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Review: Garden of Secrets – Drake LaMarque

Garden of Secrets - Drake LaMarque - Misselthwaite

Genre: Fantasy, Historical, Gaslamp, Romance

LGBTQ+ Category: Bi, Gay, Non-Binary, Poly

Reviewer: D.B., Paranormal Romance Guild

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About The Book

Alistair Lennox is disagreeable.

Isolated and miserable, with parents who don’t care about him, his life has been equal parts privilege and loneliness.

But when his parents die, his life is turned upside down. In order to gain his inheritance, Alistair is forced to attend a college he’s never heard of – for good reason. Misselthwaite College is a school for the magically gifted

Alistair has no magical gifts – unless being magically inept counts. What were his parents thinking? And what is the mysterious affliction plaguing William Carlisle, the affluent and arrogant heir to Misselthwaite? Is there a connection to the strange key Alistair discovers in a book, the stranger noises in the night, and, strangest of all, the multiple men who desire his friendship? Misselthwaite has no end of secrets.

But if being disagreeable is good for anything, it’s for getting to the bottom of mysteries.

The Review

There wasn’t much I didn’t like about this story. It captured my attention right off the bat and held my attention until the end.

I liked how the main character was taken through a full transformation as the book progresses. I also enjoyed the actual garden development in the book as well. It was almost as if the garden was treated as another character… in fact, the author did such a fantastic job describing and making it feel real, I would’ve enjoyed more time in the garden.

The story also had a very nice love affair that involved multiple partners. This is something I’m not usually into, so that was an interesting twist for me as well.

There was side character where the pronouns changed a couple of times. No, I don’t think this was because they were non-binary, as there is a side non-binary character and that’s well defined in the book. It just felt as if it was an editing mistake. Unfortunately, this caused a bit of confusion for me as the book progressed.

I was also often confused about the antagonistic character’s motivation. I never quite understood why, for example, the students wanted to kill the MC.

There is a book two, so I’m assuming that will become clearer, or I’m hoping it will, because I’m definitely going to read it.

I was quite taken with this book and certainly recommend it. 4.5 stars.

The Reviewer

I am D.B. Wilson and I am an avid reader. I was born in Tennessee and lived there until I went to college in Iowa. I spent most of my life in Kansas City and have been a teacher, real estate agent, bookseller, and even a full-time foster parent. My husband and I became full-time RVers in 2017 and now travel with our two dogs Denver and Buddy as he works all over USA as a travel nurse.

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