Author: T.A. Chase
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Cover Artist: Posh Gosh
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 11/17/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay, M/M Romance, Paranormal
Saving a dying man might be just what Famine, the Black Horseman, needs to feed his starving heart.
Having been sacrificed by his village shaman, Famine knows what it’s like to do anything to survive. He wanders the world, sowing drought and starvation in his wake. Yet he hates being the Black Horseman more than anything in the world, except the man who ended his life all those centuries ago. Famine never stops doing his job, and never allows himself to fall in love.
Ekundayo wants a better life for himself, so he steals a diamond from the mine where he works. Nothing goes well for him after that, and he finds himself dying in the desert on his way to the border. When he’s rescued by Famine, Ekundayo isn’t sure if his luck has changed or not. The longer he stays in Famine’s company, the more Ekundayo discovers he just might be falling in love with Famine.
One bad choice on Ekundayo’s part and a future together seems out of reach. Will Famine let his only possibility of love go or will he defy Death himself to keep Ekundayo?
Reader Advisory: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series.
Publisher’s Note: This book was previously released under the same title. It has been re-edited for re-release with Pride Publishing.
This one was not my favorite in this series. I really liked some things and found other things lacking. So in the end, Famine’s story ended up being middle of the road for me.
I really liked how Famine continued to give me information on the four horsemen and their roles. I liked that Famine gave me more glimpses into Death’s life and mentality as well as tidbit about Lam. I really find both of these men interesting and mysterious. I think the author has done a fabulous job in keeping me on the hook and needing to read more so that I can get Death and Lam’s stories.
I also liked that Famine’s horse was a bigger player. The his horse was snarky and sarcastic even in his inability to talk. It added a bit of humor and lightened up the rather somber tone of this story.
However, I did not like Famine’s story itself. It was very slow and I never connected with Famine or Ekundayo as individuals. And so that disconnect translated into the romance. I never understood the men, I never understood their connection to each other, and I never felt anything develop between them. Their romance was bland at best.
I also felt that Famine’s “epiphany” was overly simplistic and rushed. He changed his attitude suddenly and too perfectly, to the point that it felt fake and forced just to round out a story that needed that element to be complete. I just think this particular book in the series was following a manufactured storyline and because of that, the emotion and connection suffered.
However, I still love the concept of this series and NEEEEEEDDDDD Death and Lam’s stories so I will be reading those ASAP!
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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