Although there are brothers in the relationship there is no ‘twincest’. Ian is looking forward to an entire summer at the family beach cottage, he hasn’t been in many years and it is just the place where he can relax and concentrate on his writing. Seeing two young men playing in the waves at the cove he decides to join them, but he could never have imagined who they really were or what they wanted from him. Bythos and Aphros are demigods and have waited many years for Ian and now he is within their grasp, convincing Ian that he is their consort isn’t hard but Ian’s heart is still held by his dead wife Diana.
So this is a paranormal/fantasy that also has a little bit of mystery and save the world from the mistakes of humans’ storyline, brilliant! Ian finds himself in the middle of an ecology nightmare when the Gulf oil spill does more damage than anyone could have ever imagined. Bythos and Aphros have the task of trying to clean up after the humans, Bythos is creating a new coral that will devour the oil and clean the water fast, but something has awoken and has been poisoned and driven insane. Aphros is given the task of destroying the twisted creatures that are being created before more humans and paranormal beings are killed. And, Ian, Ian is thrown into a world that he has no idea about and it changes him far more than any of them, but Gaia, could have known.
The relationship between Bythos, Ian and Aphros isn’t easy as they try to mesh three personalities into one relationship, they have many ups and downs as the demigods are forbidden to tell anyone some secrets and Ian wants to know everything, where protection given in secret is discovered and where lingering old love causes problems and truths are thrown out into the open. While I really liked Bythos and Aphros and the way they both were, Ian was harder to like just because of his attitude, talk about ‘I have to know everything’. Hold on Ian they are demigods who have important jobs to do whereas you are a writer, a human, so wind your neck in, sheesh talk about creating angst.
The actually storyline I loved, the Gulf oil spill being woven into a paranormal story where a resting deity is poisoned and driven insane, now that deity wants revenge on the ones who caused the poisoning. Demigods creating a new way for the planet to heal itself, trying to fix what the humans created and destroy what the deity has poisoned. A human, the consort to twin demigods who is drawn into the paranormal world and investigates for himself when he doesn’t get the answers he wants. The parts that the others gods play is great and the absolutely fantastic showdown near the end, spectacular. There are plenty of incredible sex scenes and the relationship between the three is good.
I will recommend this to those who love paranormal, fantasy, save the world, three sexy men, dangers, shattered beliefs, incredible sex and a happy for now ending. (less)
This book is part of a series and must be read in order. After being gravely injured when the High Moon Pack was attacked, Cormac has been unable to slake his thirst, terrified that he will be a danger to his family, he has been avoiding them until pack beta Liam comes searching for him. Liam’s offer to feed him to take the edge off his hunger works, but both men are drawn to each other for more than just convenience. Simon and Gray are facing a foe that is powerful, trying to find a solution to their problems is hard when they have the Council of Weres breathing down their necks and they have to turn to the disbelieving Council of Mages for aid.
Soul Magic is the final instalment of the Triad series, weaving together all the tendrils from the previous books to bring us a final showdown that is brilliant. Cormac is struggling to keep a leash on his blood lust, when Liam insists on feeding him so he can help the pack, it is an experience for both of them. Cormac and Liam become close and start to develop a relationship, as they wade through the problems that someone from Cormac’s past throws at them. We see a great amount of Gray and Simon as their strong relationship is tested and they support each other through the trials they face, as they pull together their pack, family and the Mage and Were Councils.
I loved the way this story didn’t miss anything from the previous books, everything that we have learned in the past comes to fruition in an amazing confrontation between a true triad and a poor imitation triad. The storyline has stayed strong throughout the series, each relationship has been brilliant and Cormack’s and Liam’s is no different, they are really hot together and burn up the pages. Although I adored the story I just wish we could have seen more of Cormac and Liam and their relationship developing. Instead we got scenes of them together, but Simon dominated more of the storyline so I felt that Cormac and Liam got cheated.
I will recommend this story to those who love paranormal, fantasy, mages, vampires, shifters, a complex stoyline coming to fruition, loving characters, danger, loss, finding love and a very happy fantastic ending. (less)
Genesis (Gene) only wants to sing with his band Evolution, he doesn’t care about fame and fortune just the music. When Gene hits a man with his car he is shocked to discover it is retired rock star Kerstrande (KC) and his life is about to get even more out of control. Seeing ghosts and people’s auras, and dreaming of graveyards is the norm for Gene but being the chew toy for vampires isn’t. Being attracted to Kerstrande Gene refuses to let Kerstrande push him away, and Gene is dragged into the paranormal world that he has always ignored. Kerstrande thinks Gene only wants him for the riches and power that he possesses, but his own pull towards the young man won’t let him walk away. Having to confront old friends to keep Gene safe and fighting his own past demons Kerstrande has to accept Gene means more to him than he wanted him too.
This is quite a good fantasy novel from a first time published author. Gene is different from most people… he can see and speak to ghosts, he can also see the auras of people and read their moods and Gene is about to discover that he is even more different than he thought. KC is a retired rock star, he’s also a vampire in hiding and one with a dark past. When KC and Gene collide it is the beginning of a reluctant relationship laced with bitterness and resentment before blooming into more.
The storyline is one where you learn as you go, we slowly discover the paranormal beings, we piece together what is happening with Gene and what he is becoming and watch as Gene and KC struggle to find balance in their relationship. I must admit I began to like Gene a hell of a lot more when he started to stand up for himself instead of letting people walk all over him, some of his so called friends were just manipulative but some of them were real gems like Cris. KC has been used and manipulated in the past so he is very wary of Gene, pushing him away with his nasty attitude. Gene won’t give up though until he has cracked KC’s shell though.
I will admit that while I liked this story I found it to be a bit creepy as well. Gene is seventeen and by his own admission has been sexually active for a couple of years, and what I found creepy was that although some of the men he slept with looked the same age they were much older. What I liked about this book was the paranormal aspect and the strange relationship between Gene and KC, the paranormals are known to humans and there are laws in place and there’s even a group called Preservation Group who want to wipe out the paranormals. The vampires have their good and bad, there’s an incubus and maybe a demon, it is all really vague and mysterious and you keep hoping something more will be revealed. I will also add a warning here that there is a near rape scene and some scenes of apparent orgies.
I will recommend this story to those that love paranormal, young adult, danger, discovery, a strange relationship and an ending that could mean there’s more to follow. (less)
Andreas has served his father, the Black Dragon God, for thousands of years enforcing the laws for all paranormals. When his father asks him to protect a human from the vampires little does he know what he is about to walk into, as a vampire attempts to resurrect Cronus Andreas is made guardian to his twin nephews who also become targets and with gods causing trouble Andreas past comes into play and Andreas has a choice to make, his loyalty to his father and God or his love for his soul mate.
This is a fantastic fantasy world that immerses us in the world of Gods, Goddesses and paranormals. Andreas held his lover Kazarian in his arms as he died on the battlefield among the Spartans, only to have Ares appear before him, seconds too late to save Kazarian, but not too late to save Andreas from a similar fate because he is the son of the Black Dragon God Jarel. Now in this modern age he serves his father enforcing his laws, but there is an attempt to resurrect Cronus and overthrow Zeus, and Andreas is called upon to guard a mortal and his nephews to prevent it from happening. But the conspirators play dirty trying to force Andreas to do their bidding, but they also make a mistake by showing the involvement of a god or goddess.
I really enjoyed this story of mythical gods and goddesses and the world they live in, Andreas is only one of the main characters in this book with each character bringing a bit of their own story to the table weaving together a wonderful fantasy that has veiled hints for future couples, uncovers a conspiracy and is a touch violent. This is a well written story that draws you in feeding you bits and pieces and making you long for more. There are many characters that you get to know and you begin to wonder what their stories will be. Brandon, Demun, Vic, Apollo, Adonis and Odele along with Jarel, Andreas and Kazarian make this book vastly interesting.
While we don’t get the chance to see much of Andreas and Kazarian together because of the flow of the storyline, the time they do get together is incredible and when they come together in passion it is wonderful and passionate. There’s action and danger that is well described and fits perfectly into the story, the paranormal powers aren’t overused and it actually adds more to the story because of that. Drako has created a world that I want to know more about and although I personally don’t like M/F, I will still be reading the other books in this series because I need to know what happens next with Jarel and Zeus.
I recommend this book if you love paranormal, fantasy, battles and fights, tastefully placed humour, some fantastic love making, great characters, a wonderful storyline and an ending that is happy for Andreas and Kazarian, but leaves you wanting the stories of other characters. (less)
Blythe is fifteen and his sister Molly has decided it is time for him to start work, turfed out of bed every morning at dawn to sell bread is not Blythe’s idea of a decent job, but Molly is insistent that Blythe sells the bread while she concentrates on baking cakes. Blythe wishes for an easier life and it isn’t helped by his layabout friend Jack and his sore feet, but letting Molly down isn’t an option if he wishes to keep his hearing and not be strung up by his sister. When Blythe meets Edrik, a well off boy, he is tempted by Jack’s dreams of luck.
This is a great young adult fantasy story that shows a lads changing views as he enters manhood and the hardships of adulthood. Blythe suddenly has to start bringing in the money when he turns fifteen, although he whines that he is too young his sister, Molly, points out that both herself and their brother, Bertie, both started work at fifteen. As Blythe reluctantly takes over the bread selling, which according to Blythe is a girl’s job, he still dreams of an easier life. Jack keeps trying to tempt him with doing nothing but hoping for luck. When Blythe meets Edrik he can’t understand why the other boy would be interested in him, he’s poor and Edrik’s family is rich.
Blythe is like so many other young adults in his town, he’s at the age where he should choose what he wants for a job but he wants to cling to the last vestige of childhood. Having a friend like Jack doesn’t help him, Jack believes in luck and that he doesn’t have to do anything and riches will fall in his lap, when Blythe is embarrassed in front of Edrik he is tempted by Jack’s offer of instant riches. Hayden Thorne has created a wonderful fantasy world where gossip is abound about fairy-tale horrors, a boy catches the eye of a rich boy and where a friend has his head in the clouds. Blythe is a wonderful character who is down to earth and cheeky, Jack is obnoxious, Molly is trying to keep her family going, and Bertie has really bad night gas and Edrik is sweet on Blythe.
I thought this story was vastly entertaining with its down to earth characters, with the simple dreams of the characters and with its gentle learning curve for Blythe. This story is all from Blythe’s perspective so we get the unfettered view of life from a fifteen year old boy with his hopes and dreams, but also with him learning that life isn’t perfect but you can be happy with what you have. Jack’s a character that does get up your nose, Edrik you don’t see very often but he is a lovely character who is super sweet on Blythe and what we see of Molly and Bertie is good.
I recommend this story to those that love fantasy, young adult, obnoxious boys, growing up, finding a sweetheart, a touch of adventure and a happy ending. (less)
This book is part of a series but can be read in any order. Robin Hood’s friends are all gone now, dead or starting families, all alone he now wanders no longer with a focus. Entering the Greenwood he just might find a new destiny at hand. Cal is a royal spy, trained to use anything at his disposal to ferret out the secrets of the Barons, from a young age his mother warned him about the Greenwood and the warnings were dire. Now trying to find a new secret leads him into the Greenwood and to Robin Hood, but the fair folk are not happy to see him and his deceit and lies come back to haunt him. Robin knows that Cal might betray him but fighting and loving together brings trust, but outside forces seek to rip them apart and they have no choice but to trust in each other if they are to survive.
Although this story is marked BDSM & Fetish there is no real BDSM or Fetish in this story, I think they have labelled it so because there is some fantasy tree sex (it is the Greenwood), a bit of spanking and a bit of a torture scene (involving whips). Robin Hood is alone and lonely all his old band have gone, finding himself in the Greenwood has him meeting folktales, an old enemy and a young man he shouldn’t trust. Cal’s mother fled the Greenwood when her lands were seized, she warns Cal never to go to the Greenwood but an assignment forces him to and the fair folk have no forgiveness for traitors. Sometimes nature can be at odds with itself and can be less than forgiving, as Robin and Cal struggle to find their footing in the situation their love grows but can they overcome lies, deceit and their pasts to embrace their true destinies.
Ah the Greenwood, that fantasy forest of the Green Man, Wild Men, Niogaerst, fairy Queen (Elfaene), Herne the Hunter and the water spirit, Sulis. We are pulled into a wonderful new story that combines fantasy with history, myths with facts, and legends with historical figures combining everything together to give us a new spectacular Greenwood story. Robin Hood, one of the greatest English legends of all time, Cal a royal spy in the employ of William Marshal the Regent and Baron Odo, Robin’s greatest enemy and a thorn in the crowns side, put them all together and we have loyalties shifting, doubts played upon, lies and manipulation, greed, need, betrayal, lust and love. Robin and Cal make surprising discoveries and it is far from easy for both these characters as they make decisions that could drive them apart.
I will recommend this story to those that love history mixed with their fantasy, who love folklore and legends, hot sex and a happily ever after. (less)
Joel is the king of campus, everyone loves him and wants to be with him and he loves every second of it, but when he catches the attention of his roommate Walker he discovers that being the one that everyone wants just might be a curse. Walker has cursed blood running through his veins and he wants Joel to want him, invoking ancient magic he plunges himself and Joel into a spiral of shifting realities and bit by bit takes everything that made Joel popular. With each murmur of the words Want Me plunging them into a new spiral driving them both to the edge Joel has to find a way to break the curse that is haunting them both.
Want Me is a story that brings out the creep factor in major quantities and has you wondering why you can’t put the book down no matter how much you cringe. Joel wants for nothing, he is the football star, women throw themselves at him and everyone loves him, but when Walker, his roommate, invokes a spell everything changes and his life spirals out of control. Walker just wants Joel to want him but it never works, with each new life spiral mistakes happen, resentment seethes and adjustments have to be made, but the only hope he has is that the next spiral will be the right one, the one where Joel wants him.
When this story was offered for review I jumped at the chance squealing in joy, Thommie, my fellow reviewer, said ‘it sounds kinda creepy’ and I replied (thinking she was nuts) ‘of course it is, it’s by Rowan McBride’ and we settled the fact that this story is creepy, mega creepy. Rowan McBride has a way of writing stories that are creepy, but somehow brings the characters together so they fall in love in a setting you would never envisage love conquering. This story is really well written, the storyline is strong and creepy, the characters are beautifully written and although you feel sorry for Joel and what he is going through, you can’t help the small nugget of pity that you feel for Walker because all he really wants is for Joel to want him of his own free will… even though he goes about it the completely wrong way. You might loath Walker for what he does but that pity lingers, no matter how hard you try to push it to the side.
This story is from Joel’s perspective and you see how his character develops and changes with each spiral, you only get brief flashes through Joel of how Walker alters and grows but it is enough to understand what drives him. The storyline itself is fascinating because each life spiral runs parallel to the original with only Joel and Walker really changing, and the secondary characters reacting to the change each time as though it has always been normal. There’s some forced sex but this story carries it well, weaving it into the storyline as pivotal to the plot. The ending is brilliant and don’t stop reading after the epilogue because after the authors note there is an alternative epilogue showing us that there was an infinite amount of endings that could have been written.
I have to recommend this to those who love creepy stories, obsession, want, need, a slow developing love, understanding, changing lives and a surprising happy ending. (less)
Jordan always thought that the story told to him when he was small by his grandfather was just that a story, but when other kids at his school start falling sleep and never waking up he knows there was truth behind it. When his best friend Jamie falls asleep, Jordan prays that his dreamcatcher can capture the nightmare plaguing his town.
This is a great Young Adult short fantasy that while not strictly LGBT isn’t strictly straight either, it is more just young adult with no sexual orientation hanging over it, so whoever reads it can make up their own minds as to the orientation of the characters. Jordan’s great-great-grandfather defeated a warlock many years before, the dreamcatcher and the story has been passed down through the family since that time, but now is the time when the warlock returns and Jordan has to hope that he can save his friends, being caught in a nightmare wasn’t part of the plan and it is down to Jamie to rescue Jordan.
Dreamcatcher is a great little fantasy story that is beautiful in its simplicity, an old tale and a dreamcatcher are all that is needed to defeat a deadly foe, two seventeen year olds are the heroes and their friendship keeps them strong. The characters are nice and the general feel you get from them is that they will be friends for life, more than that is hard to catch as it is a very short story. The warlock is nicely nasty and the solution is nicely carried out.
I have to recommend this to all teenagers and young adults, adults who like simple young adult fantasy, solid friendships and a great ending. (less)
This story is part of a series and must be read in order. After his beloved, Vivian, was encased in ice to save their world Rafe decided to stay close and has been living in the Icelands since. Saving a mysterious man from an icy death begins him on the journey of re-joining the world outside, but what he discovers nearly brings destruction to Dinas. Darren is on a journey to the focal point when he slips beneath the ice and is rescued by a man who is his mate, but things become strange when the shadows come to life and legends of old return to the world.
This story continues not long after Icelands ended, it picks up the story with Rafe and his happy ending. Rafe is still suffering from the loss of his beloved Vivian, but when he meets Darren he feels conflicted over the feelings that Darren evokes, returning to his home island he confronts the past, but when Darren turns up with strange stories of shadows they begin to investigate the mystery. Darren knows he has to be patient if he wants his mate, delving into the mystery that seems to surround Rafe leads to them to discovering Dinas and their world may be in danger, can they save their world before it is too late? And, will Rafe ever be able to accept Darren as his lover?
I really enjoyed the conclusion to the Watchtower series, everything that has been hinted at and questions left unanswered in the previous books are all answered in Siren Song, we see Rafe work his way through his grief for Vivian and discover if he can accept love again. Darren is a wonderful addition to the cast although we saw him briefly in Out of the (Werewolf) Closet we get to know him a whole lot better in this story. I liked the new twists and loved how they all linked together the previous stories, and Rafe and Darren make an excellent team. I really do hope that Anna Marie May will revisit this world again… we will just have to keep our fingers crossed.
I recommend this to those that love fantasy worlds, a great storyline, surprise twists, great characters and a very happily ever after.(less)
Keyfer is part of the crew for the Wayward Grace and has been for nearly ten years, when they rescue survivors from a ship attacked by Caravelli (evil pirate), Keyfer is instantly attracted to Radley (Radish) and swears to protect him from those hunting him. Radish has a secret, one that the Anglican Navy wants at any cost, will Keyfer be able to help him or will the cost be too high a price to pay.
This is a well written story that has a bit of a mystery in it and quite a lot of action. Keyfer doesn’t know who his parents are and had been living on the streets until he was eight and went to sea on the Wayward Grace, it’s his home and the crew his family, but what should he do when the man he is falling for inadvertently endangers them. Radish is an Alchemist and he made something that is badly wanted by the Navy, he doesn’t want anyone to have it but as the Navy draws close, he has to make a choice his life or that of the crew.
A brilliant story that draws you in and makes you laugh in places. This story is quite well paced throwing information and clues at you in a steady pace, the characters are great and you like them all, Keyfer and Radish seem to be a well suited couple and the sex between them is hot, we don’t get much background on Radish but we are given hints about Keyfer. Keyfer is also obsessed with collecting Keys and I loved it when he explained his name. There are a couple of sad parts and some angst and grief; there is violence and a brilliant battle as well. I loved all the inventions that were described and the way that they got out of the stone basin on the Island was brilliant.
I have to recommend this if you love Steampunk, Fantasy and Paranormal, if you love a great story with hot sex thrown in and if you love action and adventure. I have to hope that this isn’t the last that we see of Keyfer and Radish as there are questions still unanswered about Keyfer. (less)
Kyrus has been captured and is being sold off all because he is an Astral Mage, a person who can manipulate energy and reattach souls back to their bodies, for years he has had to hide and run, but it looks like his luck has run out or so it seems until pirates board the ship he is kept prisoner on. Tilbarr is the captain of the spaceship Wolf, he takes great pride in liberating certain vessels of their illegal goods, on one such trip he comes across a young prisoner that intrigues him, taking him back to the Wolf is a risk, but it is a risk he takes and it has nothing to do with his attraction for the mage. When Kyrus falls into the wrong hands Tilbarr realises that he would do anything to save Kyrus, but has the realisation come too late?
This is a really good science fiction story that has a slight twist of fantasy. Kyrus is a full blooded Astral Mage and has to be on his guard against betrayal. Being different will lead the ConFed to him and if the ConFed get him, then he will never be free again, Kyrus would disappear just like all the other Astral Mages before him. Meeting Tilbarr gives him a little hope that he can finally trust someone, but the danger that could follow him is too much risk, but when Kyrus needs Tilbarr most, the man he has fallen for is there for him. Tilbarr takes a huge risk with Kyrus as his second in command, Slydane, repeatedly tells him, but Tilbarr has never felt such an instant connection to someone before and when he thinks he has lost Kyrus forever, he is willing to give up everything to get his man back.
I found this story to be really interesting, discovering a little bit about what an Astral Mage could do was fascinating and I would have loved to discover even more, but I don’t think even Kyrus knew all that much about it poor guy. Now Kyrus has had a really crappy life because of his abilities and never knowing who he could trust, but when he meets Tilbarr he has an instance connection to him, which I kept thinking was like a mate-bond, but a bond like that was never mentioned. Tilbarr is a really good character and although he did waffle a touch at first, he threw himself into going after Kyrus with his guns blazing, and showed his love and devotion in a reckless and terribly romantic way (well I thought it was anyway).
Well I can honestly say that the sex between Kyrus and Tilbarr is explosive, although at one point I paused and thought the timing was a bit strange, but then really I just might throw myself into it as well if I was chancing capture or death like they were. I am hoping for more about the mysterious experiments that ConFed is conducting in future books, but we will just have to see what Hurri Cosmo comes up with for Slydane.
I will recommend this to those who love science fiction/fantasy, dangerous circumstances, space explosions, really hot sex, escapes and a very happy ending. (less)
Two kingdoms hoping to come together through the betrothals of their children, and the black witch who wants revenge. Lucien was betrothed to Evania at an early age and when his sister, Isabella, is born she is betrothed to Evania’s brother Teige. On the day of Isabella’s christening the black witch, Caera, enacts her revenge but Marged, the white witch, alters the curse. When Isabella falls victim to the curse Caera ensures it will never be broken and makes Teige succumb to the curse as well. Lucien, Dashiell (Lucien’s cousin) and Evania have to fight more than just a curse as they try to rescue their family, and just how will the curse be broken?
A wonderful twist to Sleeping Beauty with some come conflict between children and parents. This is a great story of abiding love and surprising new love with the puzzle of breaking a curse and defeating a black witch. Lucien is betrothed to Evania and Teige is betrothed to Isabella, but with the curse hovering over the families Isabella is taken to a hidden location so Caera can’t find her and set the curse in motion. Years later when Isabella’s guardian discovers that Isabella has begun to get close to a hunter she is returned to the castle and it sets in motion a chain of events that nearly rip both families apart, even before the curse has a chance to strike.
I loved this story, Pelaam has woven a tale that misleads and misdirects even as she tells us of great love and witches curses. Each character is enchanting and the love that we see will make your heart ache for the beauty of it, the love making is incredibly touching and loving and is filled with such happiness and joy that I had a slightly watery smile as I witnessed a true love coming to fruition. It isn’t easy sailing for any of the lovers and some of them face challenges that are life and death, even while they are dealing with conflict within the families. I am sure that some of you will be wondering at the label of FF, well I am here to tell you that although we do see the beginnings of a sweet love between women, we are left with the knowledge that they making love, but we don’t see it. Now the MM lovemaking is incredible and sweet and gentle and loving and just sigh worthy.
I will recommend this to those who love fairy tales with a twist, true love conquering all, incredible lovemaking, wonderful characters and a happy ending for all. (less)
Aren has fled from an untenable position, his new home on Oestend seems like his dream come true and having some eye candy like Deacon to look at doesn’t hurt. When Deacon collect’s the new book keeper he doesn’t think he will last a month.
This is a sweet love story that is worked into a very well written fantasy world. When we first meet Aren he doesn’t believe in the wraiths but it is not long before we find out that are indeed real but also we find out the history and truth behind them. We also find out the truth about Deacon and the small haunted house. We see Aren fumble his way through meetings with girls who are throwing themselves at him and his solution to the ghost in the cellar. Deacon and his attraction to Aren was a surprise because he really did come across as straight and because all his dealings and his continued friendship with Aren there was no hint at all of any attraction.
The world building was incredible; the storyline was good and the characters interesting. I liked the fact that Deacon and Aren were friends before they progressed to more and I also liked the D/s with Aren being the Dom in the bedroom. I thought the story progressed slowly at first but there was a lot of world building and character building. The progression of their sex life was good, a bit more realistic as Deacon is a gay sex virgin, and it is extremely hot.
So I would recommend this to those who love fantasy, Paranormal, cowboys, hot sex, and a good storyline. (less)
Israfil is a police angel. When he fails on one of his missions, he knows he is in trouble. But, before middle management can get to him the Big Guy intervenes. Chris is taking a well-deserved camping vacation when he comes across a naked man in the middle of a clearing, a man who can only remember his name.
This is an entertaining story that moves smoothly along and doesn’t rush the sex between these two men, the chemistry sparks off them and they suit each other well. I loved Israfil’s innocence and how he wanted to experience everything and I thought Chris was cool with the way he just accepted what Israfil told him. I also liked seeing Zuriel and Araton again, however briefly.
I recommend this for the hot sex, the hot men, and the storyline and also for the pure love between these two men.(less)
Ooooohhhhhh this is ssssssoooooo sweet and it is a fantastic twist to Cinderfella. Eldon Cinder is treated like a slave by his aunt and 2 cousins, when he meets Prince Xavier in the woods they strike up a friendship and become good friends.
This was really well written and I loved the twist of the cousin being mistaken for the missing girl, ooohhh aaahhh, you know this would make a great Pantomime. This is sweet, cute and marshmallow-y (don’t think that’s a real word), Eldon has always left a treat for the witch in the woods so for one night she gives him the chance to see Xavier one last time, what follows is a comedy of errors that leads us to a wonderful ending where the Prince marries the girl/man of his dreams.
Both characters are really good and although the romance is slow, the friendship is the main selling point for me, they got to know each other and respect each other as people instead of Prince and Servant and there was a foundation for their relationship to build upon. The cousins were really hateable (nicely done), the aunt forgettable and Milton the dog was the star of the show.
This one I recommend to those who love fairy-tales, fantasy, cousins getting what they deserve, sneaky Princes and a happy ever after.(less)
Nico is living the life he loves, searching for lost treasure. Discovering a naked man on his beach he listens to the man’s strange story and offers his help to embark on an adventure to retrieve the Aquamarines of Courage. Nayder has a duty to find his soul-partner, his female soul-partner so he can continue on the family name and stabilize his planet. Discovering the Aquamarines stolen he sets off to find them, but discovers a man who may just be his soul-partner; together they search for the gems. Finding the gems is the least of their problems when they return to N’Tyre and discover that someone will do anything to prevent the Aquamarines from returning to its safe place.
Oh this is a fantastic addition to the Gemstone Chronicles with its twists and hidden turns. Nico and Nayder are a wonderful pair, Nico has already shuck off his family responsibilities to live life the way he wants to while Nayder has no choice but to face up to his, his whole planet depends on him doing his duty. Nayder lives in a society where women rule and gay men are frowned upon, when he discovers that Nico could be his soul-partner it shakes him up and he doesn’t know what to do. Nico is okay with embracing Nayder and what they could have, but first they both have to survive.
This storyline is fantastic, I never saw the latter part with all its twists coming and it keeps you on your toes as you try to grasp the swift turns that seem to come out of nowhere. There is much more going on than just recovering the Aquamarines of Courage though, there is also have a hidden faction in the N’Tyre world that don’t want the Aquamarines returned and will do anything to stop Nico and Nayder. We also get to visit the Collector and the Chroniclers and we see how they are getting on, their story interests me as much as the stories that are being created for the Collector do. All the characters in this story are wonderful and although I want to rave about the storyline I don’t want to take away from the pure pleasure of you readers discovering all the twists, turns, betrayals and secrets that come up throughout this book.
I am going to recommend this to those who love alternative worlds, hot mermen, hot treasure hunters, great twists and turns, some hot sex and a very happy ending. Oh don’t forget that we get to look forward to the Diamonds Of Victory!! (less)
This story is park of a series and best read in order. Owen is getting desperate, he needs to go back to the City for his grandfather and twin brothers so he has been denying his growing closeness to Maltok but now he has agreed to a deal but it isn’t quite how he hoped. Maltok has offered to help Owen get his brothers from the City in exchange for them mating, but they get more than they bargained for and now the City is out for revenge.
This is a well written story that I have to say even if you haven’t read the first book doesn’t leave you confused or wanting for detail. When Owen was brought into the jungle he left behind his family, now he needs to go back and get them, with Maltok’s help they set off for the City and along the way they finally cut through the misunderstandings that had left both of them feeling guilt. Finding his family and rescuing them is an experience that neither man wanted but now they are finally together but they know the City will hit back in retaliation.
I really enjoyed this story as it has a certain something that filled most of my needs, paranormal… check, science-fiction… check, violence… check, bloodthirsty… check, conflict… check, love… check, hot sex scenes… check, great storyline… check and a surprise twist… check, honestly what more can you ask for? There are one or two scenes that will bring tears to your eyes at the cruelty that people do in their indifference and lack of care and just plain nastiness. I must admit that I was disappointed not to have witnessed how Maltok dished out punishment; I would have been cheering him on. (Well I am bloodthirsty!)
The story is filled with detail that keeps you reading, Owen and Maltok are a great couple and we see Raine and Ash and get a bit about their relationship progression, we see some new characters and some old and maybe we have met characters from future books as well ;-). We find out the truth about the City and Owen discovers a way to make all on the outside safe but it is a discovery that scares him greatly. Even though there is a huge fight scene near the end we don’t see much of it as we get it from Owen and Raine’s view as they make decisions for the rest of the villages.
So in all honesty I think you’d be a fool to miss it and as a reminder… misunderstandings, paranormal, science-fiction, conflict, doubts, violence, bloodthirsty, love, hot sex, twists, great storyline, cute kids and a happy ever after… really what more could you want. (less)
This story is part of a series and must be read in order. Sashan has stayed clear from the Katrian village out of shame, only going back when he has to or to check up on his mate Micah, the mate he feels deserves better. Micah has wanted Sashan for as long as he can remember, but the big Katria always avoids him, so now Micah decides to take fate into his own hands. When Micah is kidnapped and severely injured Sashan has to face his fears and accept what fate has offered him.
This is a fantastic continuation of Outside The City, it begins 15years after the Dome has fallen and stays with the storyline of the Outsiders and the City Dwellers, and giving us added information about the truth behind the City. Micah has longed for Sashan since he realised he liked boys, now 21 his brother Lucah convinces him to provoke Sashan into a reaction, but it doesn’t work out as planned and Micah is kidnapped. Sashan has steered clear of Micah because he feels tainted by his past, when Micah is taken he has to put aside his fears and claim Micah as his mate, having to trust in Micah not to turn from him. The kidnapping reveals a traitor in their midst’s and a secret that shakes the foundations of all the Outsiders.
I loved this story, not only do we get to see previous books characters; it also introduced new characters in the shape of the Wolfric shifters, and gives us a surprising twist near the end which opens us the storyline to the Wolfric shifters as well. Micah is a wonderful character who suffers greatly in this story; Sashan is the typical alpha male, thinking he is protecting those he loves with his distance, but both characters together can heal each other from their pasts. They are hot together, complement each other in personalities and troubled with their own fears but determined to do what is best for the other
I really enjoyed the storyline, plot and surprises thrown our way, I found the addition of the Wolfric clan wonderful and I think they complement the Katria wonderfully, I am hoping to see more of them in the future… maybe a story for Alpha Jethoro *pretty please*. This storyline has become more evolved which means that we can expect some more wonderful books in this series… at the least I expect Lucah’s and maybe Callum’s stories, with the hope of others **chants* Jethoro, Jethoro Jethoro*.
I recommend this to those who love shifters, science fiction, surprise twists, hot sex, great characters, danger, soul searching and a very happy ending that leaves us with a hint of the next book. (less)
This story is part of a series which must be read in order. Conall is the most powerful mage since the sundering, unfortunately he is so powerful that he could drain the Realm, so he has a tight control over his powers and he can’t ever let go which means a celibate life. When he refuses to do the bidding of a noble lady, he finds himself cast out on Earth his soul ripped in two and his magic broken and he lands at the feet of a tattoo artist. Josh owns the tattoo parlour above Purgatory and is currently visiting friends, helping in a Pride march when he nearly falls over an injured man. Drawn to helping the man Josh takes him home, but the Marfach is on the prowl and before long both Josh and Conall are in danger and an accident leaves Conall in an uncertain predicament.
This is a brilliant continuation of the Soulshares series. Josh is drawn to Conall and doesn’t understand why, Conall understands that Josh must be his Soulshare, but his magic was damaged when his soul was torn in two and arousal causes him pain, but being separated from Josh is also painful. Separated when Josh’s workplace is broken into, Conall finds the pain unbearable and has an accident that renders him bodiless. Josh is the only one who can bring him back, but with the Marfach hunting for Conall and trying to find a way to the nexus, both Josh and Conall face a danger that could well destroy them.
This is a brilliant imaginative story that reveals more about the Loremasters and their plans and their involvement in the banishing’s, and also continues the Marfach’s hunting of the Fae and the nexus. Both Conall and Josh are great characters, Conall has lived a lonely life because of his powerful magic while Josh hasn’t been able to really settle for a man before, the two of them together are something special, the sex that they do have is really hot and the difficulties they face are definitely unique and dangerous. We see Tiernan and Kevin from Hard As Stone and we discover more about Cuinn and his involvement in what is happening, Marfach and its human host Janek are more involved in this story and it is far from pretty.
I love the way that this story is heading and the characters we are meeting; there is something refreshing in this world we are being drawn into with these banished Fae. Even though the Fae firmly believe that they can’t love they are doing a very good job with their Soulshares, and the storyline is fantastic with the story details becoming clearer and it makes us wonder just what the Loremasters are up to. Rory Ni Coileain gives us some descriptions that make us glad that we aren’t Janek. I can’t wait for the next story Deep Waters and what will be unveiled then.
I will recommend this to those who love broken Fae, uniting Soulshares, avoiding death, Urban Fantasy, hot sex, an imaginative storyline and a happy ending for Conall and Josh with the promise of more to come. (less)
This story is part of a series and best read in order. Kieran works with a group of mercenary’s; they will take on most jobs, including kidnapping mythical beings, as long as the price is right. Kidnapping Gabriel shakes Kieran’s world and has him questioning his behaviour and his treatment of mythical creatures. Fighting his cravings for the werewolf is hard, but how can he just accept wanting a man? Gabriel has to process his feelings when he discovers that his mate is a callous mercenary, getting to know the man while on the run makes it a bit easier, but having Kieran reject him for being male is hard when the mating pull is strong. Can Kieran and Gabriel truly mate when Kieran isn’t gay?
Hunter’s Moon is a nice continuation of the Lifting The Veil series, it has a connection to The Wolfing Way with Gabriel being the older brother of Rafe. Gabriel and Kieran are nothing alike, Gabriel is calm, gentle and tries not to let anything get to him, even when he is kidnapped; Kieran is hot tempered, coarse and doesn’t care about many people, until he kidnaps Gabriel. Both men have difficulties when they discover they are mates, but coming to an understanding is harder than either thought.
I really enjoyed the first half of this story, Gabriel is kidnapped and discovers one of the mercenary’s is his mate, Kieran feels a pull towards the werewolf they have captured and discovers he can’t leave him in the hands of his employers, they escape together and the truth of them being mates comes out, but Kieran’s straight and finds it hard to accept. The second half of the story is all about Kieran trying to accept the mating and Gabriel trying to reassure him, it isn’t easy for either of them, especially Kieran because Kieran is straight and until he gets a whiff of Gabriel’s pheromones had never had a reaction to any man. I found the latter part of the book to be a disappointment because a lot of their ‘getting to know each other’ time was brushed over and just mentioned in passing, we didn’t get to see Kieran softening to having a male mate or coming to terms with his change in sexuality, we were just told he was and did, and I was still left with the feeling that Kieran was still only willing to give it a go and not that he had developed any feelings for Gabriel.
Although I liked Kieran I hated that I was left guessing at the end about if he would fall in love with Gabriel, Gabriel is clearly more than half way there and I would have loved for it to be a genuine happily ever after. The sex between them is very primal, passionate and hot, we are left in no doubt about the sexual side to their mating because it is HOT.
I will recommend this story to those who want enemies to friends to lovers’ story, hot sex, gay for you, conflicting emotions and a happy for now ending. (less)
Galen is banished from his village and chased into the forest for a crime he didn’t commit; he’s also been given the task by the village’s wise woman to deliver a baby to the Lord of the forest. Lord Erik is impatiently biding his time for his mate to show up and in the meantime he is trying to civilize his pack.
I loved these characters as they are cheeky, funny and adorable, they are also both quite clueless but are helped along by Erik’s aunt Eydis and the Seer Jarl. In fact, all the characters in the forest are brilliant. The villagers are sneaky, mean and nasty and they certainly get what they deserve at the end.
Eden Winters has written a charming, engaging, witty, funny and loveable story which is well plotted out, has enjoyable characters and will make you giggle. One of my favorite parts has got to be the inner monologue between Lord Erik and his wolf, they are just so funny.
I highly recommend this to anyone who loves romance, wolf shifters, comedy, hot sex and well m/m in general because this is a truly incredible light read.(less)
So this is the first instalment of a serial, and it is a fantastic start. Devon works for Safeguard Systems and he has infiltrated a private club to shut it down and to also capture demon summoner, Porter Grey, but things don’t go according to plan. Rio is Devon’s backup and maybe the only person to be able to resist Devon, when things go wrong Rio leaps in to rescue Devon before Porter can carry out his plans for Devon.
This short instalment was brilliant, we have a seductive cambion working to bring down criminals, we have the mysterious Rio who can send demons to hell and we have a demon summoner who is trying to stay one step ahead of Safeguard Systems to carry out a plan for his employer. I have to admit that I am hooked; the entire storyline has me panting for more. With Devon being a cambion you expect a world weary seducer, but what we get is a young man who has a sweet energetic countenance who loves sex, he also has a major crush on Rio because he knows that when Rio is with him it’s because Rio wants to be there with Devon, because a cambion nature has no effect on Rio. Rio is a mystery as we get to know him, Devon’s power doesn’t affect him and he can send demons to hell with a touch, he is also secretly fond of Devon, and he has more fire power than a small nation.
This story has it all… seduction, guns blazing, explosions, hot explosive sex, a great storyline, mysterious characters, escapes and an ending that will lead nicely to the next instalment. I have to recommend everyone has a peek at this because I doubt that you will be disappointed.
Aless is the vessel that carries Serac, Guardian of Water, he is returning to the monastery after ten years spent in exile after his restraints broke and Serac went on a murderous rampage, things have changed and he discovers secrets are being kept from him, but he is easily distracted by Corin. Corin is an apprentice with a huge well of mana, but he isn’t able to access it and struggles with even the most simple of spells, when he discovers the truth about the Guardian’s restraints breaking he offers his help. It’s a race against time as the Guardian’s face going feral, but Aless and Corin fall in love and Corin discovers the truth behind the restraints.
This is a great story with a very bittersweet ending. Aless still doesn’t know what happened ten years before when his restraints failed and Serac broke loose and took control, returning to the monastery after his exile he discovers things have changed and secrets are being kept from him. Corin is as drawn to Aless as Aless is to him, but his Master Selena doesn’t want him having any contact with Aless. Searching for the truth about the restraints and why they are failing Corin discovers that some of the story is missing, and it will take the entire monastery of Guardian’s working together to solve the mystery before it is too late.
I loved the world building in this story, the true story of the spirits slowly being fed to us, and only one person being able to save them all. There’s a lot to learn concerning the Guardian’s and the spirits they house, as well as finding out the truth about the restraints and how they came about. As you progress through the story you will have light bulb moments where you go ‘ah-ha’ as some detail suddenly smacks you in the face, and what has happened and what is to come, suddenly begins to click together. Although this story scored high in the storyline, it missed (for me) with the relationship between Aless and Corin, don’t get me wrong there is an attraction between them, but from what I saw in the story there was still a long way to go between them before love came into the equation.
This story has many interesting characters, although some of them we get to know better than others, each one is well written and you become vested in them discovering a solution. Sometimes you feel that petty feelings cause more problems than was needed, but it adds to the tension in the story. I wish that we could have seen more of the relationship between Aless and Corin and how it was developing between them, but others were interfering, and it made me feel as though they only had a longing to be together, rather than a developing love. There is one scene that may disturb readers and that is an m/f rape scene that we are given no warning about; although it fit perfectly in the storyline it was still disturbing to have had no warning at all, not even on the publishers’ site.
I will recommend this story to those that love hidden stories, magical spirits, some incredible details, a longing for love and a very bittersweet ending. (less)
Spiretown, a place where people born with the taint (magic) are shipped to when their magic becomes apparent. Logan is a mage, who has his own little part of the world in Spiretown, but he needs help when he discovers the Red Seal (a group of rogue mages) are targeting him, so he approaches an unlikely source for assistance. Collin is a Templar Commander, his group are there to keep the mages in place and to destroy any who succumb to the demons, and being approached by a mage for protection is astounding, beginning to have feelings for the mage just might destroy him.
This story is slightly dark, with prejudice, hate, anger and fear, breaking down those emotions and finding love. When Collin’s team is lead into an ambush by the Red Seal, he never thought his saviour would be a mage, but that mage wants something in return, he wants protection. Logan needs the help of the Templar if he is going to bring down the Red Seal, saving Collin fit into his plans, and now he just needs his web of lies to come to fruition. But neither Logan nor Collin reckoned on an emotional connection forming between them, but it is that love that just might save them all when the Red Seal attempt to rip open the gates of Hell.
This is a great story if you are looking for a story that is drenched in angst and darkness. After the Mage Wars, all humans showing the taint of magic were rounded up and put in places like Spiretown, children taken from their parents were handed over to the clergy and Logan was one of those children. Templars are plainbloods (humans with no ‘taint’) who are given the task of dealing with any mages who succumb to demons, many of them, like Collin, hate the mages due to losses of family in the Mage Wars. Logan is a special mage though, he has special abilities that the Red Seal want, Logan turns to Collin for help and it begins a complex relationship between the mage and the Templar.
I have to admit to that this story isn’t black and white, neither character is particularly lovable due to their personalities, but the longer you read the more you understand what drives them. The storyline is brilliant, but twisted, and at times will turn your stomach, especially when it comes to Logan’s past. We see a huge development in Collin’s psyche as he comes to realise that not all mages are evil and that some humans do deserve what they get, the relationship he develops with Logan is not easy, but it is something that he would give everything up for. Logan is a very complex character and how he has been treated as a child has left scars on his soul, it has also moulded him into the way he is now and it’s a miracle he isn’t completely insane.
I have to recommend this if you love angst, demons, mages, harsh lives, some hot sex, great descriptions, some horrific scenes, a love emerging against the odds and an ending that has hope. (less)
Yoli is just a kitchen boy who has been trusted with one of the most well kept secrets in the land, even knowing the truth, his loyalty lies with High Commander Koehen. Although Yoli is only called when it is convenient for Koehen, he can’t help but dream for more. When Yoli is offered everything he has ever wanted his loyalty is tested and he is torn between his dreams and his feelings.
This story is great, a story of love, loyalty and limitations … if you were offered the world would you betray the one you love? Yoli is one of a very small number of people who know the High Commander Koehen’s secret and that secret has led to Yoli falling in love with Koehen, but he knows that he will probably never have more than a few snatched moments in the dark, even though he secretly longs for more. When the enemy can’t break him with torture, the kindness throws Yoli for a loop and Yoli has to think long and hard on what he truly wants.
Oh poor Yoli he really goes through the wringer in this story, all he has ever wanted was to be a bard, but he is stuck in the kitchen with no hope of ever getting out, coming to the attention of Koehen does nothing but make Yoli dream. During the story this young man is faced with choices that would break a lesser man, and he comes to realisations about what he needs over what he wants. Koehen is very much a more secondary character, but he never really fades into the background, and he has his own moments of soul-searching after his best friend points out facts to him.
The relationship between Yoli and Koehen isn’t what you would call a true relationship even when they sort things out between them, the story is set in a land where it is more than frowned upon and with Koehen being the High Commander in a time of war it could also cost them everything. Yoli is a fantastic character who rapidly grows and develops, he has great insight for one so young and you just root for him and I must admit I found myself wavering alongside him. You get pulled along with Yoli’s hopes and dreams and you feel his disappointments, you understand his loyalty, but you can also understand the temptation he faces, he really is a great character.
I will recommend this to those who love conflicting emotions, a medieval setting, great characters, a touch of loving and a happy for them ending. (less)
This story is part of a series and must be read in order. Aidan has no clue where he might find the last Watchtower, so he sets off with Belze (his familiar) to find some clues and to find someone who can help him with his powers, on his journey Aidan is attacked by an unknown foe and it leads him to the fourth Watchtower. Now Aidan has to admit the truth to his friends, one of them has to sacrifice their life in order for the Watchtowers to work, leaving behind the one that they love. Is the sacrifice too much to ask for? And, how much more do the Watchtowers require before their world is safe?
Icelands is an exciting addition to the Watchtower series. Aidan is still frustrated about his lack of control of his powers, he decides that he has to find a sorcerer to help him and sets off on a journey with Bleze (who complains every step of the way), on his journey he is attacked and we finally discover who has been trying to kill King James. Discovering the fourth tower by accident nearly kills Aidan, having to explain the truth of the focal point to his friends devastates them all, but the journey to the Icelands could just destroy them all.
I really enjoyed this story and the seamless way it continued from Out of the Werewolf (Closet), in this addition we discover just who has been trying to kill James, we find that the friends might not have circumvented the Golden Legend and that sacrifice is hard to face. Aidan, James, Raphael, Vivian and Bleze have to travel across the lands into burning hell that brings a foe that they dread and to the coldest Icelands where they lose one of their own. We get incredible descriptions for both areas and I really wouldn’t be able to choose which sounds the worst, but facing the loss of Vivian leaves them all bereft.
I must admit that I wish that there was someone who could help Aidan with his magic, as he seems to fumble around trying to save the world while he really hasn’t got a clue what he is doing. James, Raphael and Vivian are more in the background in this story, but to be honest this story should have been more focused on Raphael and Vivian as it was their story, it was Vivian facing her sacrifice and it was Raphael facing losing the one he loves, I would have liked to get their thoughts and feelings about what was happening and what they faced. I hope that we will discover more in Raphael’s story Siren Song.
I will recommend this to those that love fantasy, surprise danger, magic, discovering deceit, fantastic landscapes, having love, losing love and an ending that is tainted with sadness(less)
So for those who are wondering if it is worth buying this version of Finn if you already have the first version, I say yes because there are just enough changes that made it worth my while to read and the cover has so much more chest acreage (did I say that out loud?). Diego rescues a man who is naked except for a blanket, Diego has a habit to trying to rescue everyone and it has got him in trouble in the past, when the man says he is a Pooka Diego doesn’t know what to think. Finn is one of the old country, a Fae, a Pooka when he awakens in the modern world he isn’t sure how he will survive but with Diego’s assistance he begins to find a way.
This is so much better the second time round (err the first one was just as good, honest) Diego is a pure sweetheart who will help anyone, when he sees Diego at the side of the bridge he can’t help but stop to help him. Finn is devastated with how the world is now and he really needs help with the arrival of Diego Finn sees into his soul and knows the human won’t hurt him. These two together make a great team and there is adventure to be had as we keep them company.
Ah what can I say about this story except brilliant, absolutely brilliant, this is a story that brings back the old type Fae, sea water makes Finn ill and Iron could kill him, taking Finn to Canada to his friends cabin is the only solution Diego can come up with to help Finn stay healthy but a discovery there leads them both to danger. I loved the way the author wove this tale because the danger came out of nowhere, there was no hint that a twist was coming and it was a twist that really blew me away and it wasn’t the only twist either.
The relationship between Finn and Diego is slow going but there is a connection between them but when Diego reaches that point with Finn it is (sorry had to re-read those passages just to be sure ;-)) quite erotic and Finn says some of the most romantic things *sigh*, I did like the fact that Diego was a bit wary of a new relationship and that he did take it slow. Another thing I really liked was the way that Angel Martinez fitted in parts of Finn’s interview in, bringing the reality of Finn’s utter Irish charm to life and showing him as a complete character.
There were some parts that were well played out and although we don’t get graphic detail of the fight I was still satisfied (and I am blood thirsty) because of how the author described it from Diego’s POV so we had all his worry and fear and doubt and then we have the descriptions of what he found the next morning. Very well written.
I have to recommend this to those who like fantasy, a great story, hot sex, a loving relationship, a couple of twists, some gruesome danger, some really gruesome descriptions and a happy ever after.
This story is part of a series and is best read in order. Zack is the personal security guard for the fae prince Lugh, and although he is attracted to the sidhe, he steers clear of an entanglement just like he has for his entire life. Lugh feels more for Zack than Zach realises, but getting through to the human is impossible, when Zach is attacked by a werewolf everything changes when Lugh has to resort to desperate means to keep him safe. Over with Diego and Finn, Finn has shifters fever and is quite ill, Diego is juggling his responsibilities and puzzled by the strange sightings and magical outbursts, while a group of young adults try to gain his attention. As the saying goes ‘the road to hell is paved with good intentions’ but these good intentions just might destroy them all.
I will advise readers to have read the other books in the series, as this story does mention events from the previous book Diego. I have to say that this is a wonderful addition to the Endangered Fae series, giving us a story about what happens after the veil has been opened and some of the consequences of the resurrected human magic. Zach and Lugh are the main relationship focus of this story, with them finally coming clean with each other, but it isn’t until misunderstanding are cleared up and Zach realises that he means more to Lugh than he first thought. Diego plays a large part in this story, and even though we don’t see him for some of it, he is still in the background pulling deadly strings. We are introduced to several young characters who add to the storyline with their well-meaning, though nearly deadly, interfering.
There is a lot going on in this story and it all overlaps, Finn is struck down with shifter fever, an illness not seen in hundreds of years, Zach is attacked by a creature that was thought to be extinct and Lugh has to protect him, Diego and Zach try to find a cure for Lycanthropy and then Diego is kidnapped and an evil is unwittingly unleashed. Lugh and Zach with the help of their other friends try to hunt the evil down, but Lugh is then captured, and the real fun begins. So there is a lot going on with the storyline and much of it is connected, so there are no loose ends or confusing plot, the characters are all well written and their parts fit well.
So in all honesty this is a fantasy that draws you in with its imagination and then keeps you reading by the ever-evolving storyline, with the angst and want of romance, with the misunderstandings of men and the good intentions of young adults. I found this story to be really well written, and for the most part, found that the actions taken when compassion is removed and obligation enforced, to be something that could happen. I thoroughly enjoyed going along on this adventure with Lugh, Zach, Diego and Finn and I am looking forward to, hopefully, a new book in the series.
I will recommend this story to those who love fantasy, fae, paranormal, a great storyline, a hard fought romance, some hot sex, explosions, kidnappings, rescues, facing the consequences and a great ending. (less)
While out hunting Caolan is rescued by a mysterious stranger and Caolan makes a pact with him because of the effect the stranger has on him, but Caolan has to break his pact, but swears to stick by his oath. Donal and Caolan are princes who are sent to safety after an attempt on Caolan’s life, their step-mother is suspected and Donal won’t risk losing his brother. Deceived into returning home Donal is tricked into a geis, an honour-bound quest, it is a geis that will be impossible to fulfil, but Donal and his brother set off for the Dark Prince’s land to obtain the Horse of Bells, picking up the Traveller along the way.
This is another great fantasy from Pelaam, which feels like it should be based on a myth. Both Caolan and Donal are great characters who are wonderful brothers, Caolan is the younger brother and Donal will do anything for him. Donal is strong in body whereas Caolan is stronger in mind, and Donal has always tried to protect his younger brother from their father’s criticisms. When they set out on their quest and Caolan meets up with his lost love it gives them hope that they will make it to the Dark Prince’s land, but it isn’t easy to obtain a horse who doesn’t want to be obtained.
This story is wonderfully written with a couple of stories entwined, we have two brothers setting out on a quest that is dangerous and finding their true loves, we have an attempted uprising which nearly ends in sorrow and we have a mystical horse that has a mind of its own. The world building is quite good and you get a great feel for the world and circumstances, there is a very heavy medieval feel to the surroundings and you get a strong sense of whimsical myth throughout the entire book. The sexual encounters that we see between the two couples are quite sensual and loving; both couples are well suited and will do the right thing by the ones they love.
I really enjoyed this story as I do like a good medieval feeling fantasy and this one has the added bonus of having two love stories, with danger and sacrifice. Caolan makes everyone see him as a man and Donal shows why he will be king.
I have to recommend this to those who love fantasy, adventure, great characters, an interesting storyline and a very happy blissful ending. (less)
Tiernan was exiled from the Fae Realm 165 years ago for the unforgivable act of killing his brother, the Pattern tearing his soul in two and leaving him to roam the human Realm, only half the Fae he was. Tiernan chances upon his Soulshare completely by chance in a club and doesn’t realise it till to late, but how can he accept his Soulshare when he can’t love? Kevin is unhappy; he has just been turned down for partner again and decides to drink his sorrows away in an impulsive act. Meeting Tiernan rocks his world more than he could ever realise, and he ends up facing his greatest fear that Tiernan will never love him.
This is an excellent Urban Fantasy story that catches you from the beginning and keeps pulling you along as more of the plot teases your interest. Tiernan committed the most horrific crime of the Fae Realm that of Kinslayer, the punishment is severe and he ends up on the human realm with only half of his soul, meeting Kevin throws him completely and he tries to run and hide in alcohol and sex, but he is drawn back to the man who is the other half of his soul. Kevin doesn’t know what to do when he finds himself thinking and missing Tiernan after just one night with him, but he has other things to think of when he discovers something hinky going on at work, but when Tiernan comes back Kevin discovers things that he never dreamed of and both man and Fae get drawn into a fight for their lives.
Tiernan and Kevin are a very interesting fit, because they are basically one soul so what one lacks the other more than makes up for, but because of that Tiernan is in the firm belief that he will never love and Kevin has all the love for both of them. The storyline that we get pulled into is at times brutal, the thing that hunts them is nasty and evil and the stuff of nightmares, we also have the shady practices that Kevin uncovers at work and the complex relationship that Tiernan and Kevin share.
This is a very nice twist on exiled Fae and it has a lot of passionate sex between Tiernan and Kevin, an interesting baddie or two, gruesome descriptions, some violence, loads more hot sex, and a very sweet and happy ending that has a visitor who makes it clear that nothing is over yet and it is just beginning.
I have to recommend this if you love Urban Fantasy, fantasy, Fae, hot sex, great characters, horrid baddies and a very happy ending. (less)