Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Natalie Gibson's Satin Sheets Romance Review of Incubus by Amanda Meuwissen


Amanda Meuwissen
 Author of The Incubus Saga

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Genre: Paranormal Romance
M/M Romance
Length: 372 pages

Nathan only ever wanted a normal life, but for him, life, family, and love are anything but normal. On the other side of the Veil, dark and light fae exist outside the knowledge of most humans. Nathan Grier was born human, but his twin brother Jim is a changeling. On the run since they were children, time for both of them is running out. Turning to fae hunter Sasha Kelly for help, Nathan must soon face his growing feelings for the other man while trying to save himself and his brother from a fate worse than death.

Natalie Gibson's Review:
This blew me away. This is exactly the kind of book I hope for when I grab a paranormal romance by an author unknown to me.  It was an adventure from the very first page all the way to the end.  Action packed, it managed to describe everything making it easy for the reader to picture but didn't bog down with descriptions. The relationships were so believable, especially between the brothers.  It was easy to imagine their scared and lonely childhood together.  I liked Sasha and wanted Nathan to get over his hangups already so they could be together.  I was rooting for Jim but also frightened of what he could become and what that would do to Nathan.
Jim is a changeling, a kind of half fae that can be taken by full fae and forced to have an awakening of dark powers that will remove his humanity and his links to those he loves.  Nathan, his fully human brother, goes to great lengths, putting himself in great danger to get Jim back and prevent that change from happening.  The price he pays for this puts them on the run and, needing help more than they ever had before, they turn to a psychic friend who leads them to Sasha.  Being an incubus, Sasha knew that Nathan was attracted to him even before Nathan realized it and certainly before Nathan would admit it, even to himself.  Nathan is straight but there is something intoxicating, almost irresistible about Sasha.  It is easy to blame it on his species, incubus are born to seduce, but it isn't long before Nathan knows it is something more, something much deeper than that.  The story is filled with family issues and the boys realize that as different as they are, they share a great number of pains and betrayal.  They know family isn't about blood and become more than family to each other.

About the sex, there is only one scene and it's at the end.  Everyone, including the reader, is satisfied but the author steered clear of using explicit descriptions.  There is no question what is happening but it was done tastefully, a true M/M romance, not gay erotica.  It was erotic, don't get me wrong.  It takes a while for them to get to the main event, what with all of the people and creatures chasing them and trying to kill them, but the parts where they yearned for each other, doing little more than kissing, were very sensual.  I found myself groaning in frustration just as the characters were when something interrupted.  I refuse to rate it more mature than any other PNR simply because it happens to be between two men.  This is romance and, though I am not a male and can't say if it is accurate, it felt honest.  I actually picked this one up, not realizing it was M/M romance.  I saw the name Sasha Kelly and scanned right over the fact that he was a he.  Fun read, enjoyable, not matter your orientation or preference in that of the characters.

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