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The Wizard King by Dana Marie Bell
Series: Heart's Desire #3
Published by Samhain Publishing on June 17th 2014
Reviewed by Jo
The toughest battle he’s ever faced is convincing her she’s the queen of his soul. Heart’s Desire, Book 3Gareth Beckett takes the wizard throne in three days, and the woman who stole his heart is missing. Hoping with everything in him that it will call her back to his side, he casts the Beckett mate spell. One minute, Genevieve Godwin is knocking on Gareth’s door to tell him she’s had a vision warning of a threat to his life. The next, she’s pinned to his sofa, trying to explain her recent absence to one very irate werewolf wizard. Ever since Gen was forced to use her warlock powers to save him, he’s barely made eye contact. And now he wants her to be his queen? She’s a Hecate’s Own, not a princess. Her place is on the trail of evil—especially her own brothers—to bring them to justice, not sipping tea and making small talk. Gareth is determined to keep her at his side, and not only to keep her safe. Between scheming courtiers, the threat of the Godwin brothers and Gen’s insistence that she be allowed to continue her work as one of Hecate’s Own, Gareth is about to lose his mind. It will take a powerful combination of witch, wizard and warlock to stop the magical coup d’état that could destroy them all. Warning: This title contains explicit sex, graphic language, and a king who can’t live without his queen.
Gareth Beckett is a wizard and a werewolf – one who is about to be crowned as Wizard King. But Gareth isn’t about to go anywhere until his mate shows up and he is determined that she will be crowned with him. Gareth is positive he knows who is mate is, but he has started a spell his family has that will bring his mate to him – he just has to wait until she shows up so he can claim her forever.
Genevieve Godwin is one of Hecate’s Own and she isn’t a witch or a wizard but a warlock – a type of magic user who is looked down on by the others. She knows that Gareth hates her and her family but she has to see him one more time to tell him of a vision she has had. Genevieve is literally a woman without a family or home because she helped kill her father and is on the hunt to bring down her brothers for their evil acts and the other side of her family despises her for being a warlock. Being one of Hecate’s Own has placed Genevieve on a lonely path, one that is about to get less lonely and a lot more confusing.
Gareth and Genevieve are headed to the Wizard court and as soon as they arrive Gareth is crowned King of the Wizards and Genevieve his consort. However, all isn’t well in the court as several of the older women have an issue with Genevieve and the fact that she has been accepted into the court and they are not quiet about it. On top of that, Genevieve is still hunting her brothers to bring them to justice. Gareth isn’t about to let a few busy bodies deny him of his mate or cause chaos in his court and he really isn’t about to let Genevieve go off on a deadly mission to bring her brothers to justice. The love between them is just budding and growing, yet that connection is what will keep them safe as they confront not only the nastiness lurking in the Wizard court as well as of the worse warlocks out to destroy Gareth and his brothers. The Beckett brothers and their mates stick together and watch each other’s backs. Will that be enough to keep Gareth and Genevieve alive to complete their missions and to have the future just waiting for them?
Wizards are not supposed to acknowledge warlocks much less mate with one, but you can’t stop destiny and that is exactly what Gareth and Genevieve face in The Wizard King. I have no idea what Gareth would have done is some other woman would have shown up after his spell besides Genevieve but luckily we don’t have to worry about that. I thought the spell/curse on the Beckett brothers was bad but when you put that against the pure bigotry in the wizard court I think it is the lesser evil. I felt bad that Genevieve is the one who has to deal with her brothers and yet I think it will lift a huge weight off her shoulders when it’s done. The love between Gareth and Genevieve might have been fast but it is defiantly strong and I know will only grow stronger as time goes on. I also can’t wait to see how the life in the Wizard court goes on now that Gareth has made his first acts as the king. Somehow I think this will be worse for them than Genevieve’s brothers ever could be. The Wizard King is full of suspense, loving passion and deep bigotry, all of which had me flipping the pages fast and furiously to see what would happen next.