Erryn reviews Bad Boy’s Bard (Fae Out of Water Book 3)’ by E.J. Russell. The ebook was released September 16, 2017 and is 264 pages. The audiobook was narrated by Joel Leslie. It was released June 14, 2021 is 8hrs and 5min. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I’m addicted to this series.
Book three in the Fae Out of Water series
As far as rock star Gareth Kendrick, the last true bard in Faerie, is concerned, the only good Unseelie is…well…there’s no such thing. Two centuries ago, an Unseelie lord abducted Gareth’s human lover Niall, and Gareth has neither forgotten nor forgiven.
Niall O’Tierney, half-human son of the Unseelie King, had never lost a wager until the day he swore to rid the Seelie court of its bard. That bet cost him everything: his freedom, his family – and his heart. When he’s suddenly face-to-face with Gareth at the ceremony to join the Seelie and Unseelie realms, Niall does the only thing inhumanly possible: He fakes amnesia. Not his finest hour, perhaps, but he never revealed his Unseelie heritage, and to tell the truth now would be to risk Gareth’s revulsion – far harder to bear than 200 years of imprisonment.
Then a new threat to Gareth’s life arises, and he and Niall stage a mad escape into the Outer World, only to discover the fate of all fae resting on their shoulders. But before they can save the realm, they have to tackle something really tough: mending their own broken relationship.
Word count: 77,000
Gareth has been moping around the first two books in the series – the younger brother with an understandable chip on his shoulder. Or an ache in his heart. He’s the last true bard – taught by an undead bard no less – and although he’s in a rock band in the Outer World, he is sometimes summoned to Faerie to perform. He’s decided he’s hanging up and giving up the whole gig when he sees the one man he never thought he’d see again. Because he believed him dead.
Niall has been imprisoned for 200 years, believing the love of his life was gone forever. When he sees Gareth, he pretends amnesia so he won’t have to admit the truth – that’s he’s not human. Gareth spirits him back to the Outer World where Niall has a whole bunch of problems that fall upon him – not the least is his physical injuries of daily whipping for all those years. The reason for it was heartbreaking. Some of the details difficult to hear. Just as Gareth and Niall are starting to put things back together, it becomes clear something is very wrong in Faerie. Gareth’s older brothers – Alun and Mal – were due back and haven’t come. There are tremors in the Outer World. Collapse of everything appears on the horizon.
Only Niall, with Gareth’s help, can save everyone. But that means going back to his location of torture and seeking help from his tormentor. Not an easy thing to do. Then they have to save the Seelie court – the high Fae, the low Fae, the Unseelie and…OMG, life is complicated. I tried to follow, but I don’t read a lot of paranormal, so things didn’t always make sense. But the adventure and drama were loud and clear – those kept me engaged. And, of course, there was a happy ending – to the love story, the book, and the series.
I’m sorry to see these characters go. I’ve become quite attached to them. And after having loved the series, I think I’m more likely to pick up more paranormal books – especially those by Ms. Russell. And, of course, I can’t end this review without mentioning Joel Leslie’s brilliant narration of the book. Truly wonderful. I highly recommend the entire series.
10/10 Pots of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars
E.J. Russell–grace, mother of three, recovering actor–writes romance in a rainbow of flavors. Count on high snark, low angst and happy endings.
Eh, not so much.
She’s married to Curmudgeonly Husband, a man who cares even less about sports than she does. Luckily, C.H. also loves to cook, or all three of their children (Lovely Daughter and Darling Sons A and would have survived on nothing but Cheerios, beef jerky, and Satsuma mandarins (the extent of E.J.’s culinary skill set).
E.J. lives in rural Oregon, enjoys visits from her wonderful adult children, and indulges in good books, red wine, and the occasional hyperbole.