Arielle Pierce has penned a vivid little tale about what happens when a Welsh fiddler (sorry, violinist) meets Conall, a faery fiddler on a fine summer Solstice. Boom.
Title: The Faery Reel
Author: Arielle Pierce
My Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
Faeries don’t exist, right?
That’s what Osian tells himself. So what if the stranger in the pub, the one that glows in the darkened room, has a beauty that is otherworldly. And that the man is watching him with eyes that promise trouble. So what if the music that drifts across the moor sounds like nothing he’s ever heard. So what if it’s the night of the summer solstice, the night when the veil between the human world and the faery world is whisper thin.
Osian is not a believer. Not until he is kidnapped by Conall and taken to the world of the fey. In the Otherworld, Osian is offered something he’s never had: the love of another man. But this love comes at the cruelest price. For in order to stay with Conall, Osian must give up his home, his friends, and his family.
But there is a way out—if he chooses. It involves letting himself go, allowing himself to trust Conall, and finding the true meaning of his name.
Can Osian trust Conall enough to risk it all? It’s a dangerous game he plays, but the prize—love—may be worth the risk of losing it all
It’s a Sophie’s’ Choice kind of situation – how does Osian choose between one kind of happiness and another?
I don’t really want to divulge any of the plot. Pierce’s writing is amusing and contemporary, although there are a few appalling editing errors that nearly ruin one of the major romantic moments.
My only real problem with this story overall is that it’s a story. This deserves a full-novel treatment. I wanted to know more about the lives of these two interesting men, one mortal, one immortal, that leads them to each other. I really wanted to know more about Osian’s family and life (although we get a pretty good sketch, just with no details). Ditto for Conall’s life in his faery realm. Pierce hints at a great deal, and gives us tantalizing bits of background–but not enough. Just not enough.
If paranormal m/m romance is your thing, you’ll enjoy this just as I did. But you’ll leave the table hungry for more.
I would like to thank the author for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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