Dana Piazzi gives 9/10 pots of gold to Miles and The Magic Flute by Heidi Cullinan (Blog Tour and giveaway)

Why I read this: I volunteered to read and was given a copy of  Miles and the Magic Flute in exchange for an honest review for the current blog tour. I can’t honestly tell you that I would have picked this up on my own if not for being given a copy. This was my first real foray into a fantasy m/m romance. Up until this point I had never read anything other than contemporary romance. However, I am very glad I did volunteer to read this. Check out Eloreen’s interview with the author.

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Blurb:

When unemployed Miles Larson retreats to his friend’s Minnesota pawnshop to lick his wounds, he discovers that a few notes on a magical instrument reveal an erotic fairyland where the sorrows weighing on his heart don’t exist at all.

Yet fantasy comes with a price, and soon Miles must choose a path. He can surrender his soul to the dreamlord to sustain his pleasure… or he can defeat the faerie and save the mysterious beast-man who promises love. Miles would choose love over pleasure in a heartbeat—if only to seize it he didn’t first have to acknowledge the pain inside.
 
Is Miles strong enough to learn that sometimes to find happiness, we must face down our sorrows?

This title has been previously published and has been revised from its original release.
 
History of the Novel: Miles and the Magic Flute was first published by Dreamspinner Press in May of 2010. It double-finaled with Hero that year in Elisa Rolle’s Rainbow Awards as best paranormal romance, and its original cover also won an award in that contest.Heidi wrote this novel as the first rounds of her chronic health issues required regular use of narcotics, which did interesting things to her story brain. A great deal of this novel was processing her new truth of living with pain and riding the occasionally strange ride of prescription drugs.
 
Published by: Wilde City Press; May 27th, 2014
 
Buy Links: Wilde City Press
 
My Review: Looking at the cover for Miles and The Magic Flute, I could tell the story would be about fairies (fae) or elves, though I wasn’t completely sure which. The title of the book made me smirk to be honest. It felt like a tongue in cheek reference to a certain part of male anatomy (though it wasn’t). I said above, that I might not have read it if I hadn’t been given a copy in exchange for an honest review. I’m not always comfortable stepping outside my comfort zone. But, neither is Miles, the main character of this book.
 
His life is in upheaval after losing his job and being forced to move back to his home town, where homophobia is alive and well, and all his city friends have seemed to forget his existence. His parents have moved away and he is forced to move in with a high school friend, Patty and her partner Julie, and he works in Patty’s pawn shop to repay her. Miles is full of complaints and woes, and he yearns to escape his current situation, no matter the cost.
 
He learns soon that you have to be careful what you asked for when he swept into an “unreal” new world. A world of dreams and fantasy, but also dark curses and rutting beasts.
 
I was immediately drawn into the story, the writer blending modern times with the dream world of fae and cursed beasts seamlessly. There were pop culture references that I adored, though I might point out when she referred to Edward in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the character’s name is really Edmund. Also she mentioned Buffy the Vampire Slayer and that scores points with me, always.
 
I enjoyed all the characters in this book and found most of them realistic and relatable. The fae were mischievous and sometimes self-serving, but turned out to be somewhat likable characters as well. Miles could represent all of us unhappy with our stations in life; all of us who struggle to pay bills, find love, find success, or even just live our lives independently and happily. In the dream/fantasy world, though, he becomes a bit puzzling to me, with his free willing attitude with his body. He is too easily ready to have sex with just about anyone, Terris, the faerie looking to escape the Dream Lord’s imprisonment, and Harry the cursed beast/man who is hung like he has a “child’s arm” between his legs.
 
The sex scenes weren’t extremely detailed which was good, since the mating between Harry and Miles sounded as if it would be excruciating without the help of the “magic lube.”  There were some concepts that bordered on ridiculous, but somehow I was still amused and intrigued with the book. At some points I thought of giving the book one pot of gold less, but like many fairy tales or fantasy novels, there was a underlying point to this book. A moral, if you will.
 
Miles spent so much time in his real life complaining, so much time not noticing or appreciating what he did have. People spend so much time wishing for dreams to become reality instead of making reality what they want, the Dream Lord was able to gain untold power. Life is joy and life is pain, and that is reality. What you’re meant to take away from this story is that we need to appreciate what is real, to reach for what is real and find happiness in what we have. Sure dreams are great but we need to see what is in front of our faces and make the most of it. Maybe then we might be able to attain true happiness, love, success, even world peace. This idea, which has always been a personal philosophy of mine, made this story very valuable as well as entertaining.
 
I leave you with two quotes that I liked.
 
pain life    philosophy
Heidi Cullinan head shot BWAbout the author: Heidi Cullinan has always loved a good love story, provided it has a happy ending. She enjoys writing across many genres but loves above all to write happy, romantic endings for LGBT characters because there just aren’t enough of those stories out there. When Heidi isn’t writing, she enjoys cooking, reading, knitting, listening to music, and watching television with her husband and ten-year-old daughter. Heidi is a vocal advocate for LGBT rights and is proud to be from the first Midwestern state with full marriage equality. Find out more about Heidi, including her social networks, at www.heidicullinan.com.
 
Giveaway:
 
Everyone who comments on this post or Eloreen’s interview with Heidi will be entered in to win an ebook copy of Miles and the Magic Flute from Wilde City Press.
 
You need to be 18 years or older to enter the giveaway, void where prohibited, etc

A random winner will be chosen on June 8th 2014

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