Author: Moriah Gemel
Publisher: Interlude Press
Cover Artist: Ari Mcfarland
Rating: 3.25 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 03/17/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Alternate Universe/Alternate World, Contemporary, Fantasy, Gay Romance
The Los Angeles music scene has not been kind to Devon Caelin. He struggles to fit in and has a streak of bad luck the length of the Sunset Strip. One rare rainy night, he drowns his sorrows from bar-to-bar, until he stumbles into an alley club called Céilí. He discovers that it’s home to a small community of mystical people making their way in the human world, and that he found it only because he is Fae himself. With mentoring from the pub’s proprietor, Eldan—a powerful Fae Lord protecting his kind in the city—Devon unearths his past and discovers his magical abilities. His life appears to be back on track—until a member of the Faerie Court is murdered and the secret of their world is threatened to be revealed.
I really wanted to like this book – so much that I let it simmer in my brain for two days before writing my review. Ultimately, Ceili’s uneven pacing and perplexing conflict resolution put a damper on my enjoyment of the story. I mean, I like a good “slow burn” romance as well as the next person, but Devon’s reserved nature in combination with Eldan’s mysteriousness only ended up reading as platonic (to me) when they finally did get together. Which was too bad, because they made for nice friends!
On the bright side, I appreciated the wide array of supporting characters, which included an amputee, someone using the pronouns zie/zir, a trans man, a lesbian succubus, and what I think was an asexual sprite? The personalities of the group were just distinct enough to remember them from scene to scene, and in the end I was glad that Devon had found such a strong and loving bunch to join. Unfortunately, the plot wraps up so quickly after a long stretch of tension-building that all I really felt was surprise about it being over. Another 10-20k to tie the loose ends and let the emotions play out properly would have been perfect.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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