Bound for the Forest
There's heaps of UST as Brien and Scarlet struggle with their antipathy and attraction, but don't worry because there's tree sex to keep you entertained while you wait for the two heroes to get it on together! Brien and Scarlet are a good match for each other, and while Sc ...more
Also, (view spoiler)[TREE ON MAN SEX! (hide spoiler)]
(It's a pretty mild spoiler, and if you saw "kinky!" above and purred a bit, you want to click it.)
Still ruminating on how I want to describe the story. I would say that it's a fun read. I don't think it's meant to be a quick, ...more
of course, i may be somewhat biased in favour of this book, as it contains one of my favourite things in the world: celtic mythology. not only that, but it had paranormal creatures, an interesting mystery, DRUIDS (more specifically, druidesses), tendril porn (not tentacles, per se), rough kinky sex, and angsty angst that resolves happily.
all of which is like, percy catnip.
but really, this was damn fant ...more
I chose this book for a Paranormal Week read. While the main characters themselves feel more fantasy to me, there are some side elements—like how Scarlet copes belonging to a sort of “untouchable” caste by sexually servicing an anthropomorphic tree character—that feel paranormal. The idea of good and evil is also found in virtually everything, but the depictions of the evil forest spirits and their thirst for Scarlet’s blood and soul were described in terms that mad ...more
What do a former military captain and an orphan boy have in common? They are brought together by a magical force compelling them to protect the ancient Greenwood forest. Brien is the heir to his ancestral home in Greenwood. His parents are deceased and his fey sister is on a loony binge. Brien can't stand the magical talks of the Green Man and how there are forces out there he can't comprehend. He's a man in the real world and he just wants to sell his home for some money to fund his wandering ...more
First published at MM Good Book Reviews
Melmoth Brien wants just one thing and that’s his family’s hidden treasures so he can pay his debts off before he is dragged to the debtor’s prison. His plans go awry though when he comes across a young woodsman about to set fire to his old family home. Scarlet has to drive out the intruders before they damage the forest but he never expected Melmoth to appear and ruin his plans. Now he needs to get rid of Mel ...more
The world building in this book was absolutely excellent. The myths and lore that Ms Berrisford spun through out the story were worth reading alone. Melmoth Brien is deeply in debt so returns to his ancestral home which he hates deep in the Greenwood of England. When Brien arrives at his ruined home he finds that a young man named Scarlet has beaten him to the family jewels and other well hidden treasures and is about to set the estat ...more
This review was first posted to Love Bytes: LGBTQ Book Reviews. It has been slightly edited here for content.
This book, the first in an erotic magical fantasy series, is a mix of BDSM and enchanted fantasy storytelling that will lure readers in with sizzling chemistry between main characters Scarlet and Brien. But the erotica takes center stage for the bulk of the story, even when we want a little bit m ...more
I didn't find the romance part of the book of this book to my taste being not really insta-love but insta-lust ...more
I do, however, agree with another comment that the relationship wasn't entirely believable. Perhaps it was more that they didn't pull me in - with this story I should have been cheering for them, but instead I kind of feel I was dragged along for the ride...
This story sort of takes place in an alternate version of England in 1817. That's mostly not relevant within the town of Greenwood. Melmoth Brien returns in mind of getting the deed to his family home in order to see what it is worth in the wider world. What he doesn't know is that the land has recently switched hands in his absence.
That is a fact that Scarlet i ...more
This is a book with really excellent prose. As I was reading, it was almost a feeling of, "Oh that's right, this is how nice prose can be, wow!". However, I found the story fell flat. I didn't really connect with either of the two protagonists, and as intriguing as the world-building was, even by the end of the book, it seemed like it couldn't decide between dream-like erotic fantasy (which follows Rule of Sexy and doesn't really need to make sense under scrutiny) and actual strong world-buildin...more
Ahora siendo serios. Incluso dejando a un lado lo bizarro, el argumento no tenía sentido. Hay como todo un lore aquí que no se explica. Tienes un personaje que cree que todo es mentira, otro que todo es cierto. Y aunque el segundo resulta que tenía razón es simplmente porque... si?
Mira, no se si son referencias a floklore inglés o qué coño. Sencillamente nada tenía sentido. Y eso ignorand ...more
Cover - Good concept. I was disturbed by Scarlet's nose/face. And kept thinking that the coat worn by Brien looked more London Fog than Regency England.
MC's - Brien, an ex-soldier who tends to gamble. Scarlet, a young man who lives in the forest surrounding Brien's family estate. POV is alternating 3rd person.
The historical aspect of the book is pretty negligible. It sort of gives a bit of framework for the fantasy, but re ...more
I love the setting. The mystical Greenwood reminded me of my favorite incarnation of Robin Hood, the BBC series Robin of Sherwood. If you haven't seen it, know that it too included a spark of magic.
The sexual content, when spelled out in the publisher warnings, seemed appealing:
BDSM theme and elements, dubious consent, male/male sexual practices, ritualistic sexual practice ...more
This book delivers that and then some. Kay Berrisford has created a fantasy world steeped in English folklore, ...more
The story is intense, it gets going quickly and never lags. You're almost breathless as you read.
There is a goodly amount of rumpy-pumpy throughout, yet it was never too much, and I'm pretty quick to trigger on that subject, having read a lot of books recently that were just too much sex to plot, imo. It helps that the main characters here are both very sexy and go together very well. I loved the top, Bri ...more
Review is on my non Pen-name goodreads here:
This is a copy. :) Also, not putting stars, as I don't want to double-rate.
Interesting historical paranormal m/m. I enjoyed the world-building quite a bit, though I would like to know more about why Brien disliked his home so much... and I'm curious as to what happens with the druidesses in the future.
The sex was hot and kinky and I'm not sure I'd want to live in the Greenwood, given that things are a l ...more
Set in the Greenwood forest, where magic abounds, world-weary Brien returns to his childhood home one last time, he thinks. Instead he is irresistibly drawn to find out more about the forest and his part in it, when he meets Scarlet.
I was unsure if I was going to enjoy the book at first because Brien was huge and brawny, Scarlet, fey, slight and beautiful, whereas I prefer more evenly matched partners, but I needn't have wor ...more