Monday, September 28, 2015

Claimed By Desire

Author: Skye Jones
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
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ISBN/BIN: 978-1-62210-236-5
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal; Shifter; Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Rose Nymph

Aeron is a gay man who lives in a small town in Wales. He lives with his sick mother and has dedicated his life to caring for her. Aeron is struggling to earn enough money to care for the two of them though, as some of the local employers are less than supportive of his sexuality. When he gets a chance to work for the mysterious Dylan, helping out on his farm, Aeron is desperate to get the job and determined to keep his sexuality a secret. When he finally lays eyes on the brooding man however, he realises that it might be much harder than he first thought.

Dylan has kept to himself since returning to Wales, too busy mourning the loss of his mate Nikos and planning his revenge to care about what the locals think. When Aeron appears on his land however, Dylan’s wolf sits up and takes notice. He can sense Aeron’s attraction but is in no mood to get distracted from his plan to avenge Nikos. Aeron is like a dog with a bone though, and Dylan is finding it harder and harder to come up with a reason to fight Aeron off.

When an evil presence makes itself known in the village, Dylan is ready and waiting to fulfil his destiny, regardless of the consequences. But it’s not only Dylan that the evil wants. Dylan wants to protect those around him the only way he knows how – by pushing those who care away. Will he be forever destined to live a life of solitude and heartache, or will his wolf finally be allowed to come out and play?

Claimed By Desire is part of the author’s Wild Hunters series. I enjoyed the first book and had high hopes for this second instalment. I’m happy to say I wasn’t disappointed at all. I personally love a pairing where one is older and rugged, with the weight of the world on his shoulders, while the other is more youthful and full of energy. I couldn’t get enough of Dylan and Aeron. There is great chemistry between them and they share some very erotic scenes. Aeron is definitely the character I connected with the most. He is kind, caring, and there is an honesty to him that just makes you love him. Dylan is great too – gruff and hard but with an element of vulnerability that meant you were never going to be put off by his behaviour.

I absolutely loved the Welsh setting and the plot was thrilling. There is a real sense of urgency at the end as Dylan gets closer to finding closure to a very painful chapter in his life, but it is never predictable. Characters from the first book make a welcome appearance to help fight off a pretty scary foe in a satisfying conclusion. I highly recommend this series to fans of the genre and can’t wait for the next instalment.

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