Consort of Secrets

Consort of Secrets

Every witch knows the rules: Stick to your own kind. Never reveal your powers to outsiders. Take a consort from the witching families or kiss your magic good-bye forever. For years I've been quiet, obedient Rose Hallowell. I accepted the man my stepmother chose for me. But I never stopped missing my long-ago friends.Now we're back on my childhood estate to arrange my marri...

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Title:Consort of Secrets
Author:Eva Chase
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Consort of Secrets Reviews

  • Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)

    Omg!!! This is Eva’s best Book to date! I’m in love with Rose and all of her boys and I love the way magic works in her witching world! I NEED book 2 now!!!!

  • Kathy - Books & Munches

    Wow. Just wow. The fact that I read this book in no time at all says plenty already. Pretty sure I read this book faster than I normally do just because of the writing - and that's something I rarely say / admit! It's been a while since I read a fantasy novel with witches that I actually loved reading. Consort of Secrets is now easily at the top of my list. Ea-si-ly.

    So, obviously, our main character Rose is a witch, but she hasn't gotten into her powers yet. Because she's almost twenty-five she'

    Wow. Just wow. The fact that I read this book in no time at all says plenty already. Pretty sure I read this book faster than I normally do just because of the writing - and that's something I rarely say / admit! It's been a while since I read a fantasy novel with witches that I actually loved reading. Consort of Secrets is now easily at the top of my list. Ea-si-ly.

    So, obviously, our main character Rose is a witch, but she hasn't gotten into her powers yet. Because she's almost twenty-five she's so easy to connect with. She isn't childish nor naive. She doesn't act out, she simply acts like she should. Like I would. I loved it.

    The four human, unsparked, guys in her life are pretty darn amazing as well. Kyler, Seth, Jin and Damon are the four guys she was friends with way back when, before she moved out of town.

    I'm not a girlie-girl. I like surrounding myself with guys, men whenever and wherever so this was another thing I could find myself in.

    They also have their own distinct personalities, characteristics and voices. It's so admirable that the author is able to pull that off! It's another thing that made me enjoy this novel so much more than I anticipated.

    The relationships between Rose and the four guys felt totally natural and normal. That's something that definitely needs to be mentioned. I thought I'd go "no, go with him!" from the bat but that wasn't the case. They each took a piece of my heart and wrapped themselves up in it. They're all special, all unique and I can definitely see why Rose would surround herself with them. 

    Oooh, the steamy scenes. Really, this is an adult novel. No doubt about it. This is squirming-when-reading-in-public steamy because you will be so lost in the story and there's nothing else you can do but squirm. I loved it. I LOVED IT. Like, there pretty much is nothing I didn't love about this novel.

    5 / 5!

    Kathy

  • Karen

    I received an advance review copy in exchange for an honest review.

    This is a really different and interesting story line by Eva Chase.

    I have been very into reverse harem fiction lately and while this is not the best of what I have read recently in that genre it is still quite enjoyable and a fun escape.

    Looking forward to the second book.

  • Dani (Dani Reviews Things & Love in a time of Feminism)

    Ever since

    , I've been keeping an eye on the subgenre. There's something extra delightfully naughty about not having to choose between your favourite types of heroes. You can have the bad boy, the nice guy, the dark and handsome figure... It may not be common in real life, but romance allows us to explore our fantasies, and having a group to give you the love you desire (physically and emotionally) is actually a rather nice one.

    And you know what? This was a rather nice reverse

    Ever since

    , I've been keeping an eye on the subgenre. There's something extra delightfully naughty about not having to choose between your favourite types of heroes. You can have the bad boy, the nice guy, the dark and handsome figure... It may not be common in real life, but romance allows us to explore our fantasies, and having a group to give you the love you desire (physically and emotionally) is actually a rather nice one.

    And you know what? This was a rather nice reverse harem story. It was easy to read, and very quick, too. It didn't take long to jump onto the action, and I had my suspicions and hopes set from the very beginning. The Big Bad was somewhat of a stereotype, but I was fine with that. And as much as I love my romance, it was sort of nice to see that Rose had bigger things to worry about, like making amends for the actions of her family and figuring out her own destiny, not just hooking up.

    That being said, the steaminess was

    . There weren't too many sexy scenes in this series starter, but they were delicious, and I have high hopes for the next book!

    For the first page or so, I was confused, but I quickly latched on to the idea of Philomena. Rose is so lacking in friends for over a decade that she turns to books for support, and to one book in particular, Philomena's. Over time, Rose came to think of Phil as a real person, an imaginary friend who comes with her everywhere and makes amusing comments that no one else could make, as they'd be overheard. Yes, this is a bit sad and not exactly sane, but I kinda loved it??? It would be so much fun to have my favourite characters come to life and interact with me, even if no one else could see them.

    I'm going to be honest and say that I feel like you have to judge reverse harem novels in a different way to other romances, and other paranormal stories. Unless you want an epic, you have to understand that there just isn't enough time for substantial paranormal world-building and character development of multiple main characters. There were quite a few gaps to the world, and so I'm left with a lot of questions. Hopefully, though, this is a series, and some of those questions will get answered later.

    The important thing is that it scratches the itch its meant to. If you want fully fleshed out characters and magic systems and whatnot, turn to a fantasy. However, if you want to dream about having a bunch of handsome young men lavishing you with love and attention, then this is a good place to start.

  • Katherine Paschal

    **Review on

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    Rose and her boys were inseparable as kids, so much so that her father took her away because those with "the spark" can't commingle with those without. Now, 11 years later, Rose and her parents have returned to the estate abandoned so long ago so that Rose can come into adulthood and marry. But Rose has not forgotten her boys, nor they her.

    Reverse Harems are my most current reading obsession. The thought of being a loved by many (attractive, s

    **Review on

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    Rose and her boys were inseparable as kids, so much so that her father took her away because those with "the spark" can't commingle with those without. Now, 11 years later, Rose and her parents have returned to the estate abandoned so long ago so that Rose can come into adulthood and marry. But Rose has not forgotten her boys, nor they her.

    ​Reverse Harems are my most current reading obsession. The thought of being a loved by many (attractive, smart, successful...) men who are perfectly happy sharing​ is pretty much the most ridiculous idea, but geez isn't it fun and the best kind of fantasy? I have been gobbling up tons of RH books that I can get my hands on recently and when I stumbled across this one about a witch and the human men who love her (but she can't have) my interest was 100% piqued!

    ​I did like the that there were hints of fairy-tale to the story as well, with an evil conniving stepmother who ruled Rose's life to the nicknames she was called, like Briar Rose.​

    ​Rose has a best friend, Philomena, who just happens to be ​imaginary. The two do everything together, be it go on adventures or just banter about life...but nobody else could see Philomena. At first I thought that maybe because Rose is a witch she conjured a spirit or something cool to be her friend since she had nobody else, but nope! Just an imaginary friend, one of her favorite characters from a book she ever so much enjoys. And yes, Rose is about to turn 25 and her best friend is a figment of her imagination, so pretty much she has 2 sided conversations with herself and acts like it is a surprise at what Phil says. I don't know how I was suppose to feel about this (except it was awkward and uncomfortable, and it made me pretty dang depressed for Rose), to be honest.

    It really felt like Rose was a child, maybe a blooming 15 year old girl who is ready to learn about life. But really she is the most sheltered, passive woman in her mid-twenties, with zero life experience and no real qualms about the fact that she is treated like a young mindless child. Her marriage has been arranged, her friends are hand chosen, her walks are supervised, and even at times her stepmother dresses her. I kind of feel like she was living out of time- maybe this would all seem more reasonable or expected in a historical setting instead of the modern time this story takes place in. I did like that she became a much more confident and capable person as the story progressed, more the adult that she was aged for. It was really nice to see her character grow through this story and I am excited to see how much more she can do in the next book, be it emotionally and magically.

    Overall, Eva was able to blend the reverse harem aspects of the story into the mystery and magic of the world to create a nicely balanced and fast read. I look forward to what the next book will bring. I highly recommend this if you are looking for an afternoon read full of paranormal potential and some HOT steam!

    I am voluntarily reviewing an advance, complimentary copy of this book.

  • Jessica

    4.5. I got sucked right in to this one. The writing was solid, I loved the magic system, Rose, her guys, and her best friend Philomena, who literally came from the pages of a book. Will definitely read more in this series.

  • Myreadbooks

    On the cover we see Rose Hallowell holding her hips. She must never have revealed that she is a witch. Her fiancé is her beautiful mother who chose her for her. His childhood friends remain in his thoughts, even if they are not of the same world. She will discover family secrets she had never imagined. We lied to him, we betrayed him, to get revenge, she's going to do that to her head.

    A first volume with engaging characters, a story to take. Eager to read the first and second volume.

  • Tiblu

    This felt more about the magic then anything else,especially the love...

    Rose had an almost desperate need for her magic,and seemed willing to do almost anything to get it....

    This book soooo DID NOT go the way I expected, I read most of “Rose’s boys” and almost immediately felt their connect,it felt strong and beautiful and potent and when I got to the point where the big bad stepmother was going to rip them apart I had to sto

    This felt more about the magic then anything else,especially the love...

    Rose had an almost desperate need for her magic,and seemed willing to do almost anything to get it....

    This book soooo DID NOT go the way I expected, I read most of “Rose’s boys” and almost immediately felt their connect,it felt strong and beautiful and potent and when I got to the point where the big bad stepmother was going to rip them apart I had to stop because i had started to care for them soo much I was t ready for the heartbreak of their split.....

    Then when I found out the book was finally out and got around to reading it I was too eager to read this to go back....

    Not sure at the moment if that good or bad because at the moment ,I feel like Rose betrayed them more than step mom did...

    Ok, first Rose felt more 19-21 than she does 24 going on 25, she may be dogged in her determination to find and get her magic but out of magic I NEVER felt I got to really know anything about her or her world ( very little to no world building is done) ( Witches have magic,a “witching “ community, and consorts but what else is there? Do they just live among humans hiding what they are ? Like say vampires usually do ? Or what ?) and Rose for all her determination felt timid and kinda tepid most of the time, soo overly cautious sneaking around and yet no one really seemed to care one way or the other....

    What really disappointed the most was I thought romance despite Rose and her magical quest about her magic,I thought old and new love would lead the way and in rediscovering love that had never had a chance to be Rose would discover the truth and uncover the lies along the way... but the love of her boys now men would be first and foremost and the truth about the spark and magic with come along with....

    Dear lord No!

    Shakes head,except for their first meeting w/Ky and the alter meeting with Ky,Seth,Damon and Jin almost every meeting is more self serving and is mainly because she needs help finding her magic or proving a theory about her magic....

    Honestly the guys start to just feel like tools and pawns in her magic... there nor world building really like I said,not even much character building, what has Rose been doing besides practicing for magic she doesn’t have yet,magic she’s desperate to have , ( why is she soo desperate ? Haven’t a clue ?) did she go to collage ? What happened to her step sisters? Does she have a job ? If soo what is it ? If not,why ?

    Why is this house and land soo special? I feel like I know and all at once...

    Seriously most of the book was Rose and her desperate search for her magic,what is her step mother planning ?

    What is this binding ?

    I can’t say I left this liking Rose in the slightest really,her magic seemed all that mattered and I don’t even know why ,beyond being a witch and she’s supposed to have it...

    It’s not like a shifter fearing losing their inner animal if they were to mate the wrong mate or something and yet,at first Rose is willing to suffer almost any fool she has to just to claim a magic she’s barely experienced.....

    Almost her time is either, spying on her stepmother or sneaking looking for info or testing theories, Rose may have once “loved” them as boys as a child, but I have absolutely no doubt that if they weren’t the key her getting her magic she would never touched any of them....

    We don’t see any really special moments or reconnection that involve old times or trying to get to know the men they today just because,no if she kisses one it because of the magic,heck when she loses her virginity to one it’s all about the magic...

    And when he pushes her away right after the deed is done ,between finding out what he did to her magically and them having barely started to reconnect emotionally,she honestly didn’t seem bothered...

    Jin just seemed on the side and saved for last and Gabriel seemed the one her heart longed for the most and he wasn’t even there...

    No Rose’s inactions with the guys ( who we barely got to know) seemed mainly self serving ,all about her and her magic, I honestly wasn’t sure why they wanted her or vice versa,all that mattered was their usefulness in protecting and claiming her magic....

    Her fiancé and “parents “, might have had dark,ugly , selfish or even evil motives for what they were doing but honestly Rose only felt better by degrees when it came to “her boys”...

    I wouldn’t tell a friend to not read this but wouldn’t to read it, this is just me and my lengthy opinion but I really wanted this to be based around Rose and their love her and her love for them and honestly ? It really really wasn’t ...

  • Reena Jacobs

    Overall, I'd say this was a middle of the road read. I think it could have used higher stakes and a more adult themed story to match the reverse harem concept. Even so, it kept me engaged enough to want to learn how the storyline panned out. I give Consort of Secrets a solid 3. Read full review here:

    *I received a free copy of this book through Netgalley.

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