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The rules of magic are changing, and she's going to make sure they work for her. Mages are always men. Until her. They harvest the power of simple, primitive emotions. Until her. Jaeda is something new, and the best way to protect herself is to make sure the enemy doesn't have a clue. That's going to be difficult with an Adevian mage about to take her town. Shahwa has b The rules of magic are changing, and she's going to make sure they work for her. Mages are always men. Until her. They harvest the power of simple, primitive emotions. Until her. Jaeda is something new, and the best way to protect herself is to make sure the enemy doesn't have a clue. That's going to be difficult with an Adevian mage about to take her town. Shahwa has become her home. A haven of pirates, whores, and vagabonds, this desert oasis is a myth to many and a scourge to the rest, but there's something special about it. It's filled with compassion and made up of people who know exactly what it's like to belong nowhere else. Now, it's her job to protect them. Hopefully, she won't have to do it alone, because the Jackal still hasn't shown up. She thought what they had was special. Now, she's not so sure, even though her heart says he'll still come. Her mind says she'll save herself either way. But the Jackal promised her everything, and he meant it. One woman, three men, and they're all bound together by magic. He's not about to let that go. Together, they have a chance to find happiness, yet before any of that is possible, they have to sort out their own issues. If they can figure out how to do that, then these four have something worth fighting for: each other. Because what they have is more than just the magic of lust. MAGIC OF LUST is a complete novel with a reverse harem, polyamorous storyline. It is intended for a mature audience due to the presence of consensual sex, group sex, M/M scenes, and plenty of vulgar language - as well as some potentially triggering situations since the bad guys don't always play nice. While this is a love story, it may not be right for all readers.


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The rules of magic are changing, and she's going to make sure they work for her. Mages are always men. Until her. They harvest the power of simple, primitive emotions. Until her. Jaeda is something new, and the best way to protect herself is to make sure the enemy doesn't have a clue. That's going to be difficult with an Adevian mage about to take her town. Shahwa has b The rules of magic are changing, and she's going to make sure they work for her. Mages are always men. Until her. They harvest the power of simple, primitive emotions. Until her. Jaeda is something new, and the best way to protect herself is to make sure the enemy doesn't have a clue. That's going to be difficult with an Adevian mage about to take her town. Shahwa has become her home. A haven of pirates, whores, and vagabonds, this desert oasis is a myth to many and a scourge to the rest, but there's something special about it. It's filled with compassion and made up of people who know exactly what it's like to belong nowhere else. Now, it's her job to protect them. Hopefully, she won't have to do it alone, because the Jackal still hasn't shown up. She thought what they had was special. Now, she's not so sure, even though her heart says he'll still come. Her mind says she'll save herself either way. But the Jackal promised her everything, and he meant it. One woman, three men, and they're all bound together by magic. He's not about to let that go. Together, they have a chance to find happiness, yet before any of that is possible, they have to sort out their own issues. If they can figure out how to do that, then these four have something worth fighting for: each other. Because what they have is more than just the magic of lust. MAGIC OF LUST is a complete novel with a reverse harem, polyamorous storyline. It is intended for a mature audience due to the presence of consensual sex, group sex, M/M scenes, and plenty of vulgar language - as well as some potentially triggering situations since the bad guys don't always play nice. While this is a love story, it may not be right for all readers.

30 review for Magic of Lust

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rachael*Caribbean*girl*bibliophile

    Spoilers ahead This picks up where book 1 left off, the foursome are separated with Treb and Xel trying to find Jade and Jade and Civan having discovered a new town and settled in but still waiting on the missing team members What I liked This author didn't waste words just to stretch things out. If you've seen my reviews you'll know I very rarely see the need for a trilogy or more books. It always consists of repetition and filler but NOT HERE! We get a couple of concise paragraphs to give an idea Spoilers ahead This picks up where book 1 left off, the foursome are separated with Treb and Xel trying to find Jade and Jade and Civan having discovered a new town and settled in but still waiting on the missing team members What I liked This author didn't waste words just to stretch things out. If you've seen my reviews you'll know I very rarely see the need for a trilogy or more books. It always consists of repetition and filler but NOT HERE! We get a couple of concise paragraphs to give an idea of certain things that took place before but this author actually moved forward with the plot! *gasp* The relationship development, this book was mainly focused on the foursome as they navigated pass the damage of pass hurts and finally admitted their love The plot, just enough action and just enough romance A heroine of color!!! Not mixed, not light skinned black, not light coffee skin with light coloured eyes but a brown skin girl with braids!!! *swoon* Jade, I really like this h(though I had some issues with her this round) Treb and Civan. Civan especially was a surprise but a very pleasant one What I didn't like Xel- now at the beginning we know Treb continued sleeping with others during the separation and Xel most likely too. At one point Xel also had sex with OW here but later in the book the others mention being exclusive to the foursome only and Xel is struggling with that decision. Now I get it he's a mage of Lust and needs it but it came off as an excuse, he admitted to Jade that he missed the high he got from his previous activities and I was pissed off. They'd already admitted their love what the fuck else do you need dipshit! Jade- now I like Jade overall but I hated that she kept making excuses and allowances for Xel, saying nobody expected him to change who he was and I call BS. He was supposed to fricken WANT to change the parts of his life that would damage his relationship! He never even suggested an alternative to his being with others and she was all u understanding and shit There's now another mage, a young girl with a man twelve years or so older than her who claims to love her. He too was not celibate while loving and waiting for her to age up. All these are based on my personal preference and lowered my rating a bit The back and forth- it's like they had to convince Xel to even try to have a relationship with them ********* *they were attacked so after the ILY none of them were with otners Again this book is NOT SAFE, they have sex with others in the beginning but after the ILY no outsiders so far *ETA- Xel and Treb have sex with others during a sex fest to help power up Xel as well as with others during the separation for the same reason. The h saw him but didn't really have a problem with it. Lots of drama takes place but after admitting their feelings no one else

  2. 5 out of 5

    Paige T

    This book was AMAZING - just like book 1 was!! This has quickly become one of my favorite series by Auryn!! Magic Of Lust picks up where we left off with Power of Lies - Jade & Civan having left Treb and Xel behind, and having made their home in Shahwa. Lot of new and interesting characters are introduced in this book, and I loved seeing Jade being the mage and protector. One of the things I found really interesting was the new dynamics between our fabulous foursome - when they eventually meet up This book was AMAZING - just like book 1 was!! This has quickly become one of my favorite series by Auryn!! Magic Of Lust picks up where we left off with Power of Lies - Jade & Civan having left Treb and Xel behind, and having made their home in Shahwa. Lot of new and interesting characters are introduced in this book, and I loved seeing Jade being the mage and protector. One of the things I found really interesting was the new dynamics between our fabulous foursome - when they eventually meet up again. There's a few things that are new to them that they all need to get used to - Jade now being Xel's equal, Xel being free of the curse so he can actually be with Treb & Jade and start to actually get to know Civan, but also how to just be and have a home. The main thing I absolutely loved about this book though, apart from the fantastic plot, is that while it has some very HOT scenes (be careful when reading in public! :p ); it's the relationships and the intimacy that I felt really got focused on and made me fall even more in love with these characters. They're all a little flawed, some have baggage, some have insecurities, and some are doing/feeling things for the very first time and feel out of their depth; but they all give the other three something the other two don't and really are the perfect compliment as a foursome. I absolutely love these four characters! <3 As usual, the plot was amazing, and I can't wait to see it all come to a head in the third and final book, and see how some of the new characters turn out. I definitely 1000% recommend this book!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Gwen

    Where the first book was "shock and awe", the second book was more along the lines of:" wham, bang thank...what's the status of our relationship again???" and all the better for it I felt. Yes, we still had sex, war and magic, basically all the good stuff, but we saw a bit more relationship development, which I felt it needed....So I loved this book as well, and can't wait for the next one. Where the first book was "shock and awe", the second book was more along the lines of:" wham, bang thank...what's the status of our relationship again???" and all the better for it I felt. Yes, we still had sex, war and magic, basically all the good stuff, but we saw a bit more relationship development, which I felt it needed....So I loved this book as well, and can't wait for the next one.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Ryan

    DNF. I run into this problem with Hadley's books where I feel like the characters spend 80% of the book talking about their feelings and asking if each other are okay. The first Dark Orchid book had a fantastuc pace. This one didn't hold me like the first, and I found myself skimming. Great story. Super, super sexy. But I just couldn't get into it. DNF. I run into this problem with Hadley's books where I feel like the characters spend 80% of the book talking about their feelings and asking if each other are okay. The first Dark Orchid book had a fantastuc pace. This one didn't hold me like the first, and I found myself skimming. Great story. Super, super sexy. But I just couldn't get into it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    ~♥*Marianna*♥~

    A lot of talking. Ok, the good thing about this series that there is no lack of m-m interactions in the harem. However. These interactions are so overly explained and discussed that it kills any mystery or romance for me. I did start on the third book but at this point I’m skimming so much I’m not sure I’ll finish it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ashleigh

    Auryn wrote it Anything that auryn writes I will always read because she has an amazing mind and she can literally make anything work but yet again dark orchid series is just fantastic you can never guess what she's going to come out with next... Read read read. Only warning is lots and lots and lots of sex Auryn wrote it Anything that auryn writes I will always read because she has an amazing mind and she can literally make anything work but yet again dark orchid series is just fantastic you can never guess what she's going to come out with next... Read read read. Only warning is lots and lots and lots of sex

  7. 5 out of 5

    RH & Romance Review

    Second book in the series. This one took a surprising turn, I thought. I’m not sure what I expected from the second book, but I was happily surprised at how the overall story grew. Jaeda was never one to shy away from conflict in the first book, but she definitely takes more of a stand in this book than the last. Maybe it’s because she has more to lose in this book than in the last and at the same time, just as much to gain. There’s a lot of character and relationship development in this book. I Second book in the series. This one took a surprising turn, I thought. I’m not sure what I expected from the second book, but I was happily surprised at how the overall story grew. Jaeda was never one to shy away from conflict in the first book, but she definitely takes more of a stand in this book than the last. Maybe it’s because she has more to lose in this book than in the last and at the same time, just as much to gain. There’s a lot of character and relationship development in this book. In this book, you see all of their relationships, not just Jaeda’s relationships with the men); they all develop, but in doing so, there’s the character growth that comes with it. This book saw quite a lot more action than the first, as well. I really enjoyed it, and I can’t wait to see where book 3 leads, based on the first two.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Greta

    A long read...Really can't say what I was reading....On to the last book... A long read...Really can't say what I was reading....On to the last book...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Amara

    Love these characters! Ever read a book so good, you read slower towards the end, because you are dreading it being finished? That's every single book I have read by this author so far. Hadley definitely knows how to recreate the subtle nuances of conversational interactions in a way that keeps you entertained and interested. Her stories are spellbinding. This novel was the second in a trilogy about a girl who, at the start of the series is a whore in a town set in a world torn apart by a power hun Love these characters! Ever read a book so good, you read slower towards the end, because you are dreading it being finished? That's every single book I have read by this author so far. Hadley definitely knows how to recreate the subtle nuances of conversational interactions in a way that keeps you entertained and interested. Her stories are spellbinding. This novel was the second in a trilogy about a girl who, at the start of the series is a whore in a town set in a world torn apart by a power hungry Sultan who controls the mages of the world. The mage that takes Jade's town is a sex mage. As everything progresses, we learn back stories of beloved characters and how not all are willing participants in the way things are. We see characters grow together and stand against seemingly impossible odds. Criminals, whores, pirates, and mages work together to keep their friends, families, and town together.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Darlene Stachura

    Couldnt put it down. Loved it Great story Would recomend to friends. The characters are hot and sexy. Lits of feelings and you just want to keep goi g to see what will happen next.

  11. 4 out of 5

    seriouslybookish

    The magic is still there This book packed enough heat to keep me entertained. The chemistry between the leads, their feelings and the magic was added to the intricacy of the novel. The author did a good job balancing desire and bringing our the vulnerabilities in the characters (a little too much at time but it wasn't annoying or offensive). Our quartet just works so well together and balances them out so well. I'm excited to see where the author takes the magic aspect in the next one and how it The magic is still there This book packed enough heat to keep me entertained. The chemistry between the leads, their feelings and the magic was added to the intricacy of the novel. The author did a good job balancing desire and bringing our the vulnerabilities in the characters (a little too much at time but it wasn't annoying or offensive). Our quartet just works so well together and balances them out so well. I'm excited to see where the author takes the magic aspect in the next one and how it will all end.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Coco.V

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  13. 4 out of 5

    Amy Ausburn

    Magic Auryn Hadley does it again in Magic of Lust. Picking up shortly after book one left off, Jade and Xel faces many battles, both from outside and within. They want to be left alone to live in peace, but the other Mages and the Sultan won't allow it. Can two mages and their catalysts hold off the other mages? Can they learn to love and be happy? Find out in book two. The world building is always superb in any Auryn Hadley book. She has a way of writing a world that feels very real. This time we Magic Auryn Hadley does it again in Magic of Lust. Picking up shortly after book one left off, Jade and Xel faces many battles, both from outside and within. They want to be left alone to live in peace, but the other Mages and the Sultan won't allow it. Can two mages and their catalysts hold off the other mages? Can they learn to love and be happy? Find out in book two. The world building is always superb in any Auryn Hadley book. She has a way of writing a world that feels very real. This time we stay in the area that Jade left to hide in at the end of book one. With vivid descriptions and beautifully written dialogue, you can easily walk along side the inhabitants. The characters are interesting and complex. The core four of book one return but we also add in new characters. One of the characters has quite the surprise and I'm interested to see how that develops. While there are quite a few hot scenes between the group, there is also a lot of emotional development and attention to their relationship in this book. With the history that the characters have, it should come as no surprise that they are all a bit damaged and are trying to feel their way through the complicated and scary thing we call a relationship. Love is a powerful thing, both for its ability to raise us up and also for its power to obliterate us. It is a weapon in its own right and the group has to navigate the nuances and each other. I did feel like Xel especially had a lot of character growth in this book. The plot is, as always, both complex and simple. Sounds like opposites, but Auryn manages to make a book full of layers into something that is easy to read. Be warned that she has a habit of leaving little tiny hints about future things hidden inside of her books. Things that you think nothing of until later. This is one of the reasons why I think Auryn is a wonderful storyteller. She has an ability to have layers upon layers, in both her characters and her plots, but instead of becoming a confusing mess, it becomes an intriguing story that I want to keep reading. I have a theory about where the next book is going, but you never know with Auryn so I'll just have to wait and see. The editing is well done. I did not notice any errors in spelling, grammar or continuity. Overall, I would absolutely recommend this book. Book one does need to be read first if you have not done so. I would also recommend checking out Auryn's other books if you haven't already read them.

  14. 5 out of 5

    OneDayI'll

    Power unleashed A trio of whores and a soldier find a haven in a town of pirates and prostitutes. But that haven is going to be threatened by other mages. Already The Lion has roared at the gates. The Spider can't be far behind. That means being prepared... but to fight or run? But what if there's a 3rd option? Because another mage is again at the gates and he says he wants to talk. Can he be trusted? Or is he working with The Spider? Spoilers ahead! This one is even better than the previous. Sequ Power unleashed A trio of whores and a soldier find a haven in a town of pirates and prostitutes. But that haven is going to be threatened by other mages. Already The Lion has roared at the gates. The Spider can't be far behind. That means being prepared... but to fight or run? But what if there's a 3rd option? Because another mage is again at the gates and he says he wants to talk. Can he be trusted? Or is he working with The Spider? Spoilers ahead! This one is even better than the previous. Sequels that carry the same power are awesome. Sequels that knock the first one down and steal it's lunch money? Like finding a diamond in a bag of charcoal. The odds are there, but it's low lol. Auryn sets up these amazing worlds and then fills them with even more amazing characters. She can stun even the most jaded readers. I know the premise for these books make it sound like they're nothing but erotica. That couldn't be further from the truth. Yeah, ok, so there's sex. A lot of it. He's a sex mage, his catalyst is a whore. Jade's a whore. Civan? Bless his huge heart, he's figuring things out. But this series is more than just sexy times. There's an evil empire, magic, desert pirates with sand boats and everything, a rebellion, acceptance, emotions (other than the ones fueling the magic) and a lot of soul that goes into the world building. This is not a quick fluff read. This is a drop into a new world and disappear for a whole day read. Or a couple days for those that don't inhale books at a ridiculous rate like I do. So, don't let the subject matter run you off. Take a chance.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Theresa

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. DNF. Multiple reasons. The biggest reason is that I have had similar issues with the author’s other books. 1) This author does have the tendency to have her characters hash out everything in their minds and yap about the same things OVER and OVER and over and over.... Could it be filler? At this point I would be remiss not to seriously consider the possibility. It’s there in all of her books. I generally try to put up with it because she creates such unique stories. I DO enjoy this author’s ideas DNF. Multiple reasons. The biggest reason is that I have had similar issues with the author’s other books. 1) This author does have the tendency to have her characters hash out everything in their minds and yap about the same things OVER and OVER and over and over.... Could it be filler? At this point I would be remiss not to seriously consider the possibility. It’s there in all of her books. I generally try to put up with it because she creates such unique stories. I DO enjoy this author’s ideas! I DNF book #2 for this reason. Anyone who can make it through book #3 must be very determined...and I have book OCD. I finish bad books. I will even finish a series if I have already started it but then started to hate it. This time? Well, having read all of the author’s other books, I already know how it’s going to go and I just can’t take anymore. For me to DNF a book written as part of a series of an author I follow and have loyally read, it is serious. I am now considering dropping their other books on the horizon from my reading list. I think I reached my breaking point. 2) Other reasons? The book was mmmf reverse harem. I like reverse harem. I have said this before. Please, do not slut shame your h by making her wring her hands over morality of RH, especially when she’s already a prostitute (please🙄). AND by slut shaming your h you are essentially telling RH readers and fans that they are sluts too. If you are not comfortable with the genre to the point that you must expound on the “why it is ok in *their special relationship*” to be RH with ad nauseam dialog, you need to change genres. We who read RH do NOT want your lessons on morality. We just want to enjoy the damned story. Stop! 3) Annnnd lastly. I do like reverse harem. Why? It’s a fantasy. It’s hot. The girl finally gets some attention and action, not just one and done followed by the snoring of the H until bedtime the next evening, in a bed, lights off...after a “date” or at least a “dinner” of course🙄. Boooooring. We frisky girls don’t pass out after sex (usually) and most wish we could have more orgasms and spontaneity, hence multiple guys to the rescue. So...as hot as some women feel man-on-man is, many do not when it is over the top. Why? RH. We want all the guys for ourselves. We are greedy. Yep. And this story was mostly man-on-man-on-man (3 men) with occasional lady bits getting attention. That is for a very specific type of kink. If you are the girl that would rather *watch* “your men” (ha ha, but they are more into each other) go at it with each other more than with you, you might enjoy this story. Except...you will have to put up with reasons #1 and #2 for why I did not finish this book which are VERY significant.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kate Anders

    Building the bonds So I’m giving this book the same star rating as I did the first book even though I liked this book a little bit less. This book brings back our core four, and now it’s all about finding there place. Finding there place within the relationship they are trying to build as well as finding there place in the world in general. This book is really more about building the emotional bonds than it is about anything else. I think Xel and Civan are the ones who make the most growth in th Building the bonds So I’m giving this book the same star rating as I did the first book even though I liked this book a little bit less. This book brings back our core four, and now it’s all about finding there place. Finding there place within the relationship they are trying to build as well as finding there place in the world in general. This book is really more about building the emotional bonds than it is about anything else. I think Xel and Civan are the ones who make the most growth in this book, Jade and Treb really has already come to terms with who they are and what they want in the last book, so this book is really about the other two. Civan has to really come to terms with being out about the fact that he is with two other men in addition to Jade. He has a lot of hang ups to work through. Xel is trying to find his place in the world. He’s not longer chained, caring is something he can do again, and honestly he’s got some serious insecurity with the relationships. I liked the emotional growth that happens in this book. A lot of this book is also about home. The home these people found for themselves, how much the town rises up to support them. How it’s not about ruling but coming together and working for a common goal, a home. I have to say the war scenes really were well written, battle scenes are hard in general, add in magic and it’s easy to make things confusing, but I really felt like the written was good and it the battle scenes were just battle there was emotion connected to it too. I’m not sure how many books this series is going to have, but I’m looking forward to book three and seeing how things turn out in the world, especially with the mages left standing.

  17. 4 out of 5

    ILoveToRead

    Good Read, BUT Here's my Succinct Review Good Read, BUT Here's my Succinct Review

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Byrd

    This wasn't as good of a read as the first book. This one fell into the annoying tropes that I extremely hate in books. It's mostly romance novels that do this. So I have to take long breaks to cleanse my head from this. This review won't have plot spoilers. Its a rant. PET PEEVES 1. I hate it when a book is filled with love declarations. Just wait till the end of the book for that. Having it repeatedly throughout the book makes it trite and not special. 2. I hate manufactured relationship confl This wasn't as good of a read as the first book. This one fell into the annoying tropes that I extremely hate in books. It's mostly romance novels that do this. So I have to take long breaks to cleanse my head from this. This review won't have plot spoilers. Its a rant. PET PEEVES 1. I hate it when a book is filled with love declarations. Just wait till the end of the book for that. Having it repeatedly throughout the book makes it trite and not special. 2. I hate manufactured relationship conflict. It's not believable. These people all get along. Don't create drama between the characters to "spice things up" Don't create a random outsider for the purpose of drama. It's lazy and uncreative writing. 3. Stop with the therapy sessions in romantic relationships! None!! None of these people are qualified to head shrink anyone! And yet book after book I've read these BS Filler therapy troupes. That's what they are. Advising someone and sharing a life experience to help them in their situation is understandable and realistic. But in romance books, it always comes off as amateur therapy. These scenes are tedious and I kept having micro-naps struggling to read them. I would love it if going forward new writers would STOP putting these in their books. You aren't clever and you are just copy-pasting this. 4. Repetitive The "drama" was throughout this whole book. It didn't add to the story. It was almost like re-reading one of Laurell K. Hamilton books. I went on a frothing-at-the-mouth rant on one of her books too. I have since stopped reading her crap. Reading this book was giving me Ptsd flaskbacks from the times I struggled to read the Anita series hoping each new book would get back to why I loved the series. This book felt like a fanfiction of an Anita Blake book. It's very disappointing. The first book was really good. This book constantly used to word Whore. Which didn't add to the plot. But it did add to the irritating therapy sessions. I know I read either in the previous book or the start of this one that that word wasn't going to be used anymore to describe the main characters. 5. Very little story. Lots of filler. See above What I wanted from this book was an adventure. It was set up perfectly for a siege at the very least. But what we get is couples Drama. I was struggling to read this. I had to take breaks. I skimmed the sections when the character started in on their woe-is-me baggage. On a positive note. I liked the magic system. I liked that we weren't getting this from a negative emotion mage. I don't think I could have handled reading about how pain made a mage feel and what was done to create pain. I like when magic was used and how much could be done with magic. Even though Jade ends up being a Mary Sue, I will overlook that. This book ends with a real conflict. I want to see how it plays out in book 3. I am hoping that all their relationship and self-hate drama was sorted out in this book. Because there is no good reason to continue that baggage to book 3.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Leigh's Novel Hour

    Not as intrigued but still interested I think I’d give this book more a 3.5, than a 3. The book is well-written and this is a really interesting story. However, I don’t know, I just feel like the first book was much more compelling than this installment. Reading this book, I wasn’t as engaged as I was the second one. I can’t put my finger on why and I’m having a hard time putting my thoughts together on why this one just didn’t hit as hard. I will say that I really liked that Auryn expanded the Not as intrigued but still interested I think I’d give this book more a 3.5, than a 3. The book is well-written and this is a really interesting story. However, I don’t know, I just feel like the first book was much more compelling than this installment. Reading this book, I wasn’t as engaged as I was the second one. I can’t put my finger on why and I’m having a hard time putting my thoughts together on why this one just didn’t hit as hard. I will say that I really liked that Auryn expanded the POVs to include everyone. That really helps to add more dimension to the characters and understand what they are thinking and feeling. This book I felt like I could understand the logic behind Civan’s and Xel’s actions better since they were able to share their own thoughts instead them being mediated through Jade. My favorite character is Treb and I enjoyed anytime he got to share his POV. This a really interesting story and that’s why I keep reading but I also feel that there are times when it’s kind of tricky to follow what the characters mean. In the dialogue I feel like they talk about these concepts in round about ways and you kind of have to deduce what they’re saying into more concrete terms. Hopefully someone reading this will kind of understand what I mean because I feel like I’m not saying it right. Like when they talk about fidelity, a concrete word we all understand, but they talk about in the most round-about way without ever saying it. This is a very specific example but hopefully someone gets the idea. Also, it is just me or does the sexual banter sometimes feel out of place? Or they’ll be on the cusp of a really dire moment then two the characters will launch into dialogue that seems ill-timed? Overall, I’m going to continue reading because this an interesting story, I just feel like this book didn’t intrigue me as much as the first one did.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jill Wood (Midnight Book Obsessions)

    3.5⭐️ This was more of a 3.5 ⭐️ read for me, but I bumped it to 4⭐️ because I do like the characters and their relationship. I think the issue for me was in the delivery and writing style. This is a RH about sex mages, so it isn't hard to imagine that the erotic content is quite varied and frequent. I have no problem with either of those things. I am a firm believer in universal love and acceptance of all peoples. However, at times, I felt like I was being given a force fed lesson on social toler 3.5⭐️ This was more of a 3.5 ⭐️ read for me, but I bumped it to 4⭐️ because I do like the characters and their relationship. I think the issue for me was in the delivery and writing style. This is a RH about sex mages, so it isn't hard to imagine that the erotic content is quite varied and frequent. I have no problem with either of those things. I am a firm believer in universal love and acceptance of all peoples. However, at times, I felt like I was being given a force fed lesson on social tolerance. I can assure you, I would not have chosen a reverse harem series that clearly states m/m and m/m/f/m relations, if that were something that I would find offensive in any way. And while I can certainly understand the author's interest in trying to expand social acceptance of alternative lifestyles, I feel like it could have been done in a more subtle and less aggressive way. That said, I really enjoy these characters. It's been a long road of self discovery and acceptance for each of them along the way. They've all had traumatic pasts that they're each trying to accept and move forward from in a positive way. And while they are using the love they feel for each other to help them accept who they truly are, I still feel like I'm missing the emotional connection. I'm reading about their emotional connection, but I'm not truly feeling it. Somehow, their relationship still feels a little superficial to me. And the books in this series are super long. I really would like to feel something deeper at this point. I feel like a lot of time has been spent on mundane details and side characters when it could have been spent either on deepening their connection with one another or on a more plot focused storyline. The magical plot did come into focus a lot more in this book than the first, but considering the length of this book, it still didn't get the attention it needed.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rook Rose

    Tantalizing! As the four grow into their new roles with each other, personality traits long put aside by duty and survival emerge and are challenged. The character development moves along at a steady rate, driving the plot rather than the other way around. As the Orchid, her Jackal, and their Catalysts-turned-mates prepare to defend and protect their home made of outlaws in the heart of the desert, sex gives way to something more important - how to fight other mages. The second in the series is Tantalizing! As the four grow into their new roles with each other, personality traits long put aside by duty and survival emerge and are challenged. The character development moves along at a steady rate, driving the plot rather than the other way around. As the Orchid, her Jackal, and their Catalysts-turned-mates prepare to defend and protect their home made of outlaws in the heart of the desert, sex gives way to something more important - how to fight other mages. The second in the series is spellbinding and terrifying at times. How to be left alone when the Sultan likely wants you dead for going rogue and the other mages might benefit from your demise. Alliances are rocky things and mages do not line up with each other. Until now. While I'm ready to devour the 3rd book, I sit and wonder - will the author cover what becomes of the magic when it's host no longer walks the mortal realm? The only part that has ever had me on the fence and confused is the timelines - they mention over and over again the Gods died 20 years ago and that Mages came about only 10 years ago, yet the storyline implies a level of power that takes well over 10 years to achieve and states that the Jackal is aware of his powers and is enslaved by the Spider when he was but 15-16. Now he's in his early 30s (assuming he's a similar age to Treb) - this timeline changes. However, that's my ONLY complaint about the books. Warning: this book contains a great deal of intermixed consensual sex. If you're not okay with that, have an open mind, or are just hoping for a wham-bam - move along. There's plot and characters to love.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kasumatata

    Like a fine wine on a summer night Magic of Lust picks up right where Power of Lies left off and it feels like the eye of a storm, where we get a little reprieve in between shitstorms. The Dark Orchid and the Jackal reunite and defend Shahwa against the attack of the Lion. After they manage to defeat him, they know that it will only be a matter of time before the other mages will find them and attack. This book is all about character building and growing the relationship between our protagonists. Like a fine wine on a summer night Magic of Lust picks up right where Power of Lies left off and it feels like the eye of a storm, where we get a little reprieve in between shitstorms. The Dark Orchid and the Jackal reunite and defend Shahwa against the attack of the Lion. After they manage to defeat him, they know that it will only be a matter of time before the other mages will find them and attack. This book is all about character building and growing the relationship between our protagonists. It shows us how they fight TOGETHER to overcome the scars left from their pasts. Where book one focuses on Jade and the relationship with Xel and Treb, I feel like this book is more about including Civan in their family. Ooooh how I love Civan, he fits into their group perfectly. Loving and sweet, somewhat insecure, but dominant and demanding if needed. Where I usually feel giddy and a bit naughty while reading a RH novel, this series so far makes me feel so much more. It feels like sipping from a glass of red wine on a perfect summer evening. In other words, it makes me feel like home. And I guess, in a way, this book is just about that! It is about how a home is tied to the people you love and care about rather than a certain location. Ofcourse all of this is topped of with a very healthy dose of sexual content. Auryn Hadley knows how to create magic, that’s for sure! I can’t wait to read the conclusion of this epic love story, because it is unlike anything I’ve seen before. This is a solid 5 star read for me.

  23. 5 out of 5

    J.L.

    It’s always easy for the middle book in a trilogy to sag a bit, for nothing truly major to happen regarding plot or character development. In speculative fiction, however, I find the best middle trilogy books are those in which the author takes all the “rules” they established in the first book and shatters them. Hadley remains true to the soul of the magic system created for this world but uses the presence of a female mage to inject some trouble into the status quo. As stated in the first book, It’s always easy for the middle book in a trilogy to sag a bit, for nothing truly major to happen regarding plot or character development. In speculative fiction, however, I find the best middle trilogy books are those in which the author takes all the “rules” they established in the first book and shatters them. Hadley remains true to the soul of the magic system created for this world but uses the presence of a female mage to inject some trouble into the status quo. As stated in the first book, all it takes is one mage to reject how the world works, and I look forward to the eventual showdown between the mages who gain their powers from “positive” emotions (joy, courage, lust) rather than the “negative” (pain, sorrow, fear). Plenty of action and drama happen in this book, and it’s all leading toward an even more dramatic showdown in the conclusion. Hadley’s sex-positivity in this erotic epic fantasy applies to the real lives of her readers. Closer to home, Jade and her compatriots aren’t just happily making love to create magic. Drama and conflict within the greater relationship still exist, with two significant highlights. The first is adventures in accepting one’s sexuality, relevant to any modern audience. The second is overcoming past trauma and learning to experience healthy relationships, also appropriate. I have already queued the final book in this trilogy on the Kindle, and I can’t wait to dive in, even as I am reluctant to say goodbye to these fantastic characters and world.

  24. 5 out of 5

    S A M | The Book in Hand

    Amazing. This series is brilliant! The character relationships are real and the way each individual progresses is done with such truth it is refreshing! They grow together and learn together while having some incredibly steamy moments....a lot! Saying that though everything steamy is well placed in the story, it’s not out of place or overused. It sounds silly but I also appreciated this book for its length! So many RH books are barely 300 pages and can still seem like nothing progressed, whereas Amazing. This series is brilliant! The character relationships are real and the way each individual progresses is done with such truth it is refreshing! They grow together and learn together while having some incredibly steamy moments....a lot! Saying that though everything steamy is well placed in the story, it’s not out of place or overused. It sounds silly but I also appreciated this book for its length! So many RH books are barely 300 pages and can still seem like nothing progressed, whereas the dark orchid series is longer which I really appreciated...it took me longer than a day to read it! On the RH note this book is so many leagues above so many others, it isn’t just 6 guys all close already who are used to sharing one lady. It’s a build, and work for some of the characters which is refreshing. To surmise this book is great, it’s characters are amazing and the friendships are brilliant. It is written well and easy to read, and you don’t want to put it down! I lost so much sleep over this book. There are monumental events and action with hard moments that explain why it is the way it is.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Chrissy

    More Fabulous Fantasy, Reverse Harem Style This book is just as good as the first, which I loved. I continued to enjoy the relationships between the main characters as their magic and their emotions become more entangled. This second book, builds on the second as Xel gains his freedom from The Spider and is bound by Jade to protect him from being bound again. Jade and Civan have escaped from The Spider and have run to a town of whores and pirates out in the desert. Xel and Treb have been left behi More Fabulous Fantasy, Reverse Harem Style This book is just as good as the first, which I loved. I continued to enjoy the relationships between the main characters as their magic and their emotions become more entangled. This second book, builds on the second as Xel gains his freedom from The Spider and is bound by Jade to protect him from being bound again. Jade and Civan have escaped from The Spider and have run to a town of whores and pirates out in the desert. Xel and Treb have been left behind and are trying to find the others now they have fended off The Spider. They finally get to each other in the desert and have start building a home together, work out their relationships with one another, beyond sex, and find a way to stay free from the Emperor and his Mages. I loved how this book build on both only the relationships with the main characters but also how they learn how to fit into a wider community and work out what their place is within that community. Once again, such a good series, you should read it if you like a great story with lots of sex!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Beth Despres-mach

    More Please Dear Ms. Hadley, You are an awesome storyteller! I think I just became your biggest fan, love your style. This series is really good, the story line is rich and detailed without being too complex, action packed and exciting - not overdone where it's too over the top, erotic without being raunchy or tacky, romantic and "swoon worthy" without being nauseatingly sweet. I was so excited for book #2 to come out, I put the release date on my calendar and counted down the days and hours impat More Please Dear Ms. Hadley, You are an awesome storyteller! I think I just became your biggest fan, love your style. This series is really good, the story line is rich and detailed without being too complex, action packed and exciting - not overdone where it's too over the top, erotic without being raunchy or tacky, romantic and "swoon worthy" without being nauseatingly sweet. I was so excited for book #2 to come out, I put the release date on my calendar and counted down the days and hours impatiently. Imagine my groan of despair when I got to the end of this book and saw, "to be continued with no release date as of yet". I want you to take your time and make #3 just as good as #1 & 2, but hurry up because I'm anxious to read what happens next..... Dear Readers, I highly recommend this series and author to all Readers of every genre, there's a little something for everyone.

  27. 4 out of 5

    J Pfeiffer

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Really great follow up for this series. I found the plot pacing a bit slower, which was fine as it focused more on the development of the foursome dynamic between the characters. I was a little disappointed that they still did not quite have things figured out by the end, with some of the group members not wanting to be sexually exclusive. Also felt some lingering inconsistency with the female character claiming she does not know jealousy yet we had a very real glimpse of her jealousy in the fir Really great follow up for this series. I found the plot pacing a bit slower, which was fine as it focused more on the development of the foursome dynamic between the characters. I was a little disappointed that they still did not quite have things figured out by the end, with some of the group members not wanting to be sexually exclusive. Also felt some lingering inconsistency with the female character claiming she does not know jealousy yet we had a very real glimpse of her jealousy in the first book with Treb and the esthetician? I found myself wishing she would just own up to having changed and wanting to be exclusive. The story is still nicely balanced, and the MM and MMMF action is real. This author does an amazing job of world building, without providing so many details that you lose interest. Overall, great read and am looking forward to the final book and am hopeful the relationship dynamic will be sorted with all parties in agreement.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Adesewa

    Amazing second installment I really really love this series. Each character is crafted with so much care and understanding you really feel like they are real. This book dives further into the relationships between the main protags with a lot more depth than I feel is usually given to love interests in RH novels and again the complexity of it all and the fact that nothing just falls into place easily among the main 4 just added to the story as a whole and made it easy to invest in them. It felt l Amazing second installment I really really love this series. Each character is crafted with so much care and understanding you really feel like they are real. This book dives further into the relationships between the main protags with a lot more depth than I feel is usually given to love interests in RH novels and again the complexity of it all and the fact that nothing just falls into place easily among the main 4 just added to the story as a whole and made it easy to invest in them. It felt like a little less time was spent with Jade in this book and I do wish we'd gotten a few more excerpts from her perspective but I also loved hearing from the 3 males leads as well and losing any of their povs would have detracted from the depth as a whole. The authors pacing issue has also gotten much better than the first book although it still felt a bit meandering at some points. But ultimately this installment cemented this series as on of my favourite book series ever.

  29. 4 out of 5

    The House Wife's Secret Library

    5 Stars This book series is a really good read. Let's talk about the good stuff first. This series is amazingly well written. Usually in books when things get slow I start speed reading to progress the story line, but for this series I found that I never got to the point of wanting to speed read, nor could I even if I wanted to. I also love the dynamic between all the lovers and the acceptance they all have with each other. It's impressive that Auryn (author) never re-used a sex scene in the enti 5 Stars This book series is a really good read. Let's talk about the good stuff first. This series is amazingly well written. Usually in books when things get slow I start speed reading to progress the story line, but for this series I found that I never got to the point of wanting to speed read, nor could I even if I wanted to. I also love the dynamic between all the lovers and the acceptance they all have with each other. It's impressive that Auryn (author) never re-used a sex scene in the entire series and each one is better than the last. The only part that I found repetitive and slightly annoying in the series was the insecurity the characters had and how the same dialogue was used between each lover to help them through their issues. With all of that said this is a really awesome series and you should read it.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nikki Edwards

    Review or book 3😂😂😂 Auryn Hadley is one of the best authors I have come across in recent years, that can write almost anything and get praise! Not because millions of fans stalk her ( on FB- I dare you not to read ”life of authors husband-aka me Hadley”and not cry with laughter) But because whatever Auryn writes, its gonna suck you in, pull you apart and spit you back out for the next chapter! After reading ROTI, I was sure that she couldn't fall so easily into another genre and I was wrong! The dar Review or book 3😂😂😂 Auryn Hadley is one of the best authors I have come across in recent years, that can write almost anything and get praise! Not because millions of fans stalk her ( on FB- I dare you not to read ”life of authors husband-aka me Hadley”and not cry with laughter) But because whatever Auryn writes, its gonna suck you in, pull you apart and spit you back out for the next chapter! After reading ROTI, I was sure that she couldn't fall so easily into another genre and I was wrong! The dark orchid is everything you wanted in a second book but didn't realise it! Hot men-powerful women- magic and sex!!! Even the MM scenes are tastefully hot....not to mention the MFM.... This was a wet dream of a second book and I need to go read book 3 now...

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