Reviewed by Sarina
TITLE: Missing Things
SERIES: Men of Magic #2
AUTHOR: Hollis Shiloh
PUBLISHER: Spare Words Press
LENGTH: 125 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 3, 2017
Is there a way to save the captive fae?
Jocelyn and Ellis, magicians and life partners, grapple with dilemmas and a miasma of magic and mystery.
Jocelyn searches out magical artifacts, and struggles with the troubling gap in his memories — and the feeling that his and Ellis’s partnership is falling apart.
Meanwhile, Ellis works desperately to dig into a wicked injustice being perpetrated against a kidnapped fae…and finds it may be too much for him to handle alone.
Picking up where the previous book ended, Jocelyn and Ellis are settling further into their bond while continuing their respective work with the ministry. Ellis is keeping things from Jocelyn regarding the fae they encountered previously, however, and things are becoming a bit strained between them as a result. Ellis just wants to keep Jocelyn from being hurt again and its hard to explain to him what’s going on when his memory surrounding the event keeps disappearing. Jocelyn, in the meantime, is filled with doubts about whether or not Ellis has found someone else he’d rather partner with, both in and outside of the office. When Ellis realizes he’s in over his head and calls for help, Jocelyn doesn’t hesitate to go after him but will running into the fae again help or make things worse?
Much like the previous book, this was a slower paced story that focused more on character and relationship development than on romance or ‘steamier’ encounters between the main characters. Ellis and Jocelyn also spend more time apart in this story, working on their own things, than they do together but as this gave Ellis more room to shine after he spent so much time trying to put himself together previously, and I was totally okay with that. The story itself, however, while nice, wasn’t quite as interesting to me as the first book was. While Jocelyn’s insecurities served as a good reminder that he can be just as human and prone to worry as the next person, I also didn’t really enjoy that aspect of the story though I understand why it was there. I also really disliked the guy he was partnered with for a while; he was an irritating fop that kind of needed a good smack upside the head in my opinion.
Aside from the minor issues I had, however, this was a fairly enjoyable story with a really good ending. The only thing that would’ve made the ending better would’ve been actually seeing what had just been set up but if there’s a third book in the series, I’m hopeful it will be showcased there. If you enjoy slower paced, more character driven stories this might be something you want to take a look at.