Friday, May 20, 2011

My Maven, My Everything

Title: My Maven, My Everything
Author: Joyee Flynn
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand
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ISBN: 1-61034-408-1
Genre: {M/M}, Paranormal, BDSM, Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Madden, like all members of the Sons of Thanatus, has the ability to hear the souls of the dead. It is the job of the organization to help those souls find their final peace. After finishing his latest assignment, Mad heads to New Orleans for some rest and relaxation. Deciding to stop off at one of the bars in the hotel, Mad picks up Josh, thinking the twink will be just another one night stand. Little does he realize just how wrong he is.

Sons of Thanatus is the new series by prolific writer Joyee Flynn. This series is different from many of the paranormal series out there, as it does not center around vampires and shape-shifters. Instead, this series is about a secret organization believed to be connected to the gods. At one time, the group was strong but as times changed, many of its members went into hiding. Now most of the Sons of Thanatus no longer realize who they really are. This of course gives the author the opportunity to add new stories to the series as new members are found.

As for My Maven, My Everything, the first book in the series, the opening scene will pull you right in. Madden is a strong individual who’s good at his job. After the death of his wife and unborn child, he has kept a tight rein on his feelings. Josh has just finished his initial training and is ready to begin his apprenticeship with his new maven. After a night of passion, which burns up the pages and shows the reader just how strong of a connection these two have already formed, the two men are shocked to discover that they are maven and apprentice. While the author does a wonderful job showcasing the feelings Mad and Josh have for each other, she does just as well tossing in the angst. I found myself close to tears more than once as these two struggled to overcome the obstacles that presented themselves.

There are many wonderful secondary characters, some of whom will get stories of their own. The story is evenly peppered with love, suspense and angst. While I did feel the author could have fleshed out the cases the men had been sent out on a little more, I do believe this is a great book that will keep the reader entertained.

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