Book Reviews

Get Lucky (Once Upon a Time in the Weird West) by Ginn Hale at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Urban Fantasy / Magic / Mythological Creatures / Wizards & Witches / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 11-May-2018

Book Blurb

Pinkerton detectives, saltwater crocodiles, the Borax Brothers, and the sinister Swaims: seems everyone is out to get water mage, Lucky Spivey.

Lucky Spivey just wants to pay off his dead father’s debts and forget about the gunslinger who left him waiting at the stagecoach station three years before. But when he stumbles across a handsome Pinkerton detective in mortal peril, he can’t abandon the man to his fate, and all too soon Lucky finds himself in a wild chase filled with magic, murder, and a triceratops or two. Surviving the marshlands might mean working together with a disturbingly familiar gunslinger….


Book Review

Lucky, from 'Get Lucky' by Ginn Hale, lives in a very dangerous world: a cross between the Wild West with gunslingers and horses on one hand and dinosaurs and other predators on the other. Then there are magic charms, spells, and mages thrown in for good measure. Every day is a struggle for survival but Lucky has become adept at avoiding most of the obstacles. During one of Lucky's “ordinary” days he hears shooting and swearing. Then he sees the Swaimms, who are the nastiest, meanest opponents in his world, and whose land he is presently trespassing on. When Lucky sees someone trying to escape, against his best judgement, Lucky decides to intervene. Lucky helps the man whom he doesn't recognize until later—his ex-lover, Dalfon, the man who left him with a broken heart.

Just the thought of being in a place with so many monsters was enough to chill my bones. The idea of men with only evil in their hearts was nothing new, but I was stunned at the extent of evil the Swaimms were capable of. I fell in love with Lucky and the more I read about him and his special talents the more I realized just how special he was and all that he'd overcome. Lucky had so many losses, Dalfon almost killed him. Yet, he still survived.

This exotic, spooky story is a reminder that sometimes when a person makes assumptions, they may not be accurate. Thanks, Ginn, for the unique tale.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Short Story, 33 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 16-December-2016
Price $6.99 ebook, $17.99 paperback, $17.99 bundle
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