• Salt Magic Skin Magic

  • By: Lee Welch
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: LGBTQ+, Romance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (168 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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?

©2018 Lee Welch (P)2019 Tantor

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Fantasy at it's finest.

What an amazing story. The world was so rich and colourful. I felt as if I walked the paths that John and Lord Thornby walked. I could hear the voices in the walls and feel the pelts they handled. The characters were dynamic and came alive for me. The writing was masterful and well paced. The story-line was creative and intriguing, both beautiful and horrible. Definitely going in my reread pile.

Narrator Joel Leslie lifted it to off the chart levels. The sarcasm rolled off of Lord Thornby's tongue (as did other things) and I could practically feel the spittle flying from his father's mouth as he ranted at his son.

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Wonderful story and narration!

An intriguing mysterious manor, a cursed marquis/father, an afflicted and imprisoned son/earl, a dissatisfied second wife, and a plebeian but talented magician comes together and the result is a love story where several mysteries are unraveled. The main characters are very likable and you are rooting for them both. Joel Leslie of course makes the story come alive. Highly recommended.

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Magical fantasy. I loved it!

Lord Thornby has been literally trapped on his father's estate for a year. Whenever he tries to leave he physically can't as if magically tethered to the land. He is about to go insane when a guest arrives stating his father invited him. John Bake is a strange man. One day he is following Lord Tornby to be surprised that he sees him, thinking he is under an invisibility spell. the two men go from despising each other to desire. But why is Jogh really there and why can Lord Thornby not leave?
This story is a very well developed, mystical, magical story. I love to read something that is out of my box on occasion and this was right up my alley.
Joel Leslie is the master at bringing stories to life with a unique voice and inflection. I think I enjoyed his narration much more than I would have reading this on my own.
If you love magic, deceit, potions, spells, unique creatures, fantasy, and suspense you will love this.

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Sophisticated high fantasy

High fantasy based on centuries old folklore (which is new to me) placed within the context of the social mores and sensibilities of the 18th century while addressing an audience of the 21st...To the author and performer......Well done..Gwen

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amazing!

Great story from Lee Welch and great performance, as always, by Joel Leslie. I am looking forward to reading other books from this author.

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All in the recording

Whoever recorded this book should be FIRED and have any other recording privileges revoked. He sounds like a very bad William Shatner, to the point at first I thought he was mimicking his voice. I only made it to page 3. Cost me a whole credit.

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Really good new author

I really enjoyed this book. Yes Joel Leslie helped it tremendously however as the other reviews stated that this book is a relatively new author and just wonderful story. Definitely worth the credit. There was a few spots that seemed to drag but for the most part it was pretty awesome.

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Great Listen

The Narrator did a great job giving life to the story. The world was detailed and the characters were fleshed out for the most part. I sympathized with Blake. I wish though that the ending would have had more meat to it. I wanted to know what happened to the other characters that lived at that house and what happens to Blake and Soren years after.

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Meh

Well, this one was out there. Way out there. That's all I will say on the matter.

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Good but imperfect

I liked a lot about this book. The story was unique and I enjoyed the magical aspects. I thought the characters were well developed and their connection felt genuine. Toward the end, though, the intimate moments and sex scenes seemed to grow more and more ridiculous. And they weren’t very well written in the first place. I almost gave the book 3 stars because it was so off-putting. In the end, I think the book is probably about 3.5 stars (with 2 star sex scenes) and the narration was 4.5 stars.

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  • Violetsunshine
  • 02-15-19

Unbelievablely amazing!

I don't know where to begin, Lee Welch is a new author for me and Joel Leslie is one of my favourite Narrators - the story was awesome, I didn't at any time wish things were moving along, I loved John and Soren as MC's, it was a brilliant story and damn were they good together! 😉😍
Joel! Perfection (not that you are ever anything but) I know if I choose I book narrated by you I'm going to get a class product and won't be disappointed.
I loved what you did with John's voice, it was such a subtle touch in his accent which showed his roots and it was fantastic how you would let him lose his 'learned' speach when he was empassioned.
This ranks in my top 5 Audiobook listens ever!

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  • Dina
  • 05-03-21

Fun

Some parts of the story are too silly for my taste (like s*x magic and bed scenes). I also expected it to go deeper, like a mystery within a mystery, but it didn't. Yet it was quite entertaining, which is the most important thing, I suppose. Audio performance is high quality, my respect for the actor (I wonder if he laughed while recording; I know I would).

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  • Mrs. E. J. Curtis
  • 06-20-20

Good story

The concept is interesting and reasonable well written. The characters are likeable and the narration is good.

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  • OCorkyO
  • 07-16-19

fantastic

please give me more and Joel Leslie is an amazing narrator keep them coming please

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  • Book addict
  • 02-25-19

Good book

I enjoyed listening to this, and you can tell K. J. Charles was involved with editing it as it has a similar feel to their books. It didn’t hook me in emotionally quite as much as some, and the plot could have been tighter at times, hence the 4 stars, but it’s still a good book.

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  • paddlefoot1397
  • 03-25-19

So out of the box for me

I picked this one up on recommendation from The Scarlet Siren - that woman is trying to send me broke.

This was a bit out of the box for me, however I really did enjoy it.

I wasn't really sure what to expect as I dived in pretty blind - plus, a Joel Leslie narration is an auto buy for me.

Magicians, magical beings, historical - this book had a bit of it all, and it was a pleasant change from my usual listening.

I hope we get more in this series, as I feel there is so much more for us to learn.

This was my first Lee Welch story, and I will listen to more in the future.

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  • Jayltee
  • 03-05-20

Well worth the credit

The world created by Lee Welch is original and immersive. I loved the two main characters and the genuinely difficult circumstances they had to navigate and I did not want it to end. The narration was excellent. I have no doubt that I will be listening to this again soon.

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  • Kayla
  • 01-09-20

Sexy historic Romance in a Magical World

This was such a great story! The writing was fluent with amazing building of a uniquely magical world. The characters were authentic down to the villain and the plot keeps you guessing to the end.