Friday, June 19, 2015

Twisted Roses

Author:  Skye Dragen
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-63216-279-3
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

After being abandoned by his parents, Payne has serious trust issues. So when his father shows at his job telling him his grandfather is dying and he needs to come to the family estate to learn about his inheritance. Payne’s reluctant to go and he’s was right to be concerned—it’s nothing like he ever imagined.

While walking the paths through the forest, Payne’s Fae nature comes alive for the first time and his grandfather confesses that his family is the caretaker of a Sidhe, Fae and other magical creature—and he’s to be the next guardian. It’s dangerous learning to navigate through the many political courts of the magical creatures and a wrong move while teaching him how to deal with the other inhabitants of the preserve could has lasting repercussions. Most importantly he and his dragon mentor, Aden, have to learn how to trust in each other when times of crisis arise.

Twisted Roses is the first book in Skye Dragen’s new Unseen trilogy. I admit it. I’m always careful when selecting a book from a new author but I’m happy to report I found this release well written and entertaining, with interesting, fully developed characters. Best of all the world building is well done, pulling the reader into the story with vivid descriptions and a complicated plot line that flows smoothly. Her take on the various fae courts and their differences is woven perfectly into the plot. I have to give her a two thumbs-up on a great job of balancing all the various story components. 

The story really has a little bit of everything. Family angst, political intrigue, illness, action, and two main characters I really enjoyed. That one of them is a cranky but sexy dragon is a big plus.  I loved the differences in the personalities of these guys. Payne is young, childish, impatient and loud. Aden is reserved, mature, and patient. Not two individuals you’d expect to make a successful couple but they do. They’re actually very sweet together. I can’t wait to see what happens next. Watch for the next release.

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