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Elven Duty

(Roman and Jude: Monster Hunters #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  402 ratings  ·  92 reviews
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My legacy is to hate him, but I can’t.

This woman appears and tells me I’m an elf and she’s my grandmother. Not quite what I expected on a Thursday evening after another day at the office.

Soon, I’m thrown in a world of duty, magic, and monsters.

And a family feud as old as time itself.

I would have run. I would have gone back to my ol
Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 318 pages
Published March 4th 2021
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This book was a problem for me. Do I love the MC's enough to make up for this shitty shitty trope?


It's set in our world, which makes problems for the story because there has to be some realism mixed in with the fantasy. So, when there is this race of elves divided into two families that work together to fight monsters all over the world... you just know the internet is going to be onto it. I mean, come on.

Thy name is Google. Bow down peasants. (But make sure to take a break every once in
Apr 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
An interesting twist on the Romeo and Juliet story

This had a really interesting premise which I think worked pretty well.

The twist on the enemies to lovers family feud of Romeo and Juliet but without the ending tragedy fitted in well with the monster hunting and magic wielding.

I also liked the idea of the Elves in this world version being descended from Able and Cain.

For me, things maybe wrapped up a bit quickly, but as I see from the author's note that there will be more, I'm expecting that w
Mar 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Books in this series are either really good or painfully bad. This is one of the good ones. I was left with plenty of doubts at the end, but it is mentioned that the story continues. I wish that the book could've been able to explain itself a bit better, but the overall plot was really good so I don't plan to put much qualms about it. ...more
Jacquie Stewart
Feb 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved the Romeo and Juliet vibe this gave me. Jude and Roman meet before they find out they are on opposite sides of a centuries long feud. However, they also have to work together, but they can't be anything but colleagues.
There's a lot going on, Jude learning his legacy, Roman not wanting to conform to his family's wants, and the mystery of what happened to Jude's mother. This kind of means that the romance is secondary which is good to me because priorities! The monsters were imaginative a
I guess it's a good book if you're looking for something to take apart and discuss but I couldn't really enjoy it as much as I wanted to after seeing so many high ratings.

The Kindle version really needed a few more rounds of editing (and a new cover). There were words missing, a few in almost all chapters, sometimes sound-alikes that didn't mean what they were supposed to mean and wrong prepositions and such, repitition that seemed more like poor style than intended to emphasize. English is not
Diane Dannenfeldt
This was so good. Jude grew up in foster care not knowing anything about his past. When he meet his grandmother Agatha and she tells him he is an elf, he thinks she is crazy. Roman is an elf that hunts monsters with Agatha. Jude & Roman fall for each other pretty fast/hard. I didn't see the twist with the monsters coming. There really is minimal angst in this one & these two were hot together. I will most definitely be reading this one again.

ARC provided by Author in exchange for an honest revie
Mar 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I am really enjoying this multi-author series. Such a great range of characters and plots involved and Rhys Lawless gives us a forbidden romance with elves and monsters.
Jude is found by his grandmother and brought into a world that he never knew existed. He has always been different but now he knows why he is faster, stronger and more agile. His one night of fun with a stranger in town turns out to be the best and maybe worst thing as Roman is a Meyer who are enemies of the Cohen's. However
May 07, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m
I really thought there would be some hate. I wanted a proper enemies-to-lovers book with lots of banter but nope this was not it.
Fernanda Parente
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is an M/M Romeo and Juliet type urban fantasy. Not my usual trope but this book is so much fun. Rhys is an amazing writer
The characters were great, specially Jude and I loved the whole pace of the book, from the fight scenes to Royal the troll (now I want a Royal for myself). I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait for the next one!
May 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Mar 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy reading multi-author universes and the Magic Emporium series has been wonderful with a unique story told by a different author with a shared shop. Marden's Magic Emporium pops up when someone needs it the most and each book can be read as a stand-alone. Elven Duty is Book 7 in the Magic Emporium series and is my first urban fantasy novel by Rhys Lawless. I've read some of the author's other books by a different pen name, Rhys Everly, so I really enjoyed stepping into the urban fan ...more
Patricia Hoffstaetter
Feb 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished-reading
This is a new author to me & I was very impressed at how well this fantasy MM romance was written. The well-paced plot is interesting & flowed smoothly throughout the storyline and it kept my attention quite firmly until the last page was turned. The characters are well-developed individuals that are portrayed as star-crossed lovers who are quite determined to be with each other. There is excellent support from the secondary characters.
It is about: a snarky young man (Jude) discovers the truth a
Jacqueleen ♡
Mar 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
“Dear Jude,” he read. “I hope you never read these words. I hope you never find this book. Or anything to do with me.”

"...if you’re reading this, it means you found where you’re from. Who you are. What you are."

Well that was certainly different and in a very good way. I found the premise of this book a very interesting take on elves and other paranormal things. The Romeo and Juliet trope it is based on really sticks out as a major point in the story. So much is not what is seems. The book
Mar 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A Magical Emporium novel. Interesting attempt to mix mythology with religion. The descendants of Caan and Abel are the progenitors of the Elven race, destined and paired to destroy dangerous supernatural beasts who cross into the human realm. They are also meant to hate each other whilst on the job. Not so for Roman and Jude who can't keep their hands of each other, breaking all family traditions and convention which would make Caan and Abel blush in their graves. The troll Royal is adorable if ...more
Patricia Nelson
Mar 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVED this fantastic, grab-you-by-the-feels, poignant, sexy, delightful, amazing, fresh, unconventional, completely unexpected, and totally awesome twist on the classic Romeo and Juliet storyline. It had me hooked from beginning to end, and I would recommend getting this marvelous gem for yourself.
Aug 02, 2021 rated it liked it

**3.5 Stars**

In the end this was fun. I had a few issues along the way but it was definitely entertaining.

-- Fantasy -- elves -- soulmates -- finding out you're more than you think -- dysfunctional family -- family feud -- some really sweet moments -- made me laugh -- likeable MCs... Roman & Jude -- LOVED Royal (what a sweetheart) -- part of a multi author series -- works as a stand-alone -- would love to see more
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing

What do you get when you combine Shakespeare, Supernatural and elves? Magical awesomeness, unbelievable action and a royal surprise! I loved the history in this book, the world-building and most of all Jude and Roman. “The moment I walked into the Waterfront, he was all I could see, like a ray of light illuminating the darkest parts of my soul.” Swoon, these two crafted their way into my heart and soul. Despite their horrible families, and I mean truly horrific, Roman and Jude clawed th
Mar 09, 2021 rated it did not like it
This book was outrageously ridiculous.
Mar 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Ok. I have my favorite in this story and he has more class in his big finger, than all these elf families who needs someone to shove a boot up their butts. So many lies and secrets kept in order to keep things a certain way and causing rifts where none should be. Made me want to smack them all.
And my favorite in this story, I can’t tell you about. You have to read and find out, but when you ‘meet’ him, you will know what I mean.
Jude, was the other one I absolutely loved. Growing up in orphanag
Mar 22, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: rommance
I wanted to like it. But the feud and flat characters for in the way.

It's enemies to lovers expect... they're not actually enemies at any point. Monster hunting... with a twist. Not a bad one but still not quite the highlight. And a Romeo and Juliet plot. That made me almost quit the books. Maybe should have, so I would not have to complain about it here...

Basically, my main problem was with that whole forbidden love trope. Both because it seemed way too easy to ignore it and because it seemed i
Julie Underhill
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Elven Duty by Rhys Lawless is an M/M Romeo and Juliet type urban fantasy. Jude grew up in foster homes not knowing who he was or where he came from but he had pointed ears and other enhanced attributes that he had to keep hidden away. His grandmother, Agatha Cohen, finds him and tells him he is an elf which has him reeling. He goes with her to Hamlet Cove where he meets Roman Meyers who is also an elf. He sees monsters who have escaped from other dimensions and learns that a Cohen and a Meyers h ...more
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Jude has never heard of magic, monsters, or elves before until a woman shows up claiming to be his grandmother. She introduces him to a whole new existence and family he didn’t know he had. And a whole new set of obligations and “enemies.” Roman has grown up knowing his duty, but part of him wishes to get away from the confines of what his family expect him to be. Together these two are supposed to be a team but they are also supposed to be mortal enemies. But Jude knows that they have the poten ...more
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What do you get when Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet and the T.V. Show Grimm have a literary baby? Rhy Lawless’ Elven Duty. This is a standalone story in the Magic Emporium Series that centers around Roman Meyers and Jude Cohen - star crossed lovers, and fated soulmates whose family’s are sworn enemies. This is a fantastic story! Roman has been living with his Family Legacy over his head his whole life, with the expectations slowly choking the life out of him. Jude didn’t even know he had a family, ...more
Reading to Stay Awake
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Old Billy Shakespeare appears to have influenced Mr Lawless in his writing of this amazing book. Fantasy/PNR is not my usual genre but I really enjoyed this standalone (within a series) book about opposing Elf families forced to work together, but not 'play' together. It's been the same for years but with new old blood coming into the fold, how long can it continue??

Rhys Lawless has created a fantasy world through obvious planning and research, the story line is well thought out with excellent m
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is another book in the Magic Emporium series, each book is a stand alone where a Magic shop appears anywhere when someone is in need....I like the concept of this serie and Elven Duty is a great addition. The world building is interesting and I love the MC’s.
The story between Jude and Roman is fill with Magic and monsters, their legacy and duty make these two come together to keep the world safe from monsters. They supposed to hate each other but they find themselves inexplicably drawn to
Juniper Greer-Ashe
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Jude codes video games for a living. He has a cheating (now-ex) boyfriend and a terrible (now-ex) boss. He also has lightning-fast reflexes, pointed ears, violet eyes, and no idea who his parents are-- but other than that, he’s a pretty normal guy. Until a long lost relative shows up and takes him to a weird family mansion in an oddly intense tiny town. And it turns out he’s an elf from a lineage of monster hunters. And that guy he hooked up with when he first got to town? The scion of a rival e ...more
Amanda D
Mar 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Not your average Romeo and Juliet storyline

First off let me say I am so glad this isn’t the last we see of Jude and Roman. I know that’s a little backwards but please understand I jumped for joy when I saw that there would be more.

Now to this one. I am always curious how multi-author series work when there is a common element. In this series, the Magic Emporium appears and plays a main part in helping the hero’s fulfill their destinies by gifting them with an object. These objects will have no
Amy Stauffer
The Troll I Didn’t Know I needed...

Oh my gosh. I knew Rhys can write an enjoyable book, as I’ve read his books before. However, this one...this one is special. Hello!?!? They made a troll! That scene had me covering my snort filled laughter, so I wouldn’t wake anyone up. Priceless. You guys need to read this book for that entire scene, alone. The rest of the book is a bonus.

This story practically reads itself, as it will draw you in from the start. It’s witty and there’s so much sass! I love a
Feb 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s
This is the second book I have read in the Marden’s Magical Emporium series. I really enjoyed this Romeo and Julietesque premise, but with two male MC’s. This story has an eleven legacy, monster hunters and fated mates. Roman has known his family legacy his whole life, but has always had to hide his true self as a gay man. Jude has never known he was anything other than human, although he had extra abilities he had to hide all his life. When his life blows up b/t a crappy job and a cheating ex h ...more
Mari  Cardenas
5+ Monster-Hunting Stars!!!

I absolutely loved Jude, he was quirky, fearless, and full of sass. I loved that he stood up to Roman's family from the start and how he talked back to them. LOL I really liked Roman, too, especially once he decided to fight for Jude and Royal. Their love and chemistry transcended the pages and I loved them together. 

I loved Royal, who had to be the most adorable trolls ever. I also liked Aggie, Jude's grandma, and Issa. I could've done without all of Roman's family an
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Rhys Everly-Lawless is a hopeless romantic who loves happily-ever-afters.
Which would explain why he loves writing them.

When he's not passionately typing out his next book, you can find him cuddling his dog, feeding his husband, or taking long walks letting those plot bunnies breed ferociously in his head.

He writes contemporary gay romances as Rhys Everly and LGBTQ+ urban fantasy and paranormal rom

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