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3.45 of 5 stars 3.45  ·  rating details  ·  116 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Gareth is his parents’ dirty secret: Cursed with a demonic appearance, he has always been in hiding just to stay alive. He must never be seen or his family will die. But when a violent attack endangers a local youth -- whom Gareth adores from the shadows -- there is no one else to help, and Gareth is driven to risk everything to save him.

Now the young man, Evin, wants to k
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ebook, 1st Edition, 177 pages
Published August 9th 2011 by Loose Id
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Lauraadriana
I could give this 3.5 stars, based on the fact that the first half of this book really was beautifully written and incredibly touching...The second half, I still am not sure how I would rate it...I feel like I read two books today.

This was the story of Gareth and Evin. Gareth is a boy who lives in the shadows, he was born different, a monster his parents said, his skin is green and his eyes glow. His parents won't let him be seen seen in the daylight, so he must hide and watch the people in his
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A.B. Gayle
Hey, can I write a review yet? Can I? Can I?

The first I heard of this m/m medieval fantasy was when I ran a craft chat on Goodreads some months ago organised by Ralph Gallagher. Charles joined in at the end with a section of his WIP that he wanted critiquing as there were a few elements he was having problems with.

The other members of the chat all helped and I'm sure gave him the confidence to push on with the story. Later Charles asked for some more feedback from me, so it's been great and inf
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Jerilin
4 stars. I didn't put this book down once I started it--it is completely and utterly captivating-especially if you enjoy grand sweeping fantasy stories with lots of twists and turns. There is a short section that includes some M/F interaction--I can't say anymore about it or I would spoil the book but it's there so if you don't want any girly bits at all then I'd steer clear--it's pretty brief though.

This story focuses on two main characters Gareth and Evin. Gareth was born different from the no
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Valentina Heart
This review was originally written for The Romance Reviews and can also be found there.


Even though I don't like green, the cover for this book is extremely catching as well as beautiful. It almost calls you to read the story hidden inside and for the most part it lives up to the expectations.

Gareth is a young man with a demon appearance, hidden by his parents from the rest of the world. He is very naïve and inexperienced but despite his capabilities, he's a sweetheart. For years he's been spyin
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Damon Suede
WHat a delightful fairytale this turned out to be!

At core this is a simple, sexy romance that flips successfully from piercing sweetness to gleeful raunch because of the Beauty/Beast dynamic set up from page one. More than once I looked at the page number and wished that Charles Edward had pushed the story deeper and given himself another 80 pages to take certain journeys rather than just telling us about them. But because In the Darkness gets the central relationship so right, the small wobble
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Cayce
It started good, then went downhill in the second half, but at least ended well.
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Bookwatcher
I knew it was an erotic book but the amount of sex was waaaaaaaaay to much. And let's not forget to complain about the amount of semen eat by both characters!!!!! All the time!!! Always!!! Probably their main diet was semen, no need to eat anything more. Gross I know, but that's true! No drop of semen end in other place than the main characters stomach! Ahhhhhh.
But to be fair let's say it was waaaaaay to much in just one part of the book. Probably I would not be bored if there was a better equi
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Fangtasia
This has the feel of a fairy tale, kind of a mix between Beauty and the Beast and the Ugly Duckling, plus a bit of a very naughty Harry Potter.

The setting is medieval but in an alternate universe where magic is used liberally, at least in the city, though it is almost unheard of in the country. The start of the story develops satisfactorily, we get to know our MC's and understand their interactions with others surrounding them. Evin and Gareth are perfectly suited as results of their respective,
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Tj
Jan 01, 2015 Tj rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
I thought this was a well written story. The first part of the book, yes it does give a bit of a two part feel, is the two MC's meeting. Gareth is so sweet and innocent. He is terribly lonely and lacked warmth from those that should have loved him. Evin is a very abused boy. He seems to try to make the most of what he goes through. Evin even seems more or less content in his situation. Gareth saves Evin from even more abuse and thus begins the relationship between the two.

The second part occurs
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Fehu
It's rare for me to give a book 2 stars and honestly I might have given it 1 star if I didn't like Gareth.

Gareth is hidden by his foster parents from other and only goes out in the night to do his chores. It's on one such trip he notices the village boys and particular Evin and takes interest. When Evin is assaulted Gareth makes a choice to step out of the shadows, unfortunatly for him, the mayors son, who attacked Evin, sees him as a green demon and from that time one is set on capturing him.
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MandyM
3.5 stars. A very ambitious M/M fantasy novel that I enjoyed some parts of more than others. Gareth is a gorgeous character. Different from others around him and raised in isolation by unloving parents, he spends his nights spying on Evin, a young villager. Gareth believes himself to be evil and unlovable, but he rescues Evin one night from village bullies and the two start an illicit affair.

The first half of the story which deals with Gareth and Evin's relationship and their dealings with the l
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Jerry
4.5 stars.
I was very taken with the story. A very familiar set up of Evin in his hometown with the mayor's son, so sad that it feels so much like today's bullying. I was not so familiar with Gareth's home situation, but in the fantasy world it seemed believable. Lovely how they made each other believe in love. Heart breaking story that followed. Loved the various fantasy tricks and turns. I shouldnt have been surprised at the HFN ending, but some things I didn't see coming. However, absolute pow
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JoAnn
Dec 17, 2011 JoAnn rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Yes
The first thing that drew me to this book was the cover and then the ditty of the story line drew me further in.

What I I didn't expect was the love between Gareth and Evin to take such a dark turn. At times it was difficult to read when so many terrible things happen including never having the love of his parents that you begin to wonder how Gareth could have so much love in his heart. By his actions and words, you are never sure of Evin's feelings for Gareth. I feel that the love is there but E
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Mouse
DNF.

*** This is a spoiler***

I really tried to give this book a shot. I read about half. The writing was not the most polished, and the story had a lot of continuity jumps.

It was extreme titillation without any emotional connection. Porn, essentially. But not very well written porn.

The point I gave up was when the green dude sucked his own cock. Yeah, that was it for me.
Meggie
I didn't like this story, the plot was weird. I liked Gareth he was innocent and genuine, but non other.
Gwendolyn
This book gave me whiplash. The first part was a solid four stars and then KABOOM.
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Sue
Sep 18, 2012 Sue rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fantasy readers who don't mind a darker plot.
Shelves: fantasy
This book started out intriguing. In fact, I was expecting a more gentle fantasy romance between the hidden, half-human Gareth and the handsome, picked-upon village boy Evin, until things started getting really scary after about 10% of the way through.
From then on, I found it quite a difficult read. It wasn't that it was badly written - far from it, Charles Edward writes very well - but it was quite dark and almost felt hopeless at quite a few points. I had to force myself to continue, in the h
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KV Taylor
Dec 30, 2011 KV Taylor added it
Shelves: lgbtq, romance
I wasn't really sure what to expect, but when I read the blurb on the LI site I figured, hey, romance and epic fantasy? I cannot lose!

Which turned out to be pretty much true. I read a lot of epic fantasy -- or rather, I try to read a lot of epic fantasy and end up not making it through the book because it's badly edited or written or whatever, lately. This one was very nicely written with only a few minor speedbumps (which consisted wholly of a handful of telegraphing moments that made me pause)
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Brandon Fox
This novel worked well for me, for several reasons. The writing is polished and never distracted from the action. The plot is very well structured and brings things together beautifully. Romance drives the story (as you’d expect) and is used to illustrate the personalities of the main characters. And the M/M sex is positive and joyful, not to mention highly descriptive. In fact, descriptions throughout the book are exceptional. Some elements of the plot might not be everyone's cup of tea, which ...more
Adara
This story just didn't keep my attention the way I expected it to. I was more engrossed toward the end, while trying to figure our how it would wrap up, but it didn't really. It feels like the first part of something, like Eragon did. Several loose ends. Perhaps that was intentional. Great concept that didn't quite hit the mark for me in execution.
Seregil
Mar 09, 2012 Seregil rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: dnf, mm
not too bad, but I can't finish it. I got up to a point where the two protagonists are in very different places, they don't seem to care about each other (they don't mention missing the other person - though it might "go unsaid" that they do). I don't feel like reading the last 3rd of the book at all.
Ayanna
Mar 05, 2013 Ayanna marked it as to-read
Shelves: to-read-maybe
It sounds like there's a Magical Sex trope. I find such things amusing. Ergo, I might possibly find this book amusing (although I doubt that's the author's original intention. ...Ah, well. Who care?).
Kiki
2.5 I really liked the beginning, but the second half was weak and I pretty much lost interest
Nightcolors
3.5 stars.
Read for m/m team bingo challenge.
Roger Kean
Powerful, moving, hot…need any more? Read it!
Taylor
Taylor marked it as to-read
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