RecomMondaytion: Salt Magic Skin Magic by Lee Welch

My weekly Romance Audiobook Recommendation

Welcome back to the RecomMondaytion!

This week I’ve got an extremely intriguing and absolutely awesome dark fairytale for you.


Salt Magic Skin Magic

written by Lee Welch, narrated by Joel Leslie

This week’s RecomMondaytion is an ARC review of a paranormal historical M/M Romance. Thank you so much, Lee Welch, for giving me a free copy of your audiobook in exchange for my honest review!

This was my first ever historical AND my first ever M/M Romance. So, at first, I was unsure if it was really for me. But then I read the blurb and was so intrigued, I had to listen to this book.

Lord Thornby has been trapped on his father’s isolated Yorkshire estate for a year. There are no bars or chains; he simply can’t leave. His sanity is starting to fray.

When industrial magician John Blake arrives to investigate a case of witchcraft, he finds the peculiar, arrogant Thornby as alarming as he is attractive. John soon finds himself caught up in a dark fairy tale, where all the rules of magic – and love – are changed. 

To set Thornby free, both men must face life-changing truths – and John must accept that the brave, witty man who’s winning his heart may also be about to break it. Can they escape a web of magic that’s as perilous as love?


The storyline was everything I had hoped for after I got hooked by the blurb. I did not see the big twist coming. Maybe because I’m new to this genre, I don’t know. But for me it was really a wild ride, finding out what exactly was going on with Thornby.

I loved how we got to know Thornby and Blake. And how they got to know each other. Both of them are extremely likable, complex characters. They have colorful histories and if there were novellas about the time before the events in Salt Magic Skin Magic, I would probably devour those, too.

The story starts out super intriguing and suspenseful, the first chapter pulled me in immediately. And the tension keeps on building because there are twists and turns, and I didn’t even really have time to wonder what might be going on because I was so utterly fascinated while listening.

It’s a fast-paced story that always gave me enough details to keep the movie in my mind running. But also not too many to get boring.


This was my first audiobook narrated by Joel Leslie. And it was one of those rare ones where I’m absolutely blown away by how the narration and the story fit together so perfectly that I’m basically fangirling from the first to the last minute. I’m not kidding. It’s a thing, but it’s an extremely rare thing.

And when this happens, it gets a bit tricky to take it all apart and list the aspects I liked. Because it simply fit perfectly PERIOD!

Alas, what good is a review without a few specifics. Joel Leslie’s haughty accent was so much fun to listen to. His ability for different voices kind of blew me away. The voice of the dad was so significantly different, that you could almost think it’s another voice actor. And his intonations really filled the story with life.

While the story itself could easily keep me hooked, the fantastic narration made this an extremely memorable and outstanding audiobook that I will definitely listen to more often.

This is an audiobook that deserves and all-around recommendation. I think every Fantasy and Romance reader and every fairytale fan will have a blast listening to Salt Magic Skin Magic! This is already set as one of my favorite audiobooks of 2019.

You can pick it up in a Whispersync deal. Buying the ebook and audiobook together is cheaper than an Audible credit!

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