Author: Harper Fox
Publisher: Carina Press
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Historian Gavin Lowden is in Northumberland on Christmas Eve for two reasons: to find evidence of a romantic bond between Arthur and Lancelot, and to finally tell his partner Piers that he loves him. Piers has promised to come clean with his conservative family and join Gavin for their first holiday as a couple, but at the last minute, he bails. Devastated, Gavin heads out onto the moors alone, just as snow begins to fall…
Gavin stumbles into an underground chamber, where strange happenings cause him to question what is real and what is fantasy. He’s found by two mysterious men, who offer him a bed for the night–and awaken him to nuances of erotic pleasure he didn’t know existed. Pleasure he hopes to be able to share with Piers.
When Piers learns that Gavin has gone missing, he is desperate to find him. He knows now breaking up was a terrible mistake, and he’s ready to take the next step in their relationship—if it’s not already too late.
Once again, Fox grabs a hold of me and doesn’t let go. She mixes reality with the near fairytale in a lyrical, humorous, and enjoyable style. In this case, an actual fairytale set in fairly modern times. As usual, the setting is as much one of the characters as the people themselves. Fox has this ability to make a place feel just a bit magical which allows me to widen the scope of possibility. Ya know, like a fairytale. 😉
The voice she gives Gavin is intelligent, strong, fallible and unafraid to go for the one thing he knows he had and wants again: someone whose embrace feels like home. Even more than the sword in the stone, he wants love. He has the backbone to go for it, if he can just get out of his own logical way.
As usual, and as an essential part of being one of us human being types, the humor pops up in unexpected places. Nope, we don’t always have the best of timing and sometimes just can’t keep it down. Even better, though, is when the timing is perfect and proper guffawing ensues.
Just as quickly as that humor arrives, the drama is kicked up a notch. I mean, freaking Pele would be proud. Fox is so good at the unexpected turns, moments and events that have my mouth dropping open in that “no she di’n’t” kind of way. I thought I knew where this was all possibly going, but I was wrong.
I love not knowing what’s going to happen, that it simply cannot be sussed out based on what I’ve already been given with the characters and within the story.
Sweet, hot and it made my heart skip a beat. Gavin got his Arthurian legend after all. 😉
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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