This was originally published as part of the M/M Romance group’s Love’s Landscapes event and can be found here.
Author: Angel Martinez
Publisher: Mischief Corner Books
Cover Artist: Freddy MacKay
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Zagreus (Zack), the son of Hades, and his former guardian angel, Michael, live a quiet life of gardening, animal rescue, and playful sexual experimentation. They have a house near the beach, family close by and each other. This should be the happily ever after of every god’s dreams.
But lately, strange misgivings have plagued Zack, a sense of something dark and powerful approaching. Since he can’t pin down a source, he dismisses his instincts. Why borrow trouble? That is, until Michael begins to have strange mood swings and a dark stranger appears in the garden one night. Zack will need to battle time itself or lose both his hard-won peace and the love of his immortal life.
This book was even better than the first! There were so many facets to this story and I applaude the author for how well everything was intertwined.
The thing that caught me first was the tone of the story itself and how it reflected the action and emotions. Zack could sense something dangerous approaching, so the tone was very somber and tense. As the story moved forward, the tone lightened some, but that thread of tension was still there to highlight the air of mystery and a sense of foreboding. Once the action started, the tone reflected the stress and uncertainties. The author was very clever in her word choice and sentence structure so that the writing itself enhanced the reading experience.
The next thing that caught me was the way the story continued to give me glimpses into the author’s version’s of mythology and historical events. I love learning about characters especially those with supernatural abilities. This was not just Greek mythology but also Sumerian and both were woven into contemporary settings.
I also liked that the characters had history and that the history affected their behaviors. But what got me the most about this aspect was that the author did not just info dump these histories on me. She used the story and the characters themselves to draw out the information in relatively natural ways. She gave me all the information I needed without being preachy or forcing it inorganically.
Finally, the ending broke my heart. The love these men had for each other was so great, always striving to put the other’s happiness first. And then what happened to Michael took that from them and I hurt right along with Zack. But for all the potential to be devastating, the author left a glimmer of hope that all will eventually be well. I really hope I see more from these men to know how it all turns out.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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