Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Firebird and Other Stories

Author: R. Cooper
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 9781634764032
Genre: {M/M}, Paranormal, Anthology, Series          
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

The Firebird - 3.5 Nymphs  

What’s a firebird to do when all he has known is men who want to own him?  Now he comes across one who wants to love him and he is unsure how to act.

The Warrior’s Sacrifice – 3.5 Nymphs

For as long as anyone could remember, one of Los Cerros’ neighborhoods has been protected by the jaguars.  But that protection comes with a price and when Mateo is offered as sacrifice, he is not sure if he is glad or not.

Hyacinth on the Air – 3.5 Nymphs

Hyacinth has never met anyone as lovely as Walter but the man is shy and easily shocked.  Too bad he’s falling for a fairy.

A Giant Among Men – 3.5

Tank is used to everyone being afraid of him, until he finds someone he no longer wants to be “Tank the Troll” for.

The Imp and Mr. Sunshine – 4.0

Wherever Rennet is, chaos is sure to follow.  Sometimes that’s good and other times, not so much.  While Rennet maybe use to it, he doesn’t want John getting hurt in the crossfire.

The Wolf in the Garden – 3.5

Miki wants someone to spend the rest of his life with, but his garden is a little hard to get over.  When Diego makes it in, Miki wonders if he has found his someone special.

The Dragon’s Egg – 3.5

Arthur doesn’t know how to react when he finds an egg in the front room, especially after his boyfriend claims it’s theirs.
The Firebird and Other Stories is the fifth book in the Being(s) in Love series.  This new story is a little different from the others in that it is an anthology made up of seven stories that cover a vast period of time.  The stories also have a variety of beings taking center stage, some of whom show up later as secondary characters, or if you are paying attention, just making a cameo appearance.  While the stories were all good, it was The Imp and Mr. Sunshine that I really enjoyed.

The reason this was my favorite is simple, the characters.  Rennet is an imp who is tired of playing second fiddle to fairies, being compared to demons, and loves to blow things up.  John is the deputy mayor, a human, and hopefully Rennet’s lover.  Neither of these characters is perfect, nor are they model material.  Yet, each has something that draws the people around them in, something that is not always a good thing in Rennet’s case.  These two also had me laughing, especially Rennet. 

Fans of this series are sure to love this new book and the various characters in it.  

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