by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #5.5
Narrator: Renée Raudman
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Narration: 5 cups
After eviction from the Knights of Merciful Aid, Andrea is a wreck. She starts work for best pal PI Kate Daniels. Shapeshifters under Raphael Medrano — Clan Bouda male alpha, Andrea’s ex-lover — die suddenly at a dig site. With Raphael, she seeks killer in deep dark Atlanta. Her feelings for him may take a back seat to saving the world…Bonus: Kate Daniels novella "Magic Gifts"
I will be the first one to tell you that I generally skip novellas in a series but when Ali @ My Guilty Obsession shared her thoughts on Gunmetal Magic and made me aware that it was a full-length novel, I could not get my hands on the audio fast enough. I am pretty sure it was loaded on my phone before my comment even posted.
Gunmetal Magic shares what happens to Andrea after she was evicted from the Knights of Merciful Aid. It also shares her romance with Raphael Medrano, the Clan Bouda male alpha and I had such a blast listening to their story.
“Did those nice church ladies come by again?”
He nodded. “I asked them if a man died and then the woman remarried, and then the three of them met in heaven, would it be a sin for them to have a threesome, since they were all married in God’s eye. And they decided they were late to be somewhere else.”
Andrea Nash is kick-ass, snarky and downright hilarious. I should have known, after all she is Kate’s best friend. She is plagued with nightmares from her past but outwardly she personifies this cool, take no prisoners, confident, “I am woman, hear me roar” heroine. Her back history is brutal and socially she is a bit of an outcast even among shifters since she is a beastkin. Wanting to impress Jim, she takes her first PI case and it causes her to interact with her ex-lover Raphael. Shapeshifters in his crew die at a dig site and things look suspicious. Raphael makes some huge mistakes in the beginning and I wanted to slap him in the back of the head. Watching these two one up each other was hilarious. The pranks were the best, prepare to gigglesnort. We get some heat, but it is very fade to black with some tender moments.
“You’re touching me,” I chided him.
He caressed my back; sliding his hand down, hitting every sensitive point, I hadn’t even known I had. “No, this is touching you. That was just accidental contact.”
“Oh? Good to know. If you touch me again and I break your arm off, you can be sure it will be completely accidental.”
Ascanio, Roman, Aunt B, Doolittle and of course Kate and Curran all make appearance. I laughed and even shed a tear for Andrea as we see her overcome some of her fears. Roman is such an interesting character and I loved scenes with him. I just picture him as a younger Ozzie Osborn. We learn more about Ascanio, he is a lunk-head but the kid grows on you. As for Aunt B and her pack, I loved seeing Andrea interact with them and getting the full story…it was absolutely perfect.
“You will not pass!” Roman thundered.
Great. Now he had decided he was Gandalf.”
Andrews’ use of mythology is twisted and brilliant. This time they weave in Egyptian mythology and I found myself completely caught up in this thread. The battles were gloriously brutal and as always I found myself in awe of the creatures, weapons, and near death experiences.
“It’s never a good thing when the black volhv says “Uh-oh” and then runs for his life.”
Fans of Kate Daniels will thoroughly enjoy Gunmetal Magic and Andrea’s story. Now as for the rest of the novellas in the series would someone tell Ilona Andrews we need them compiled into one audio collection read my Renee’ 🙂