Author: Heidi Cullinan
Publisher: Wilde City Press
Rating: 3 stars
Buy Links: WCP
Type: Standalone Novel
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Construction worker Hal Porter knows he’s nobody special. But when strange events draw him into a magical world, he becomes the only man who can free Morgan, a lonely, long-enchanted shape-shifter. Whether he feels he’s worthy or not, Hal is the hero Morgan has been waiting for.
However, Hal’s task becomes personal as he and Morgan fall in love. Now, to save Morgan and give himself the happily ever after he’s always longed for, Hal will need to do something far more daunting than face Morgan’s captor or finally come out of the closet…
He’ll have to believe in himself.
This title has been previously published and has been revised from its original release.
Review: I usually love fantasy stories. I like to read about shifters and magic. Anything really. I thought I’d enjoy this one based on the blurb. I did not. Usually there’s something I like about a story enough to mention but I’m honestly having a hard time coming up with one. There were plenty of things that didn’t work for me though.
Hal is abruptly fired from his job. He’s new to LA. Left his mom and small town behind for opportunities in the big city that didn’t really live up to his expectations. Now he’s been fired for something he didn’t do by a smarmy prick in a suit. Not a great couple of days since he seems to be hallucinating a building and a woman appearing in the lot across from the construction site. When the woman speaks to him he has visions of a beautiful prince trapped in a castle. He has a very strong urge to save him but has no idea how or if it’s even real. The new stranger helps him enter the disappearing building where his entire world is about to change.
Here is where he meets Morgan. Morgan is being held captive by a group of….something magical. More of a slave they use and abuse for amusement. Morgan knows Hal isn’t supposed to be there and tries to help him get out but the bad guys make him take a potion to prove if Hal is the hero Morgan has been waiting for to save him.
This is where the book starts to get bizarre for me. The potion itself should kill Hal. Morgan escapes with Hal to his hidey hole where he basically gives him blow job CPR. Yep. He blows him to keep him alive! My friend suggested blow job resuscitation is a real thing. Sure it is! Anyway, then they proceed to have pages and pages of sex essentially milking the poison out of poor Hal if you get my drift. 😉 I was honestly shocked by all this. Not that it’s overly sexual or anything but it was just so porny for me.
Hal was constantly unsure of himself beyond wanting to help Morgan. It’s understandable considering he was thrust into all this with no idea how he’s supposed to battle supernatural beings he had no idea existing until that moment. Morgan was abused and acted like it. He made a mistake and trusted the wrong guy and has spent hundreds of years paying for it. Morgan is drawn to the kindness of Hal and will do whatever it takes to get him out of there. There were moments that were sweet and had potential but something always seemed to crush it for me.
I did not really get the whole “oasis” thing. There were a few things that didn’t really click together. Who Morgan would or wouldn’t allow in the oasis (him?) Or protected by the oasis (him?) I read several parts multiple times and it just never resonated with me personally. A lot of this book seemed like it wanted to better than it was. I won’t say it’s an awful book because it was an original idea. I kind of liked Hal. I hated the baddies. I just can’t recommend it.