Review: Dirty Magic by Jaye Wells

March 29, 2015 4 stars, Audio Book, Book Review 12 ★★★★

Review: Dirty Magic by Jaye WellsDirty Magic by Jaye Wells
Series: The Propero's War #1
Published by Orbit Books, Recorded Books on January 21, 2014
Genres: Adult SFF, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 381
Length: 11 hours 52 minutes
Narrator: Morgan Hallett
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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My Reviews in this series: Dirty Magic, Cursed Moon, Cursed Moon, Deadly Spells

The first in an all-new urban fantasy series by USA Todaybestseller Jaye Wells.

The last thing patrol cop Kate Prospero expected to find on her nightly rounds was a werewolf covered in the blood of his latest victim. But then, she also didn't expect that shooting him would land her in the crosshairs of a Magic Enforcement Agency task force, who wants to know why she killed their lead snitch.

The more Prospero learns about the dangerous new potion the MEA is investigating, the more she's convinced that earning a spot on their task force is the career break she's been wanting. But getting the assignment proves much easier than solving the case. Especially once the investigation reveals their lead suspect is the man she walked away from ten years earlier—on the same day she swore she'd never use dirty magic again.

Kate Prospero's about to learn the hard way that crossing a wizard will always get you burned, and that when it comes to magic, you should be never say never.


Dirty Magic was a great read. It is urban fantasy but focused on magic instead of on various supernatural species such as many UF series are that I’ve read. I felt it was a refreshing change from that. Oh don’t get me wrong there was a type of were in this book but it was one brought on by a dirty magic potion rather then being a supernatural race.

I don’t need no stinking magic!

Kate gave up all things magic ten years ago when her mother died from some dirty magic. She also comes from the wrong side of the tracks you could say and now works for the cops instead. A recent case has her hot to get assigned to a special task force to find the culprits behind the newest and nastiest dirty magic on the streets. She makes the team of course and the hunt is on.

When siblings raise each other

Kate has been raising her younger brother these past ten years and I really enjoyed the family dynamic this bit added to the storyline. While I really like Kate character she makes done classic parenting mistakes where her brother is concerned. These things totally got under my skin as I’m sure they were meant to. It was an excellently done portrayal of a sibling/parenting situation.

A little potential sizzle sizzle burn

It looks like there might be two possible heart throbs in Kate’s future with forthcoming books. Thankfully Dirty Magic only sets up the possible scene for romantic entanglements, and I don’t know which way the author will take things but I know I’m liking what has gone down thus far.

Thoughts on the audio narration

Excellently done!! I’ve become more and more hooked on audio books lately. I find what will really pull me in is how well the characterization is accomplished. If a narrator can pull off all the personalities and voices of the different characters such that it really feels like each of those people are real to me and not just being read to me then I know that is a winning narrator. Morgan Hallett was definitely able to do that and I’ll be looking for more narrated by her.

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12 Responses to “Review: Dirty Magic by Jaye Wells”

  1. Dragana

    My first reaction was: Wait didn’t I already comment about Dirty Magic here? Maggie already sparked my interest a year ago and you reminded me now that I really like how this series sounds. Since I am trying to catch up on uf this year, maybe I’ll check it out. I like it that it’s focused on magic instead on stuffing a lot of shifters and vamps inside and calling it done. 🙂
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    • Tabitha (Pabkins)

      That is exactly what I liked about it. It was so refreshing to read a UF book that wasn’t completely drowning in supe races. I need to grab the next book stat. My sister is going to gift me the second audiobook hopefully today. I hope you end up liking this one!
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  2. Kayla

    I’ve been meaning to read more urban fantasy, and this sounds like the perfect book to do so with. Also, I agree about audiobooks! I used to think I’d never like them, as I process information better when I read it, but I’ve started listening to them while driving and just love it, especially when there’s good accents and character voices involved. I think it has improved my enjoyment of some books even.

  3. Zareena

    I really need to read this one! I loved Jaye Well’s Sabina Kane series and am a fan of urban fantasy so I know this is one for me. I’m already excited for the possible romance although I’m glad there isn’t a love-triangle (yet). Great review 🙂

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