. The worldbuilding is fabulous, and a bit different, and I like the social commentary with the situation not only between mytho and human society but within them too. I’m enjoying the relationship between Edra and Jordan, and how the series plot is progressing with each book.

I love how comfortable Edra and Jordan are with each other, yet unsure in some ways too. I particularly liked how Jordan is trying to learn the customs of Edra’s world, but is cautious about anyone finding out about their relationship. There’s a good reason for that cautiousness as once the information is out, their relationship impacts on both of their abilities to do their job. I thought the way they handled the clutch incident was brilliant.

The supporting cast fleshes out the world well, especially amongst all the politics. I enjoyed the twists in this plot, and how Edra and Jordan try to keep one step ahead of colleagues from two societies trying to undermine everything they’re doing. Bigotry is alive and well. I definitely wouldn’t want to get on the wrong side of a nymph, and the way they procreate is… interesting. I’m also hoping the werewolves reap what they sow, big time. And a certain reporter too.

I liked the addition of Jordan’s sister to this book, and am wondering what role she’s going to play going forward. I love how Sinner has figured out that Edra is the same person in both forms and loves them both. The way vampires test for disease etc is very cool.

The final scene between Edra and Jordan is very sweet, and shows how far they’ve come in their relationship. I’m already hanging out for the next book.

5 out 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 https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
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