Professor Bryce MacLeod has devoted his entire life to environmentalism. But how effective can he be in saving the planet when he can’t even get his surly neighbor to separate his recycling?
Former Queen’s Enforcer Mal Kendrick doesn’t think his life could get any worse: he’s been exiled from Faerie with a cursed and useless right hand. When he’s not dodging random fae assassins in the Outer World, he’s going toe-to-toe with his tree-hugging neighbor. And when he discovers that the tree-hugger is really a druid, he’s certain the gods have it in for him—after all, there’s always a catch with druids. Then he’s magically shackled to the man and expected to instruct him in Supernatural 101.
All right, now things couldn’t possibly get worse.
Until a mysterious stranger offers a drunken Mal the chance to gain back all he’s lost—for a price. After Mal accepts, he discovers the real catch: an ancient secret that will change his and Bryce’s life forever.
Ah, what the hells. Odds are they won’t survive the week anyway.
This is a great series!
I’m gonna admit that I don’t really love long books. I like to dive in and get my happy and move on. That’s just how I am. (I love short stories for that reason, too!) So… when I see long(ish) books I tend to be leery… but… this totally pays out!
While this can definitely be a standalone, I recommend reading book one first: https://openskyebookreviews.com/cutie-and-the-beast-fae-out-of-water-1-by-e-j-russell/ because it sets up a lot of the very important backstory for the main conflict found here.
However, the author does explain the history, so if you start with this, you’ll be fine.
Being from Oregon I had to laugh at all the “eco consciousness” that Mal fights against. It’s pretty funny! There are several other “inside” jokes about the PNW but really, anyone who understands how liberalism can go to extremes will appreciate them.
Mal is vain and from another generation and it was so gratifying to see him paired with someone like Bryce. Bryce, who seems mild mannered, has a backbone of steel and when it comes to what he cares about he won’t be pushed around. The two get magically linked and from there the two find they also share a powerful sexual connection as well. (This was really interesting – I won’t spoil it- but there’s more here than meets the eye!)
We get to see a lot of David and a bit of Alun in this story, as well – which was fun. There’s the overarching “mystery” of a curse which is tied to David’s story and a somewhat hysterical and daunting list of “tasks” to break the curse – which ties back numerous times to David’s story as well.
This book was even funnier than book one and had lots of magic and was maybe even a bit more steamy than Cutie as well.
I’m giving this 4.5 instead of 5 because there were a few times when the curse/mystery/etc seemed to drag a bit and some of Bryce’s inner waffling got a bit repetitive. However, it was a page turner and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I really hope we get this series on audio because I think it will be even better in the hands of a great narrator!
4.5 of 5 stars
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