N.R. Walker, Total-E-Bound Publishing

“Elements of Retrofit” Is A Book To Fit Into Your Reading List Soon



“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” ― Mark Twain



In N.R. Walker’s Elements of Retrofit, age actually is the matter, or at least Thomas Elkin would like to make it matter when he’s reintroduced to his son’s friend, Cooper Jones—a now very grown up Cooper Jones. At half Tom’s age, Cooper isn’t exactly someone Tom should be giving a second look at, let alone a second thought to, but as we all know, the right thing to do isn’t always the easy thing to do, especially when the wrong thing to do is to fool oneself into believing that ignoring something will make it magically disappear. That’s what Tom tries to do. It doesn’t work.
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N.R. Walker, Total-E-Bound Publishing

There’s No Turning Back Once You’ve Reached “The Point of No Return”



“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” ― Albert Camus



Sometimes perspective is a concept that can only be gained after a situation becomes so desperate that it leaves you standing on the fringes of your own life looking at yourself, at how you’ve lived and at what you’d always considered important up to that point, then realizing that nothing, nothing has ever mattered as much to you as the one person who defines what it means to truly live and makes you see that you’ve only been existing in a half-life sort of way.

Matthew Elliott is a cop with the LAPD, the public face of a team dubbed the Fab Four by the media, owing to their success at shutting down drug rings throughout the city and putting the criminals behind bars. The three other men who make up the team—Mitch, Tony and Kurt—are more like brothers than co-workers, more like family to Matt than simply people he goes out and risks his life with on a near daily basis. They know everything there is to know about each other but for one crucial secret about Matt—that he’s gay.

Matt’s ten years on the force haven’t given him much reason to believe that coming out would be a strategic move either personally or professionally, so he’s lingered in the closet, allowing the other happily attached men to believe he’s playing the field with a different woman every chance he gets. It works for him to a point, has worked for a decade, and would have continued working were if not for Kira Takeo Franco—Frankie, to his boss—who is a new trainer at the gym where Matt and the guys belong. When Kira and Matt begin dating on the down-low, when they fall in love with each other, when Kira becomes a pawn in a deadly game being played by a sadistic drug lord, Matt learns what it means to lie by omission, and learns that sometimes those sorts of lies can be every bit as damaging as the ones we say aloud.

Point of No Return is more romance than police procedural, up until the point it becomes a tension filled race against time in a situation that shockingly outs Matt to his brothers in the very midst of a strategic bid to out-think a madman. It’s a deadly situation that calls for these men to band together right at the point where Matt’s secret could tear them apart. But it’s Kira himself who becomes the hero and unwittingly bonds them all together to save the lives of the people they love.

N.R. Walker has delivered a briskly pace and smoothly narrated story that, at times, had me longing to turn the pages faster than I could read the words because I couldn’t wait to see what happened next. My only small niggle were a couple of non-Americanisms that took me out of the story for just a tick, but that certainly didn’t influence my overall enjoyment of this book.

Reviewed by: Lisa

You can buy Point of No Return here:

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S.A. McAuley, Total-E-Bound Publishing

Who Will Be The “Dominant Predator” In The Borders War?



“I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We’ve created life in our own image.” ― Stephen Hawking



Welcome to the Revolution.

The fight for dominance in a game of political warfare now comes down not to who is right but to who will be left when the battle is done. It is a question of survival of the fittest in which the dominant predators have been genetically modified to serve as the weapons of destruction. One thing is certain: the fact that they currently fight for the same side weighs heavily against the Opposition’s favor.

Merq Grayson has become the face of the Revolution, though that hadn’t been the original plan when he was chosen for this mission. With one bullet, he assassinated the Premiere of the Opposition. He was meant to be made sacrifice for the greater good, but his enemy-turned-lover, Armise Darcan, was not about to allow for that outcome, turning traitor to his own country in loyalty to the one person he will follow and protect to the end of his days.

For a man who does not trust easily or often, when trusting in someone can mean the difference between betrayal and death, Merq’s faith in Armise is a gift that’s been earned. Whether that will last, however, is anyone’s guess. If it comes down to Dominant Predator vs. Dominant Predator, there will be no winner. The loss would be devastating on a soul-deep level for both men, so it remains to be seen if a father’s prophecy will come true, or if the son and his brother-in-arms, lover, partner will only become stronger as they fight shoulder to shoulder, back to back, one for the cause, the other for the man he loves. They are bound together; let nothing tear them asunder.

The twenty-sixth century is a barren and desolate place, a dystopian landscape where anything that resembles hope has been quashed by political oppression. It is a place where the fight is the way of life, where life itself is expendable if it serves a madman’s bid for power, where that madman is now the target of Merq and Armise’s deadly skills. S.A. McAuley has turned in a brilliant sequel to the stellar One Breath, One Bullet, and my only regret in reading Dominant Predator now is knowing I have to wait for the next book in the series.

If you’re looking for the antidote to the formula romance, this series is it because it’s not romance in even the loosest definition of the word. The Borders War series is raw, it’s erotic, it’s edgy, it’s in-your-face, it’s bloody. This is war and war’s not pretty, but in this case, it is irresistible. The author doesn’t mince words nor over-tell, providing exactly the detail necessary to keep the pacing of the plot somewhere in the edge-of-your-seat range.

Obviously this series won’t be for everyone, but if you love strong male characters who deal in death and prefer bullets and blades to hearts and flowers, I can’t recommend this one highly enough.

Reviewed by: Lisa

You can buy Dominant Predator (The Borders War #2) here:

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Sue Brown, Total-E-Bound Publishing

Sue Brown’s “Tumbling Blindly” Is A Book I Fell For

“Moving on is easy. It’s staying moved on that’s trickier.” ― Katerina Stoykova Klemer



Matthew Collins has just joined the ranks of the officially dumped. His lover, Milo, has left him for another man. Or maybe the better term is “another sucker”, because that’s the only kind of guy who’d take on a freeloading couch surfer like Milo; though it doesn’t take New Guy very long to cop onto Milo’s ways and kick him out for the leech he is.

Matt never got tired of Milo’s slacker ways. Leastwise, not so much as he’d have dumped the man for his lack of motivation to find gainful employment, so when Milo dumped him, it threw Matt’s world into a toilet-flushing spiral of bed-hermiting-depressional proportions. So much so that the nosy old woman next door calls the police; not for fear of Matt’s demise but because he hasn’t collected his trash can from the curb in a timely manner. But, you know, you can’t really look a gift busybody in the mouth.

It’s the woman’s interference that finally prompts some action from Matt… if by action that means burrowing down under his Bart Simpson comforter and hoping whoever is pounding on his front door will just go away. He doesn’t get his wish, though, and when two police officers find him in his olfactory-offending state of doom and gloom, it finally prompts Matt to realize he’s going to have to, as the old song goes, pick himself up, dust himself off, and start all over again.

Gabe West was one of the two responding officers who showed up at Matt’s bedside to ensure he was still amongst the living and breathing, and it’s a good thing Gabe doesn’t go by first impressions; otherwise, he likely would have ignored Matt when he ran into him at the gym. And Gabe would have got away with it too, because Matt has no idea who Gabe is, apart from being a rather sexy guy of indeterminate age thanks to his silver hair.

Matt’s slowly but surely recovering from being dumped but isn’t anywhere near ready to dive into the dating pool again, so it’s another a good thing for him that Gabe is willing to take things slowly and just be the friend it seems Matt needs more than anything else. And, you know, that works out really well for about a minute, considering how attracted Matt is to PC West.

And, of course, that’s about the time Milo shows up on Matt’s doorstep again, looking for a place to sleep that isn’t a park bench.

Tumbling Blindly is the story of a man who has a difficult time standing up to the one person he really needs just to scrape off the bottom of his shoe, when an overnight couch offer turns into a week of mooching; it’s the story of a man who’s pretty good at manipulating and taking advantage of the man who’d once loved him; and it’s the story of a man who can very much see himself in Matt’s life and is more than willing to be patient until Matt is ready to move on completely.

Sue Brown tells a story I think everyone can relate to here. I mean, who hasn’t cried over a break-up and thought they’d never love or trust anyone with their heart ever again, only to have Mr. Right show up like a sexy silver-haired knight in shining armor? Only Matt? Okay, maybe just the sexy silver-haired knight part is a bit of a stretch for most of us, but the rest is pretty universal, and it was a great way to spend the time reading to find out how long it’d take for Gabe to wear down Matt’s resistance in his pursuit.

If you’re looking for a quick little read with a couple of guys learning how to connect and communicate and fall for each other, give this one a go.

Reviewed by: Lisa

You can buy Tumbling Blindly here:

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Jambrea Jo Jones, The Joyful Approach, Total-E-Bound Publishing

Jambrea Jo Jones Is Here For The GRL Celebration, And She Comes Bearing Goodies!

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After the first GRL (GayRomLit) a group of us headed by Devon Rhodes talked about doing an anthology together. We were all at the first GRL and were coming back the next year. How often can you get an anthology signed by all the authors? It’s kind of rare for them to all be in the same place at the same time. We had so much fun with Unconventional at Best we decided there at GRL 2012 that we wanted to do another anthology! This one we did a bit different. We had connecting stories. Characters from one story would be secondary characters in another. PLUS it takes place IN Atlanta at the hotel we’ll be staying at this year for GRL!

Blurbs:

Seeing Him’ by Carol Lynne

Physical and emotional scars drove Jonah to a life in the shadows, but Trevor is determined to draw him out of the dark and into his arms.

After spending months in a military rehabilitation hospital, Jonah returns from active duty only to find himself homeless. Jonah retreats to life in the shadows to hide his facial scars. He takes up residence in the parking garage of The Melia Hotel where he watches a striking black man come and go from his work inside the hotel. What Jonah doesn’t know is that General Manager Trevor Sharp is also watching him.

Trevor spends his days and most of his evenings at the Melia, working hard to prove he is the best man for the job. Unfortunately, between his hours and past heartbreaks, he doesn’t have much time for love. When a handsome man comes out of nowhere to save him from an abusive ex, Trevor makes it his mission to find out who the man is.

Trevor eventually builds a friendship with Jonah and works to draw him out of the shadows and into his arms, but will he stay there?

‘Blown Away’ by Amber Kell

Sometimes love finds you before you think you’re ready.

Chris Garland’s love for glasswork encompasses his life. Between school and working as a concierge at The Melia Hotel, he doesn’t have time for anything else. However, when he sees the handsome stranger sitting in the hotel lobby, he can’t resist introducing himself.

Leo Abbott lost the love of his life two years ago and has yet to recover. Flying to Atlanta for his cousin’s wedding, he couldn’t help but think of his dead lover. When the hotel’s concierge checks on him in the lobby and introduces himself, Leo feels the first stirrings of attraction. Passions he thought long buried flare back to life.

Will two men from separate walks of life be able to find a common ground where they can be together?

‘His Last Client’ by T.A. Chase

What happens when an occasional prostitute meets a client he can’t help but fall in love with?

Gib Schultz works as a bartender at The Melia Hotel in downtown Atlanta. When Gib needs some extra cash, he sells his body occasionally. It’s not the best job in the world, but it keeps a roof over his head. When one of his regular clients asks him for a favour, Gib isn’t sure about the guy he’s supposed to meet. Yet at double his normal price, he’s willing to risk it. Within minutes, he discovers he’s risking more than just his body, he’s risking his heart.

Edwin Masters is back in the States after spending several months reporting in war-torn countries around the world. He’s looking for a night or two of fun, and when he meets Gib, he’s sure it’ll be a great time. Then after spending time with Gib, he realises there’s more to the guy than he thought, and his heart tells him it might be time to take a risk on loving someone.

They’re both risking their hearts, and together, they have to decide if the reward is worth the risk.

‘Where Tomorrow Shines’ by Jambrea Jo Jones

Be All You Can Be?

Kasey Adams will show Quinn Nelson just what kind of man he is. After a couple of dates it’s been radio silence and Kasey wants to know why. He’s ready to settle down with just one guy and start his life.

Quinn is tired. He just wants to do his job and go home at the end of the day with an ice cold beer and something on the TV. He doesn’t have time for a happy shiny kid who wants to change the world.
Can Kasey convince Quinn they are meant to be?

‘Slippery When Wet’ by Stephani Hecht

When opposites attract, the passion ignites like nobody ever imagined.

Ever since Reno started working as the head coordinator for the kids’ centre at the hotel, he’d been harbouring a not-so-secret crush on a lifeguard named Bruce. When he finally has a chance to talk to Bruce and Bruce doesn’t even know Reno’s name, Reno is crushed.

Heartbroken, Reno is forced to admit that beauty is only skin deep and that Bruce is a jerk.
Bruce finds himself intrigued by the shy, yet cute Reno. He decides that he is going to pursue the man. But Bruce has the reputation as a man-eater. Will his reputation ruin any chance he has with Reno? Or will he be able to convince Reno that he really does care for him?

‘Out of Service’ by Devon Rhodes

Being the problem-solver of the hotel is Esteban’s role, but when he breaks his rules to help a guest, things get complicated. Especially for his heart…

Esteban Parks is used to being the go-to-guy at the Melia. As the front desk manager, he’s in a position to see everything that goes on—front and back of the house. Nothing fazes him, until he’s confronted with an appealing guest and instinctively goes into rescue mode.

Jayden Yates has travelled to Atlanta with one goal in mind—to be himself for just a little while. His family and community already make his life miserable and he hasn’t even come out yet. So he impulsively spends part of his savings to come to GayRomLit.

When he finds out that a simple mistake might derail his whole adventure before it even begins, he literally falls at the feet of the most handsome man he’s ever seen. Esteban offers him more than help—there’s an instant spark between them.

But can two men from such different backgrounds and stages of life find any common ground? Or will it be just a holiday romance for the memory books?

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Ash Penn, Total-E-Bound Publishing

“End of the Line” Is Only The Beginning

“Dreams are private myths.” – Joseph Campbell



The Cast – David Greene is the invisible man, an unremarkable man who lives for the books he reads and sells in the little antique bookshop he works for. He is largely ignored—unless someone wants something from him, which is usually his roommate Gem, who uses David as a built-in babysitter so she can go out trolling for the next Mr. Right. David is a man who would call himself uninteresting, unattractive, nearly blind, and straight, if pressed to do so, but seems mostly asexual, or at least woefully undersexed, though he is only twenty-one.

Alexander Gray is new in town: mysterious, arrogant, sometimes insulting, incredibly alluring, and undeniably beautiful. He has moved into and is renovating the home that is technically a part of David’s ancestral heritage, though he’s never lived there himself. But that could change now that Alex has found what he wants, and aims to get it by any means necessary. Alex has secrets to reveal, a shocking and unexpected past and a connection to David that will rock the very foundation of David’s existence and cause him to question what is sane and what is impossible.

Valentine Gray is cold, sinister, and should not exist but in legend and imagination and within the pages of fiction…and in dreams, the dreams of a young man obsessed with the lives lived and the story told within a book that weaves together a romance that has more to do with fact than David could ever have dreamt of in his philosophies.

The Story – the book My Darkest Love is the book within the book, the tragic romance that brings David and Alex together—the wish to make real the stuff of one’s imagination—but as David soon learns, he ought to be careful what he wishes for.

End of the Line is the story of a man whose lack of self-confidence is outweighed only by his loneliness, who finds himself overwhelmed and enthralled by a man whose ego is outweighed only by his beauty. But he is also an enigma and a puzzle whose pieces are impossible to fit together because the shape of them is foreign to anything David has ever known before.

The Good – I have to say I was hooked on this story from start to finish. The author threw in plenty of twists and turns among some things that were admittedly a little predictable but not so much so that I was able to see the end from the beginning.

The Recap – Because this is the start of a series, don’t expect a tidy ending, and do expect some places where the pacing is a little slower to allow for the world-building. This is a paranormal story that’s originating some of its own mythology, so it’s to be expected, but I found even in those parts that slowed down a bit, the end-goal was worth the wait.

Book Two is now much anticipated, and I would give this one a recommended read in the meantime.

Reviewed by: Lisa

You can buy End of the Line (Dark Love, Book One) here:

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Jennifer Wright, Total-E-Bound Publishing

“Morvea (Finding Home, Book Two)” Leaves Lots Of Questions For Book Three

“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.” ― Ernest Hemingway


While reading the first book in the Finding Home series we met Eli Thatcher. Eli is the man on the Earth plane that takes care of the money and properties for the vampire leader Keddrick. Four years prior to Wesley using the New York portal Keddrick made his visit that he is allowed every ten years. From the moment Eli met Keddrick he wanted him. This beautiful, powerful man was everything Eli ever wanted in a man, er…vampire. Keddrick realized Eli was his mate immediately, however due to a recurring nightmare making him think he would kill Eli if he claimed him Keddrick kept his visit strictly professional. When his time on Earth was up Keddrick gave Eli a small sliver of the stone that opens the New York portal mounted on a cross pendant so Eli could always find Keddrick in an emergency.

Little did both men know that emergency would happen sooner rather than later. When Eli is basically kidnapped by Wayland, the head of the council on Earth, both of his best friends are killed right in front of him. With no other choice, due to being shot himself, Eli goes through the portal to Pavarus. Upon awakening he finds he is with Keddrick and the man is not looking at him as a “friend”. No matter how hard he tries Eli can’t remember how he got shot, why he came through the portal or what would cause him to run.

After a few stolen kisses, Keddrick can’t keep pushing Eli away, especially when Eli has decided to put on a full court press of seduction. After their first time together Keddrick and Eli spend every night together. Soon both men are in love and Eli vows to stay with Keddrick. Even though Keddrick thinks he can’t claim Eli as his mate he is extremely happy to have Eli stay with him in Pavarus.

Eventually Eli gets his memories back, but he doesn’t tell Keddrick what happened because he knows that Keddrick will go to Earth and he doesn’t want him to get killed by the crazy Wayland. One secret he can’t hide however is his strange new ability. It seems to be controlled by his emotions and he practices keeping control until he pretty much masters it.

One day, all of Eli’s lies and untold truths come to Keddrick’s attention due to a truly heinous act committed by Wayland. Eli fears that he has lost Keddrick and Keddrick doesn’t know if he can trust Eli. The two men do eventually work it all out, but another roadblock pops right up when Keddrick decides to go to Earth and he tells Eli he is staying.

Eli can’t let Keddrick go into harm’s way without him, so he enlists help from Wesley and they follow the men to Earth. With some help from Eli’s new power and some unlikely allies, the men exact their revenge, but Eli also learns that Keddrick has known since the beginning that Eli is his mate and he has never mentioned it, let alone tried to bond with him.

Will this new info end their relationship? Will Eli go back to Pavarus with a man he believes doesn’t see him as a suitable mate? I guess you are going to have to read the book to find out. Jennifer Wright has created a unique universe in this series. I for one am totally hooked. There is another relationship brewing on the sidelines and I am chomping at the bit to find out what is going to happen with Zane and Larken. I guess I will just have to wait for book three and cross my fingers, lol.

I highly recommend this series if you like big strong vampires and some super hot lovin’!

Reviewed by: Jackie

You can buy Morvea (Find Home, Book Two) here:

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Jennifer Wright, Total-E-Bound Publishing

Warrior Vampires And Dragons? That’s What You’ll Find In Jennifer Wright’s “Pavarus”

Believe in vampires. Believe in me. There are worse things on earth.” ― Anne Rice



This story starts out with Wesley, who has been misled by his boyfriend and somehow ended up in a canoe, going down the WRONG river in the middle of the woods of Louisiana. Needless to say Wesley is not happy about this since he doesn’t like the outdoors, doesn’t like dirt and hates to sweat. When their canoe hits the rapids Wesley’s boyfriend ends up getting knocked out of the boat and Wesley goes over a waterfall. Somehow he wakes in a totally different world surrounded by some very hot men and….Dragons? Lucky for Wes he is rescued from the Dragons by Remus and his friends.

Remus is the Commander of the warrior vampires and second in command of the coven. He and his men, Zane, Larken, Damien and Aliam are out hunting Draguns when Remus finds a scared Wes. Even though he knows he should leave the crazy human that talks of other planets with the human council he can’t seem to let the man go. Remus has never been attracted to another man, but the sweet scent of Wesley’s blood draws him to the man like no one has before. It seems that Remus isn’t the only one attracted to the scent, a small cut on Wes’ finger sends the entire coven into a frenzy and the only way to save the man’s life is for Remus to claim Wes as his mate.

This one action turns Remus and Wesley’s lives upside down. For a vampire warrior who has never been attracted to a man this is brand new for him, and Wesley can’t believe Remus would bind them together without even asking him first. The two men have to learn to coexist because mating is forever, and for a vampire that can be a LONG time. One thing Wesley and Remus never took into account is the fact that being mated to the second in command of the coven puts Wesley in danger from the enemies that he doesn’t even know much about. When Wesley is kidnapped and nearly raped then stabbed and left for dead it causes both men to think about their feeling for each other and they realize they have fallen in love.

Of course neither man communicates with the other and through misunderstandings and failures to put a voice to their feelings the two men almost lose it all. When Wes finally realizes what he has let slip through his fingers is it too late to get his man? Well, I can’t tell you that, you are just going to have to read the book!!!

I have to say I am a kind of vampire story junkie, so I was excited to read a new-to-me author’s take on the vampire genre. I have read so many vampire stories I didn’t think I could be surprised any longer, but Jennifer Wright has proven me wrong. Not only did I find the universe she created unique, but I loved the villains in this story also. This is the first book in the series, so there was some world building, but it was done so well I didn’t feel that I was being bombarded with detail after detail I had to memorize to understand the story. The author also set up the next books in the series very well and gave us some of the history of the next couples ahead of time in this book.

I highly recommend this book and I am very anxious to read the next book in the series and the next and the next and the next!

Reviewed by: Jackie

You can buy Pavarus (Finding Home #1) here:

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S.A. McAuley, Total-E-Bound Publishing

One Breath, One Bullet Adds Up To A Whole Lot Of Obsession

One breath.
Inhale.
Hesitation is my enemy.
Solitude my ally.
Death the only real victory.
Exhale. – S.A. McAuley

Sometimes the enemy of your enemy is your friend. Sometimes it pays to keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Sometimes your friends and your enemies come wrapped in the same skin. Sometimes you come to trust the man who has been your enemy for more than a decade, and it is the same as loving him…though you don’t know it yet. And you’ve got a mission to accomplish before you can examine the secrets and lies and half-truths that you’ve been told for most of your natural born life.

No one ever said being a Peacemaker would be easy.

Merq Grayson has been groomed nearly from the womb to be the killing machine he has become; some might even say it’s the legacy of this unstoppable man who, in only the best irony one can find in fiction, meets his irresistible force paradox in the form of the immovable Armise Darcan, the man who is Yang to Merq’s Yin, the man who is his completion wrapped up in the body of the enemy that Merq can’t seem to resist.

They are both integral cogs in a dystopian future where the world is a war-torn and fractious place in which a man playing both sides against the middle can never be sure what is the Judas-kiss-of-death and what is a kiss that means something more than betrayal.

S.A. McAuley dragged me through unholy political waters, took me wading through the murky depths of deception, and left me hanging by my fingertips on the ledge of the abyss that is the coming revolution. And not only that, but has also taken complete control of my ever-obsessive need for more.

One Breath, One Bullet is not hearts and flowers romance; this is an oxymoron, like the Peacemaker who is the catalyst of war, like something that can be sweet as sin or hurt so good. I am so excited by the promise of this series and am anxious for Book Two, to see where this broken man who has been forged into a tool of war and the man who seems poised to put him back together again will take me.

One Breath, One Bullet (The Borders War, Book One) can be purchased here:

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Marie Sexton, Total-E-Bound Publishing

Saviours of Oestend (Oestend #2) by Marie Sexton

“The hardest thing to do is watch the one you love, love someone else.” – Unknown

For Dante Pane, the torture of watching Deacon live with and love Aren Montrell was too much to bear. It caused him nothing but anger and resentment, and it compelled him to do something so destructive that the man Dante loves, the man who loves someone else, sends Dante away in humiliation.

That Dante is incapable of loving women and has learned to be ashamed of his attraction to men—a lesson that was beaten into him when he was just fourteen-years-old—is a misery that leaves him destined to live a lifetime alone. But if you believe the romantics, then you believe there’s someone for everyone in the world, even in a landscape as harsh and unforgiving as Oestend, even for a man for whom both women and men are unattainable; until he finds a woman who is the best of everything Dante needs to be whole and to be healed of the taint and the limitations of his desires.

Cami is that woman, the woman that Aren sends to Dante and the woman who eventually becomes a friend, but who isn’t able to trust in Dante enough to reveal the secret she hides. It seems shame is something both Cami and Dante have in common, and it isn’t until they finally have nothing left to hide that they discover there’s nothing shameful about who they are and how they feel about each other. It doesn’t matter whether or not there’s a label for that person or that love, whether or not she’s different; all that matters is you’ve found someone who gives you everything you thought you’d never have, and you realize the thought of life without that person underscores how very much you love and need the life you’re building with them.

Saviours of Oestend picks up where book one leaves off—with the wraiths still terrorizing most of this remote country in the dead of night and where plagues, the likes of which have only been seen in Ancient Egypt, wreak havoc on the land. Everywhere but the BarChi Ranch, that is, because it and its people have been claimed by Deacon, and that magick now protects the BarChi from the spirits of the dead. But there’s more to be done if the wraiths are to be sent on to their final resting place, more songs to be sung to the ancestors, stories to be spun to honor those who’d come before, and rituals to be performed, rituals where sex and magick and six become one.

There’s a certain fluidity to the relationships in this book, and if I’m being honest, I’d have to say that the dynamics of those relationships played a bigger role for me in this story than the paranormal mysteries of Oestend did. As always, whether that’s a positive or negative will depend upon the reader’s expectations.

Deacon and Aren have always had an open relationship with Frances, who is in love with Simon, who is straight and can’t feel romantic love for Frances but can love him in the only way he’s capable of, and whether that’s good or bad for Frances is up to the boy himself.

There’s Dante and Cami, the woman for whom there was no definition until she learned there was, and she found friendship and acceptance where she never believed there would be. And there’s Dante, the man who loved and lost Deacon, who finds that relationship ultimately healed because they’ve each found love, just not with the other.

These six people whose lives are intertwined become the saviours of the world in which they live. This is not six degrees of separation; this is six degrees of unity—not romance but ritual—and it might not work for those who’re expecting something else.

Saviours of Oestend is the catalyst for change, but I’m not sure if this is the end or the beginning of something else in this world. It feels done in some aspects, undone in others. I can’t say I loved this installment in the series as much as I loved Song of Oestend, but change is sometimes hard to accept until you see where it’s going to take you.

Buy Saviours of Oestend HERE.

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