Every witch knows the rules: Stick to your own kind. Never reveal your powers to outsiders. Take a consort from the witching families or kiss your magic good-bye forever.
For years I've been quiet, obedient Rose Hallowell. I accepted the man my stepmother chose for me. But I never stopped missing my long-ago friends.
Now we're back on my childhood estate to arrange my marriage. The boys I grew up with? They're still in town-and they haven't forgotten me either. And damn if they haven't grown up well.
They've got no magic, no place in my life. But they're charming and sweet and infuriatingly hot, and I can't seem to stay away. The more I try to resist, the more secrets I uncover about my family, my betrothal, and everything I thought was true about the witching world.
I've been lied to. I've been betrayed. So to claim my magic and my happiness, I'll break every rule there is-and then some.
Don't mess with this witch. Every rose has thorns.
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Rose hasn't seen her best friends in years. She used to spend all of her free time with Kyler, Seth, Jin and Damon. Until her stepmother sent her elsewhere and prevented her from seeing them again. Rose's family has magic and she isn't supposed to share that outside the community, but her friends have always known there's something special about Rose. Will they still accept her as one of them again after many years without staying in touch? Rose was a teenager when she left and she's back for the first time now that she's almost twenty-five years old. It's a crucial age for a witch, she has until her birthday to light her spark. A witch needs a consort and a binding ceremony to be able to perform magic. If this doesn't happen before the twenty-fifth birthday she's losing her ability to perform magic. Rose's stepmother has set Rose up with a consort, someone Rose doesn't particularly like. She also doesn't trust her stepmother's intentions. However, Rose does want her magic to ignite, what can she do and how can her four dear friends help her with her family problems? Consort of Secrets is a hot magical story. Rose is a smart, kindhearted and talented person. She doesn't have any warm feelings for her stepmother and knows the evil woman is plotting against her, but Rose doesn't have her magic yet and is at a disadvantage. I was instantly intrigued by Rose's huge family trouble and finding out more kept me on the edge of my seat. Rose isn't alone, after a few awkward moments with her friends she's slowly winning them back. I loved their connection and deep meaningful friendship. Their unconditional love is something incredibly beautiful. Eva Chase has written an original enchanting story. I liked the way she approaches witchcraft, making it something amazing between men and women. There are of course plenty of sparks in the story, it's filled with chemistry, friendship and true love. Consort of Secrets is a great start of The Witch's Consorts series. I loved the spectacular ending and am eager to read more about Rose and her four men. Eva Chase's writing is vivid, captivating and creative and I really liked Consort of Secrets.
Consort of Secrets was my second time reading an Eva Chase novel. I hadn't read the prequel (Rose's Boys), but I'm happily getting that emailed to me now, so I can check it out. Let's start with what I liked: I liked what Chase started to build with her concept of witches. In Rose's world, witches are women who carry a spark of magic. However, that magic isn't fully under their control (or even fully activated) until they formally "mate" with a consort, a male with a genetic connection to witches. This genetic quirk is what gets Rose into her current predicament. If she doesn't connect with her consort by the age of 25, that magic spark, her magic potential, will expire, and she'll be little more than an ordinary human. Unfortunately for Rose, who's dangerously near 25, this means she pretty much has to marry the best of the sparing options out there. I was pretty interested in this take on witches, and I'd like to learn more about it. It seems that there's a governing body as well as strict social guidelines and values that shape the way Rose is raised and educated. Unfortunately for me, there's not a ton of world-building. The plot was more focused on moving through the current action without as much cushion being provided to understand the social and governmental world of the witches. That being said, I don't think the lack of world-building really affects the reader's ability to understand Consort of Secrets, but I think we'd be able to connect more with Rose's struggles if we knew about the basis behind them. Another bonus is that Chase is writing in the sub-genre, Reverse Harem. Basically, this means that Rose (and the reader) don't have to choose when faced with a variety of delicious male leads. Rose's "boys" aka her five closest childhood companions haven't seen her in 11 years, but that time apart has not dimmed their affection for her. Chase includes a variety of archetypes- the protective, sensible one (Seth), the intellectual/tech-nerd (Ky), artsy traveler (Jin), bad boy (Damon), and dependable backbone (Gabriel). There's equal opportunity for readers to crush on whichever boy most fits your type. Like her other series (The Dragon Shifter's Mates), the story is told through the female lead's point of view with various chapters dipping into the boys' minds. I've always been a fan of the mixed perspective method for telling stories, and I think it's a great tool for a story where so many characters are equally important. The little "sneak peeks" into the boys' minds help us get to know them more on an individual basis and to see their personal connections and feelings for Rose. Without them, I think it would be more difficult to connect with the men without them blending together. Fair warning, this is not a slow burn romance. Although it takes awhile for the romance to really kick in, once it does, it's off to a quick start. If you're not looking for scenes involving multiple partners, this book is not for you. If you're totally cool with a polyamorous main character, go for it! Considering I've followed the Anita Blake series since its beginning, so, needless to say, I'm not shocked or scared away by polyamory. I liked that the novel isn't just about the romance. There's an actual plot revolving around Rose's upcoming marriage/consort ritual and the machinations of her decidedly wicked stepmother. I thought that there was enough surprise in the conflict (and villain reveal) to keep me hooked, and Chase lea
Title: Consort Of Secrets Author: Eva Chase Genre: Adult, Paranormal Format: Ebook - NetGalley Pages: 212 Rating: 5 Heat: 5 Thoughts: Holy crap that was intense! Waiting for the next book is going to leave me antsy. There are so many twists and turns, with a huge shocker near the end that I ended up getting trapped in the book. Couldn’t put it down if my life depended on it, and thankfully I didn’t have to. But I ended up with a huge book hang-over, I couldn’t stop thinking about the play for power, the sexy men, what Rose’s step-mother said about her father, there was just so much and I still have so many unanswered questions. I really can’t wait to read the next book! Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work and chose to write a review.