Monday, March 11, 2013


Title: Duet
Author: Eden Winters
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-62380-360-5
Genre: {M/M} Historical/Contemporary Paranormal
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Scotland’s been conquered by England and their traditions outlawed, yet Laird Callaghan hires an Englishman as tutor for his young children. The action infuriates Aillil, the Callaghan heir, who hates everything English.

Malcolm Byerly left Kent, afraid his desire for men would be discovered. He wants to live in peace and to teach—and if he’s lucky, one of his students will show an interest in his beloved violin. He didn’t expect the anger from his student’s older brother or their attraction, but a love of music brings them together. Just as Laird Callaghan finds a way to force them apart, an expected threat turns them into a Scottish legend.

When violinist Billy Byerly arrives in Scotland for a concert at Castle Callaghan, he feels like he’s been there before. He’s at peace. It’s been nearly two hundred years and legend says when Aillil’s love is reborn and returns, the Lost Laird will rouse. Billy doesn’t know anything about ghosts but meeting Aillil will change everything.

Duet is by Eden Winters. Please note it was previously published but I don’t know if there have been changes made.  I guess the first thing you need to know is the story is told is two parts. The first is historical—it’s set in 1758 and follows the lives and loves of Malcolm and Aillil. The other is contemporary and is where Billy meets Aillil’s ghost.

I enjoyed this story. Both portions are well done but the historical half, where we get to know Aillil and Malcolm, is my favorite. The vivid descriptions of Scotland and its people, customs and problems with England during this period really brought the story to life. The plot flows smoothly, character personalities are fully developed and the inclusion of Malcolm’s violin and the Druidic customs are points of interest I truly enjoyed. Add Aillil’s unpleasant father and you have the perfect villain. The young brothers are wonderful and the scenes with them and Malcolm are touching.

I’ve read other ghost stories and the premise for this book is unique. Using violin music as the glue to pull Aillil and Malcolm together, and again for Aillil and Billy, is a great way to bring cohesion to the two time periods. While there’s plenty of love between Aillil and Malcolm, it’s filled with pain and angst, but never fear some Druids see no problem with them being together and are willing to help, which relates to the ghost part of the story. It’s a beautiful love story woven together to makes a wonderful whole and I’ll be reading it again.

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