Book Review: The Daredevil by Duckie Mack

The Daredevil

Author: Duckie Mack
Series: Black Cat Circus, book 1
Publisher: Independent (May 6, 2023)
Kindle edition, 215 pages
Romance, Adult Paranormal M/M Romance


As a teen, Drake ran away and found the Black Cat Circus, he thought it was his ticket out of town. Instead, he found a family and discovered a magical world he never knew existed. Becoming the Daredevil was a perfect fit for him and the adrenaline-loving beast within.

Now, ten years later, he’s returning to the town he left as a kid and it’s stirring up a lot of emotions. A shy but sweet man with a camera captures his attention completely. Even Drake’s dragon craves him.

Eli is a journalist who hides behind a camera and his words as he records the world he lives in but rarely takes part in it. He gets assigned the traveling circus that comes to town, when he longs to do something more meaningful.

Everything changes when Eli meets the Daredevil. He’s drawn to the fearless man, but there’s something familiar about him too. Drake reminds him of a wild boy he crushed on in school.

Eli embraces the adventure as Drake pushes him out of his comfort zone, but as these two grow closer, it becomes harder for Drake to hide who he is. Can Eli accept a man with a soul of a dragon?

The Daredevil is a missed connection, opposites attract, paranormal MM romance with light exhibitionism. It is part of the Black Cat Circus multi-author series that features found family and a magical cast of characters. Each book can be read as a standalone but is better enjoyed as a series.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a great opener to this short series centered around a supernatural traveling circus. Eli is a journalist/photographer who has sort of turtled in on himself and made himself small and bland and not the type of person to be noticed. He’s sent on a BS assignment to do a puff piece on the circus – and find a world of magic, love, and himself.

Drake sort of reminded me of the hellhounds and dragons from Alice Winters’ Community of Species books – full of boundless energy that needs to be expelled somehow, and an attitude of “heck, I’m hard to hurt anyway, may as well do somethin’ dangerous!” I love how he pushes Eli to step outside his comfort zone and embrace part of himself that Eli himself doesn’t even see.

This is a fun, light-hearted read that really made me want to go to the circus!!

I have to admit, I am the MOST excited to read Brighton’s book – aerialists are my favorite part of the circus!!

This is the first book in the Black Cat Circus series, which is a set of interconnected standalone novels each by a different author and all centered around the Black Cat Circus. I can’t wait for the rest of the series to come out so I can read more about Brighton, Coal, and Seven!!

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are unbiased and my own.

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