Book Review: Brute by Kim Fielding

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Title: Brute

Author: Kim Fielding

Edition: ebook

Rating: ♥♥♥♥
Summary: Brute is an ugly giant of a man with a beautiful heart and soul. When his stunted life as an unskilled laborer is interrupted by a clumsy prince, his life is forever changed. I found this to be a well-developed story with endearing characters and a solid plot.

Thoughts: I was pleasantly surprised that the prince was not the love interest in this story – that role falls to a blind prisoner — an accused traitor-witch. I should note that the story has some shortcomings. In places, the plot progresses too quickly, and the reader is simply told that such-and-such has occurred. This is most noticeable in the development of the relationship between Brute and Gray, which would have benefitted from a bit more transition between cautious strangers and full-blown love. However, it’s such an original story, with such amazing characters and a gripping plot, that I had to give it four stars (especially since it made me cry, which = +1 stars). I’m especially impressed with how well the author presented a complete, well-developed fantasy world to the reader without boring the reader with tedious world-building. The reader is given glimpses of a complex and detailed setting without becoming distracted from the main characters.

Highly recommended to fans of m/m with unusual characters and an original storyline.

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Widdershins (Whyborne & Griffin #1) (book review)

Widdershins by Jordan L. Hawk

Published by CreateSpace, 2013

eBook, paperback, audio: 226 pages

Genre: gay; paranormal; horror; romance

Summary: Percival Endicott Whyborne is a reclusive, sexually repressed comparative philologist working in a museum in the fictional nineteenth-century New England city of Widdershins. When a strange book that appears to be written in cipher is connected with a recent murder, his services are employed by a private detective named Griffin Flaherty, who subsequently drags him out of his shell and into the heart of a dark and, possibly, supernatural mystery. Mummies, a brilliant lady egyptologist, necromancy, and a fledgling romance between the two male leads make this series debut a compelling read.

Thoughts: Widdershins blends romance with flavors of Lovecraftian horror to excellent effect. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the writing, and look forward to reading more of this series.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥