Monday, August 18, 2014

The Falconer’s Lure

Author: A.J. Marcus
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-62798-830-8
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

All his life Garret Nicholson’s taken care of and trained birds of prey at the center run by his parents. He also works at his father falconry show during the Hawkwook Renaissance Festival trying to prove he’s a dependable adult, capable of being a good falconer. His dad has trouble seeing it, but leaves him in charge for a few days while he does business off-site.

Trevor DePalma loves the birds, and watching the shows makes him happier than he’s been since his parents threw him out of the house. He volunteers at the falconry booth and ends up helping Garrett with their care. Trevor learns all he can about the birds and the two grow close, except he’s afraid to tell Garrett about his past, especially about being homeless. As the dangers of living on the streets get all too real, can Trevor depend on Garrett to be there when he needs him?

The Falconer’s Lure is the latest in A Ren Faire Romance series by AJ Marcus.  Please note the previous characters don’t play major roles, so it can be read as a standalone.

I’m a fan of watching the birds of prey shows myself, so finding falconry as the focus of the story is a plus for me. It’s obvious the author did his research about falconry and did a very nice job weaving the information into the story. I enjoyed the scenes with the birds and actually learned something too.

I guess what I liked the most is that the author chose to use a young homeless man as one of his leads. He took a situation where Trevor and his friends had hit bottom but put it in the fantasy setting of the renaissance festival and turned it into a positive experience after months of uncertainty. Weaving the bad with the good, the pain with the joy and the rejection of the parents with the acceptance of Garrett, made for nice juxtapositions throughout the story. Having Garrett show Trevor compassion as they developed a friendship first was a nice way to begin their relationship.

Overall—I enjoyed the story, it’s well written and entertaining. I admit the opening started a little slow for me, but after a few pages it picked up and remained steady throughout the remainder of the book. The descriptions are vivid and I really liked Garrett and Trevor, and the author did a nice job developing their personalities. 

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