Title : Blessed Curses
Author : Madeleine Ribbon
Publisher : Dreamspinner Press (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Contemporary Fantasy
Length : 168 pages (e-book)
Published : August 7, 2013
Rating : ★★★
Though he’s a sorcerer with a talent for creating blessings, David can do very little with any other magic. He works the night shift for his cousin’s magical supply shop because he’s cursed—his brother did it when they were kids—and now people can’t stand to be near David since he inspires irrational fear. Many experts have tried to remove it, but the curse has proven completely binding. Then David meets Vaughn at his brother’s wedding.
Vaughn works for the magical enforcers, picking apart complex curses and making sure sorcerers stay within the law. He has the ability to dampen magical effects around him and loves solving supposedly irreversible curses like David’s. He quickly develops a more personal interest in David. Despite the distance David attempts to keep between them, he finally realizes when Vaughn is injured on the job that he doesn’t want to stay away anymore. But what about the curse?
Dealing with the after effects of sibling rivalry gone wrong is the premise of Madeline Ribbon’s Blessed Curses. David has spent the majority of his life with a curse that makes people extremely uncomfortable. He is himself uncomfortable. Numerous sorcerers have tried to break it to no avail. David just lives with it, working nights blessing magical herbs for his cousin’s store. At his brother’s wedding David meets Vaughn. Vaughn’s birth blessing was for magical suppression. He barely feels David’s curse at all and really wants to get to know David better. A relationship between the two of them is certainly an uphill battle. Part of it is David’s prickly nature, he earns the nickname hedgehog, and part of it is Vaughn’s very heavy workload. When Vaughn visits David’s place exhausted and falls asleep he’s unable to suppress his reactions to David’s curse. Vaughn wakes up terrified and David breaks off the relationship insisting it will never work between them. It takes Vaughn weeks, and the completion of a case, to finally win David back. It’s not til then Vaughn is able to track down a possible work around for David’s incurable curse.
This novella was charming although it didn’t cause much of an emotional response. That doesn’t necessarily sound like a plus, but I occasionally find myself in need of a book that won’t intrude on my life. That’s not to say the story wasn’t well written and good, because it was. It’s a twist on modern society with some people having additional magical abilities. I liked the characters and the plot. There were a couple of instances I found some things to be a touch overly convenient, but the book worked on the whole and is certainly a nice book to read when you’ve got time to sit, but not time to devote to a book.
Rated 3 stars by Faye