Spirits & Sunflowers (Maligned Magic Book 1) by A.D. Armistead & Austin Daniel

"There's no one way to love. It's complex and strange and demanding and so frustrating sometimes but, in the end, it's worth it because love heals."

From the Spirits & Sunflowers blurb:

Adrian Sharp can speak with the dead, but only when they choose to listen.

Devastated by the recent death of his husband, Adrian has been relying upon his necromantic gifts to try and bridge the gap between the living and the dead, feeling more and more like a ghost himself with each failure.

After a young girl named Tula with an uncanny ability approaches Adrian on a visit to the cemetery, he begins to hope that the husband he lost may still be within reach. Over time, he falls into an easy friendship with Tula’s father, Lucas Halpern. As Adrian is drawn into the orbit of the handsome, mysterious single father, Adrian begins to emerge from his grief, wondering whether it’s possible to find love again.

Together, in a contemporary world laced with magic, Adrian embarks on a journey in recovering from loss, building trust, and finding love and family where they are least expected.

Spirits & Sunflowers is the first book in the Maligned Magic series, a group of cozy queer romances set in an alternate version of our world. There, magic is tightly regulated by a distant and inflexible organization. All stories can be read as standalone novels, but benefit from reading the previous books in the series in order.

Miki J's review:

This was just magical !! I was absolutely mesmerised - the writing had a whimsical feel to it but also an emotional depth that was just beautiful. The world building is fantastic (modern world with magic users) and while we touch upon the bad side of magical police, this story is more about Adrian dealing with his grief and Lucas with keeping his grayscale.....but they slowly learn to allow themselves to live, trust and and eventually love, again. Very much a slow burn story ...... but it's very romantic. I loved the banter between them - they talk of one thing but are referring to something else. Absolutely adored it !!!

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