Review: Gale Force (SoulShares #2) by Rory Ni Coileain

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Rating:  4.75 stars out of 5

Gale ForceConall Dary is the most powerful mage born to the Fae race since the Realm was parted from the human world, over two thousand years ago. But that very power condemns him to a lifetime of celibacy, because sex calls to power, and he has power enough to drain a world. When he refuses to use his talents for a Noble lady’s petty revenge, he finds himself shanghaied to the human world, his soul torn in half and his magick blocked.

Josh LaFontaine is the beautifully inked owner of Raging Art-On, a Washington, D.C. tattoo and piercing parlor. While taking part in New York City’s Pride march with a former lover’s dance company, his world changes forever when the man of his dreams materializes out of nowhere at his feet . Josh’s sensual and loving touch, the first Conall has ever known, may be enough to give him back the magick he’s lost. But before they can complete their Soulshare, a terrible accident leaves Conall bodiless, lost, and invisible, to everyone except – maybe – the human with whom he shares a soul. But Josh will need to find him before the ancient evil of the Marfach does or everything they have – and more – will be lost.

Hard As Stone, the first in the SoulShares series, pulled me wholeheartedly into Rory Ni Coileain’s amazing collision of fantasy and contemporary urban American society.  I found her world building amazing, her characters complex and compelling and the drama and pain of a soul ripped in two irresistible.  How was she going to top it, I wondered?  Gale Force is the answer and an outstanding one to boot!

At the end of Hard As Stone, after Fae Tiernan Guaire and human Kevin Almstead have united in the SoulShares bond, we were informed that more were Fae coming and that Tiernan, Kevin and the bar Purgatory had to be ready.  But no one could have been prepared for the next Fae to be hurled through the Pattern, his soul ripped in two.  That would be the most powerful mage ever born, Conall Dary.  If there is a complete opposite of the sexy, sarcastic Tiernan, it would be Conall Dary.  Virginal, lonely, he is so powerful that he has kept everyone at bay and himself isolated because he feared the damage he could inflict.  That isolation has also made him a target and somewhat naive as to what the other Fae are capable of.  That outlook and a refusal to use his power for petty revenge gets him tossed out of the Realm in the worst way possible.

The author’s descriptions of the Fae Realm and its inhabitants are sharp and complete in both the emotions and characters involved.  Their pettiness is on a scale we find horrific as is the manner in which they demand their “requests” be attended to.  That Conall is too good for this Realm is immediately understood, although not by him.  He has internalized the Fae culture’s image of himself and the damage that has caused his self image is acute.  I fell in love with Conall here and that love only deepened once he fell at the feet (literally) of Josh LaFontaine during a Pride parade.

Josh LaFontaine.  Here is another character to love. Covered in his own ink, magic swirls around him.  I loved him for his bravery, compassion, and determination.  Such a remarkable character and those tats of his…well, that’s one of the highlights of this story and I won’t spoil it for you here.  With each new couple and their passage to a SoulShares bond, the series gets better, the evil that is the Marfach becomes more diabolical, and the scope of the plot widens to show that the author’s plan for all her characters is more complicated and delightful than I had anticipated.

Yes, that magnificent monster, the Marfach is back and even more determined to return to the Realm of the Fae.  Rory Ni Coileain’s ability to drive up the suspense and impression of evil is marvelous.  The Marfach is so twisted that you can almost smell the stench.  What a creation!  And now that it resides in the poor reanimated flesh of the bouncer, we get the thoughts of both beings in one.  That aspect of this story only serves to amp up our anticipation of the evil to come.  Love that about this stoy too!

Gale Force is one wild fantasy ride!  It has it all.  A virginal hero (and Fae at that), magic, a monster, and a forever love waiting to be found.  Rory Ni Coileain delivers  it all in a fast paced, vividly described and beautifully detailed story you won’t want to put down.  I am on to the next in the series, Deep Plunge.  Put this book and the other SoulShares stories on your TBR list.  It is one of ScatteredThoughtsandRogueWords Must Reads!

Cover art:  Not credited which is fine because there is nothing that really speaks to the story within on the cover.

Buy Details:          Ravenous Romance                   All Romance eBooks (ARe)                    Amazon    Gale Force

Book Details:

ebook, 230 pages

Published March 12th 2013 by Ravenous Romance (first published March 10th 2013)
edition languageEnglish
url http://www.ravenousromance.com/fantastica/gale-force.php
seriesSoulShares #2

Books in the SoulShares series in the order they were written and should be read are:

Hard As Stone (Soulshares #1)
Gale Force (SoulShares #2)
Deep Plunge (SoulShares #3)
Firestorm (SoulShares #4)

August is Here and the Week’s Schedule at ScatteredThoughts!

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Where did the summer go?  August is arriving this week so thoughts of Fall is trailing in its wake.   I have seen ads for Back to School already, and even (hides my eyes) a few for Christmas.  Really, people?  Christmas?  Sigh.  I am still working on my gardens and the work progresses with the weather.   Like the tides, the work and I flow in and then out.  Cool weather?  Then I can work outside and still breath.  Hot and humid? The typical Washington,  oh right we are surrounded by water and were built on a swamp, DC summer?  Well, that sees me inside, knitting,reading, writing, and grateful for air-conditioning.

Surprisingly, this summer has been pretty good, better than good, so far.  Yesterday barely made it into 80 degrees.  It was lovely and appreciated by all here, including the terriers.  Today humid and 90’s.  Tomorrow more of the same and then down again.  A rollercoaster approach that I will take over weeks of constant 90 degree heat or higher.

It’s also been a wonderful summer so far for books.  New authors, old favorites,  and a new perspective on authors whose new stories I have really liked.  The Pulp Friction 2014 series, Elemental Connections, is off the charts in terms of great plots and even better characters.  I have been reading lots of  books with Fae in the plots, and guess what?  All terrific!  Angel Martinez’ Semper Fae?  Unbelievable!   Rory Ni Coiliean’s SoulShares has me hooked too! On the contemporary side, Lou Sylvre’s Vasquez and James?  Love, love, love them.   Shira Anthony has a new Blue Notes story coming out, Dissonance!   I have two in line from TJ Klune waiting to be read.  I will need more boxes of tissues for those I am sure.  What a happy reader I am these days!

♦If you have noticed, I have started to display current and future book tours to the right hand side of the page.  You can click on those and it will take you to the  entry forms associated with those tours!  Also I have joined the ranks of the Amazon,All Romance Affiliates and Totally Bound Affiliates, so if you buy it through the links at the bottom of each post, it will help support ScatteredThoughtsandRogueWords and my efforts to continue to upgrade this website.

♦Now, one last thing.  I have been thinking about this for some time and have decided that I need to add another reviewer to help me cover more books coming out and the review requests I am receiving.  I have a standard format and requirements.  If you are interested, contact me at melaniem54@msn.com and we can talk!

Now on to the week ahead at ScatteredThoughtsandRogueWords:

Monday, July 28:

  • Review: Hard as Stone by Rory Ni Coileain

Tuesday, July 29:

  • Riptide’s and Z.A. Maxfield’s Home the Hard Way Book Tour/Contest
  • Book Blast:  Jennifer Cie’s Down the Other Street Book Tour/Contest
  • Review:  Home the Hard Way by Z.A. Maxfield

Wednesday, July 30:

  • Book Blast Book Tour:  Silvia Violet’s Unexpected Trust
  • Review:  Unexpected Trust by Silvia Violet

Thursday, July 31:

  • Virtual Book Tour: That You Are Here by Meredith Allard
  • July Summary of Reviews and Best Covers of the Month

Friday, August 1:

  • Review:  Hero by Heidi Cullinan
  • Review: Gale Force by Rory Ni Coileain

Saturday, August 2:

  • Ink and Flowers by J.K. Pendragon (removed)
  • The Choosing by Annabelle Jacobs

 

Now stay cool, everyone.  Hope you are enjoying your weekend.  Here’s a summer cocktail to try out!

Cucumber Lemonade Mocktail. A111206 Food & Wine March 2012Cucumber Lemonade Mocktail (no alcohol)

Ingredients:
1 paper-thin, lengthwise slice of European cucumber, for garnish
Ice
1/4 teaspoon finely chopped dill, plus 1 dill sprig, for garnish
1 tablespoon agave syrup
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/4 cup fresh cucumber juice (see Note)
1/4 cup chilled club soda

Directions:

Press the cucumber slice against the inside of a chilled highball glass and add ice. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the chopped dill, agave syrup, lemon and lime juices and 1 tablespoon of water until the syrup is dissolved. Add ice, then add the cucumber juice and shake well. Strain into the prepared glass and stir in the club soda. Garnish with the dill sprig.
NOTES Cucumber juice is available at juice counters. You can also make it by pureeing peeled cucumber chunks in a blender and then straining the puree through a fine sieve. One large cucumber yields about 3/4 cup of strained juice.