Author: Rory Ni Coileain
Publisher: Riverdale Avenue Books
Cover Artist: Insatiable Designs
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 06/12/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Fantasy, M/M Romance, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Hard As Stone
HARD AS STONE: Book One in the SoulShares Series
What canI say…Rory Ni Coileain combines male hotness and a fabulous sense of the unknown in her SoulShares series. I eagerly await every new release. Talk about being a page turner..” – SusanMac Nicol, international best-selling author of Saving Alexander and Worth Keeping
Tiernan Guaire was exiled from the Fae Realm a century and a half ago for his brother’s murder. His soul torn in half, he lives by his vows —never to trust, never to love. And if he can only be whole by finding and loving the human with the other half of his soul? He’s content to live broken and half-souled.
Kevin Almstead’s future, the career he’s worked for as long as he can remember, has been taken away by a vote of the partners at his law firm. Chance brings him to Purgatory, the hottest all-male nightclub inWashington, D.C., to a meeting with a Fae, with long blond hair, ice-blue eyes,and a smile promising pleasures he’s never dreamed of. But there’s no such thing as chance.
But Tiernan isn’t the only one to find Kevin in Purgatory.The most ancient enemy of the Fae race sees in the handsome lawyer a way to destroy the world from which it, too, was exiled. And only the strength of a true SoulShare bond can keep it from what it seeks.
Finalist for Best Debut Novel and Best Gay Erotic Romance, 2012 Rainbow Awards; Finalist, Best Erotica, 2012 Preditors & Editors Readers Poll
Conall Dary is the mightiest mage born to the Fae race in more than two thousand years, ever since the Sundering of the Fae and human worlds. But that power condemns him to an untouched, virginal life — sex calls to power, and his power is enough to drain the magick, the life, from his entire world. Exiled from the Realm for refusing to turn his talent to service a Noble’s petty revenge fantasies, his soul is torn in two and his magickal gifts blocked.
Josh LaFontaine is a gifted tattoo artist with a heart of gold. While doing a good turn for an ex-boyfriend, he’s stunned when a gorgeous red-haired twink appears out of nowhere at his feet during New York City’s Pride march.
The Marfach was thwarted in its first attempt to capture a Fae. But when a terrible accident separates Conall and Josh before they bond, it’s a race to see who finds the mage first, the monster who will use him as a weapon to destroy his race, or his SoulShare.
More than two thousand years ago, the healer Lochlann Doran was the first Fae to leave the Realm after the Sundering of the Fae and human worlds. After centuries of wandering the human world, seeking his SoulShare, he has spent all his magick, and lost all his hope.
Garrett Templar is the star pole dancer at Purgatory, the hottest gay nightclub in Washington, D.C. If his past hadn’t taught him the futility of hope, his present surely would; HIV-positive since age 18, his illness has suddenly and inexplicably mutated into drug-impervious AIDS.
A SoulShare bond with Garrett may give Lochlann back his magick, his gift of healing. But it also might kill him. And if he survives the return of his magick, the Marfach and its host are waiting to use the dancer as bait in a deadly trap. Only an impossible love can save them both.
And everyone knows Fae don’t love….
Awards: Runner-up, Best Gay Erotic Romance, 2013 Rainbow Awards; Finalist, Best Erotica, 2013 Preditors & Editors Readers Poll
Rian Sheridan is a foundling, a Falls Road corner boy, whose world went up in flames beside an Orangemen’s bonfire of hatred last July the Twelfth. A pain he barely remembers is a siren’s call, taunting him, daring him to find its source and lose himself to it. And he searches in the only place he knows, the S&M underground of Belfast.
Cuinn an Dearmad is the last surviving Fae Loremaster. He’s just seen the beginning of the death of the Realm, the home of the Fae race and their haven from the twisted evil of the Marfach. The only hope of saving the Realm starts with finding the Prince Royal of Fire he himself stole from the cradle, and lost in the human world, many years ago. He has a few guesses about where that hope ends, none of which bode well for him.
Rian and Cuinn are an impossible pairing, two SoulShared Fae. Any two Fae strike sparks, but these two Fae are an explosive combination. Drawn into an escalating series of sexual collisions, their passion will save —or destroy — two worlds.
TheSoulShares series was a runner-up and double honorable mention, for Best Gay Fantasy Romance, 2014 Rainbow Awards; and a Finalist for Best Erotica, 2014Preditors & Editors Readers Poll
Lasair Faol, Master of the Fade-Hounds to the Royal court of the Demesne of Fire in the Fae Realm, has been exiled to the human world by the Princess Consort for failing to catch her son’s kidnapper. Bryce Newhouse, Greenwich Village investment banker, is universally loathed by all who know him. Generally, he’s perfectly cool with that, but he discovers what he’s been missing—literally — when he finds Lasair chained in his basement.
Bryce was supposed to receive half of Lasair’s soul at his birth, but thanks to the Fae of Purgatory, the Pattern — the portal between the worlds — has been damaged, and Bryce’s soul arrived 31 years too late. Now the exiled Fae is the shunned human’s only hope of healing his broken past. And with the fate of two worlds riding on that healing, Lasair is going to have to overcome both his race’s innate mistrust of genuine emotion and his own very unFae awkwardness, to have any chance of reaching Bryce’s impenetrable heart.
The SoulShare series by Rory Ni Coileain is one that I will be reading time and again. I don’t think I will be getting tired of it anytime soon. Good thing, since book 6 is estimated for release in December, and there are at least two more in the works after that.
While each of the five stories so far in the series focus on a different set of main characters, they are inexorably linked together. I don’t recommend trying to read this series out of order. Each story builds on the ones before, and each couple from previous stories plays a vital role in later stories. You actually get their point of view every once in a while in later stories as well.
Speaking of point of views, I am not usually a huge fan of having the point of view of the villain in my story. While I won’t say that this series managed to overcome that disdain, it did manage to desensitize me to it a bit. There are a few times that I am not sure the story would have been the same without that added point of view.
All these couples have a common theme and a common enemy. They are fated to be together. I appreciate, however, that each story was unique. How they found each other was unique to them. How they came to be soul shares even differed from couple to couple.
Ni Coileain has put a lot of time and effort into building her world(s) for this series. They have their own language and their own personalities. The Fae aren’t just humans with a few different characteristics; they have a whole different outlook on the world. They have their strengths and weaknesses. They have their own struggles separate from their human mates.
This series isn’t perfect, but I love it anyway. I would appreciate seeing a glossary included in future installments and maybe a cast of characters. Each installment adds complexity and richness to this world that the author has created. Sometimes I found myself having to stop and remind myself of details from previous installments.
I am looking forward to the next story in the series. There are a few characters who need their own HEA and more importantly the 10 we have met so far need to defeat a certain big bad once and for all.
I would like to thank the author for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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