Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 05/27/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Gay Romance, Paranormal
Fireman Mason James thought finding out he is a Romanus—a rare class of gargoyle—would be the surprise of a lifetime, but he’s proven wrong when he discovers he is the son of a comte and goji nobility. But his newly discovered family doesn’t think his gargoyle lover, Luc, is good enough for a goji of Mason’s stature—how could a warrior ever be? But despite the Moreaus’ uncertainty and elitism, they are Mason’s only chance to unravel the mystery behind his mother’s death, find a solution for the class divide that might separate him from Luc, and discover what it truly means to be a Romanus.
Chevalier picks up a year on from where we left Mason and Luc in Romanus and I would recommend you read Romanus first to get a little bit of the back story and more clearly understand the world and characters involved.
Mary Calmes always gives the reader leading men who seem to need each other to breathe – they are always totally consumed with each other and this is true of Mason and Luc. In Chevalier we get more about the history of gargoyles, of the chasse and we also learn about the class system which affects Mason and Luc’s relationship in the eyes of others.
The two men travel to Europe for a family reunion which seems set to fail from the start but gives Mason an insight into his roots, how he came to be adopted and what is expected of him if he chooses to take up his position in the family – not something he is keen to do.
Mason came into his own in this story and really grew as a character. Once he had decided that Luc was going to his forever there was to be no going back, not even when threatened or parted forcefully from him. I felt the ending left scope for more from this pair or perhaps a closer look at Finn and Raoul and I would certainly be interested in reading more.
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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