Title: Conviction (Dominion #3)
Author Name: Lissa Kasey
Publication Date & Length: September 11, 2015 – 242 pgs
Kelly Harding has become good friends with Seiran Rou, originally the only male witch to actually train in magic. Now after a couple trying months and several crazy plots to kill Seiran, Kelly suggests a ski vacation to help them all relax—even if Kelly does have to work to keep his taboo crush on Seiran’s brother, Jamie, under wraps. But their getaway becomes a fight for survival when a magic fueled blizzard strands them in the middle of nowhere…with a killer.
When visions of a tower and a dying man fueling a deadly spell begin to fill Kelly’s head, he realizes he has to try to save his new family. Jamie isn’t about to let him go alone—no matter how against a relationship with his little brother’s best friend he might be. But their goals are the same: Protect Seiran, stop the spell, and make it home in one piece. It will take a brush with death to make them understand how deep their feelings go, and none of them will make it out unchanged.
I will confess to being a bit hesitant to start this book after reading the first two in the series. I wasn’t sure if I could handle any more of the main character, Sei’s, whining and bitching without some kind of movement forward in healing. I was shocked in the best of ways to find this book written from the dual points of view of Kelly, Sei’s best friend and Jamie, his older brother. I had already developed a desire to get to know these two better through the previous books and this delivered beautifully.
The plot and story were wonderful and flowed in a perfect arc from beginning to end. The tension and frustration from and between Kelly and Jamie was believable and well thought out. The overall conflict was amazingly well planned and detailed and I enjoyed it thoroughly. The grammar, structure and formatting were all spot on and other than a few minor errors (which are to be expected) I couldn’t find much at all wrong with this title. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a good M/M Romance with a Paranormal twist.
I really enjoyed this. Told from Jamie and Kelley’s perspectives, the third Dominion book is more of a self-contained adventure than the first two books.
Seiran’s body-builder brother Jamie is a more typical leading man, though in this third book the author finally gives him enough layers to make him an interesting m/c. Kelley also develops into more than a sidekick as the story progresses and we learn more about him.
I fell in love with Seiran in the first story – his androgynous appearance and unlikely strengths make him a wonderfully unusual main character. Neither Jamie nor Kelley has the charisma I love in both Seiran and Gabe and it took me a while to embrace the two more ordinary men in Seiran’s group. Lissa Kasey is always an amazing writer, so it doesn’t take her long to to reveal Jamie and Kelley’s extraordinary qualities.
After Seiran’s slightly narcissistic whinging through Reclamation, I found Jamie and Kelley’s story lighter and the story arc easier to follow. The story is simpler than the first two; stranded at an isolated ski lodge, Jamie, Kelley, Sei and Gabe must survive baddies and a huge storm. Compared to Seiran’s internal conflicts in Reclamation this is a true action story with a much faster pace.
I hate it when a fantasy writer borrows or revisits plots from earlier stories to keep a current story going and it does happen here. Old baddies return from the dead and Kasey resurrects the idea of characters acting under magical compulsion once again. No one stays dead in a Dominion story! I would love to see fresh and imaginative plot devices in the next Dominion story.
Ultimately, Kasey continues to develop some brilliant characters. New ones are introduced and we continue to learn more about our original characters. I look forward to watching Con and Sam’s characters develop in the next book.
This isn’t a stand alone story – I think new readers would be quite confused starting with the third book. Start with Inheritance and enjoy the series from the beginning.
So while I did like the magical paranormal parts of this story I have to be honest when I say that these two MC’s were so back and forth fighting their attraction to each other so much by the time they finally gave in I was just not that interested in it anymore sadly..
So Jamie has a brother who is very powerful and who he is very protective of. His brother Sei is also in love with a vampire named Gabe. Well I have to admit the relationship between Sei and Kelly was just so weird. I know friends are close but the way they depend on each other so much and sleep together but not sexually would make being in a relationship with either of these men awkward. At least to me it just felt more like they were together in this book then Kelly was with Jamie or Sei with Gabe. Also some of the things that Sei would say to Jamie was just rude or that was the way it came across to me.
So I did really like parts of this book and the world this author built with these characters. I just got so frustrated with Jamie and Kelly that it made it harder for this story to grab me.
So I am sad to say although I did like parts of this book this book was just not for me…
Lissa Kasey lives in St. Paul, MN, has a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing, and collects Asian Ball Joint Dolls who look like her characters. She has three cats who enjoy waking her up an hour before her alarm every morning and sitting on her lap to help her write. She can often be found at Anime Conventions masquerading as random characters when she’s not writing about boy romance.