Dawn reviews Neena Jaydons The Calm Before The book was published by Less Than Three Press on February 5th, 2014 and is 244 pgs long.
This book was provided free of charge for an honest review by Less Than Three Press LLC.
The elven city-state of Airgead abounds with modern, magic-based technology, but has not overcome its antiquated views of race and class. Riagan refused to let such outdated views stop him in his climb from the streets all the way to the top of society–but that climb has brought more than a few enemies with it.
Seduced by Riagan at a party, Elisedd soon realizes he’s just one more pawn, one more toy, and he refuses to be hurt ever again. But try as he might, he cannot seem to escape Riagan’s hold, and instead finds himself dragged deeper into a world of passion, scheming, and a growing anger that threatens to tear Airgead apart…
I did enjoy this book, but I must admit that it took me a while to get into it, but when I was…. wow, couldn’t put it down!
Riagan is a successful business man, who is an elf. However, he is used to getting his own way, and doesn’t seem to care who he hurts in the process.
Elisedd looks human, but he has a secret about that, which is revealed as you read the book. He is also someone who everybody likes to hurt, and in time Riagan is no exception.
Elisedd, helps out his friend Fife by being a cocktail waiter at a party, and this is where he first meets Riagan. Riagan incorrectly assumes that Elisedd is employed there as a rent boy…. and manages to lose Elisedd his job by the end of the evening. Elisedd later notices that there are some money in his pocket, and also a business card. Being paid for his services, makes Elisedd feel cheap and worthless, and he decides he cannot keep the money, and so takes the money in an envelope to hand back to Riagan, which he does. Riagan then asks him to be his companion on an upcoming trip, but Elisedd refuses saying he is not for sale at any price. Unable to accept being refused, Riagan decides to visit Elisedd to try and persuade him again, but this is dangerous as he is an elf going into human territory. As a result of this, a fight erupts outside where Elisedd lives, and when he sees Riagan in danger, he wades in to help, but gets hurt in the process. Riagan pulls him into his car to escape, and this then means that Riagan has got his way and Elisedd is now his companion on his trip.
While away on the trip, Riagans personal assistant, Cairbre is kidnapped. This is all due to one of the shady deals that he has going at the time, and so Riagan decides he is going to rescue him, but he needs help to do so. Elisedds volunteers to help rescue Cairbre, and this is mainly due to one of his secrets, which is revealed when he is a major part of the rescue mission.
Things go from bad to worse for Elisedds, and this is when Riagan finally realises that his feelings for him go deep. Elisedds has already realised that he cares deeply for Riagan, but holds back as he feels that Riagan still uses people. Riagan does one shady deal too many, and this time it is Elisedds life that is danger, and this finally brings home to Riagan, what should be important to him in his life.
What happens to Elisedds?? Do Riagans shady deals cost Elisedds too much including his life ?? What are the secrets that Elisedds has?? I will let you read this book and see for yourself…
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Thanks for the review. I love m/m fantasy, but I’ve bought several “stinkers” so it’s nice to have someone steer me in the right direction. Thanks. 🙂
Sounds like an interesting read. I’ve added it to my wishlist. Thank you for the review.