Author ~ Elizabeth Silver and Jenny Urban
Publisher ~ Loose Id
Published ~ 17th October 2016
Genre ~ Fantasy M/M Romance
Reserved, bookish Ben isn’t looking for a relationship. Then he meets Niall, a gorgeous stranger with a knack for avoiding direct questions, and tumbles headfirst into love. Niall is perfect in just about every way, right up until he leaves town for a short trip...and vanishes off the face of the earth.
A magical being trapped in his own realm, Niall has to fight to come back to this world for the chance to be with Ben. But by the time he gets back, more than a year has passed, and Ben refuses to believe Niall’s story of Fae and magic.
With only a month to woo Ben back and earn a chance at staying here permanently, Niall is willing to try anything to be with the man he loves. Then Niall’s world spills over into ours and puts Ben’s life in danger, forcing them work together to save Ben before their stolen time comes to an end.
Sally’s Book Brief
Do you enjoy May December stories where two men of wildly differing ages and backgrounds firstly find each other, then find they can’t manage without each other? If so this engaging story steeped in Celtic mythology might be just up your alley.
Not that Niall appears to be aged. He looks like any other strongly built young man in his twenties. Perhaps handsomer than most but nothing unusual. But of course he is unusual. He’s not even human, for a start. He’s Fae – an almost immortal inhabitant of Fairyland – and is living on the human plane for a year and a day to have an adventure before settling down to be a useful member of society.
Ben, on the other hand, is exactly what he appears to be, a gentle soul in a beautiful body who wishes good to all but who is completely bowled over by Niall’s confident charms. Naturally both are smitten and – well you can guess. These two spend quite a lot of time in bed.
But the story, while almost completely character driven and relationship focused, does explore some interesting ideas: that time in the Fae world runs at a different rate to ours, and what that might mean to a relationship, the comparative fragility of humans in comparison to the robust Fae and the static nature of Fae politics when those in power live for millennia, and their unwillingness to change
Familiar folklore figures crop up in the narrative and there are some amusing passages, also some with a considerable sense of peril, but most of the attention is on Niall and Ben, their thoughts and feelings about each other and their situation, and their expression of love for each other. The lovers are far more important than the worlds they inhabit. I would have liked a bit more world building, to be honest, to get a greater sense of the difference between Ben and Niall, but really this is a Romance, with a very big R, and as such does its job very well.
I’d recommend this for lovers of the m/m Fae genre and for those who like their romances sweetly spicy.