Saturday, December 11, 2010

Tooth & Nail


Title: Tooth & Nail
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher URL: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-61581-692-7
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Paranormal
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Dylan Shaw is a hardworking nineteen year-old student and he doesn’t have any business inside a dance club in the Castro district. He’s a beautiful young man, literally dressed like an angel and despite being drunk, Dylan turns down a couple of overzealous guys, which results in him being attacked in the club’s restroom. Malic rescues the younger man and despite his interest, because of his age, Malic refuses to sleep with him. Dylan is everything Malic ever dreamed of for his ‘hearth’ but he’s afraid of hurting or burdening him with the dangerous life he leads.

The reality of Malic’s world won’t be denied and soon Dylan finds himself pulled into a paranormal life he never knew existed. To keep Dylan safe, Malic fights tooth and nail to push him away, in spite of the younger man holding the keys to his safety and most importantly, his heart.

Tooth and Nail is the second release in the Warder series by multi published author Mary Calmes. First off I have to say that I love the book’s title. Initially, I assumed that tooth and nail referred to how hard Malic would be forced to fight demons as a Warder – when instead that’s how hard he fights not to get involved with or hurt Dylan. It’s a cute and effective twist I didn’t expect but appreciated.

I found the dynamic between the gruff, big and burly Malic and the young, sweet and determined Dylan very entertaining. Talk about two vastly different personalities. Yet, Ms. Calmes uses her creative flair, added in fun bantering dialogue between the noble Malic and the persistent Dylan, threw in great secondary characters, a little fast-paced action and some danger and you have all that you need for an entertaining afternoon read.

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