Book: Faery Reel
Author: Arielle Pierce
Genre: Paranormal Gay Romance
Publisher: Self-published (Part of the “Don’t Read in the Closet” event from the mmromance group on Goodreads.com)
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
This story felt authentic, which makes sense when I read that Arielle has lived in Wales. I really liked the main character’s voice, which was a combination of snark and dispirited hopefulness, especially when it comes to his love life. Osian encounters a member of the Sidhe (Fae) while visiting Ireland and badmouthing their folk music. While Conall might succeed at physically seducing Osian, it takes quite a bit more before he’s willing to let his heart open up.
This was a novella and it ran through the story in a fairly quick and straightforward way, but the voice and the attention to detail is why I give this story four stars. Plus I like that the Fae were slightly dangerous and that there was a feeling of danger in whether or not to succumb to their charms.
Title: Land of Night
Series: Scarlet and the White Wolf (3)
Author: Kirby Crow
Genre: M/M Fantasy
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars!!
I really loved how this series turned out, and this was a completely satisfying conclusion. I don’t give out five stars lightly, but this book hit all the great plot and world building elements of fantasy, as well as the gay romance points. Bravo!!
There were also a few unexpected twists in this last book that readers of fantasy writers like Anne McCaffery and Ursula LeGuin would appreciate. I love how Crow deals with the different cultures in the book, and how they all regard each other, how legends and history can combine into a rich tapestry. The emotions ran high in this book as well, pulling the reader to find out what happened next. It’s a bit of a roller coaster ride.
There are lies between Scarlet and Liall which threaten to tear them apart, but there is also a steadfast love holding them together. The push and pull between them is what I think really works in this book. Definitely read the series in order.