Friday, October 8, 2010

The Kiva

Title: The Kiva
Author: Stevie Woods
Publisher: MLR Press
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ISBN: 978-1-60820-179-2
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Archaeologist Ian Grayson joins his lover Mackenzie Wallace on one of Mac’s cross-country trucking runs. Mac has the perfect camp site in the Mojave Desert planned for Ian. Ian finds a Native American Kiva in an ancient pueblo. That night, Ian noticed that Mac is acting out of character when Mac decides to wear the representation of an Anasazi deity necklace he found buried at the Kiva. With Mac’s display of belligerent behavior, Ian begins to suspect there was something evil hidden in the ancient religious meeting place.

The Kiva is book 4 in the Tomcat series. In this episode, the story features the internal battle of good versus evil when Mac is spiritually out of control. Ian’s knowledge concerning Native American Gods is limited, so he must seek the aid of a shaman. The plot is well written. The setting is Arizona, highlighting the natural wonders to be found there. The characters are realistic. Both men are exceptionally considerate. Ian and Mac normally express a great deal of love, along with respect, for each other. However, this installment exhibits the emotional impact outside forces can have on a person’s personality, as well as the well-being of a relationship, when violence, as well as trust, comes into question. Stevie Woods has created an interesting enjoyable addition to this adventure series.

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