Thursday, March 5, 2009

Surrender Love

Title: Surrender Love
Author: Kayelle Allen
Publisher: Loose Id
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ISBN: 978-1-59632-874-7
Genre: LGBT Multicultural/Interspecies Science Fiction/Fantasy
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Immortal Luc Saint-Cyr has lived for thousands of years, which was more than enough time for him to hone his sexual skills, and learn the ways of pleasure and pain. While most immortals have given up on the notion of finding love, Luc still strives to find someone of his own. Suffering from a broken heart, Luc is depressed and beside himself in misery. Soon, hope comes in the form of a young feline Kin drummer, Izzorah “Rah” Ceeow. Rah supplies a freshness that Luc has never come across in his entire lifespan. The two men have more in common than they could imagine. That thread of similarity will either strengthen their bond or render them helpless to move forward in a committed relationship.

Kayelle Allen grabbed my attention with a previous book containing Luc’s character, and I’m ecstatic to revisit the characters that enticed me so long ago. Luc is a complex man, but simple at the same time. Complex, because of all the secrets he keeps, the levels he allows others to exist in his realm and his knowledge of sex. Simple, because if you strip away the power, the immortality, and the body to die for, Luc is a simple man with a deep desire for love and acceptance for whom he is and not what he possesses. To gain entry to a level where you are privy to his heart says something about the person who occupies the space and Rah is no ordinary Kin. Rah’s handicaps are not weaknesses. They have allowed him to sharpen his skills at perception and make Rah a better person. I truly believe out of all the lovers I’ve seen Luc with, Rah is the one sent by whatever God grants love and happiness. He’s Luc’s gift for the times over the thousands of years where Luc was suffering or lonely. I absolutely loved this first book of the Surrender Trilogy, and I can’t wait to see where Ms. Allen is going to take us next. Surrender Love is a fantastic book, so if you are new to Luc or are an old fan, you truly won’t be disappointed.

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