“Calculated Magic” by S.J.D. Peterson


Never too late for love.

Three-hundred-and-fifty-year-old warlock Tikron must find his true love or forfeit his immortality. But if he hasn’t found his ideal mate in all these centuries, the prospects don’t look too bright.

That is, until he sees mathematician Richard Beaumont. It’s love at first sight and Tikron’s future just go a whole lot brighter.

Except Richard doesn’t believe in love at first sight. He doesn’t believe in love at all. He certainly doesn’t believe in magic. His life is ruled by statistics and logic, and they tell him a relationship with Tikron has only a 10 percent chance of success. That’s unacceptable—even if the attraction between them is off the charts.

With his powers waning and the clock ticking down, Tikron’s last hope is showing Richard the true meaning of magic.


If May-December relationships stipulate a minimum of eleven years of an age difference, this age gap romance meets the requirements without question. Tikron has a big birthday coming up…his three hundred and fiftieth. Yep. And sadly, he was cursed with finding love before then or the light of his life will finally be put out. But dating isn’t easy when you’re a warlock. It’s not as if he can announce his secret on a first date and to be honest, he hasn’t found anyone that has encouraged him to share it with…yet. Until he runs into Richard and everything changes. Complications continue as the man of his affection doesn’t believe in love at first sight. He doesn’t believe in true love or soul mates either. And he certainly doesn’t believe in magic. Richard lives in a highly logical world. He is a mathematician and is ruled by practical facts and solid evidence. Emotions are messy and he has no time for them. He likes order and consistency. But when the breathtaking stranger continues to appear, he’s forced to accept his life is missing something…or someone.


This is a fairly low angst story which worked well in between my angstier reads. The biggest conflict is time, which is running out. Tikron must work his magic…literally. He can’t explain what it is about the standoffish scientist that bewitches him but he can’t deny the pull. Richard is distant and rather chilly, but he’s content with his solitude. In fact, he’s not alone. His roommate and best friend fulfill all his emotional needs. Makes no difference that he’s his dog. At least he thought he was content. Tikron is relentless and utterly adorable in his courting. It didn’t take long and I was swooning and thankfully, so was Richard.


Although Richard is prickly at first, his cold exterior melts along with his heart. I loved how Tikron just knew he was the one and never gave up. And I especially adored his family; both his best friend, Ry and his mother. From outrageous critter dances to heart-wrenching rescues, I was enthralled from the beginning to the end. I loved how the magical elements were woven into the story. I enjoyed the smooth writing and the captivating cast. I loved how utterly and completely they both fell. All in all, it was executed marvelously.


Age gap…like a big one. Opposites attract…with a little persuasion. And a warlock woes not only a cute pup but his master too.

bookisforIf you believe in magic and the unpredictability of true love, this magical story is just what you’re looking for.



TITLE: Calculated Magic (Dreamspun Beyond #30)
AUTHOR: SJD Peterson
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner’s Press
LENGTH: 230 pages
RELEASE DATE: October 16, 2018
BUY LINKS: DreamspinnersAmazon

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