Thursday, May 6, 2010

Beyond the Shadows


Title: Beyond the Shadows
Author: Deirdre O'Dare
Publisher: Amber Allure
Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure
ISBN: 978-1-60272-670-3
Genre: {M/M} Dark Fantasy, Paranormal, Action, Adventure
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Theirs is a bond that spans the length of time…

First-year Border Patrol officers Rhys Davis and Liam Malone are part of a triad of best friends. Their small unit, formed since the second grade, has strengthened over time. The hidden desire Rhys and Liam harbor to be more than just simple friends has always been close to the surface for both men. The feelings that pull Rhys and Liam are too complex and coupled with memories of a shared past have the men considering their relationship was destined to be more.

Their first assignment has them on the trail of a Soul-Eater. Do those visions contain the knowledge needed to defeat the being? Will the friendship survive this new level of intimacy?

Deirdre O'Dare’s new release Beyond the Shadows takes us into New Mexico, near the Arizona border. I’ve always loved the brilliant hues of that area and could imagine the breathing Southwest backdrop. This was the perfect area for the story. The magnitude of destruction and havoc promised this would be a spectacular battle, and I wasn’t disappointed.

Rhys and Liam’s bond was established and made taking the next step in their relationship believable and unrushed. Their friendship has a great balance and I could see moments where they drew strength from one another. Their connection was so pure, untainted by lust or desire, and supported by an undying love. Rhys and Liam’s emotions spilled out on every page and I knew there was no way the Soul-Eater could win against their love and devotion to protect not only each other, but those in the Soul-Eater’s path.

Beyond the Shadows has a well-developed plot and mixes dark fantasy with action and suspense to create a fascinating story. I would recommend it to those who enjoy paranormal gay erotica, with a touch of chills and thrills.

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