Rating: 3.25 stars out of 5
That’s the sound Deacon Hearst hears when something hits his windshield. But what could it be? It’s unlike anything that Deacon has seen before and with good reason. It is a fairy—or rather a Sidhe—with a gaze the color of the moon and thus eloquently named Mooneyes. The little creature’s wing is broken by the windshield and its beginning to pour. What can Deacon do but take the fairy home to heal.
But as Deacon nurses Moon back to health, he discovers Moon’s beauty is more than skin deep. Though they’re very different, especially in size, they’re alike in their loneliness, their need for affection. Despite the weirdness of the situation, Deacon finds himself falling for Moon.
Moon is starting to feel the same. But they are separated by more than size, their worlds and families are about to collide. But Moon has a few secrets of his own, secrets that could change both their paths for life.
I have to admit it was that cover, title and plot of Splat that pulled me in. It was funny and warped enough that I had high hopes for the humor content inside. Instead what I found was a sweet, if not completely memorable, M/M fantasy romance by Alana Ankh. And it started off so well…
The story opens with Deacon fleeing his parents home and their continual attempts to see him straight and married to a daughter of one of their friends, no matter how often he tells them he is gay. To add to his poor mood, it begins to rain. And on his trip back home to his house in the woods, a fairy hits his windshield like a Palmetto bug on steroids. It’s pretty darn humerous right down to the sound effects of whooshing of the wipers and the visual effects of a small miserable fae going back and forth across the glass (ok, I found that funny, don’t judge).
Deacon meet Mooneyes (and with that name the story started to slide sideways for me). Deacon gets over the appearance of a fairy pretty calmly and after figuring out that a wounded fae in a downpour is not likely to make it, takes Moon home to heal. Attraction and lust ensues, albeit on a tiny scale.
Soon the author is throwing in more plot elements, one right after the other. Seems neither Moon’s or Deacon’s families want gay sons and are going out of their way to ignore their sexual choices in pursuit of their own plans. Plus there is several more fae complications to plow through. Ditto on Deacon’s side. I just wished that the author would have concentrated on the quixotical and funny romance at hand. But no, that’s not to be.
Ankh pretty much ignores the fairy world building with a few exceptions and that lack is felt throughout the story. Deacon’s background is better fleshed out but the side bits about his job and boss just add to the confusion. And a strange bit about a man who offers Moon his assistance.
Still where this story goes right is the interaction and feelings that spring up between Deacon and Mooneyes. That was sweet, and believable, even given the circumstances and the separation subplot that felt like a reasonable event given what happens beforehand.
Splat held out so much promise for something completely different yet it ended up as one more sweet,outside of the title and cover, love story. If that is what you are in the mood for and love fae/human romances, Splat might just be your thing to read. I will comfort myself in knowing I have one of the most memorable titles and covers to add to the Most Humerous of 2015.
Cover art by Paul Richmond. Pretty funny, I hope that was the intent. I did keep hearing “oh, no, Mr. Bill…”
ebook, 127 pages
Published February 11th 2015 by Dreamspinner Press, LLC