Review: Mainly by Moonlight by Josh Lanyon

Quick Info
Mainly by Moonlight

  • Author: Josh Lanyon
  • Publisher: JustJoshin Publishing Inc.
  • Release Date: 01.08.2019
  • Series: Bedknobs and Broomsticks
    book 1
  • Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Romance
  • Trigger Warnings: slight dubcon
  • Rating: 1.5/5 Stars

Mainly by Moonlight

A gay high-society wedding. A stolen book of spells. A love-threatening lie. Can a witch avoid a murder rap without revealing the supernatural truth?

Cosmo Saville guiltily hides a paranormal secret from his soon-to-be husband. Thanks to a powerful love spell, uncertainty threatens his nuptial magic. But when he’s arrested for allegedly killing a longtime rival, he could spend his honeymoon behind bars…

Police Commissioner John Joseph Galbraith never believed in love until Cosmo came along. Falling head over heels for the elegant antiques dealer is an enchantment he never wants to break. So when all fingers point to Cosmo’s guilt, John races to prove his fiancé’s innocence before they take their vows.

As Cosmo hunts for the real killer among the arcane aristocracy, John warns him to leave it to the police. But with an unseen enemy threatening to expose Cosmo’s true nature, the couple’s blissful future could shatter like a broken charm.

Can Cosmo find the lost grimoire, clear his name, and keep John’s love alive, or will black magic “rune” their wedding bells?

The Queer’s Review

I dreaded writing this review because I can’t say anything nice about it.

And while more often than not those reviews are way easier to write for me (rambling about stuff I dislike is easier than gushing without spoilering) I wasn’t excited to review Mainly by Moonlight. At all. Reading it was simply exhausting, taking notes on it felt more trouble than it was worth, and I honestly try to remember why I didn’t dnf.

I mean, seriously, why? Was I really holding onto some hope of it getting better in the end? Or was is more like a trainwreck and I simply couldn’t look away?

I was annoyed at the inconsistency in naming a character Andi/Andy. Tenses kept switching too. Hopefully that was corrected before publishing it.

But okay, if I liked the rest, I could’ve dealt with that. Since I didn’t… the annoyance just kept on coming. Not just because of the instalove and GETTING FUCKING MARRIED AFTER KNOWING EACH OTHER FOR TWO FUCKING WEEKS AND BELIEVING IT TO BE TRUE LOVE?!

This pairing, I swear. I didn’t like them on their own, I hated them together. There was no spark whatsoever. Maybe a spark of annoyance. Mostly at myself because I was really excited about this story and the potential I saw in it.

Bookish Thoughts

“Even if I was practicing”, you’re using your magic every few pages, Cosmo!

I’m still said about the potential not being met and I won’t be reading the next part. I can reread other queer witchy books that I actually enjoy.


I received a free ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

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