It just keeps getting better…
Meg Anne introduced us to Lina and Nord in her novella, Shade of Danger, which was featured in the fantastic fantasy anthology, The Monster Ball (check out my review here on the LitBuzz). Hint of Danger (Undercover Magic Book 1) includes this debut story. In it Lina is a ghost, with no recollection of her past, living out her solitary existence as the “roommate” to the occupants of a modest apartment. That’s until she receives a magical invitation to the infamous Monster Ball, which not only transports her to a night of supernatural decadence but transforms her spectral form into a stunningly attired corporeal beauty. A chance encounter with the Beserker and Guardian of the Brotherhood, Nord, explodes her physical senses with their intense attraction. Nord knows instantly that Lina is the one he thought he would never find, the one his berserker will protect for all eternity, and the one he is willing to turn his back on the Brotherhood for if they can find each other after the Ball. However, when the party ends the magic does not send her back to her ghostly reality but allows her to remain with Nord as a living, breathing being. The whole process of existing with a body is new to Lina as are the violent and startling memories that are slowly returning, prompting them to search for her identity in her former life. In Face of Danger, Lina’s identity as heir to the Mobius Council is discovered and her powers are restored, propelling her on a hunt for her killer. This quest makes them enemies and targets of both the Council and the Brotherhood, forcing Lina to make a deal with a powerful Fae, Crombie. In World of Danger, their only hope of taking on either the Council or Brotherhood lies in unraveling the Codex before Crombie calls in Lina’s part of the bargain.
I really enjoyed Meg Anne’s Lina and Nord, as well as a super interesting supporting cast. Her characters have depth of personality as well as unique quirks and traits that make their interactions so memorable. I especially liked Lina and her experience of returning to the land of the living. Her initial lack of memory on how to function in a physical body was both humorous, as she learned and experienced normal, everyday things. and profound, as it gave her such a sincere appreciation for every moment of life. This carried through all the books, even as her powers were restored and grew. Her life and love are now intrinsically wrapped around the man she loves and the friends she is devoted to. I also loved the attraction between Lina and Nord, and not just because he’s a ripped Nordic hottie, but because Meg Anne has created the perfect connection and friction that burns hotter as the series continues.
The books in Undercover Magic build the complementary plots of Lina’s past and the implications of her “resurrection” with the budding relationship between Lina and Nord in a fluid yet extremely captivating series. Shade of Danger was one of my favorite novella’s in The Monster Ball and that story only got better as the series progressed. Each of the three books already published, book 4 Promise of Danger releases September 3, 2021, are a perfect blend of heart stopping action and heart pounding heat. I guarantee you will be hooked and won’t want to put it down!