Author: Rhys Ford
Publisher: DSP Publications
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 09/13/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Alternate Universe/Alternate World, Fantasy, Gay Fiction
Kai Gracen has no intention of being anyone’s pawn. A pity Fate and SoCalGov have a different opinion on the matter.
Licensed Stalkers make their living hunting down monsters and dangerous criminals… and their lives are usually brief, brutal, and thankless. Despite being elfin and cursed with a nearly immortal lifespan, Kai didn’t expect to be any different. Then Ryder, the High Lord of the Southern Rise Court, arrived in San Diego, Kai’s not-so-mundane life went from mild mayhem to full-throttle chaos.
Now an official liaison between the growing Sidhe Court and the human populace, Kai is at Ryder’s beck and call for anything a High Lord might need a Stalker to do. Unfortunately for Kai, this means chasing down a flimsy rumor about an ancient lost Court somewhere in the Nevada desert—a court with powerful magics that might save Ryder—and Kai’s—people from becoming a bloody memory in their Merged world’s violent history.
The race for the elfin people’s salvation opens unwelcome windows into Kai’s murky past, and it could also slam the door on any future he might have with his own kind and Ryder.
So, I admit that I like sex in my stories when dealing with mm. However I am a fantasy fan from way back and so despite not getting to see Ryder and Kai hook up, I still loved Mad Lizard Mambo from the beginning to end.
Kai is such an interesting character. He is such a dichotomy of self-serving and selfless. Ryder sums him up best:
“Not you,” Ryder tsked at me. “You don’t help yourself first. You think of others—act for others—first. Work for others’ well-being before your own. Dempsey’s illness. Jonas’s family. Malone’s pride. All of that factors into what you do. You, Kai Gracen, are a sentimental fraud.”
And the unresolved sexual tension between the two was hot! It kept me wanting more between them, though in the end I just hope it gets resolved in future books.
The fantasy aspecs were brilliant. This is a vibrant, vicious world that a lot of thought was put into. The adventure they go on is up there with the best of fantasy writers. This book and this series are definitely on my favourites shelf!
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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