Review: Haven (Magic Emporum) by Morgan Brice

Quick Info

  • title: Haven
  • author: Morgan Brice
  • publisher: Darkwind Press
  • release date: 08.04.2021
  • series: Magic Emporium & Fix Hollow Zodiac
    can be read as a standalone
  • genre: Mystery, Paranormal, Romance
  • content warnings: abuse (mention)
  • rating: 2/5 Stars


(Set in the world of Fox Hollow, but can stand alone).

Old secrets, hidden psychics, secret shifters, ghosts, scandals—and true love.

A series of long-ago disappearances leads cold case private detective Austin Williams to investigate a troubled sanitarium.

Jamie Miller is new in town, temporarily running the local historical association, and he willingly signs on to help solve Austin’s mystery.

Sparks fly between them as they dig into the hospital’s troubled past. But someone wants the past to stay buried—and is willing to bury Austin and Jamie to keep it that way.

Haven is part of the multi-author Magic Emporium Series. Each book stands alone, but each one features an appearance by Marden’s Magic Emporium, a shop that can appear anywhere, but only once and only when someone’s in dire need. This book contains explicit scenes and a guaranteed HEA. 

The Queer’s Review

This might be one of the worst insta love pairings I’ve encountered.

I don’t know if I would’ve been able to root for the pairing otherwise, but they ended up engaged after 2 months if I got the timeline in the epilogue right. I mean, seriously. Come on. After knowing each other 3 months? Yeah, sure.

I’m not feeling it.

I didn’t feel the characters on their own either. I honestly can’t tell you how they are as a person. And this on top of the forced und unbelievable love between them totally ruined Haven for me.

Which I’m really sad about because the plot itself could’ve been so good. I don’t wanna spoil you so I can’t tell you exactly whatgrabbed me about it, but let’s just say it’s about an asylum/sanatorium where patients have gone missing.

What I ended up with was a boring “romance” that’s not in the slightest romantic to me, bland characters, and a plot that felt rushed-through.

Bookish Thoughts

I gotta admit though, if I had felt the romance, if I had rooted for them to get together, I probably would have ended up enjoying Haven more or less. I’d still be salty about the plot not getting the attention and detail it deserves, but Austin and Jamie completely ruined the book for me.


I received a free copy through Gay Romance Reviews Tours in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

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