I am always blown away by authors who are able to create fantasies and characters providing something unusual for a reader to enjoy. I love unique and creative ideas, and appreciate it when I can find a story that offers something unexpected along with the romance I crave. I was going to review Rory Ni Coileain’s newest book, Tempted from the Oak, but I really wanted to start with this one first.
Author: Rory Ni Coileain
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
Magick is reawakening after a sleep of thousands of years—and passion is not far behind. Darach is the first reborn of his race, a tree spirit living within an ancient oak on the shore of a remote loch.
Trevor knows nothing of magick or passion. He’s escaping an oppressive family and a lonely life. One breath of freedom, he thinks, before his stark, loveless reality swallows him up. The last thing he expects from his vacation to the Isle of Skye is to spend his first night being thoroughly ravished against a tree by a naked man who speaks in the sounds of leaves and wind.
Darach never believed he’d have his heart stolen by any man, let alone one so different from any human he remembers. Freedom is intoxicating and the potential for sensual play limitless. But can what was built in a night of scorching desire survive both men’s fear?
Before I read Heart of the Oak I was not really up on any Scottish folklore and so I had never heard of a Gille Dubh. In fact, I had to Google it. In case you are also clueless he’s a tree spirit, or forest faerie. Being the geek that I am I was inspired to spend a good hour watching YouTube videos, and reading wiki’s and blogs, and learning all about Gille Dubh lore.
In Heart of the Oak we are introduced to Darach. He is a Gille Dubh, and he lives within a darag, his ancient oak tree. Together they have a symbiotic relationship. He has awakened because after thousands of years some magick has finally returned to the world. There used to be many Gille Dubh, but when magick was torn from the world they all ceased to exist, and now they are slowly re-awakening.
The story gets steamy quickly when unsuspecting Trevor wanders out into the darkness and spots the alluring spirit. They share a passion-filled night, but poor Trevor has no clue that Darach is a magical creature.
This creative premise lays an interesting foundation for stories to come. I can only imagine what sort of men will fall for these Gille Dubh, and I am very curious as to how the author will make it work between men of today and these sexy, ancient spirits.
I would like to thank Ellora’s Cave for providing me with the eRC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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