Author: Alexis Duran
Publisher: Loose Id
Rating: 2.5 stars
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Reporter Ian Evers, obsessed with magical creatures since childhood, never experiences satisfying proof that the magical realm actually exists until he falls into an entrapment spell set by a handsome but dangerous elf. Barely escaping with his soul intact, Ian is able to undo the hex, but he can’t escape the very real infatuation he’s developed for the fierce, alluring elf.
Ezekiel Stormshadow is a svarta, a dark elf who serves the Queen of the dark realm. The realm of darkness needs the power of light to survive, and while hunting the last few magical beings on earth, Ezekiel discovers Ian, a light elf who’s unaware of his true nature and ripe for the plucking. Their brief encounter awakens a great hunger in Ezekiel, and he’s determined to feast on the light elf’s power and body before the queen intervenes and claims Ian for herself.
Ian knows only he can save Ezekiel from the grasp of the dark queen. Driven apart by the ancient imbalance between the dark and light realms, an evil queen starved for power, and their fear of each other, Ian and Ezekiel are relentlessly drawn together even though their union might destroy them both.
Review: This is the story about a reporter named Ian who basically captures pictures or information of supernatural beings and sells them to the papers who buy that sort of thing. This is how he finds Zeke. Zeke is a dark fae who lures his victims in with his music. There’s something different about Ian though. Zeke manages to enthrall him but he’s equally captivated by Ian. Ian isn’t just another guy. He’s protected by his wacky magic dabbling aunt and other friends who believe in supernatural things.
The basis of this story is the wicked evil dark fae queen whom is so power hungry and evil she basically dooms her own people. There were once dark and light elves but her nasty ambition messed with the balance when she tried to take them all out. Essentially starving her own people out because they didn’t have the light to feed off. Making her their sole source of sustenance. Essentially making her needed despite her being nasty. The world building was hit and miss for me. Good ideas that maybe just didn’t fully form in the story. I couldn’t help but think I was missing information. The storytelling felt jarring at times. Like there was a transition from A to C but I was missing B.
I couldn’t ever really get into the couple either. Zeke starts off kind of smarmy just wanting to feed off Ian’s light by getting him into bed. Then suddenly he’s so in love with Ian that he’s willing to betray his evil queen and endure torture for hundreds of years if it means Ian is safe from her grasp. Not that he actually is. Ian starts off hating Zeke but quickly gives into their insta- love and risks his life to save Zeke. He’s also much more powerful than he ever knew. It’s all very dramatic romantic fantasy and maybe that just isn’t for me.
So obviously I didn’t love this one. Based on the blurb I thought I might but I just couldn’t get into it. I didn’t enjoy the couple or their magical sex scenes. Some of the secondary characters were fun but again they were just sprinkled in here and there. I honestly had a hard time reviewing this one as I was never really into it enough to care. This was a just finish it already and move on type of book for me.