Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
A leprechaun gets but one chance to find love in the mortal realm. If the leprechaun is successful, they may live out their life with their true love in the mortal world with occasion visits back to the fairy world. If unsuccessful, they must find love in the fairy world which has proven difficult to do. Knowing both the reward and costs, young leprechauns gamble to find their true love.
Ailin is one such leprechaun. Having passed up his chance last year thinking he was too young for such an adventure, he decides to go forth this year. He knows that the portal will open on St. Patrick’s Day and will have until the equinox a few days later to find his love. Having found the portal site, Ailin crosses through then casts a spell to protect himself from the rush of other leprechauns coming through. Once he regains his senses, he heads to town. On the way, he meets a brownie, a dark fairy from another fairy kingdom. Ailin ignores the brownie’s temptations and finds a festival in the nearest town. He is off to find the man who will love him.
Rohan is a farmer to the north of the town. He inherited his grandfather’s farm recently and loves the simpler life. He enters a jig dance contest at the local festival. As competitors begin to drop, he notices the only one keeping up is a good looking red headed man, who happens to be Ailin in his human guise. Impressed that he can keep up, Rohan offers to buy the man a drink at the local tavern. The competitive nature in both men leads to a game of darts where wagers are made by the patrons. Finding the man challenging, he asks the man to come back to the farm with him. Ailin is overjoyed at the possibility that Rohan might be the one and accepts. Now he must turn this attraction to true love in the next few days or else he will never find mortal love.
This is the first book in the Gifts of the Fae series by A. J. Markus. If you are looking for two alpha males you have found it in this book. Both men acknowledge their competitive nature, which includes the size of their equipment. Of course both are well hung, as it seems they have to be the best at everything they do. It was interesting to see Ailin dance around some of Rohan’s questions as Ailin cannot lie to the human but also did not want to reveal his true nature until he know Rohan was the one for him. Overall it was an enjoyable start to this new series.
The cover art is perfect for this book. We have the red headed Ailin with his scruff standing beside the dark haired Rohan wearing what looks like a tam o’shanter. These fit the description of the characters perfectly. The rainbow above the author’s name is a nice touch. Kudos go to Carmen Waters for the cover.
ebook, 53 pages
Published March 14th 2016 by eXtasy Books
Series: Gifts of the Fae
The Leprechaun’s Gamble (Gifts of the Fae #1)