Friday, May 27, 2011

Heart in Hand

Title: Heart in Hand
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher URL: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-61581-893-8
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary, Paranormal, Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Months ago, when he broke up with his last boyfriend, Simon Kim never imagined he’d find the love of his life when he ducked into a gallery to get out of the rain. That’s exactly what happened when he met Leith Haas, a man who’s not just an artist but a Warder. A man whose other job is dangerous fighting, but Simon still doesn’t totally understand that as Leith’s hearth…his home, Leith has bared his soul and completely given his heart. During a business seminar when Simon and several of his friends get sucked into Leith’s world…and directly into hell…he comes to realize that the most important thing he can give Leith is the strength of his love. The question is whether it’s enough to get them back home before the portal to the other side is closed forever.

Heart in Hand is the third release in Mary Calmes ongoing The Warder series. While the main characters are new, the ongoing storyline of the Warders and their protective mission isn’t, so I recommend the books be read in order for a better understanding.

Unlike most romances of any genre, it’s unusual for the couple to start out already together, but that’s exactly what happens here. Heart in Hand begins six months after Leith and Simon get together and the start of the relationship is seen in a couple of flashbacks. I wasn’t expecting this beginning but it certainly works for what the author has in mind for the remainder of the story.

I liked Leith and Simon. They make a good couple - each with their own strengths yet each so different - but what I really appreciated was how strong-willed and independent Simon was…to the point that he didn’t want to overburden his lover…his Warder with his own needs. He just can’t seem to completely bare his soul to the man he loves, not realizing that’s exactly what Leith wants and needs. Ms. Calmes has balanced this personal part of the story with the creepy…being sent straight to hell by a demon and she’s done it with great creative flair. Look for the next release in this enjoyable, well-written paranormal series Sinnerman to be released in June.

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