Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Diego is an unsuccessful writer barely keeping a roof over his head in NYC. He has a compulsion to help those in need, human or animal, which not only got him a serious head injury with resultant seizures at some point in the past, but more recently led to his lover leaving him. When he saw an emaciated man crouching on the edge of the Brooklyn bridge, he couldn’t just drive by – he went up to the man hoping to talk him out of jumping. And proceeded to bring that man, filthy, malnourished, and more than a little strange, back to his apartment to care for him.
Finn was strange – every object in Diego’s life, no matter how mundane, was a puzzle to him. Cars, machines, street food… it all seemed to be completely new to him. His speech was delightfully formal and archaic and hinted at someone completely foreign (one of my favorite lines, when the doctor wanted to get some tests: “What does he mean, drawing blood? Has he issued challenge?” I loved how he spoke, and I think if this book is made into an audiobook with a talented narrator it would be even more amazing). Eventually, Finn admits to Diego that he is not human, that he is a pooka who slept for 700 years and awoke to the modern world, and found that he was unable to return to the world of the Fae. And he is being slowly poisoned by the air and the water of this world, and he doesn’t know how to stop it.
These two characters just fit together. Diego, humble, extraordinarily generous, exceedingly kind, and stronger than he acknowledges; and Finn, adventurous, spontaneous, artistic, with a charming combination of naivete and worldliness. Finn is open about love and sexuality, and freely admits his admiration and attraction for Diego, though Diego is more guarded about how he feels about Finn. They travel to an isolated area of Canada where Finn is finally able to regain his health, but they find that he is not the only supernatural being who has been sleeping…
This book really was shaping up to be a five star read for me. I fell in love with both of the characters, and I was drawn into the danger and the adventure in the wilds of Canada. The mystery of Diego’s true nature, and how Finn gradually helped him to acknowledge and embrace it, fascinated me. I felt like the excitement was building and building, and I couldn’t put the book down, but the climax ended up falling a little short of the buildup. And then the story meandered on for another few chapters that seemed irrelevant and even after I finished the book, I still didn’t know what the point of those chapters was. So, I ended up taking off a star. Regardless, I really enjoyed this book, and I will read it again, and I am very much hoping it is the beginning of a series!
Cover art by Emmy@studioenp is pretty but doesn’t say much about the book.
Kindle Edition, 226 pages
Published May 22nd 2018 by Pride Publishing (first published July 2nd 2009)
SeriesEndangered Fae #1
CharactersFinn Shannon, Diego Sandoval settingNew Brunswick (Canada)