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Summary

When supernatural secrets collide, it’ll take more than coffee to brew the perfect love. 

When Ky Hernández bonded with his familiar, Zuri, his life changed forever. Their connection turned him into a practicing witch and led him to his calling as a medimagical professional. However, it totally tanked his love life - what guy would settle for eternal second place behind a parrot? 

So, Ky keeps his witchy nature under wraps and sticks to hookups with humans, which can never go anywhere. But the mouthwatering barista at the coffee shop next door makes him thirst for more than a caffeine fix. 

The charms Ewan Jones uses to appear human are inconvenient, disorienting, and necessary. Ewan and his siblings are achubyddion, metaphysical healers whose powers are coveted by unscrupulous supernatural beings.

And let’s face it: All supes are unscrupulous, given the right incentive. He’s grateful for the protections that hide his little family and for the barista job that keeps them housed and fed. He’s just so lonely. And his regular Ky, the super-hot, commitment-averse EMT, seems like the perfect candidate for a one-night shot at intimacy. After all, humans are no threat.

It takes a clumsy coffee shop intern, a mysterious werewolf epidemic, and one snarky parrot to unravel their pasts - and give them a chance at a future.

©2020 Ellen J. Russell (P)2021 Ellen J. Russell

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Wonderful mix of paranormal and reality

I enjoyed the first book in this series immensely and was glad to see some characters from that one returning. What I particularly enjoyed about this book was the combination of paranormal/supernatural aspects with the medical and healing arts. Initially, both main characters are hiding their abilities from each other so that they cannot be abused by evil characters. It was fun watching them slowly figure out the secret and then team up to use their powers for good and to develop their relationship. I look forward to seeing more careers with the supernatural mix added in as the world building continues in future volumes. There's nothing to be said about Greg Boudreaux's work that hasn't been said innumerable times before. His talent for various voices, his minute attention to and care with the details and his emotional range continue to put him at the top of audiobook performers.

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Hiding in plain sight.

MM Paranormal Romance, Ewan works at a coffee shop and is attracted to a regular customer, Ky an EMT from the nearby hospital only goes to that coffee shop hoping to get a glimpse of Ewan. But they have major secrets from each other neither is what they seem. lots of twists and turns throughout the story. Brilliantly narrated by Greg Boudreaux, Great story thoroughly enjoyed.

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Witches and Achubyddion and Werewolves – Oh My!

I don’t read many paranormals, although that seems to be changing of late. I’m on an E.J. Russell kick, and this is my fifth book by her. I’m immersing myself in these stories, but parts are still very new to me. Like a witch’s familiar. Kentucky (Ky) Hernández is a witch and his second is a mouthy parrot named Zuri. I loved Zuri. Apparently a familiar takes top billing in a witch’s life, so Ky only hooks up with humans – hiding his real nature of course.

Ewan is an achubyddion. I only found out what that was from the last series, Fae out of Water. A type of mythical healer. Ewan believes he and his siblings are the only ones left in the world so they must block their true nature. But a guy’s gotta make a living, so Ewan toils away in a coffee shop instead of healing like his soul is demanding he do. He’s naïve and inexperienced, but when Ky offers to show him the way things are between men, he’s game. Except when he discovers Ky’s true nature, he runs. Because supes and witches and all other creatures will destroy Ewan and his family – or so he believes.

Then one of his co-workers is injured and Ewan has to make a choice – save someone he cares about and risk discovery, or let the young one die.

Add to this chaos a virus taking out werewolves and things get very complicated. I got to see many of my old friends (Alan and David as well as Tanner and Chase) and meet some new ones as well. I got my happy ending and I hope there will eventually be more books in the series – hello, Jordan HAS to get a happy ending! I remember Jordan from the last book. The clumsy young werewolf who loves frisbees. It’s nice to see he’s making his way in the world, but he’s also a bit of a disaster.

Loved Greg Boudreaux’s narration. Loved the book. Can’t wait for more.

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Loved it.

Great addition to the series. Fell in love with the characters. Loved tbe way this book tied into so much of the past events in the same world from an entirely new perspective. Without requiring reading the rest of the related books to stand alone. Fantastic job crafting the story, wonderful narration. Great read.

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Worth the listen!

I really, really enjoyed this listen. It was quite the quirky surprise for me, in fact.

This might be my first EJ Russell book, but it sure won't be my last. I adored the seriousness of the story that went along with the fun, flirty characters. It was witty and wry, very sweet, and very smartly written.

Definitely one worth picking up!

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Coming Out of Hiding

Witch Under Wraps is the second book in the Mythmatched series, and technically, it can stand on its own. However, it is part of a bigger series known as the Mythmatched World. The Mythmatched World is composed of three series beginning with Fae Out of Water series, then the Supernatural Selection series, and finally the Mythmatched series. I highly suggest reading all the books in order to really enjoy the richness of the world building and getting a feel for all the amazing characters’ backstories. This series has to be one of my favorites, and I have definitely re-read these books multiple times.

Witch Under Wraps is just as fun and engaging as all the previous books in the series. There is a lot of action, worldbuilding, and great character development. Ky is a witch who is a self-proclaimed commitment-phobe. He prefers his encounters to be string-free and easy going – it’s what works for him. However, when he meets Ewan, there’s just something about the handsome barista that Ky can’t shield against. Soon Ky finds himself attempting to help save the supernatural population from a mysterious illness while also untangling all the secrets that make up Ewan’s life. The romance in this book is a bit light, but the intensity in the relationship between Ewan and Ky makes up for that. There’s also some very sexy intimate scenes that definitely spiced up the pages. I really enjoyed the focus E.J. Russell put on the importance of relationships not only between Ewan and Ky but also with all their friends and family. Every book in this series just gets more and more fascinating, and I hope the author continues to write more in this universe.

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What a great listen.

I really enjoyed this listen. Great world-building and characters that I liked. I felt the chemistry and wanted the HEA. The mystery was good as well, though wrapped up a little quickly in a neat now. I've listened to the prior series but not the first in this series. I’ll remedy that once I whittle my tbl’s pending. Greg did a fantastic job of narrating.

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  • 01-08-21

An incredible treat!

I am such a huge fan of EJ Russell's books that I have read every single book written by her, so I was happy to discover that the Universe that started with the Fae out the water series, continued with Mythmatched, and now we have another book to continue the plotline. I loved everything about this new book, how many of the characters of the previous series made an apparition in this story, how Ky and Ewan complemented each other and how their worlds collided as they need to overcome their own prejudices and many misunderstandings to be together and of course, how it opened a whole new angle in the captivating plot of this Universe. Of course after enjoying this book in its ebook version, the audio version was a must. Mr Boudreaux made an amazing performance, with his nice voice, great acting skills and an agile narration, that really brought the characters alive. (sorry for the cliché). It was an incredible treat, not just to have read but heard this perfect little part in this wider paranormal world.

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Wonderful story

I loved this audiobook! I enjoyed the eBook when I read it, but the audio and the incredible narration by Greg Boudreaux provide an even higher level of enjoyment. The change in voices for each character and the inflection he puts into the various events and emotions are fantastic. The story of three unique healers (don't ask me to spell it!😏) realizing that in hiding themselves from those who would abuse them, they have imprisoned themselves just as much, is sweet and poignant, and the love story between Ewan and Ky is augmented by Zuri's limited but entertaining commentary. I do want to go back and find out the story between David and the fae warrior. It's touched on briefly here, but I am sure there is so much more. Overall fantastic story!

I received a free copy of this audiobook and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.

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I loved it

I enjoyed this paranormal story all about not living or giving into fear.

This book could be read/listened to as a standalone but to get the most out of it, you need to have at least read the Cutie and the beast, but I would read/listen to all of the books of this world if I were you.

The characters are as ever from this author, well rounded a little flawed but willing to learn from their mistakes. It was nice to see characters from all of the other series’ making appearances. Although the story was about Ky and Ewan, I did enjoy them as characters, my favourite is Jordan and I do hope he gets a book soon.

This is a book because it has a very interesting conflict at its heart and that is what made it so engaging. Greg Boudreaux does a great job. Overall a worthwhile experience if you like paranormal books/series with an ever expanding world.

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  • RACHEL REED
  • 14-08-21

A cute paranormal romance!🧙🔮

This was such a sweet paranormal romance.

Ky and Ewan were adorable together.
I liked how their relationship was developed. It was very sweet

The world building was descriptive, engaging and original.

Greg Boudreaux performed an amazing audio delivery and narration.

This was such a wholesome listen overall


I absolutely recommend this sweet opposites attract paranormal romance

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  • Debbie
  • 01-08-21

Fun paranormal story

I loved Russell’s Fae Out of Water series so I was happy to find this one is part of that universe. I loved both characters. Ewan was sweet and I loved the way he took care of his family. Ky was stubborn when it came to opening himself up to a relationship. He thought he would never be able to have love because of his familiar Zuri. I loved Zuri! Zuri added some humor to the story. These 2 men finally realize it’s not all or nothing. If you’re looking for a low angst paranormal story with some steam and humor you should check out this spin off series. While you don’t need to read the Fae Out of Water series to enjoy this there are characters from that series that appear in this one.
Greg Boudreaux is amazing as usual. His Zuri is awesome.

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  • Shelley D Chastagner
  • 28-07-21

Ewan and Ky

Ewan is fantastic. Fear has ruled his life for so long it's stolen it. His protective instincts war with his healing nature. Ky is positive he can't have a real relationship. All of his excuses made me roll my eyes. They each help the other break down the barriers holding them back. The mystery and intrigue are very well done, weaving through the story without losing the romance. I loved all the local references. Ky's parrot Zuri was a bright spot of humor.

Audiobook: Excellent narration! Greg Boudreaux is one of my favorites.

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  • 27-07-21

MM Fantasy Romance

This was a sweet and rather intriguing read. I have read the first of the Fae out of Water series, but I have not read the first of this, and while I think it definitely would have added to the story, it can be read as a standalone. I very much liked Ewan from the very beginning. He was endearing and just wanted to be there for his brother and sister, but he also wanted so much more, and could see the world where he could do that. He took risks, and while they did not always pay off, they did help him realize what he wanted his life to look like. Ky was a bit harder to like, but if I read the first book, I think it would have helped. He seemed very pretentious and just overly jerkish IMO. But, I did like her by about the 40% mark, so that was great. I also really enjoyed the mystery of this weird disease that was going around, and how they solved this, and everything just came full circle. I definitely could have used a ton more steam, this was low on the steam scale for sure. I will definitely be going back to read book one. This was narrated by the lovely Greg Boudreaux and he did a fantastic job, per usual.

Audio ARC received and this is my honest review.

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  • Amy M
  • 26-07-21

Awesome story

I love this author’s books and her audiobooks really add to the experience. I love Greg Boudreaux's narration. He is so easy to listen to!

Ky and Ewan's story is so good! If you haven't read the rest of the books in this world, I would highly recommend it. It isn't necessary but it will explain some of what the characters talk about.

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  • Bette
  • 26-07-21

Fantastic Story & Narration🎧 Intriguing & Magical!

I enjoyed this book immensely, I am not sure how this is my first book written by E.J. Russell, I can only say it definitely won’t be my last. Clearly, she is a gifted author with a brilliant mind, I loved the originality of the story and the imaginative world she created filled with equally imaginative characters and supernatural beings. I liked I could enjoy this story without a prior knowledge of the earlier books, though I would say those who are familiar with the world already will feel at home. Ms. Russell’s character development and world building is phenomenal, so even a newbie like myself could walk away with a better understanding of the characters and the world they live in. I adored both lead characters, Kentucky “Ky” Hernandez and Ewan Jones, there are some fabulous secondary characters too. Ky does not do relationship, he is a witch who is bonded with his familiar, Zuri, a parrot and does not think anyone would put up with being second her. Having flings with humans works for him, no commitments no expectations. He works at the hospital as an medimagical professional, an EMT. Ewan works as a barista at the coffee shop near the hospital and he has captured Ky’s attention. Ewan hides what he truly is, he an achubydd, which is no ordinary supernatural, he believes that he, his sister and brother are the last of their kind, that is one of the reasons they fear their safety. Achubydd are healers in a metaphysical way they can also feel what others are feeling. Ewan really wants to get close to someone, he wants to lose his virginity too. When Ky asks him on a date he accepts, the two hit it off, Ky wants more, Ewan does too but he knows better so he avoids Ky. But that does not last long, the chemistry between them was undeniable and Ewan had to see him again. When something happens to his younger brother Ewan has to take a leap of faith and trust Ky and ask him for his help. I loved how everything played out in this book, the story is brilliantly plotted with plenty of drama, a touch of angst, some great humor and witty dialogue, twists and turns, mystery, heartfelt emotions and a slow burn romance. E.J Russell thank you for this wonderful story, I am looking forward to checking out more of this amazing series.

🎧📚🎧And for the fabulous narration, Greg Boudreaux’s talents has no bounds. He does an outstanding job portraying these characters. He has a complete understanding of the characters he is playing, gives them the perfect voice for each one, sounding believable and just as I picture them to sound. He handles the witty dialogue with ease, switches character roles effortlessly with out missing a beat. He is an entertaining storyteller and a pleasure to listen to. Thanks for another awesome listen.

Thank you #GRR

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  • Kelley Torque
  • 25-08-21

Wonderful

One of my all time favorite authors and narrators. I love the combo of modern day and cryptids and lore- and tying all the characters from the amazing world Russell has made. Love every moment!

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  • Lexi Zieve
  • 21-08-21

Loved!

I loved this audiobook so much! It was a blast and I never wanted the story to end. The narrator did a fantastic job bringing the characters to life and making me fall in love with them and the story. The author had a fabulous plot and I just adored getting to know the characters and experience them falling in love. I hope to see more of these characters and get to know even more about them.

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  • Deborah Weisner
  • 17-08-21

Greg, you've done it again. Sweet story, too.

Actually, Greg Boudreaux/Tremblay is the best when it comes to voice acting. I dare any actor paid millions to do a better job. He will beat them. This was a great story; but Greg just put it into the stratosphere with his narration/acting. It would not have been the same with anybody else doing the narration. Just want you to know that I am in love with your work and what you contribute to this particular dramatic art!

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  • Magnus
  • 09-08-21

Amazing

Another amazing story EJ Russel. Ky and Ewan where fantastic characters. So happy some of the previous characters make an appearance. Greg Boudreaux was a superstar with the narration.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.