Author: Mathew Ortiz
Pages/Word Count: 217 Pages
At a Glance: While I enjoyed reading this book, it didn’t wow me.
Reviewed By: Lana
Blurb: Duncan Blackthorne carried a heavy burden for one so young. One of the most powerful witches of the Earth Clans, his singular ability to control fire was both blessing and curse. The wallflower of his family, they had no idea of what turbulent waters churned under his calm surface. Never expecting to find love, he trudged through life, expecting nothing. Until the man in his dreams became more real and insistent, Duncan realized his dream lover was so much more than expected. Suddenly he had a real world dominant that rocked his body and a dreaming ghost lover who captured his heart. Now what the hell was witch to do?
Note to my readers: This book contains strong male/male content. It also contains an epilogue, updating characters from previous series, linking my various books.
WARNING: REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS
Review: Luxuria is the second book in the Oswald Witches series. Where I loved the first book, this one didn’t live up to my expectations. I enjoyed it but was not blown away. And I wanted to be.
Luxuria is Duncan’s story, though the focus wasn’t solely on him but on several other characters also. I found this a bit distracting. The plot follows Duncan and the resignation that he’s going to spend his life alone without his bonded mate. Duncan’s power is fire and because of that, he can only be with demons, who are impervious to fire. We also learn that Duncan has a dirty little secret. He likes tattoos, piercings and a lot of kinky sex—as in bondage. He gets mixed up with a demon Dom, who later tries to kill him. Duncan also finds his bonded mate, who turns out to be a ghost. This is a big problem! The ghost, Zeke, is the same ghost from Skin Tight Levis. He’s also the ghost lover of the original Duncan, who was killed during the Salem witch trials. Present day Duncan is the re-incarnation of the original Duncan. The whole Duncan/Zeke plot wasn’t developed fully, and the resolution was a bit off a cliffhanger. I was disappointed because I wanted Duncan and Zeke to have their HEA. I’m hoping they do eventually.
There were a number of other plot lines and lots of characters. While I enjoyed them, I felt that either they needed more space devoted to them or to be cut altogether. I thought all the storylines needed to be more tightly written, and felt they were all over the place. And at the end Oliver finds his mate, but we get absolutely no details. That would have been an interesting story too.
Luxuria was much darker than the previous book and the little humor there was, was like a breath of fresh air. I wanted more of that, particularly with Duncan.
At the end, there was a snippet into the lives of the boys from the Renovating Love series, and it just whetted my appetite for the next books to come. I mentioned this before—the way Mr. Ortiz tied all of his books together is pretty ingenious and enjoyable.
While I enjoyed reading this book, it didn’t wow me. I’m waiting for the next installment of the Oswald witches to make my witch’s senses tingle.
You can buy Luxuria (The Oswald Witches: Book Two) here: