Tempted from the Oak by Rory Ni Coileain ~ Review by Paisley

I first learned of the magical world of the Gille Dubh in Rory Ni Coileain’s story Heart of the Oak. Now the steamy fun continues as a second Gille Dubh has come back to life. But this spirit is very fearful, and he is trapped inside his darag. The oak decides to bring him a human to try to tempt the Gille Dubh out from the tree.

tempted_from_the_oak_msr2Title: Tempted from the Oak

Author: Rory Ni Coileain

Publisher: Ellora’s Cave

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

From the Publisher:

With his blue eyes and heart-melting smile, Gavin could have been made to order to entice Tearlach, a lonely tree spirit. But the human has been enticed—stolen from snow-buried Minneapolis to the Scottish Highlands by Tearlach’s darag, the ancient oak tree of which he is the living spirit.

Tearlach is trapped within the darag by the terrible memory of his own death—hundreds, maybe thousands of years ago, but as recent to him as his last heartbeat. And if desire for the handsome human fails to tempt him out, spirit and oak are both doomed.

Gavin is more than willing to be Tearlach’s temptation. But Gavin has a history of his own—a hopeless dream, one impossible relationship after another. Surely a perfect lover, a sensual tree spirit living in the shadow of a holy mountain half a world away, is another unattainable dream. Can he expect Tearlach to trust his heart when he doesn’t trust it himself?

My View

I was once again captivated by the creative and unusual way Rory Ni Coileain brings fantasy to life. This story begins when Tearlach’s tree transports Gavin, a regular guy living in Minnesota, to try and coax Tearlach out of his darag and into the world. It’s all a bit more complicated than that, but suffice it to say that tree spirits are very sexy, and part of their charm is the fact they like to have steamy, hot sex when men visit them at night. Gille Dubh can only emerge from their trees when the sun is down.  Gavin is a sweet guy who has a really bad track record with the men he chooses. Maybe a magical being is just what he needs to finally find some true love.

If you are a fan of fantasy stories but don’t feel like spending hours reading a large book then this is a great series to explore.   There is a lot of passion in the pages of these short stories. I found this book to be sensuous and imaginative, and a very fun escape from reality. I hope that there are plans to continue the storyline because I think it would be really interesting to see more of the Gille Dubh finding human mates.  Rory Ni Coileain writes some seriously scorching fantasy, I would love to see her continue this series and meet more of these seductive tree spirits.

Buy Links:

Ellora’s Cave
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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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