Jorah: The Brinnswick Chronicles IV
M/M Paranormal Romance
Release Date: 05.18.21
Cover designer: Soxsational Cover Art
When I was fourteen, I was sucked through a portal to another realm—the land of the fae—and forced to live there for three years. Crazy, right? Welcome to my world. Being an Ellwood means being pulled into the craziest and most dangerous situations while trying to protect the people around you. But I wouldn’t change it for anything.
For years, every time I visit the land of the fae, something seems to pull me toward the north. Naturally, it’s the most dangerous place in all of Faela, so my family forbids me to travel there. But now I know something is wrong, and I find myself unable to ignore the call I feel deep down in my soul. The peaceful feeling I normally get from the north is gone, replaced with nothing but fear and sorrow.
I know in my heart that the pull I’m feeling is from my viramore—my soulmate—and I’m afraid I might be too late to save him. If I do make it there in time, what kind of condition will I find him in? I can feel that he’s hurt, grieving, and simply waiting to fade away, and I’m too far to help. He’s in danger, I know he is, and I’m not sure if I’ll be able to keep him safe from the evil creatures hunting him.
Jorah is a 107K word novel and the fourth book in The Brinnswick Chronicles. It can be read as a standalone novel, although it’s better to read the series in order to get a better feel for the characters and the larger story arc. This MM paranormal romance contains explicit material and is intended for mature adults 18 years old and older.
“Tell me.” He turned back to me. “Jorah of the Ellwood Coven, where is this pretty forest located? The Emerald Expanse, perhaps? It’s very green, although nothing is as green as those eyes of yours.”
Warmth filtered into my chest at the compliment, and I swallowed, then hesitantly made my way closer to him. “This forest is in the human realm, not in Faela.”
He barked out a laugh. “I suppose my imagination is pulling out all the stops to distract me.”
“Distract you from what?”
He frowned, his voice coming out as a whisper. “The pain.”
A sharp pain pierced my heart. “I’m sorry, love. I’m trying to get to you as fast as I can.” The endearment slipped out, but it felt natural.
A sad smile graced his lips as he sighed. “If only that were true, pretty witch. If only that were true.”
“It is.” Trusting my gut, I moved closer to him and placed my hand on his forearm.
The pretty man gasped and met my eyes, breathing out, “You feel real.”
“I am real,” I insisted, trying not to focus too hard on how amazing his skin felt under my hand. “I’m real, and I’m on my way.”
“But you live in the human realm,” he whispered, his voice shaky.
“I do, but I have a home in Faela. My family and I are on a ship, sailing north from the Pink Isle, sailing to you.”
His pretty blue eyes filled with tears, and he backed away, forcing my hand to release him. “It’s kind of cruel for my mind to wave a pretty boy making impossible promises right in front of me, isn’t it? Am I not suffering enough in life that I have to suffer in my dreams as well?”
He cried out in pain, cutting me off, and I rushed forward, catching him before he could fall to the ground. A whimpering whine came out of his throat, and I expected him to push me away again, but instead, he curled into me. Without hesitation, I scooped him into my arms, sat on the ground, and held him in my lap as he began crying silently.
After a few minutes, he whispered in a hoarse voice, “They’re hurting me… again.”
My eyes filled with tears as I rocked him and ran my hand over his hair, whispering, “Shh. I’ve got you, love. I’m here.”
“It hurts. Everything hurts,” he murmured.
That sharp pain pierced my heart again, and I hugged him to me, resting my cheek against his hair. “Do you… do you know what’s happening?”
“They like the way my blood tastes.”
Bile threatened to fill me as a long-lost memory, or the memory of an old vision filled my head. With a start, I realized that the man in my arms was the same one that had been caught in that net and forced to watch his younger brother die and get—nope, not going down that road.
Instead, I said, “I’m sorry. I’m trying to get to you.”
He whimpered again.
“What can I do, love? How can I help?”
He was quiet for a long time before he whispered, “Stay with me until I wake up.” He cleared his throat. “Even if you’re not real, I don’t feel so alone with you right here.”
I pressed my lips to his hair, speaking against him. “I’ll stay as long as you want. You never have to be alone again.”
A long, sad whine came out of him, sounding almost like a song rather than crying, although it was a heartbreaking sound. It made tears spring to my eyes as I continued rocking him and petting his hair.
A long time passed with us like that. Me holding him, and him whimpering or singing his sad song or simply sitting in my arms, not saying anything at all. But eventually, I felt him being tugged from my arms, and a new kind of panic reached my chest. “No, don’t go.”
“Don’t have a choice,” he said through clenched teeth. “They’re waking me.”
“No, please.” Tears filled my eyes again. “You can’t go.”
“Maybe I’ll see you again one day, Jorah of the Ellwood Coven.”
The tears spilled over onto my cheeks. “You never told me your name.”
A sad smile tugged his lips upward. “No, I didn’t, did I?” His face grew serious again before he placed his hand on my cheek. “Thank you for offering me comfort, Jorah of the Ellwood Coven. It was more than I expected to ever have again.”
From one breath to the next, he was gone. Disappeared without a trace, right from my lap.
A sob tore from my chest as I stood and turned, searching the forest for my poor, sweet viramore—because there was no doubt now that he was my soulmate—but he was nowhere to be found.
“Hey!” I yelled. “Come back! Please! Please, come back! Where are you? Please, please, come back! Please. Pl—”
“—ease!” I yelled as I woke, confused. Half-dreaming, half-awake. “Come back!” I yelled again before I realized I was once again on the ship in Faela and not in the forest at home.
When I realized my sweet viramore—because he had to be my soulmate—was nowhere to be found, a sob tore from my chest, and I drew my knees up, wrapping my arms around them and burying my face there to cry.
I am a huge fan of this series and have listened to multiple audiobooks in this “universe.” I haven’t had a chance to read the three books that aren’t on audio yet, but since Jorah was one of my favorite characters, I jumped at the chance to review this ebook. In my opinion, is is probably best to read The Ellwood Chronicles and The Brinnswick Chronicles in order, but I was able to read this having missed a few books. However, now I definitely know I need to check those books out.
This book and series are full of action and drama and magic. At the beginning of this book, it has been ten years since Jorah, the bravest and smartest fourteen-year-old witch, disappeared into a portal to the fae world with his brothers Thayer and Basil and their two guardians, and it’s been seven, since the boys returned. Basil and Thayer have already met their viramores (soulmates) and now it’s time for Jorah to do the same.
Jorah is still brainy and brave, and now he holds the power of three with his brothers, a pure and strong magic that takes three people to balance it out otherwise it might be used for bad. While visiting the Fae world to keep the power in check, Jorah is hit with intense fear and pain that pulls him and his coven members to a darker part of the kingdom. And he knows the reason he feels all the feels so strongly is because it is his viramore.
Laiken is a siren, and unfortunately the last of his kind. The drow, a group of dark fairies, have hunted Laiken’s species to extinction and are using him to find a long-lost treasure before they eliminate him as well. Until Jorah and some of his coven members show up and rescue him in a daring fight. One they don’t quite win. The drow are a formidable group to fight, with large numbers and the ability to travel in a mist. After his rescue, it takes a long time for Laiken to trust Jorah and his family even though he feels the pull toward Jorah and knows they belong together.
While I love Jorah from the previous books, I immediately wanted to comfort Laiken who is dealing with guilt and sorrow. I am just glad the two found each other, because they seem to complement each other so well. But it was no easy feat to be sure as I thought they both might not live past the middle of the book. I was so worried, despite it being a romance that I was sure would have a happy ending, that I was brought to tears.
So, after that scare, the drow find another way to attack the Ellwood pack that Jorah belongs to. It was a crazy, action packed novel that had me on the edge of my seat. I know that I missed a few books, but I felt like the drow were the hardest enemies that this group has come across yet. And though, the drow pirate captain that held Laiken meets his end in this book, there is more to come with the enemy species because their king is still trying to take over Faela and the power of three. Talon, one of the two guardians of the three is going to be at the heart of the next book. And I anticipate it being just as action filled and dangerous to my heart.
Oh my goodness, I feel like I have shared so much, but hopefully not too much. I still feel like I need to mention Jorah’s awesome family. Witches, an enchanter, vampires, a half-wolf-half-cyclops, and fae, to name a few, make up this loyal and powerful family. Not to mention the bonded magical animals that protect the family. The way they always work together and don’t hold back with their affection makes them all so loveable and they round the book and the series out. I can’t recommend it enough.
10/10 Pots of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars
Michele is married to an awesome guy that puts up with her and all the burnt dinners she makes—hey, sometimes characters are a bit distracting, and who doesn’t plot when they’re supposed to be cooking? They live together in Baltimore, Maryland with two little monsters, three-legged and four-legged fiends, and a little old man (aka their two sons, their two cats, and their senior dog). She hopes to rescue another cat soon, and if her hubby wouldn’t kill her, she’d get more than one… and maybe a few more dogs as well.
She loves creating worlds filled with lots of love, chosen family, and of course, magic, but she also likes making the characters fight for that happy ending. She hopes to one day write all the stories in her head—even if there are too many to count!
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