The Midnight Bargain, by C. L. Polk
Publish Date: October 13, 2020
Published by: Erewhon
Length: 384 pages
My Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)
**I received this as an egalley from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.**
Beatrice Clayborn is a sorceress who practices magic in secret, terrified of the day she will be locked into a marital collar that will cut off her powers to protect her unborn children. She dreams of becoming a full-fledged Magus and pursuing magic as her calling as men do, but her family has staked everything to equip her for Bargaining Season, when young men and women of means descend upon the city to negotiate the best marriages. The Clayborns are in severe debt, and only she can save them, by securing an advantageous match before their creditors come calling.
In a stroke of luck, Beatrice finds a grimoire that contains the key to becoming a Magus, but before she can purchase it, a rival sorceress swindles the book right out of her hands. Beatrice summons a spirit to help her get it back, but her new ally exacts a price: Beatrice’s first kiss . . . with her adversary’s brother, the handsome, compassionate, and fabulously wealthy Ianthe Lavan.
The more Beatrice is entangled with the Lavan siblings, the harder her decision becomes: If she casts the spell to become a Magus, she will devastate her family and lose the only man to ever see her for who she is; but if she marries—even for love—she will sacrifice her magic, her identity, and her dreams. But how can she choose just one, knowing she will forever regret the path not taken?
All I can say is, how dare this book make me ship insta-love.
When I am shipping two characters that just met, I know I’m in for it. Normally I hate that sh*t. But somehow it worked in this book. I fell in love with Ianthe and Beatrice as a pair almost as immediately as they met. Part of me was anticipating it from the synopsis I suppose, but there was just something about their personalities that clicked together and had me smiling giddily.Continue reading “Book Review | THE MIDNIGHT BARGAIN, by C. L. Polk”