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5++ stars for In Mage We Trust by @HVanlandingham #fantasyromance #fantasy #romance #bookreview
Title: In Mage We Trust
Author: Heidi Vanlandingham
Genre: Fantasy Romance
A daughter who wants her family back…
Dragged into a magical realm, a sassy college student’s magic surfaces when an emotionally hardened demon gifts her part of his soul to save her life. Johnna longs for her family, but when a rogue mage goes on a killing spree, her internal alarms are buzzing—and not just because of her growing attraction to the demon. A demon without hope…
When murders plague his realm, the head demon enforcer is ordered to stop them, but Niki can’t concentrate on tracking the rogue mage when the rebellious Johnna wreaks havoc during their hunt. She insists she can help, but it’s all he can do to avert destruction—and not kiss her senseless. A tangled web of deceit, chaos, and murder…
Together they must learn to trust each other and work together or the realms of Dark World and their true mate bond won’t survive as this magical ‘Alice’ goes up against a demon queen of hearts.
Thrown into a magical world she doesn’t understand, metal mage Johnna must defeat her rogue mage grandfather who wants her dead, a wicked queen who’ll do anything for power, and her growing attraction to a sexy demon enforcer. College student Johnna’s life is turned upside down when she dies, well sort of, and a zombie saves her. Turns out the ‘zombie’ named Niki is actually a sexy as sin demon enforcer to the king of a realm of the Dark World. There’s a rogue mage running around murdering demons and his next target is Johnna. But the more she learns, the more family secrets are unearthed. Reuniting with her parents and teaming with Niki, they hunt for the truth behind the lies and discover a traitor amongst them. Can Johnna defeat the wicked queen’s plan to take over the Dark World, all while trying to sort out her feelings for Niki, or will she fail when she’s needed the most?
In Mage We Trust is a magical story about family secrets, falling for the wrong guy, and saving hell from a power-hungry demoness. I started reading this book not knowing what to expect and stayed up half the night. I couldn’t put it down. Johnna is a heroine who gets in your head and sets up camp. Trust me, this is a good thing. I adored Niki and his inner conflict. I mean, just think of the age gap between a demon who's been around a couple of millennia and a twenty-something. The connection these two share was pretty intense and I loved every minute of it. The world-building was intricate and beautifully described. There were so many layers and as a fantasy reader, once I entered the Dark World, I didn’t want to leave. There’s plenty of action in this story as well as plenty of romance. If you’re looking for your next series to binge-read, you’ll want to start with In Mage We Trust. In Mage We Trust is one of the best books I’ve read in 2021. Highly recommend!
My Rating: 5++ stars
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Amazon Print: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1647160057/?tag=heidivanlaaut-20
Heidi Vanlandingham writes action-packed stories that take place in war-torn Europe, otherworldly magical realms, and the Wild West. Her love of history finds its way into every book with enjoyably diverse characters, and every relationship is filled with a little sweet, a little heartbreak, and lots of love. Heidi’s stories transport the reader to a different place and time for understanding, compassion, and most of all, love.
Growing up in Oklahoma and living one year in Belgium gave Heidi a unique perspective regarding different cultures. She still lives in Oklahoma with her husband and youngest son. Her oldest son is in the autism spectrum and is working toward his own dreams. Heidi’s favorite things in life are laughter, paranormal romance books, music, and long road trips.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N