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Even if dealing with fairies and demons, The Care and Feeding of Sex Demons wasn't a typical paranormal romance, but a classic urban fantasy: the "menages" between human Cy, fae Patrick and sex demon August was a whirlwind of events, sometime so crazy packed that was almost difficult to understand what was happening; an example? when Cy is "feeding" August, for what I know of sex demon, that means they are having sex, but I had to read two times that scene and still am not sure they were having sex... it was more an impression that a detailed description, so if you are expecting to buy this novel for the hot sex... well maybe you have to change your expectation. But if you are searching for a crazy urban fantasy, with IKEA and McDonalds throw in the middle of it, humor and satira, well, then, this is your book.

I'm pretty sure this is part of a series, and indeed the whole book was like "viewing" an episode of a modern television fiction, those snarcky, but clever series that are the hit of the moment. I'm not really a fan of fantasy, or urban fantasy, but I'm a fan of complex characters, and all three of them, Cy, Patrick and August are the best example of multilayered characters.

Publisher: Loose Id LLC (January 13, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: The Care and Feeding of Sex Demons

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The first (Toni Griffin - Archie's Accidental Kidnapping) and the second story (Angel Martinez - Hell For The Company), while different in setting, had similarities in the mood and the theme: Toni Griffin imagines shapeshifter hounds from Hell on the hunt for half-Angels going wild; during one of these quests, Adze finds his mate, not it's only a question of convincing the cute boy he isn't as bad as he looks. Archie may be only a human, but he is clever and funny, and with a wicked streak that well fit with Adze. Angel Martinez chooses a sci-fi setting, imagining a far away future in the aftermath of a war between Angels and Demons. Shax is a demon, but he is not evil, as Ness will discover: a lost Angels, Ness will be nurtured back to health by Shax, and for that Ness will be forever grateful, but that is not the reason why he falls for Shax, Shax is the life and the love Ness has always desired. In both stories there is the connections with Demons and Angels, but other than that, there is also the approach to Demons, considering them more like overgrown kids who like to play more than make war. Funny and light, both stories were right to have you smile.

Totally different mood for Freddy Mackay - Internment, a bittersweet tale about love lost, found, lost and found again; Tadashi is a kitsune, a Japanese demon with the gift to change into a fox. The gift is also a burden, when Tadashi, still grieving the loss of his lover, will search his vengeance. Berg is the local vet, used to visit the shrine of Tadashi's family on the mountain when he was a kid; he had also a crush on Tadashi at the time, but as a little kid he didn't understand his feelings, and when he meets Tadashi again as an adult, he is married and with a child coming soon. Theirs seems to be a doomed love. Being this a romance, there will be a uplifting ending, but not without the two men deeply suffering for it.

Internment stood aside from the other two stories both for the length than the mood. But in any case, longer or shorter, all three stories are good, and I enjoyed this anthology quite a lot.

Series: Mischief Corner Anthologies
Paperback: 290 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; First edition (August 29, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1495282376
ISBN-13: 978-1495282379
Amazon: The Horns & Halos Collection (Mischief Corner Anthologies) (Volume 2)
Amazon Kindle: The Horns & Halos Collection (Mischief Corner Anthologies) (Volume 2)



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The BDSM fantasy novel with an Angels/Demons setting is quite common, I think there is probably some fandom out there I’m not aware of, but it’s producing quite a few of these romances. Here the author tried to be more original, and instead of reusing the ordinary characters of Lucifer and his companions, she basically created a parallel universe, mixing I believe Christian myths with those of the Ancient Greece, Zeus and co.

So here we have Legion, the Dark Prince, who reigns over 9 realms, he occupied after fighting over the evil ruler Magda (they seem to be linked to the Hell or the realm of Hade); he is second son of Dante, the Celestial King, who upon dying left the real to Adoni, Legion’s older brother who is now reigning over 20 realms. Legion and Adoni don’t really go well along but they barely tolerate each other for the love of their mother Inanna. Dante’s former, and true love, was Nico, who was banished to the realm of the human beings, even if he is immortal, and he is now living as a sexual slave to a warlock. Nico summons Legion, not knowing he is the son of his former lover.

Another nice aspect of the story was the dark humor, the author managed a mood in the story that was a mix of dark fantasy and comedy, not easy to balance together, but I think she did a good job. Even if most of the events were quite dramatic and bloody, there was always the light mood that dissolved the whole.

What was probably a little too much for me, but that is my personal taste, is when the BDSM play bordered almost into torture, I still don’t understand the appeal of pain mixed with pleasure, especially when it’s detached from love, like in the case of Nico with his master.

Amazon Kindle: Legion
Publisher: MLR Press

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This is a Bittersweet Dreams title, so I knew that a not traditional happy ending was to be expected, plus the blurb was easy to decipher. So I concentrated more on the development of the story than on the ending, and I found myself enjoying very much the relationship of Alen with his mother, so much that, in the end, I was almost in tears.

The life of Alen is not easy or idyllic, but he does everything he has to do since he deeply loves his mother; but Alen has never felt as he belongs to the village he was born or among the people who always looked at him like a strange creature. Maybe that is the reason why he searched for solace in something else, and the only thing he has in his poor life is the fire in the heart of the cottage. Alen more than once convinced himself someone is in it, he saw a face, and that burning eyes were calling him.

That is the reason why, when he is condemned to the pyre, he doesn’t fear it, on the contrary, he sees it like a way to his freedom.

In the end, Burnt Offerings has an happy ending, only that it’s not traditional, the bittersweet is more for Alen’s mother, but she is like all mothers should be, glad for the happiness her son found.

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Amazon Kindle: Burnt Offerings
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (October 25, 2011)

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I did wonder why the author chose to set her story in an alternative world, since, as far as historical details go, this novel is 100% an accurate early XIX century America setting. At first, knowing it was a fantasy, I was expecting for some steampunk element to make its appearance, but nope, the setting remained true to its chosen period. Nevertheless, this is a fantasy/horror romance, and so there are paranormal elements, but the feeling was more of some gothic horror novel of the same period of the chosen setting, like the author wanted to maintain “coherence” even when introducing the paranormal twist.

I liked both characters, they seemed destined from the beginning to become one of those notorious pairs, like Sherlock and Holmes to give you the idea. Professor Percival Whyborne, who knows 13 language and is an expert of Ancient Egypt, but has never left his New England small town of Widdershins, is for sure the perfect epitome of someone who will become the skilled detective; on the other hand ex-Pinkerton Griffin Flaherty would be perfect on the role of the cynic man of world, who has seen too much and too soon, but instead the author managed to make him a brooding character, with shadows in his past, but still able to feel and love, to be tender and to almost vow Percival out of his shell.

Aside from the characters what makes this novel good was also the setting, the fantastical city of Widdershins, perfect gothic setting for the novel, but also alive in a way that made me want to do some research to understand if it was really all from the imagination of the author; it felt so true and well planned that I did wonder if the author took inspiration from an existing New England town.

Just this month, the second installment in the series is out, and I’m sure this will become a favorite appointment with the historical/paranormal romance lovers.

Amazon: Widdershins (Whyborne & Griffin) (Volume 1)
Amazon Kindle: Widdershins (Whyborne & Griffin) (Volume 1)
Paperback: 226 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 15, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1482528150
ISBN-13: 978-1482528152

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Vampires, Demons, Angels, Fae people, same old same old you would say, and instead nothing was as expected. The author took the usual characters of paranormal/fantasy romance and intertwined it in a story that was a mix of romance and horror, gothic in a modern setting. The strange mix was also aided by the choice of location, a cruise ship in the middle of the ocean, that helped the gothic feeling due to the “being trapped” situation but at the same time was big and modern enough to dispel the haunting and dark. BTW I have the feeling the author did know about cruises since the little details she used were quite right, at least according to my experience.

Silas is a fae with a mission; he is using a glamour to mix among the other passengers, but Rhys seems able to see beyond it; to Rhys, Silas appears with an otherworldly beauty, that is actually his real looks. But also to Silas, Rhys appears “different”, and not only since he is young and cute. There is a mystery in Rhys’s past and apparently Silas has the right answers.

The novel was starting in an “ordinary” way, two men meeting by chance, passions flaring between them, good sex and all; the fact one was a fae, wasn’t particularly exceptional, considering this is a fantasy romance. So yes, I was thinking, good story, nothing out of ordinary. And then the real danger arrives, and more than paranormal is horror, vampires eating human flesh, not only drinking blood; and Silas, the fae, wasn’t cute and pretty, he was dangerous, armed with a sword, and when wounded, he was almost pathetic, gaunt and feral. The author took elements that usually convey beautiful imaginary, and turned them into horrific details, with a mastery that is almost unsettling.

Close Quarter was a surprise and a very good debut novel.

http://www.loose-id.com/close-quarter.html

Amazon Kindle: Close Quarter
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (November 13, 2012)

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This is the first book I read by this author, but even if I’m not sure, I suppose this is not a debut novel. The story is too polished, and the hand too expert for this to be a tryout, I really had the feeling I was reading the product of a skilled author. I have to be true, ghosts and zombies are not really my thing, and I was not really sure I wanted to continue reading it when I realized where the story was going, but the characters got me, and I couldn’t leave without knowing what was of them.

Goth-beauty Leif and farm-boy Dan were apparently a stereotype, and I was already imagining them playing by the “rules”, emo-style and all; but that is not what happened, and actually the author spent a great deal of time to build their relationship, giving time to them and to the reader to be really sure what was happening wasn’t something fading away in few hours of passions. The romance part of the story was well plotted as it was the paranormal-horror.

It’s not the first time I read about this type of horror, but I tend to not like it too much for the gruesome details; in Hainted, the author managed to have all the horror and tension with less “splatter”. I don’t know, it’s not easy to explain, but it was like she was more contained, less searching for the exploitation, but maintaining all the scariness anyway. Sure Hainted is not for the fainting reader, but nevertheless it can be within the range of who doesn’t mind a little bit of horror if the romance is good.

My compliments to Jordan L. Hawk to manage a self-published book which had all the feeling of a consummate author’s novel.

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If I had to be true, I didn’t like so much Eduardo the first time we met; a straight man who is “forced” to have sex with men since all women on earth are dead, he really is not treating them well, actually he is a real bastard and in the position of Lincoln I would have not given him the time of a day. But, first Lincoln didn’t see how Eduardo was before, and due to his resemblance with Eduardo’s dead wife, Lincoln receives a way better treatment than all the other men.

The author doesn’t explain who Eduardo and Lincoln are before embarking on that ship that is basically leading to hell; maybe since it was not important, the world is falling apart, and doesn’t really matter who you were or what you did. We can only understand that Eduardo is straight and very wealthy, and Lincoln is somewhat “innocent”, believing in love at first sight and all. When Lincoln sees Eduardo, he recognizes the love of his life and in that situation it’s not important to establish if Eduardo is a good or bad man; in a situation where there is no hope for a future, what really matter is to enjoy the moment.

This is a very hard to “digest” horror, so if you are faint of heart, be careful before picking it up. The relationship between Eduardo and Lincoln is very physical, founded on sex and instinct. That is something that I had already the chance to notice in other novels where the main character is a straight man having a gay relationship, like he had to justify his relationship with another man with only a physical reason, emotions are not part of the equation.

Amazon Kindle: Sparks Fly
Publisher: Etopia Press (August 4, 2011)

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With Hell’s Pawn, Jay Bell managed to have me up until the small hours of night since I didn’t want to close this book without knowing what was happening. And despite the theme of the story (Purgatory, Hell and Heaven), it was not at all scaring, so it was not a night with the scared in bed looking for the strange shadows in my room, but more an amused reader who was trying to understand where the author was headed.

First of all, I knew John Grey, the main character, was gay (he makes a comment right at the beginning of the story that let the reader know), but until ¼ of the book I did wonder if there would have been a love interest for him, since Dante, my most likely candidate, was clear was not the one. Second, again John is gay, but I really, really loved that Jay Bell didn’t stress this as the main reason for his quest through Purgatory, Hell and Heaven; on the contrary, the event that John is gay is almost insignificant, for his character and for the mission he has to accomplish he could have been gay, straight, lesbian, transgender, bisexual… whoever he wants, since sexuality was not the engine behind everything. By the way, if you were wondering, John being gay is not the reason why he is in Purgatory and not in Heaven.

When John arrives in Purgatory he finds an aseptic place, a temporary stop for people to redeem from their sins and go in Heaven or to fail on the mission and go down in Hell. The task seems easy enough, but the strange thing is that this Purgatory is overcrowded, by the way from people from every time and religion, and they all seem without “motivation”. More than the horror of living in Purgatory, John is pushed into action by the boredom, by the nightmare of not having stimulation for more than 1 week. At first, let be true, John is not exactly an hero, and I was wondering why he was the chosen one, why he was more suited to the task than Dante, a thief from the ‘80s or Jacobi, an heretic from the XVI century.

Dante and John manage to escape Purgatory and go to Hell (pun intended); the fact that Hell is way better than Purgatory and not so scaring at all was a nice surprise. John was always waiting for the downside of the place, but there is no one; on the contrary, here he meets Rimmon, an handsome incubus who joins Dante and John on their quest. Maybe the only downside is that, while Rimmon is not against the idea of having sex with John (he is an incubus after all), he is already in love with an angelic beauty, someone with whom John cannot compare.

Dante, John and Rimmon start a simil-Divina Commedia-journey, but in modern term, and so, other than the “catholic” afterlife places, they visit all the other religion, from the beginning of the existence of men on earth to today. They are more lucky than Dante Alighieri, their adventures are less scaring, and more or less, no one of the souls they meet are in pain, or suffering, apparently everyone is happy in their afterlife.

I think I understood the metaphor of this story, it’s not religion wronging people, it’s the rigid structure people built around religion; if you manage to get free of all the “tinsels” and go to the core of it, then you are good and safe.

Amazon: Hell's Pawn
Amazon Kindle: Hell's Pawn
Paperback: 276 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (July 27, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1463513461
ISBN-13: 978-1463513467



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This is book 4 in the series and I have to admit I skipped book 2 and 3, but simply since there are too many book out there to read. This series is a mix of paranormal or comedy, even if dealing with demons and hunters, it has a light tone, mostly due to the “cute” behaviours of the “hearts”. An heart is the mate of a warder, a warder is someone who protects human from demons. A warder is gay and his heart is everything to him, lover, friend, housekeeper and counsellor, so you can understand to task is not easy at all. Jackson’s heart, Frank, thought the same and decided he was no more up to the task and to make it clear to his partner he cheated on him. Jackson didn’t take the betrayal so well, actually I think he was more upset by it than by the consequence of losing his heart. He is now wandering the streets with a brooding attitude and maybe he is a little too careless. Until the day he meets the demon hunter Raphael.

Raphael is not human, and he is a step up above a demon but not really much. Jackson decides that having a relationship with him it would the right punishment for his faults (he is in that stage when he thinks he is the one to blame for everything), and in a way this is a great offense for Raphael. Raphael is basically a good guy, and he is really in love with Jackson, but he also understand that Jackson is not ready to love again so soon. So he decides to play the bad guy for Jackson, someone Jackson can use without having second thoughts. But in the long, Raphael too will get tired of this game, since the only thing he wants is to build a real home with his lover.

I quite enjoyed this romance, I found nice the touch of funny moments intermixed with the adventure, even if, truth be told, the threats were never really so dangerous to make me worry for the heroes. And maybe I have a little complain, I think Jackson spent a little too much time, almost half the book, mourning for his bad fate (since really, I don’t think he was really mourning for the loss of Frank), instead of opening his eyes and realizing he had a good substitute, actually a better one, right there, ready for him. So when he accepts Raphael in his life, the story is almost at the end, and we had little time to enjoy them as a couple.

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Amazon Kindle: Sinnerman (The Warder Series)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 16, 2011)

Series: The Warder
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2) Tooth & Nail
3) Heart in Hand
4) Sinnerman

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This was quite an interesting fantasy novel mixing pain with pleasure but above all giving to a Dom/sub relationship is true and original meaning, that is no only that of being a sex game.

Verity Lysimachus Severi Sephandus Fen of the House of Fen has probably a name longer than his age; even if for the current standard he is not so young (around 25 years old), he is still what you can identify to a post-graduate student in a fantasy Veiled University. As one of the older students he has some rights, like they were not enough those his spoiled self already were claiming, and so he is assigned a servant, Iskander. Even if younger than Verity, Iskander has a dignity, and a self-consciousness, that make him appear older and for sure savvier. Iskander has that dignity that sometime you see in Asian people, even when they are forced by economic conditions to accept job under their status, nevertheless they perform the task with accuracy and perfection. Iskander is so perfect that Verity almost forgets he is around and so Verity goes back to his bratty attitude, hopping up and down the bed of almost strangers, all linked together by the characteristic of being young and pretty, and so easily conditioned by Verity who leads them around like lap-pet.

One night Iskander, who has never questioned his Master’s behaviour, decides to teach him a lesson: in a way, Iskander is doing his job again at perfection, his duty is to take care of Verity and to make him perfect as well, and teaching Verity a lesson is the best way to straighten up the romp student. Iskander was taught since he was young how to deal with servants and similar and so he mixes this skill with sex: bondage, flogging, gagging are all good methods, and by the way, it’s not that Verity is complaining so much.

But one thing is to enjoy the sex in the privacy of their bedroom and another thing is to admit to strangers that he is having sex with a servant; and so Verity gets distracted, or maybe search distraction in the arms of Liulfr. In Verity’s eyes this is not a betrayal since, first he is not yet arrived to admit that he has a relationship with Iskander, and second, he is still convinced that he is the Master, and since he cannot perform his masterly duty on Iskander, then he has to find another willing recipient.

I like that, even with being an heavily fantasy setting, the story was not too much out of the ordinary to not allow the reader to identify with the world setting. Sometime, especially in the first part of the story, I was so focused on the blossoming relationship between Iskander and Verity that I almost forgot this was a fantasy, it could have been well a college romance set in a maybe ’40 or ’50 of the XX century European University. Then the second part of the story out-tracks a bit, or better the fantasy side comes out strongly than before; again nothing too much, but definitely clearly fantasy.

http://www.circlet.com/?p=1597

Amazon Kindle: The Lord of Misrule
Publisher: Circlet Press, Inc. (September 14, 2010)

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In a fantasy world where being a concubine is not the best expectation for your future, but it’s not even a dishonorable end, Kael, youngest son of the prince of Korai, is given as a pawn to the brother of the King of Zandria, the warlord Taren.

Now if you expect the usual Master and slave story, with Kael being a little and pretty man and Taren the strong and rude warrior who will master him, then you are prime for a surprise. The first description you have of Taren is “The warlord was half a hand span below average in height and lacked the heavy muscles of a man used to swinging a broadsword”, so not exactly an intimidating character; moreover later in the novel the reader will receive other details that will help him to imagine Taren as the pretty man you were expecting to be Kael.

And Kael? He is the captain of the roya guard, he is skilled with the sword and an expert in tactics, but sincerely, from here and there, I had of him an idea of a man who was not happy with his role, who would have preferred to be a scholar, to work more with his mind than his body, and above all, he seemed to me a bit too much fussy; indead he was perfect for the role of a princeling, because it was clear that he was used to be served, even if he had a coscience that sometime made him wonder if it was right for him to be so privileged. But the thought was passing and soon forgotten.

Another point that allowed Kael to be able to adapt to the turn from warrior to concubine, is that he had already had gay “curiosity”; in the society in where Kael was living, homosexuality is not illegal but neither fully accepted, gay men are still ostracized even if they were not forbidden to follow their feelings. But for a princeling, for a warrior, it was not allowed, he has responsibilities and duties; responsabilities and duties that his father conveniently forgets when he decides to “gift” Kael as a concubine to a man, well knowing his fate.

In a way I think Kael was grateful for the escape he was given: he can now fully explore man to man sex with the solace that he is “obliged” that is not really his choice; more he is doing the “honorable” thing, obeying his father’s command. It was quite funny when they tried to “rescue” him, and he was like “let me go, let me go, I have to sacrifice myself… having satisfying sex with my captor!”

And with that I introduced the sex factor: the story is very much centered on the debauching of Kael (that as I said is not so much against the idea); more than a warrior society, Kael seems to have moved in a free sex community; no one is questioning his role as concubine, the only problem they have, apparently, is that he is enjoying too much being one, and in his enthusiasm, he is making look bad the real “professionals” of the concubine guild.

Concubine is more light than what I was expecting, as usual I have always the feeling that the fantasy setting has to be for an “heavy” story, but this is not the case.

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I think that, for the first time, instead of speaking of the main characters, I will speak of their enemies… I have the feeling that Mychael Black changed his mind in the middle of writing this novella, or maybe, as often is, the villains were more interesting than the good people.

Jesse and Gabriel met in the prequel of this book, the story of Jason and Julian; even if it seems a contradiction in terms, Jason and Julian’s story is an “ordinary” one, an almost classic vampire story, where the cute and young man, Jason, falls in love for the fascinating ancient vampire, Julian. Jesse is Jason’s friend, and when Julian needed help, Gabriel, Julian’s sire, came to help. It was quite clear that there was something between Jesse and Gabriel, and so it was natural that the next story was their own. But already from the classification, as Spirits of Abaddon book 1, we understand that something changed, this is not a sequel of the Blood & Fire series, and this is an entirely new one. And so, we discover that Gabriel is not exactly a vampire, and that he has great enemies, and one of them, Lazarus, has even the help of Gabriel’s renegade brother, Semoriel.

Lazarus and Semoriel are the villains, but as I said, I had the feeling that Mychael Black liked them better than Jesse and Gabriel. Little by little Lazarus steals the scene to Gabriel, and even if Jesse is a good guy, Semoriel is for sure a more interesting bad guy. They are the bad guys, but the reader finds himself cheering for them, and a clear sign that the author is on the same line is that, the last scene is devoted to them.

Spirits of Abaddon shifts the series from a paranormal environment to a demons and ancient legends one, something the author well know. It’s different from what the reader was expecting, especially if he read the previous two books, but it’s probably more fascinating like that.

http://www.changelingpress.com/product.php?&upt=book&ubid=1294

Series: Blood & Fire
1) Blood & Fire: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/649436.html
2) Blood Curse: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/833419.html
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The novella is quite nice, a mix of western yaoi and romance, even if the yaoi component is not so strong to maybe discourage the M/M readers who are not fan of that type of novels.

Drew is a renegade werewolf, he was kicked out of his pack at 28 years old when he finally decided to come out from the closet. Drew is not an old fashioned shapeshifter, he is an website developer and so he has no problem at all to pack his things and move to an isolated cabin near a small town. And so he jumps on his bike and heads toward a new life. On the trail, he stops to do a "change" stop, means that he needs to shift, and he stumbles upon a strange creature, a young boy with silverly skin and two little black wings like a bat. The boy is frightened and shocked, and Drew decides to help him: astride Drew's bike, with Drew's leather jacket covering the bat-boy's wings, they ride toward the sunset.

Ciaran is an half-fairy half-demon who was summoned on earth. Till that moment he lived a secluded life on Fairy Land, his grandfather raised him only since he had not the courage to kill him as an infant. Ciaran's mother, a fairy, was kidnapped by a demon, and Ciaran is the result of that dramatic event. He is a shame for his fairy relatives, and when he is summoned on earth, the men who did it wanted to treat him like a slave. So Ciaran is quite skittish, and when he meets Drew he is all big black eyes blurry and frightened.

Drew and Ciaran start a cohabitation in Drew's little cabin that is almost a marriage: Drew works at home to gain the bread, and Ciaran cooks and cleans, and during his free time, rides a bicycle up and down the hill (see where I see a bit of yaoi influence, other than in the big black eyes?). Even if Drew is gay and attracted by Ciaran, he doesn't do nothing to frighten more the boy, and Ciaran, not used to human or fairy contact, his totally unaware that there can be more between two men than sharing house and meal... at least till the moment he doesn't see a soap opera on television and he starts to wonder.

All in all the novella is a sweet romance, with barely a kiss and something more at the very end of the book. But it's nice and tender, and I like the hybrid that is Ciaran, even if the demon's side of him shows only in his wings, there is nothing of demoniac in him other than that.

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Starting this book I was expecting a quite dark and gothic story, and instead the overall mood of this one is light and almost funny.

Ryzelmei, Ryzel, is an incubus. He is not a lesser demon like all the incubi, he is the son of Asmodai, and so he has some powers more than usual. In his life out of hell, this turns into him being a very wealthy man, with some thriving nighclubs and poshy hotels, that allow him to live in a comfortable way with only one pursue, find a good meal twice a day. Obviously a meal for an incubus means sex, but Ryzel, in his human form, is a very handsome man, a bit on the pale side, with waist long black hair, so it's not a problem to find willing partners. And lately Ryzel has also stopped to feed to death from his partners, and so his meal leaves him with only a faint recollection of a nice experience.

Then Quinlin, Quin, stumbles upon one of those nice experiences; Quin is blind but he has a gift, he can see auras, and so what he "sees" his a stronger aura that is encompassing a weaker one. He obviously interferes, and knocks out Ryzel with his cane. He doesn't do serious damage to the incubus, but enough to get notice. To Ryzel, Quin appears like a succulent meal and something more; to the incubus eyes, Quin is stunning and beautiful, to everyone else eyes he is quite average... what is between Ryzel and Quin that pulls them together and bonded them in a way Ryzel has never felt before?

I like Quin's character since, even if blind, he is not at all a weak or dependent man. Usually when you have a disability, you develop some other skill, and Quin develops his strong will. He is a pissy bastard! He is not friendly, he is quite brisk and he likes things done as he wants. He is not one to indulge or mourning, and he is also open enough to recognize his body desires; after meeting Ryzel, he can't deny that his body wants the man, and this doesn't change not even when he discovers that Ryzel is an incubus. It's not quite a problem for Quin, his grandmother, a seer, foretold everything and took the right measures to ensure an happily ever after for her grandson.

I believe there are some yaoi influence in the story, but they are not so strong or strict... Quin is obviously a top from the bottom, he is always feisty and talkative during sex, always giving orders even when he is on the receiving end. He doesn't like to be ordered around probably since he developed an independent core to make up to his blindness, and that attitude is brought on also during sex. Quin is also an hyperactive man, he is always in motion, or doing something, laziness is not a word in his vocabulary... for example, everytime they have sex, Quin is always the first to wake up, and more time than not, Ryzel doesn't find him in bed afterward.

On the other hand, Ryzel, as a demon and powerful man, should be the top in the relationship, but he never fulfils the general expectation. In life he is caught in the middle between feisty Quin on one side, and his powerful father on the other; during sex he always plans great things in his mind, things to do to Quin, and always ends following Quin's wishes... poor Ryzel would be a really frustrated demon, if not for the simple reason that he is a "sex" demon... sex is joyful and playful, and so Ryzel is like that, a man who enjoys the moment, who is able to savor the little things of life, who is willing to try and compromise if the prize of all of that is being good.

All in all Blind Desire showed to be a very nice, light and enjoyable story, with some a real funny core... and I believe the author has something in mind for Haskell, Quin's friend with benefits, and an horse... something I wouldn't mind to read.

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"Famous for the notorious witch trials of 1692, the small seaport town of Salem, Massachusetts had been trying to smudge out the horrible image of murder and injustice for centuries. In a complete turnaround, the town had begun welcoming anyone who was a self-proclaimed witch, and by the early 21st century, one in four Salem residents claimed either to be a witch or to know one."

It seems an idilliac situation, isn't it? A place where everyone would be glad to come, if he is interested on the paranormal side of life. And so it's not strange that Cash Rowan, ghost and demon hunter, chooses Salem as his final point for the Halloween night. But Cash is searching a specific demon, and maybe this time he is lucky. Jace is the owner of the Demon Tailz, a upper-class night club, and he welcomes Cash at open arms... the reader is expecting a hot night but it is not what he will have.

Cash is not searching for sex, and Jace has that side of his life covered since he is in a relationship with his twin brother Konnor. To know what it will happen, you need to read the story, since if I tell you more, I for sure will spoil it, it's only 25 pages long. But despite being so short, the story is really really nice.... well maybe nice is not exactly the right word: it's a mix of splatter and comic, love and sex, Ghost (the movie) meets "The Night of Living Dead" or something similar... I didn't know if I should feel horror or smile or be a sappy romantic.

There are at least three unexpected events: when Cash reveals his real purpose, when Jace helps him, and when Konnor comes back home. All of them gave me a feeling of surprise and a need to re-read the scene to be sure to understand well what it was happening... and since it's, as I said, a 25 pages long story, I believe it's quite an achievement. Can't wait to read the following chapters in a series that I believe will be a favorite of mine.

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