Author: Rowan McAllister
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Maria Fanning
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
When absent-minded video game developer Jay Thurson impulsively follows his intuition westward, he never expects his rideshare to turn out to be a gun-toting madman. In an act of desperation, Jay turns to the gift he’s long neglected and feared for help and leaps from the moving car on a dark and deserted back country road.
Running for his life leads him to the doorstep of Adam Grauwacke, a roadside nursery owner and sometime vegetable farmer, whose affinity for the earth goes far beyond having a green thumb. Adam’s world is ordered and predictable, dependable and safe, but despite having his dream farm and business, he’s always felt something’s missing. When he welcomes Jay into his home, life seems to click for both men, and together they explore their gifts and their attraction.
But harmony has no value if it is easily won, and a crazed gunman and volatile ex might be their end if Jay and Adam can’t learn to trust the strength of their bond.
So this story was not at all what I was expecting. This was more of a contemporary with some magical abilities thrown in, rather than the urban fantasy I was expecting. However, it was still a pleasant read.
Jay and Adam are elementals. Adam feels the earth and Jay manipulates the air. But that is pretty much all we know. The author does not really spend a lot of time on the origin or development of their abilities. The story primarily focuses on the two men falling in love and meshing their lives together. And as far as the relationship goes, it happens quickly and there is little angst. The men fit well together and the ending is very promising of a forever HEA.
The angst appears in the form of two crazies; an ex-boyfriend and religious nut/would-be kidnapper. In my opinion, and it is just that, I think this is where the author should have focused the majority of the story. This is where the fun is and the mystery and the elements that drew me in and left me wanting more. However, I felt like I was left with more questions than answers. What is an elemental? Where do they come from? How rare are they? Who is this kidnapper and what “Church” is he and his equally crazy father a part of? These are just a few of the many questions that were left unanswered.
I will say that the epilogue saved this for me. It gave me that little push so that I cared about what happened next and want to read book 2. I just wish the epilogue would have been integrated into the story itself instead of being tacked onto the end. I think with a bit more action weaved into the tale itself, I would have easily given this a higher rating. But at times I was bored and skimmed a bit.
Overall, the author has created an interesting world and has set things up nicely for a series. I will be reading book 2. I just hope it answers some of my questions.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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