November 18, 2012The Asylum Interviews: Bronx (Prequel #1) by Jocelynn Drake *A review copy of this book was received from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*
In Low Town, where humans walk and work side-by-side with elves, vampires, ogres, and all manner of creature, it’s understandable that people occasionally need a little help in their lives. Whether is love, work, or … other, tattoo artists are there to try to help turn the odds into your favor.
When Gage’s friend Parker needs help with his love life, tattoo artists Gage and Bronx are only too happy to help. But the incubus ends up getting more than he bargained for with his new tattoo, and his friends are forced to scramble to fix the mess they’ve created before someone gets hurt.
Gage owns a tattoo parlor and tries to keep a low profile. He’s a wizard that tends to weave his magic with his tattoo potions, even though he isn’t supposed to be practicing magic. He is looking for a new tattoo artist since his business is really taking off and Bronx may be the solution.
Bronx is the new troll in town and he is looking for a job. He becomes Gage’s new best friend and protector when he finds him passed out on the floor of the women’s bathroom. When Parker asks for help finding a way to save his relationship, Gage enlists Bronx’s help in coming up with solution. They never expected the new tattoo would affect more than just Parker’s relationship.
Gage is a wizard but he’s been banned from practicing magic or face a death sentence by the Wizards of the Ivory Towers. He risks exposure every time he mixes his magic with his tattoo potions. He is good at what he does and his business is growing. He needs help and Bronx just happens to be in the right place at the right time.
Bronx is new in town and looking for a job. He isn’t very talkative when it comes to his past but that’s ok with Gage, who has secrets of his own. Bronx is a troll and fits in well with the other super natural beings in town. He jumps right in to help with Parker’s problem; they just never expected the tattoo to work so well. Together they come up with a solution to undo the tattoo spell that Bronx designed.
This is a short story prequel designed to introduce us to Gage and his world. I really enjoyed this story and getting to know Gage and Bronx. I can’t wait to read more in this world because this story has intrigued me. The characters are interesting and fun with just enough of a paranormal element.